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How to wire a NCE DCC system?

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How to wire a NCE DCC system?
Posted by Lillen on Friday, September 5, 2008 4:58 PM

Hi,

 

I got a real simple question for you. I'm going to get, sometimes later this year, a NCE DCC system, how do you wire it? Since I can not buy an American power supply and use it here I must buy a Swedish one. But, when looking at the NCE website I can't find a 100% answer, but my guess is that it's just two naked wires going from the power supply to the DCC system, somewhere between 12-18 AC and 5 amps. Am I right?

 

Thanks,

 

Magnus

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Posted by tstage on Friday, September 5, 2008 5:09 PM

Magnus,

Yes, there's a wall wart (transformer) that powers the command station.  The track wires then run from the command station to your track bus.

Under your particular circumstances, Magnus, I would contact NCE directly and ask them what particular transformer you need, being in Sweden.  They are really a helpful bunch there.  You may need to wait till Monday in order to get ahold of them though.

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Posted by Lillen on Friday, September 5, 2008 5:19 PM

Thanks for the info Tom.

 

I will e-mail them tomorrow to find out. I was mostly keen on knowing if it was just to ires since that makes it a lot easier to find a transformer in Sweden. My Roco DCC system uses a one of a kind connection between the transformer and the DCC station. That is why I wasn't sure.

 

 

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Posted by tstage on Friday, September 5, 2008 5:44 PM

Magnus,

I bought a Digitrax wall transformer (PS315?) to power my NCE Smart Booster (SB3).  (I use a Power Cab.)  The connection end of the transformer came with the connectors already on it.  All I did was snip them off and hooked them directly to the wire jack at the rear of the SB3.

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It will probably look similar to this on the Powerhouse Pro command station, except I think it's on the front panel instead of the rear.

Hope that helps...

Tom

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Posted by maxman on Friday, September 5, 2008 6:00 PM
 Lillen wrote:

Hi,

 

I got a real simple question for you. I'm going to get, sometimes later this year, a NCE DCC system, how do you wire it? Since I can not buy an American power supply and use it here I must buy a Swedish one. But, when looking at the NCE website I can't find a 100% answer, but my guess is that it's just two naked wires going from the power supply to the DCC system, somewhere between 12-18 AC and 5 amps. Am I right?

 

Thanks,

 

Magnus

 

I think the correct answer to your question is what you have already stated... 12-18 VAC and 5 amps.  This assumes that you are getting the PowerHousePro.  The two other responses you got above assume, I think, that you are getting the PowerCab.  This uses the wall transformer-type power supply.  The 5 amp system requires something more substantial.

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Posted by tstage on Friday, September 5, 2008 6:34 PM

 maxman wrote:
I think the correct answer to your question is what you have already stated... 12-18 VAC and 5 amps.  This assumes that you are getting the PowerHousePro.  The two other responses you got above assume, I think, that you are getting the PowerCab.

Maxman,

No, I understood by the figures given that Magnus was looking at the Powerhouse Pro system, with comes with a separate command station, booster, and throttle.  I was only using the Power Cab as an example.

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Posted by maxman on Friday, September 5, 2008 6:40 PM
 tstage wrote:

 maxman wrote:
I think the correct answer to your question is what you have already stated... 12-18 VAC and 5 amps.  This assumes that you are getting the PowerHousePro.  The two other responses you got above assume, I think, that you are getting the PowerCab.

Maxman,

No, I understood by the figures given that Magnus was looking at the Powerhouse Pro system, with comes with a separate command station, booster, and throttle.  I was only using the Power Cab as an example.

Tom

Yup, gotchya.  I saw his figures also, but the two responses mentioned the wall transformers, so I just wanted to make sure he was going down the right track, I mean path.

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Posted by Lillen on Saturday, September 6, 2008 3:09 AM

Thanks for the additional info guys and "saving" me from any problems. You are all right. It's the big set I'm gonna get as soon as I can. I will need to check for a big power supply.

 

I should have specified exactly what system I was after but you guys seems to have figured it out anyways.

 Thanks

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Posted by modelmaker51 on Saturday, September 6, 2008 5:20 PM

Magnus,

I have a ProCab. The power supply's specs are: 120VAC 60Hz > 15VAC 5A. I don't know if the difference in cycles, 60Hz here vs 50Hz there will affect the cpu of the command station, if at all.

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