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Reply to "operating on DC"

In a Gilbert engine using the locking lever just prevents the pawl attached to the solenoid from moving. As Mark says, the current is still flowing through the solenoid of the reverse unit. I find the 120HZ buzzing of the solenoid on AC track power to be louder when it is locked. Using DC track power will quiet the reverse unit solenoid but it will be hotter than on AC power and it will magnetize faster.

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