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« on: June 13, 2018, 09:54:24 pm »
Hi,
I've come back to railway modelling after a long break. I started with n gauge 40 years ago. I went down the continental route as l felt the quality of British outline wasn't good enough. The layout was dismantled due to a house move and never reassembled, most has been lost or sold so I'm starting afresh.
I'm thinking of modelling a nearby heritage railway because it gives much more freedom to choose rolling stock and I'm already building a large quantity of photos. My initial questions are relating track and control, should I go dcc and will rtr locos run on code 55 rails.

Any comments welcome.

Gary

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Re: New B
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 10:38:29 pm »
Recent locos will run on code 55 - ie Farish after the move to Bachmann & Chinese factories. Dapol is ok.

As for DCC - see comments here:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=41469.0

Most newish locos are DCC ready ( ie DCC plug present) or can be purchased DCC fitted. Some are DCC friendly - ie need hard wiring, but may have a recess for the DCC chip ( ie new GF GWR railcar)
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Re: New B
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 10:41:26 pm »
Welcome aboard, Gary

This might be helpful - it certainly helped me.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416493#msg416493

Modern ready to run stock should be fine running on Code 55 track.

With regard to DCC or DC (Analogue) control, there has been a lot of useful discussion on the Forum.  You might find the posts of interest.

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Re: New B
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 11:56:55 pm »
G'day from Australia, Gary, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Re: New B
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 06:34:37 am »
Welcome aboard Gary.
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Re: New B
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 07:08:29 am »
Welcome to the forum, and I hope you have fun building your new layout.  :)

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Re: New B
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2018, 08:37:06 am »
Thanks for the welcome and the links to some of the discussions. I started to browse some of the posts after I posted my intro. There's a lot of reading for me here, hopefully it will help me avoid the mistakes I made last time round.

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Re: New B
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2018, 11:12:26 am »
Welcome to the forum Gary. As you have seen, there is plenty to read on the forum and there are plenty of knowledgeable and talented people here.
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Re: New B
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2018, 11:16:32 am »
Thanks for the welcome and the links to some of the discussions. I started to browse some of the posts after I posted my intro. There's a lot of reading for me here, hopefully it will help me avoid the mistakes I made last time round.

Gary

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Re: New B
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2018, 12:37:10 pm »
Hi Gary, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I use code 55 throughout and run old Minitrix, Poole Farish, Chinese Farish, Dapol, Ixion, Peco and RevolutioN Trains with no issues at all :no:

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Re: New B
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2018, 01:18:45 pm »
I've never had any issues running any rolling stock (locos, coaches, wagons, whatever) on Peco Code 55 trackwork.

Code 40, on the other hand...   :uneasy:
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Re: New B
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2018, 01:25:09 pm »
 Good to hear code 55 seems to be the way to go, n gauge track was always my biggest disappointment with my old layout. I'm thinking that DCC maybe overall for my relatively simple layout, I presume DCC ready locos will happily run DC.

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Re: New B
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2018, 01:30:21 pm »
Good to hear code 55 seems to be the way to go, n gauge track was always my biggest disappointment with my old layout. I'm thinking that DCC maybe overall for my relatively simple layout, I presume DCC ready locos will happily run DC.

Gary

With regard to DCC on DC you will have to make sure that the DC controller is one that will produce the electric stuff to N gauge standards. Some controllers suitable for OO as well can produce over-voltages on DC that can fry the DCC chip...
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Re: New B
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 03:57:06 pm »
My knowledge of DCC is minimal but I understood 'DCC ready' was a DC loco which, when fitted with the chip of your choice, becomes 'DCC fitted'. Therefore a 'DCC ready' loco can and should be run in on DC to ensure the loco runs OK before fitting the chip. A 'DCC fitted' loco can and should be run in on DCC. Some 'DCC fitted' locos such as the Peco 22xx steam loco and the RevolutioN Trains Pendolino recognise analogue and digital control, although if DCC fitted and with sound, only limited sound will be heard on DC.
By all means correct me if I am wrong.

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Re: New B
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2018, 04:05:03 pm »
My knowledge of DCC is minimal but I understood 'DCC ready' was a DC loco which, when fitted with the chip of your choice, becomes 'DCC fitted'. Therefore a 'DCC ready' loco can and should be run in on DC to ensure the loco runs OK before fitting the chip. A 'DCC fitted' loco can and should be run in on DCC. Some 'DCC fitted' locos such as the Peco 22xx steam loco and the RevolutioN Trains Pendolino recognise analogue and digital control, although if DCC fitted and with sound, only limited sound will be heard on DC.
By all means correct me if I am wrong.

Yes, everything you understand is correct, but there can still be issues with some 'universal' controllers providing too much juice in certain circumstances and affecting the PCB that the chip (or blanking plug if not chip-fitted) is plugged into.

Just something to keep in mind...
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