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 Posted: Fri Dec 28th, 2018 03:33 pm
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Tom Harbin

 

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Bob,

Thank you for the diagram. It really helps to get it all straight in my head.
I think I'm going to use RX60s or RX61s as they are what the US dealer (On30guy) carries. 

Thank you also for the battery sizes.
Now that Christmas is over and the businesses are starting up again, I am going to order some bits.
I now have eight locos (received two for Christmas) and I will convert one or two to "get my feet wet".

I finally moved to DCC seven years ago when my DC pack decided to retire, and since I have a small layout, the wiring is not a problem.
When I started posting here I started reading many threads here from people using BPRC.
The more I thought about it and the more I thought about the myriad wiring problems of DC-type circuits and the problems of track pickup,
the more convinced I am that BPRC is really the best solution.

Unfortunately, a Bachmann On30 2-6-0 is my largest engine, in fact, it is too big for my layout.
I only have two tender engines, both 4-4-0s.
Getting my head around the sizes of the equipment and the available space inside my locos,
seems to be a challenge that can only be solved by buy-and-try.

I thought about the sound issue, one of my Porter 2-4-0s has sound,
and I decided that while I like it I usually end up muting the engine after a while.
Whole layout sound may be the answer if I find I miss it.
The idea of the Bluetooth speaker is rather intriguing. It sounds like a very cool solution.

My first conversion will be a Porter 2-4-0 since I already have it partially disassembled to install a DCC decoder.

This has not been an easy choice for me as my DCC works fine but I just don't see it as the future.
Things would have been easier and we would probably be further along if we had stayed with 3-rail AC and just added a third rail to the prototypes.

Tom


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