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Rivarossi E8 and DCC

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    August 2003
  • From: Conemaugh Division
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Rivarossi E8 and DCC
Posted by Pennsy58 on Thursday, December 11, 2003 8:15 PM
I am stuck. A new Rivarossi E8 conversion to DCC. This engine has a vertically mounted motor and the gear drops into the rear truck assembly. I have one wire to the front truck and the other wired to the rear truck with electrical tape to isolate the connection from the rest of the metal wheel assembly. Orange and grey to the motor. However, I cannot resolve a short somewhere. If I remove the motor from the truck assembly, no short. Place the motor back into the assembly and a short exists. Seems to be a motor isolation issue? Looking for anyone that has converted this engine for assistance. [:D]
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  • From: Along the Murphy Branch
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Posted by dave9999 on Thursday, December 11, 2003 8:51 PM
I have no experience with that loco, but it sounds like the motor needs
to be isolated. You would probably get more responses on the general
discussion forum. You will usually find more members there.

Dave
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    September 2002
  • 7,482 posts
Posted by ndbprr on Friday, December 12, 2003 8:23 AM
Try Tony's train exchange web site for a possible solution. He has a DCC decoder installation page that tells how people did them, problems, etc. Many of the conversions have pictures also which are worth more than a 1000 words each.
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  • From: Conemaugh Division
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Posted by Pennsy58 on Friday, December 12, 2003 3:14 PM
Problem has been solved. Whenever I removed the wheels to solder the decoder wire I didnt pay attention. Placed one of the wheels in backwards and resulted in power from both rails going through the truck. No wonder a short. Runs fine now. Except for my mistake, this was a very easy conversion and the existing lamp could be used since it was already wired with a resistor. Appriciate all the help guys.

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