I'm in the very early stages of planning a DCC 4' x 8' N scale layout, and am curious - what's the "best" option for turnouts / switches that will be thrown by hand? Having participated in a few operating sessions, I strongly prefer the convenience of reaching over and flicking the switch by hand than messing around with toggle switches on a control panel. I'd also like to avoid the extra wiring and expense associated with Tortoises.
I'd prefer code 55, but code 80's not out of the question. Simply pushing the track with the tip of my finger (as opposed to using a little hand throw lever) would be better, but I'm open to whatever.