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Ian Wigglesworth
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Looking at buying a small shunting loco.

I didn't realise there are so many types of motor fitted to different locomotives!!
RINGFIELD, 5 POLE SKEW WOUND, TYPE 7 And many more!

Are there any motors that I should avoid?

I know that if they run well on DC they 'should' run well or better on DCC.

I just want to know if there are any motors that are not very good on DC and so would not be much good on DCC.
I'm looking at Ebay for some bargins, but I may have to buy from a shop, so if it does run badly on DC then at least I can take it back to the shop and try a different one before actually fitting a decoder.

Ian
 

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QUOTE (wiggy25 @ 10 Aug 2006, 20:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Looking at buying a small shunting loco.

I didn't realise there are so many types of motor fitted to different locomotives!!
RINGFIELD, 5 POLE SKEW WOUND, TYPE 7 And many more!

Are there any motors that I should avoid?

I know that if they run well on DC they 'should' run well or better on DCC.

I just want to know if there are any motors that are not very good on DC and so would not be much good on DCC.
I'm looking at Ebay for some bargins, but I may have to buy from a shop, so if it does run badly on DC then at least I can take it back to the shop and try a different one before actually fitting a decoder.

Ian

You can also test how well it will run on DCC before fitting a decoder. Simply connect your chosen decoder between the command station and a loop of track or rolling road. Depending on the motor/decoder combination you may need to remove the suppression components from the loco.

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If I were you i'd avoid all cheap Hornby motors (HP, Type 7 etc) With an approximate running time of 150 hours...
 
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