I have prepared my Märklin K-Track turnouts to be operated from below the benchwork. While removing the cover under the track, the switch rod broke apart. I have rebuilt it from a tiny strip of 1 mm styrene. I hope this works.
I got some track. Peco Code 83 Track: 8 yards of flex track and #8 turnouts, one left and one right. I decided to use these large turnouts before settling on a final layout, that might end in a disaster. No risk no fun.
These turnouts are large. I knew the measurements before, but the real thing is something different as numbers on the screen.
I made some quick tests about the required clearance for adjacent tracks. It requires about five inch track after the turnout to have enough clearance for the cars to pass each other.
I have also ordered some rail joiners. I did not order any isolated rail joiners. Who needs isolated rail joiners in a world of DCC? That’s what I thought. Now, after studying the instructions on wireing the turnouts, I learned: I need them. So the next order will contain isolated rail joiners.