Help with wiring up a yard

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by robt46, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. kchronister

    kchronister Member

    "and just couldn't get past the fairly heinous wiring and restrictions this setup would face under DCC"

    Make that "DC"... Duh!
  2. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Chief puts out 5 amps. Zephyr puts out 2.5 amps. You'll only need a booster if you want to run more than 5 locos at once, assuming common production locos only a few years old. (most draw less than .5 amp) Lighted passenger cars will use a bit, but you'll know if you're exceeding the capacity of the unit and then you can divide the layout and add a booster. I don't know too much about the Zephyr, it has the same readback Chief has and Empire Builder lacks. Add a DT300 or 400 (100 off ebay would be a good deal) and you have walkaround. Add a few throttle jacks and you're set. The infared option works well and is much cheaper than radio. Can't help with signalling, unless Kris drives out from Long Island to set it up for me. :D

  3. robt46

    robt46 Member

    Kriss thanks for the imput on the auto reverse module. Sounds like the way to go. I'll work that into my budget. I don't have a reversing loop on my plan but since you said that I'm giving that some thought. Gary, I was thinking of the DT300 I don't think I'd want the radio. This layout is changing and changing. Is'nt it great. This may take a little longer than I thought. Watch out I've been looking at the CTI website!!! Thanks again Robt.

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