>>>>> I think I am going to follow Allan's advice. <<<<<
It’s a good option.
>>>>> But Steve what do you think of this observation by another gentleman??... <<<<<
>>>>> trace your outside rail all the way around the staging loop. <<<<<
It’s good advice, that’s why you need to gap both rails in at least the outer two branches of the reversing loop. Hopefully, nothing I said led you to believe that gapping both rails on both outer branches of the three way isn’t necessary (They are necessary).