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Points failure on crossovers outside station.

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Hello all,
I have been working on my 00 gauge (4mm) end to end layout with a Penzance station style terminus but with a twist.

However, I have been testing out all of my trains over the crossovers as seen in the image below to ensure it works. There is no fault with Hornby R8072 on the crossovers but for unknown reasons (and the reason why I thought I'd ask for advice on how to solve the problem), the Hornby R8073 right hand points on the crossovers (as noted by Faults) seem to fail each time you drive a train from one side of the track to the other.
I am able to work the left hand R8072 points on the crossovers itself but the R8073 ones seem to fail, especially as the layout is worked left hand running which means no train can access the southern platforms at all without pushing the loco across the points or turning the other controller on without causing an overload safety cutout.

Is there any solutions to this problem? I would like to get the crossovers in shape, albeit either by a scissors crossover (involving the same points but with curves and a right hand Hornby R615 diamond crossover) or another solution if possible.

I also bought some new sets of Hornby points to rectify the points failure but these have not worked either so am considering whether power supply is the main issue.

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Referring back to your track diagram in the original post #1, have you tried either R8073 point on its own to see if it works properly? It may be a faulty connection under the point?
Secondly I would put insulating fish plates (Hornby R920) at the joints where each pair of points joins together to ensure the two electrical feeds are kept clearly separate from each other. To cross a train over either crossover you will need to use both controllers on a similar setting.
I'd also agree with Pappa.B that the feed should be to the left of the two crossovers.

I don't know what period you are modelling, but for the last 3 or 4 decades two separate crossovers have been preferred to a scissors crossing - cheaper to install and maintain, but just needs a bit more space.
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