2 trains w/ DC

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by HOtrainman, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. HOtrainman

    HOtrainman Member

    ok. i am building my layout soon- a 5x8 layout. I was wonder if you can run 2 trains with DC? I cant afford to get DCC right now. Would i need to have two power packs or no?
  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    You can run more than one train on DC...with one power pack if you want to run them inthe same direction at the same speed or if you divide your layout into electrical blocks so that one train is sitting unpowered on a siding while another goes by on the main line.

    If you want to run more than one train independently then you will need another power pack for each train.

  3. Santa Fe Jack

    Santa Fe Jack Member

    You can also use a dual-controller power pack.

    But what you really need to design into your plan (as I am doing now) is electrically-isolated blocks of track. If you have two loops, for example, isolate them at the crossover(s) with the little plastic track joiners. That way, you can have one controller running the inside loop and the other the outside. When crossing over, just set the controllers to the same speed. My previous layout (bought second-hand) was wired that way, and it was very simple.

    This can get as complex as you like (I am planning 11 blocks, and am considering up to 4 controllers) but you end up with a lot of operational challenges -- but then, some of us like that. You have to keep ahead of each engine, making sure that the block that it is using and any that it is headed for are all set to a single controller. I wish to add colored LEDs in the system, so that I can tell at a glance which controller (red/green/blue/yellow) is in change of each piece of track. But I have not yet figured out how to wire that in line with the controller selector switch. I may scale back to two controllers just to keep the wiring managable.

    Anyway - what you are looking for is certainly doable, and should not bee too difficult. I may even have a spare dual power pack if you need one.

    There are many here who will encourage you to move to DCC, but I am in the same boat as you - I've already spent to much money on this effort, and a DCC conversion would set me back another several hundred dollars.
  4. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    That's exactly what I did for my upper and lower loops. I opted for two packs instead of a dual. Picked them up real cheap online.

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