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Offline Class 25

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Power to tracks
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:17:24 pm »
Hi with me being from a oo gauge background I used to use the R8206 power track to power the track. But with me now modelling in n gauge is there track similar to feed power. I am going to use either peco 80 or 55 code on my layout. Also will the new hornby DC controller be ok for using with n gauge.

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Re: Power to tracks
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 12:21:32 pm »
I can't help with the controller aspect as my knowledge doesn't cover it, but track feed wise the two main ways are to solder droppers to the sides of the track or, do what I do, and use pre-soldered fishplates e.g. the Peco ones. Some scorn the latter method but I've used them successfully for quite a while now mainly 'cos my soldering is just rubbish :-[

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Re: Power to tracks
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 12:51:15 pm »
Hi @Class 25

Power clips for the track :-

Cut the plug off, or you could buy a bachmann DC controller and plug it straight in

As for the controller, you want one that wont put out more than 14V at the track, I believe OO puts out between 16 & 17v which is bad for the motors in N gauge locos

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Re: Power to tracks
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 01:07:53 pm »
N and OO are both "nominally" 12V DC systems (I know Fleischmann label as 14V).  However some controllers are known to put out more - often this depends on the power supply used if it's the "wall-wart" type. 

Your Hornby controller will run your locos, you may find the control is not as fine as a dedicated N gauge controller and you probably won't have to go anywhere near full throttle!     Also the overload/short circuit cut-out may be tuned for a higher current, meaning there is more risk of cooking something if there is a problem.

Though I don't use it on my layout, one of the finest controllers I've found when running my test track is actually a Maerklin Z gauge controller.  I think Z is nominally 8V?    How many people really belt their locos around at full tilt anyway (yes I know some youtube videos look frightening)?  I find generally my trains trundle round at between 3-5 out of 10 on the knob. The occasional ICE express gets to fly round to please kids at exhibitions but that's an exception!
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