17 years ago
to try and learn all about a "feature" in model trains called "decoder". I
say "Feature" because I have N Gauge engines that are approximately 30
years old and don't have this. My father got me into model trains when I
was young. I built the track, did the layouts, wiring, and so forth. Over
the years, I lost interest in it, probably because I was growing up and
wanted to chase girls then. (just a theory)
Anyway, I assume that the decoder in the engine will make the headlight
flash, or make smoke pour out of the stack, or probably have mulitple
engines on the same track and control just one at a time.
Please point me to some information describing what the decoder feature
will (or probably) do.
The engines I have now are, like I say, about 30 years old and just go
forward and backwards. That's all.
In case you're wondering what old engines I have...I have the Pennsylvania
383 2-6-4 steam engine with tender and working headlight, and a C&O 7071
Chessie System Diesel. Both are made by Bachmann. I know they're
antiques, so I'll never part with them. (both N Gauge)
I want to build another layout and bring these old engines back to life, as
well as buy new ones to enjoy too. I found TONS of layouts and scenery on
the net, but nothing to describe the decoder function.
Please help me, as I'm a 40 year old man trying to re-live the childhood
memories of model railroading once again!