> >I know I am making this harder than it is, but what determining factor(s?)
> >is used when deciding on the number of blocks for wiring a new layout? >
> Whether you are running DCC or not.
> DCC = 1 block, ( with some isolating sections, which are normally
> permanently connected, for troublefinding only ) Two bus wires for > power.
> Drive your train
layouts when you get a fault the hole lot shuts down, much harder to find
out the problem.
> panel, many switches to operate to send power to the block, hoping
> that your train is in that block and that you have remembered to
> switch in the next block to keep the train moving.
if you use modern electronics.
> well more expensive for materials, much more expensive if time is > priced.
time it takes to install decoders in to locomotives the time difference is
> about 15% or less of a new loco's price and they do so much more.
compared to cheap DC controllers I use.
> batteries, switches & charging circuits ? Lots of $$$$ to do it.
cheap or use a DC offset of about 1.5V, and use series diodes in your
locomotives to compensate for the DC offset. Some locomotives come with this
'constant lighting feature' RTR. Minimal cost. Less cost compared to a DCC
systems using the same control software that is used for DCC. When I go
Australia's largest model railway convention there will be a talk on DCC and
a separate talk on DC progressive block control.
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