Given a model railroad track as depicted in the Introduction, two concentric ovals with an interconnecting "X" in the middle, and 1 to 4 trains:

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  • Write a control program so that each train follows one of four overlapping paths: a large or small oval, a large or small figure-eight. Each path may be followed in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.
  • A section of the track shall be defined as a starting point for the trains. When a given run is stopped, the trains shall be returned, in order, to the starting point ready to start another run.
  • The track shall be divided into sections or blocks for control. Only one train at a time may be in a given block.
  • Each block may have signals to "control" movement between blocks. Signals will be at the 'exit' of a block and will reflect absolute block control.
  • Signals may reflect the status of the next two blocks in the path of the train.
  • Signals may also "control" movement out of and into the starting point.

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