View Full Version : Bowser Steamers and DCC
05-28-2006, 07:31 PM
I had the pleasure of visiting a beautifully done Pennsy Horseshoe Curve layout this weekend. I've always been a bit of a latent Pennsy fan and seeing a four unit lash up of F's tackle THE CURVE really got me excited. Then I got to run a steam helper (a good 'od decapod). That got me to thinking. What decoder would one use in a Bowser steamer. I think they still use those powerful motors that will pull the chrome off a bumper. Not sure if there are many decoders that would handle the amperage. Any body know?
05-28-2006, 07:32 PM
I don't know what a good od decapod is either. I meant good 'ol decapod. Sorry.
05-30-2006, 07:07 AM
You are going to have to determine the Amperage draw on the unit to see how high it is, Then you will have to go to either NCE's, Digitrax, TCS, or Lenz's web sites and see what is available. Since my memory of Bowser Steamers kind of indicated that they were not set up for DCC, then you are going to have to do some re-wiring. I could be wrong?
05-30-2006, 09:37 AM
There's a couple of generic DCC groups on Yahoo that could help. DCC4Everyone comes to mind (I'm not on that one). I'm sure this question has come up on this group, or one of the other ones.
06-01-2006, 09:14 PM
There's some info regarding the motor's DCC compatibility here:
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