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Dear Matty and Stuart R,
If you go onto page 2 of this forum you will find a topic 'Mixing Hornby live steam and trad 12V' which I started in September last year. This describes briefly how I've made a layout on which I can run both sorts of loco, using relays under the track to switch between the two power sources to keep heavy-duty cables as short as possible.

By the way, I think that if a 12V loco was put on the track when it was switched to the steam power, the higher resistance of the 12V loco compared to the live steamer would cause the steam controller to cut out as if the boiler had run dry on the live steamer. But I've never had the courage to try this out!

John Webb
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