OH no don't think about possibilities, or bother learning, building, developing new smills... just plug in and assimilate!
jeeze...complicted? Ill timed maybe, but witb no mention of command... a rectifier is a sound option for many folk. IMO You perform a disservice without a technical explaination beyond "shut up" to back your opinion
Cutting out the middleman would be bypassing a manufacturer and shopkeep both by making one BTW One dpdt switch and one bridge rectifier isnt very complicated .
Twice the available wattage on the majority of "our ac transformers" too., room to fit a BR inside on the big ones, etc.
After all, we don't really know if the OP is on a 4x8 or 40x8, where the extra amperage could have real impact (not actually checked.. the MRC might be a monster?...not even the point ... the option offered was a viable alternative)
Of couse I wouldn't bother unless I already had an extra 3r ac throttle...
Especially since the MRC is on the way ....and for a song ....it's all redundant more or less.
But I'd have to think about the $10 in just parts instead of paying for those parts in a different package. Mostly because I have añ open throttle kicking around on most of my layouts anyhow.
I had considered a rectifier, but for the price of the MRC transformer, thought I'd give it a shot.
Hooked it up to a test track and it works great with my Bachmann 4-6-0. I've been in 3-rail a long time. It's hard to get used to using the direction button! I keep lowering the voltage to 0 then raising it thinking I'm going to be in neutral...
Love the momentum and "feel" of the transformer.
I'm just doing an 8 foot shelf layout with the mainline dropping into my current layout, so don't need massive power.
I had a little beast of modern Athern that impressed me greatly with throttle feel too. A far cry from 70s Tyco. It was a GP that had also trouble with the old littler power pacs, and a small modern Bachmann pac at just 4ft or so. A Lionel ho cheapy worked best except for stray sound commands that happened regularly, so a better Bachmann pac was had, but I sold the engine days later with only a few hours on it hoping to land an On30 that didn't ever really pan out. I settled on a 2 curve long track that splits into a pair of portals at a mine head; i. e. a wide push cart line for two ore cars. As is, static except for gravity but I often think often about extending it as an el. dump for a Porter and using a trolley stop reversing setup for automation. The problem is the regular price doubled on the Porters in no time & I'm too cheap to pay double in under ten years
This Area (OGR) & Model Railroader would be best for now. The RAILROAD LINE FORUMS also have also have a On30 section , but lately it is also slow. Sad because there were lots of great layouts over there !
Maybe someone else can point us to a active place for On30 layouts .
Although Bachmann list prices for On30 rolling stock imported from China have increased considerably in recent years, Micro-Mark tends to be as low as anyone. Domestic producers of On30 freight and passenger cars include Banta Modelworks, Wiseman Model Services and especially Mount Blue Model Company. I recently purchased seven Mount Blue 18-foot wooden car kits that are fun to build and paint, and include styles not offered by Bachmann. If you are fairly new to On30 and someone offers you a Boulder Valley Models kit, be aware that these excellent resin models currently out-of-production.
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