Newbie/Oldbie Question

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by cpeters1, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. cpeters1

    cpeters1 New Member

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    I have not done HO trains in 30 years since I was a kid. I pulled out all my old stuff, and now am getting my kids up to speed. Of course my new layout is light years ahead of my simple loop from when I was a kid. But my question seems so basic, I hate to ask.

    My controller has 12V DC and 16V AC outputs as well as the variable output for the track. Which (12VDC or 16VAC) should I use for the track splits. Both seem to work just fine, but for the life of me I can't seem to find this anywhere on the net.
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Welcome to The Gauge:wave:

    12 volts DC is for the trains, 16 volts AC is for your accessories. You may have a fixed 12 volt DC output for DC accessories.
  3. lester perry

    lester perry Guest

    DC accessories would be motorized turntable, oil well, draw bridge ect.
  4. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

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    :wave: welcome to the gauge :wave: most use the fixed dc to power switches(splits)