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DCC - effect on old Farish loco's

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My first posting but I'm sure you guys can help me.

I'm starting a layout after many years absence and reading through this forum and the usual publications it seems obvious to go down the DCC route for a new layout However I have a number of old Poole built Farish loco's that I would like to convert to DCC but I'm not sure what effect DCC will have on these as they were built to either be running or left in an isolated section. They were not built to sit idle in a powered section of track, is it likely to burn out the motor and should I plan to add some isolated sections or do the decoders help protect the motor? Finally I only intend to use two function wired decoders on the loco's (can't see any reason for more functions as I don't plan to use sound), are there any types I should avoid installing on Farish kit.
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As it seems you plan to fit decoders to you locos, sitting idle on a powered section of track isn't an issue. The decoder doesn't send any power to the motor unless you command that particular loco to move.

You may be thinking of something you read that a single loco without a decoder can be operated on a DCC system. Most (not all) DCC systems are capable of doing this but it is not recommended, especially for N gauge motors which seem particularly likely to be damaged by the DCC current. So the advice is to fit a decoder to any loco before you run it on DCC.
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