Im new, anwsers wanted

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by rcwatkins, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I am planning to build a small N Scale layout of 3"by 7". I'm new to MRR'ing. What's a good starter DC Power Pack that is not overly expnsive. I have chose to use Kato Unitrack. Any suggestions?
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I have found the MRC Tech series to be everything you could want for the price. I myself use an MRC RailPower 1300 on my test bench. It's the cheapest of the cheapies and works just fine.
  3. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I may convert to DCC later when I understand wiring it better.
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    You've come to the right place, RC, welcome the the-gauge and to model railroading! We have some real pros here doing N scale.
  5. rsn48

    rsn48 Member

    Perhaps one of the least understood things about dcc with newbies is the concept - "wiring is tougher with dcc." Its the exact reverse: wiring is easier with dcc, you need less of it, and you don't have to buy a bunch of selectors, controllers, etc - whatever Atlas flogs.

    Here is how to wire for dcc:

    1) Run two larger gauge wires down the middle of your layout (underneath) - this is called your power bus. I don't know why two wires are called "buses" but who am I to question.

    2) Attach feeders from track A to power bus A under neath. Attach feeder B from track B to power bus B underneath. How often you attach feeders is the only "controversial part." About 4 MR's ago, there was an article discussing buses, and recommended feeders every three feet - its a good article - read it, and it gives it reason for the recommendation.

    3) Reversing loops - easier with dcc. Get an auto reverser - wire per instructions, make sure the reversing loop is completely isolated, from the mainline feeding track. By this I mean, use insulated joiners, or whatever on both track just before the reversing loop.

    I guarantee you, these wiring instructions are much easier than block wiring.
  6. porkypine52

    porkypine52 New Member

    rc that is gonna be a small layout, even in N-Scale. 3 inch X 7 inch??? I'm guessing you meant 3' X 7' LOL, LOL. Just yanking your leg here!!
    As shaygetz says, go get a MRC TECH power pack. Best for starting out. Remember you get what you pay for. Spend a little extra and get a good power pack. Do one other thing, get a cheap power pack, from a toy train set, to power your turnouts from. That way you can throw your turnouts without draining power from your track. When you use the same power pack to run your trains and power your turnout motors, you will loose track power when you throw a turnout.

    Don't worry about DCC right now, get your first layout running, so that you can get the feel for MODEL RAILROADING.

    If you are new to the hobby, you might check around your local area for any Model Railroading Clubs. A club is always a good place to meet other modellers.
  7. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I've already looked around for clubs. There are none. I only have 1 LHS in my area & its not worth going to. :mad: Oh well any1 know a good website for N scale stuff(& has cheap prices)?

    The only "LHS" in my area is a Hobby Lobby. The only stuff they carry for N scale are cheapy toy train sets which mind you are B-Mann. My parents won't listen to much of what I have to say either. Wait a sec, I may have another area in the garage. It looks a little longer but it also looks narrower. :(
  8. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Oh wait, that garage space I was talking about has been taken up! :mad: :mad: :mad: Now all I have is a cheapy 2' by 4' table which has chipped green paint. Any one know a layout plan with Kato Unitrack that small, but not a toy train oval?
  9. billk

    billk Active Member

    rc -

    You might check out the track plans at Kato's site:
    (Click on "Unitrack", then on "Track Plans".)

    As far as a good internet dealer, I like:
    but I'm sure there are others.
  10. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    If you had a 3' by 6' you could build this with Unitrack.


    The trackplan


    A picture

  11. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I only have enough room for 1 layout.

    BTW-deminsions for the garage table are 36" by 92" yes inches. :(
  12. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    When looking @ rolling stock & locos, who has the good stuff & who doesn't?
  13. stary

    stary Member

    the best ones are from Atlas, the recent offerings from Life-Like and Bachmann. Athearn is also good, as is Peco & Kato. (Kato & Atlas are a little pricey, though)
  14. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I have been looking at power packs & may buy a couple of the tech4 200 packs. I found them for $40 on And I already have the turnout power supply at hand, that being a Bachmann toy pack that they want in that big giant reference book for $25. :eek:

    I have another ?. Does any1 know shipping costs on
  15. stary

    stary Member

    be sure and use AC for powering turnouts, lights, etc. You're ok though, with a toy train transformer.
  16. Well, i dont use AC for lights to bright on sum buildings they lights goes through them so i use DC to turn them down :D
  17. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Well guys I now have $200 to spend. What should I buy?
  18. $200

    well, I'd start with track :D

    seriously, what do you already have? that'll determine what else you need
  19. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I am going to use Unitrack. Things have been on the upswing lately. Saturday I bought a LBF CSX Big Blue Boxcar. Monday I sold my Xbox (video game console) to a friend for his birthday for $200. Today I got the boxcar. :D I have also found out that my mom (yes I'm only 13) will help me move things around so I could lengthen my layout.

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