Sunday, October 22, 2006

New power control

Well, tests with the new power controller can only be described as a complete failure. Although the track was clean, and the connections all appeared to be fine, the Brunig rack loco would barely move. Moreover, even when it did move, it was very slow and presumably couldn't draw sufficient power from the controller. While the new (well, second hand) controller is only a 1 amp power pack, this loco has only one motor and was being tested on level track with no load. Bench tests indoors suggested that the controller was adequate, but outdoors on the track, nothing doing. What a complete disappointment. I don't know whether to abandon track power or continue with the experiment - but a higher power controller comes in at a much higher price... we'll have to see.