Well folks, you may remember a couple of posts from me a month or so ago wherein I described the demolition of my layout and subsequent rebuilding - or at least a start to towards so doing.
OK so all the 00 track has been re-laid and the 009 track is at least measured out; even the carcass for that embankment wall which previously caused all those tribulations is in place and is to a large extent sceniced.
So I've turned my mind to powering the whole kit and caboodle. Previously it was DC with lots of isolating sections but I would like to cut down on the number of controllers (3), the number of control panels (4!) and control the 009 from the same controller as I use for the 00 and to be frank the new layout doesn't lend itself to isolating sections in the way the old one did - at least in the yard area.
So, I'm going to use a portion of my Christmas slush money on a DCC setup. At the moment I'm plumping for the Gaugemaster set. It offers 3.5 amps which should be enough to send two trains running around in circles on the "mainline" and still give me power to spare to do a little shunting in the yard or run a 009 train at the same time.
Unless I'm misinformed it's (the Gaugemaster set) the least expensive option to get this amount of power to the track, anyone care to correct me?
The next question relates to decoders, I simply can't afford to spend £20+ on decoders for all my stock (appreciating that I may need some expensive tiny ones for certain engines) but I note that Lentz have now released a "Standard" decoder for considerably less dosh. Can someone confirm that they will be compatible with the Gaugemaster setup?