Chris Abbott visited this week and he helped me install seven Lenz XpressNet throttle panels (part LA152) around the layout.
As the lead photo shows, we did a temporary installation – for two reasons:
– First, we are not yet ready to install the fascia, but having the panels in place allows me to move about the layout – important as I troubleshoot the recently spiked and wired track work.
– Second, I can now run some trains and decide whether we have the panels in the right locations, before committing to their positions (by cutting holes in the fascia).
Seven panels may seem excessive for such a simple layout. But I had them anyway, used on more elaborate layouts I’ve built in the past, so I may as well use them all here.
Why panels? Why not wireless? Personal preference. I have a wireless system and I will likely install it for those who want to run untethered. But I’ve come to prefer the wired throttles – especially the Lenz throttles, which are elegant and functional. I’ve never had issues with cables getting tangled – and it certainly shouldn’t be a problem on this layout!