I'm very new to Z scale, and back -- in general -- to model railroading, at all, since childhood. I'm just now getting my layout together and making decisions about track and controllers. As soon as I jumped back in, I was immediately attracted to the selection of Marklin locomotives and cars. As soon as I began looking into the details, however, one of the first hurdles I came across is this matter of older Marklin locomotives wanting to draw much more power than the Rokuhan controller is configured to supply -- and thus its internal breaker gets tripped. My understanding is that the issue, in part, can be overcome if the Marklin locomotive in question is well-serviced (cleaned & properly lubricated). This makes sense to me, but doesn't immediately strike me as a great solution. Right now what I have is a very small starter oval of Rokuhan sectional track, for which I'm supplying power via the MTL-modified MRC 1300 controller. This works okay with the older (as yet un-serviced) Marklin locomotive I have. Slower speeds are quite difficult, however, and the locomotive never seems to get up to full speed. For ease of set-up and operation, and wide availability, I feel that I have -- at least initially -- drawn myself to going "all-in" with Rokuhan track and controller. I like the way that I can simply add-on turnout controller modules, for example -- seems very simple to me, and I like that. With all these thoughts in mind, however, I thought I'd turn to this group to see about getting answers to a few simple questions: Am I making more of the issue than it really is worth? Will most Marklin locomotives actually run more-or-less okay on Rokuhan track/controller combos, if the locomotives are clean and lubricated properly? Are there better options, in terms of track/controller combinations that I'm failing to take into account? Atlas, MTL, etc.? Like I said, I've been drawn to Rokuhan due to what I perceive as the availability, variety, simplicity, and lower cost. But I'm perfectly willing to entertain other options that might work well, too. But if I go with -- say -- Marklin track/controller, do I then run into the same issue in reverse, whereby I can't run Rokuhan locomotives? With the information I have at the moment, my plan is something like this: wire-up the Rokuhan track with Rokuhan controller and turnout controls, but also with the MRC controller, for when I want to run a Marklin locomotive (and obviously be careful not to have both powered-on at the same time). I guess that probably means I won't be able to operate the turnouts when running Marklin locomotives, except manually (if even possible?). Is this a totally dumb idea? Can I just stay with the MRC controller? I'm more than willing do so, but my understanding is that it's quite difficult to wire-up the Rokuhan turnouts using anything but their proprietary controllers, due to the way they work -- i.e., with a teensy-tiny, momentary current activation. I know a thing or two about electronics, but feel like it's getting a bit too far down into the weeds, so to speak, to make that work. But if there's a way to do it, I'm all ears... Back in the day, when I was a kid, doing N-scale stuff, I used flex track exclusively, and it seemed to be no problem getting everything to work... Anyway, I truly appreciate any useful insight I can get around this issue. I think what I'm ultimately driving toward is to bring my set-up into alignment with what the prevailing preferences are, in the community.