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Where Did All The Dead Railers Go?

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  • #16

    I believe you're right that many model enthusiasts have high standards regarding functionality and/or technical details, such as loco and ambient sound effects, steam effects, etc.

    So I'll second that many who get a glimpse at battery-powered R/C are maybe somewhat disappointed.

    However I believe there's another factor at work: there's virtually no rolling stock available with standardized R/C off the shelves. You almost always have to convert the locos yourself or pay for someone to do so. Combined with the incompatibility of existing DCC oriented soundcards, you have a lot of extra effort and in dome cases loss of features.

    Finally I know no good standardized R/C system except Deltang and even that will give you a steep learning curve.

    So I find it unsurprising that dead rail only appeals to a niche. It's strongest in the garddn railway environment, where BPRC not only has advantages in maintenance, but also in cost considering the financial investment and upkeep my father has to spend on his rail-powered garddn layout. Not to mention track-cleaning...

    That all being said, I'm termjnally hooked to dead rail. I love to tinker and for me the advantages outweigh the shortcomings by far.

    Bedt regards,



    • #17
      I'm actually considering moving completely to dead rail battery power..........but have no idea what I'm doing, :erm:
      In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.