I'm looking into purchasing a new steam locomotive from ACE Trains. They look beautiful! I have a line on a nice set of Darstead cars for a great price that would go with the ACE engine. I understand that ACE Trains run on 24V DC. Of course, my layout is regular O gauge with Lionel transformers. The newer ACE engines say DC only. In the past, I thought you could use a simple circuit with a bridge rectifier to convert AC to DC inside the engine. Is this no longer possible? If it is, would I have enough power with an 18V AC power supply?
My other option is to use my Bridgemaster power supply with my LGB throttle and switch the power source to the track. It would only run on one loop and I'll need to be very careful with how I set that up so it is completely isolated from other tracks.