Version 9 has a few new switchboard items available:
A: The space saving crossover. Formerly, to enable trains to switch between two parallel tracks, it took 4 junctions. With the new ‘crossover’ track elements it takes half the space. Each crossover has 2 decoder addresses to control the 2 turnouts inside it.
B: Gates. This element is used to control e.g. garage doors when combination with a DCC servo decoder. The element is placed on a route. It switches open automatic as soon as the route becomes active and closes again when the route is released.
C: Crossing gates. These elements are used to create a road crossing with automatic beams. The element is placed on a route. It can be dragged / enlarged to span multiple parallel tracks. The beams close fully automatic as soon as the route becomes active. They open again when all the tracks between the gates are free.
The control of the elements can further be enhanced by conditions or by operations inside other elements.