My DCC Journey

Discussion in 'DCC Control' started by Tallpaul70, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Paul
    The high current draw may be down to the magnets loosing thier magnetisim.
    There are replacement motors kits available for the Lima Ringfield motor based loco's.

    Lima Railcar Motor Replacement Kit

    I have one for my Lima O gauge 4F - but still need to fit it. However users who have fitted the replacement motors give very favourable reviews, and reckon the loco's are really smooth runners after the conversion.

    As Tom has stated the Heljan's do have higher current usage, but will be within the current restraints of the decoder. My Heljan DPU & Cl 26 both use 0.1A for the lights, and approx 0.4A for the loco and lights. My sound fitted Bachmann Cl 24 (ESU V4) draws approx 0.3A with lights, sound and 3 coaches behind it.

    Hope this helps

    Paul
     
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  2. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    And I've found a video to go with it



    Paul
     
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    There is a Dapol Parcels one on the way June/July. I bought a Passenger version some months ago. It's fitted with a Zimo 'YouChoos' sound chip and I couldn't more than recommend it. It also copes with #2 radius curves no problem, something my old (now retired) Lima version was never happy with.
     
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    I would keep both DC & DCC electrically separated at the outputs- just switching off mains power is not enough - I have seen what happens to a NCE Powercab when DC got onto the output of the NCE controller - not nice...
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Some good advice there I think. I'd be a bit edgy about mixing the two as well. Keep them well isolated unless you have deep pockets.
     
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    Tallpaul70 Full Member

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    Trouble with switches is there is nowhere to mount it without quite a lot of work. This is a temporary testing and DCC set up track and has no control panel! Only way I can see is to find a small plastic box , mount the switch on one side and sockets for the three sets of cables (one input, two outputs on the other and then put appropriate plugs on the three leads.
    Anyone got a suggestion involving less work?
    May have to put up with continuing to unplug the lead to the tracks from the back of my NCE control box!

    Many thanks
    Best regards
    Paul
     
  7. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Then maybe use a Deans connector (male end wires connected to the track), and a female connector on the output from the DCC and another on the DC output, you then just connect the power source in use to the track. By having the female end on the power source, it won't short out if you forget to turn the power off.

    Paul.
     
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