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Posted By DKRickman on 06/06/2008 9:02 PM
Has anyone tried getting rid of the batteries entirely? Keep a constant fixed voltage on the rails, which provides power directly to the R/C reciever in place of the batteries. A fair sized capacitor could be useful to bridge any dead spots in the track. Basically, it would function like a DCC system, with all the wiring simplifications, but with radio control instead of digital commands through the rails. It would even be possible to run high voltage (greater than 24V) AC, with it's inherent advantages regarding lower resistance losses, and step it down with a transformer inside the loco.

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