I'd appreciate some feedback (sorry!) on currently available
controllers as I'm about to buy one for the first time in nearly 30
years. I don't want to go with DCC for a couple of reasons that I'll
mention at the bottom.
At first glance the Gaugemaster feedback controllers look attractive
to me, partly because I have some tight curves and a hill and like to
leave a train running while I do some shunting. However I wonder if
anyone has tried them and whether, as I've heard for some feedback
controllers, they do nasty things to your motors.
On the Gaugemaster website it says that they are not suitable for
coreless motors or DCC ready locos. My stock is largely late 70s / 80s
vintage RTR so I guess this is not a problem. However it is possible
that I will be tempted by the vastly improved modern stuff. I assume
that none of these have coreless motors but many of them are "DCC
ready". I'm not quite sure what "DCC ready" actually means - is it
possible to easily make them DCC unready?
My reasons for not wanting to go with DCC are first that I like having
lots of wires. I'm not the most talented of modellers but being a
mathematician, having wires everywhere is quite cool! Second because
of its situation, my layout is only run about 5-6 times a year and
will probably have to be dismantled for a very long time in a few
years so it's not worth the cost especially as I have many locos.
All advice would be very welcome.
15 years ago