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The NCE Power Cab starter system, it seems to claim it can control DC-only locos. Is this true? I need to test both DC & DCC fitted locos on my test track and it would save me buying and wiring a separate DC controller/transformer.

 

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David

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A number of systems offer this, by using address 00. But in most cases you will find the loco motor makes screeching noises, indicating acute discomfort. Use it to test basic back and forth motion, just a few seconds. Not for running a loco in.

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26 minutes ago, rynd2it said:

The NCE Power Cab starter system, it seems to claim it can control DC-only locos. Is this true? I need to test both DC & DCC fitted locos on my test track and it would save me buying and wiring a separate DC controller/transformer.

 

Thank in advance

 

David

As far as I'm aware, and I've owned one for ten years, the NCE PowerCab does not have a dc loco control facility.

 

There are systems that do and as Olddudders says it is not to be recommended for extended use.

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As giz says above, the PowerCab doesn’t provide the pseudo DC function (address 0 or 00).

Only a small number of mainly older legacy designs have this dubious feature.

If your system has it, ignore it and don’t bother.

 

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