I would tend to use an XXL. - These can be 'hungry' beasts!I take that a massoth xl decoder will be good enough for this
I have a LGB 5amp transformer, so if I would run this and my mallett together would it overload the transformer. My mallett and franks are okay running together both twin motor locos.I would tend to use an XXL. - These can be 'hungry' beasts!
I am not sure an XL would take kindly to a full-stall?
As has been stated, a 5 Amp controller would be a minimum, really. One of these, plus 'something small' would probably be OK, but don't be surprised if a 5 Amp controller shutsdown due to heat.
I use a 3.5 Amp bench supply for testing, and setup.. If the motor's are a little 'tired', I can hit the limit on this, at times. - Single engine on rollers, so little load. Imagine out on the track, with curves, and pulling stock.
It depends.. - Sorry, but it does depend on the following:I have a LGB 5amp transformer, so if I would run this and my mallett together would it overload the transformer. My mallett and franks are okay running together both twin motor locos.
Thanks for all your info Phil I'll give you some I info on my railway.It may seem 'doom and gloom', but it depends what you want from your railway?
Rule 8 - Your railway, run what you want..
If you *really* like a certain loco.. Then either build your line to a prototype to suit, or just run it anyway, and enjoy!
At least it isn't a great big Aristocraft loco! - There three-axle bogies ('trucks' in US parlance) have two motors, and three 'gearboxes' per bogie.And well said it's my railway maybe I'll buy it run it hope for the best and enjoy it.
Just be aware that, like Aristocraft, USA Trains tend to mix LED's with filament bulbs.. This can make 'swapping to LED's' a little less of the trivial exercise it ought to be. - Though less-so, than converting things to DCC.So either switching off the lights or swapping to LEDs would significantly reduce current draw
Need to get a BNSF swoosh one next thenI've had my BNSF GP38-2 in war-pumpkin colours for years, after finding a photograph of the actual loco online.