power pack

vic236777 Dec 2, 2020

  1. vic236777

    vic236777 New Member

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    hey everyone

    am looking for a power pack for my train around my christmas tree



    the circle is 4' , just got a bachman starter set , but am looking for something more powerful in case of expansion



    what would anyone here recommend ?
     
  2. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    Go to eBay and find an MRC Tech 2, 3, or 4. They are plentiful and cheap, being the demand is for DCC these days.

    Doug
     
  3. vic236777

    vic236777 New Member

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    thanks for the reply doug .

    but am trying to control the smoke from the throttle .
    if thats possible
    my throttle and has forward/stop/reverse .
    cant do anything else
     
  4. DMiller-1960

    DMiller-1960 TrainBoard Member

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    What type of train are you operating? I am not familiar with a straight DC power pack that would do what you want. Sounds like a DCC or radio control upgrade project.
    Oh, wait, just re read your post..... you have a Bachman starter set. Unless there is a set like that with radio control out of the box, again, I don’t think what you want is available. I will watch with open mind though to see what others say.

    I have converted several of my locos to Gscale Graphics radio control systems. I’m pretty sure I could isolate the smoke function, but have never done so. ( I’m not a big user of the smoke generator in my g scale locos)

    D
     
  5. vic236777

    vic236777 New Member

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    i think i might need to go via DCC ?
     
  6. DMiller-1960

    DMiller-1960 TrainBoard Member

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    Well, first just let me say that I don’t know it all....far from it. Only basing my response on personal experience. Most large scale operations that I have been around use either basic track power dc, or radio control battery powered locomotives. I use both. Yes, there are other alternatives, ie, dcc as you mentioned, and other control systems. Hopefully others will chime in with info. Until then, here is a good read I found on power and control of large scale locomotives.


    https://familygardentrains.com/primer/power.htm

    hope that helps a bit.

    D
     
  7. vic236777

    vic236777 New Member

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    thanks for the link Dmiller
     

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