Re: Track Voltage for N Scale Sound Decoders ?
John Johnston <towboatjohnston@...>
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Mark, et al.,
I am also in N Scale, new to DCC, and coming at it from the other end. I am building a roughly 8’ x 18’ irregular shaped mountain layout Code 55 Peco track and Electrofrog turnouts, multiple reverse loops, wyes and hidden staging. Besides giving me LOTS of opportunities to learn from my mistakes, the track has consumed most of my budget, so I have been something of a cheapskate on everything else.
I have a single Digitrax DCS 100 Command module with no other boosters. Set on N-Scale, it delivers 11.5 – 11.7 volts anywhere on the layout. I have a couple of Bachman Berkshires and a Consolidation with sound, a Ten-wheeler with no sound, and an old analog GP7 that I use primarily for testing. I can run them all at once without any power limitations (just frantic throttle control to keep the GP7 from crashing into things on the reverse loops.)
I have a lot of yard switches that prove everyone tells us to start with – don’t rely on the point rails to transmit power to the frogs. Blue Points have built in switches, but ground throws need something else. I like Frog Juicers, which work great but cost a lot. So I drop a single wire from the jumper on each frog, and leave it dangling until I get annoyed enough to do something more.
I’ll probably keep putting most of my money into track for a while, unless I find an N-Scale Allegheney 2-6-6-6…
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