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also the short name for locomotive in German; a dampflok
is a steam locomotive, a E-lok is an electric locomotive, a
diesellok can be either a diesel/electric or a diesel hydralic
On 12/29/2019 10:10 AM, Keith Elrod
Sorry ... but
what is a Lok?
On Sun, Dec 29, 2019 at 9:56
AM thomasmclae via Groups.Io <firstname.lastname@example.org
DCC, the criteria for separate power blocks is as follows:
1. Will you use more amps than you currently have on existing
2. Do you need to isolate shorts, to prevent one bad Lok from
shutting down the entire block.
Note that if you have at least one block (Segment, district).
Amps, plan on 1/2 amp per Lok. Actual usage varies per Lok,
motor efficiency, length of train, up or down inclines, etc.
Generally, 4-5 loks can run on each block.
Shorts are common with bad track, bad Loks (Especially
steam!), operator errors. If you are having these issues, the
more blocks the better.
One common pattern is to have the DCC system fees only
boosters, not directly to the track. Makes the DCC system more
stable, and last longer.
Note that with DCC, more than one operator can operate trains
in any block. You just need the throttles.