1. oldduck

    oldduck New Member

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    I am very new to Garden trains and just got my track up and running. I did not realize how little I know about trains.<br>I was told that there was a switch that you can put on the track to run two engines on the same track. I have googled it and found nothing, I understood.<br>So I have come to the professionals. How do you run two trains on one track. Thanks:confused2:
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    Are you wanting to run those two in the same train? Or as separate trains? If the latter, it is not quite as simple as a switch, as you would be looking at equipping your engines with DCC. You might wish to check out our DCC forum for assistance.
     
  3. oldduck

    oldduck New Member

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    i AM LOOKING TO HAVE TWO SEPARATE ENGINES RUNNING ON SAME TRACK, SOUNDS LIKE IT WON'T WORK
     
  4. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member

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    It can be made to work if both locomotives with their trains run at about the same speed. If you have a long enough loop and two power supplies controlling two different electrical blocks, you can adjust the speed in one block to speed up or slow down each train to keep equal separation between both trains. When one train is alone in one block you can adjust the other train in the second block to speed it up or slow it down slightly to maintain separation. We do that a lot when running DC on our NTRAK modular layout. You have to pay attention and not allow the trains to get too close together where it becomes harder to have only one in the block you are controlling.
     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    As Russell has described, it can be done. But the amount of effort required to make it work, especially by one person alone, I'm sure you'll decide to pass on the idea.

    You can have all kinds of engines on one track, if you equip with DCC. There'd still be some effort necessary to operate, but very, very much simplified over straight analog DC. And, do you want to invest in DCC? If budget allows, I'd look at it, seriously.
     

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