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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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Thanks for the reply and for info these are steam with 5 pole motors and as I have 10 of them it would be a bit expensive to replace them all which was why I planned to add decoders. I was looking at using the digihat as these look the easiest to install and I appreciate these will probably never run as well as a purpose built DCC model but thought it may be worth trying to update them. I also have a couple of DCC ready Dapol steamers so my only other options would be to go down the DC route with the old kit and build a separate DCC layout ( even more expensive) or sell the old kit.
Guys, Thanks for the replies. I can't remember where but I do recall reading something about motors burning out but couldn't remember the detail so before I went any further I thought I'd check. Still have to decide on the decoders and asking which are the best is like asking how long a piece is - everyone has thier own opions. I had narrowed it down to NCE, Lenz or Digitrax but I also need to buy the command station and was thinking of using one brand for both the decoders and station, decisions, decisions - life was a lot easier when all you had was DC.
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