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    Using Kato Uni Track and do not have any reversing loops. Doing a modified Amherst 2005 layout which I lengthened to about 10 feet. I know isolation is needed for reverse loop(s), but any good reason to utilize them on my DCC layout?

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    You are adding a reversing loop? Otherwise no, unless you want to add a booster - which you probably don't need to do.

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    Thanks! Not adding a reverse loop. Using MRC Advance 2, 3.5Amp. Will add 4 or 5 Terminal Joiners (24-818) to insure minimal voltage drop. Using 14 gauge wire for main run from power supply.

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    Not necessary. Just make sure you have enough feeders. My layout is also a modified Amherst 2005. Used feeders on every leg of the turnouts (6) and on each leg of the double crossover(8) maybe over kill but don't have any stall issues.
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    Thanks for the info....I'll soon post some progress photos in the appropriate forum

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    Slightly off topic question about Kato switches, I know that if a spur is fed only through the turnout blades (and is isolated/dead if set for the main), so if a feeder was added to the spur, would that create a short at the switch if it was aligned for the main?
    In other words, do Kato switches have to be treated the same as a live frog turnout?
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    No, the frogs are isolated.
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    Ok, thanks, that saves potential problems
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