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I like the idea of self containment for a garden railway. If I ever get around to putting a line around my garden I would limit the number of locos that can run on it and use bluetooth and on-board battery power to save reliance on the rails. Hopefully the implimentation will be a bit more advanced by then.
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MickleoverTestTrack wrote:I like the idea of self containment for a garden railway. If I ever get around to putting a line around my garden I would limit the number of locos that can run on it and use bluetooth and on-board battery power to save reliance on the rails. Hopefully the implimentation will be a bit more advanced by then.
I've been surprised how reliable contact is on the larger scales outside though. Even if I haven't run anything since last summer, the only thing I have to do is remove any leaves or other obstacles, plonk the loco on and off it goes. Track is a mixture of Peco and Piko.
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Though I've never had it myself, I've been impressed with G scale in the ability to get track power, especially the budget locos with the track pickups. One model trainshop had one running on a shelf continually for two and a half years (At the time I saw it) and he never once cleaned the rails. He had the cheapie G scale four wheel loco that went back and fore on a shelf with a shuttle unit. It ran impressively quiet. It was a Gaugemaster shuttle unit so the loco would do a dead stop at either end. I couldn't believe it when he said it had done it for two and a half years!
Enjoying 7mm narrow gauge.
Mountain wrote: I couldn't believe it when he said it had done it for two and a half years!
*The* motor block for that was the original Playmobil track powered unit (made by LGB)
Quiet and utterly reliable. Pick up on all four wheels plus two wipers (1 wheel with traction tyre)
I still have a few of those brand new pugged away.
However, if starting again in the garden I'd almost certainly go for battery power with 2.4 Ghz radio control.
The main reason being the sheer cost of metal rail points and track!
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As far as I am aware the Bluerail system does not require a standalone controller as DCC does. All control is via bluetooth using the app on your device. A constant power source is applied to the rails. Basically, the onboard device is a digital decoder with an integral bluetooth receiver. I believe a standalone receiver will be offered to enable one to convert a typical digital loco to being able to receive bluetooth signals.
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