This discussion about the Relco is getting down right hilarious.
The Relco works on both rails. Rob, you might have heard about
the single rail cleaning action while at NTS2001. I explained to
several people in attendance that only 1 rail on the Val Ease
Central was connected to the Relco units.
It is possible to only connect one half of the circuit. The reason
that I did this was so that I could still use the MRC 8000 sound
circuitry which will not work if the Relco is connected to both rails.
Granted I only get half of the "cleaning" power of my Relcos but
50% is better than 0%. BTW Relcos do not clean the track but
act to maintain electrical conductivity across dirty spots.
You can get Relcos from Glenn and Sandy Stiska (see
'For Sale') or from George's Trains (see
'Where to Buy') in Toronto,
Canada @ $30 Canadian plus shipping.
Once again I ask people not to make claims or to start rumors
about a product when you have no personal experience with the
Val Ease Central (satisfied owner of 3 Relco units)
--- In z_scale@y..., "Robert Allbritton" <robert@p...> wrote:
> You make a good point - DCC (12 volt AC) does tend to keep
the track cleaner
> Analog power (10 volt DC) In fact, DCC is a mini version of a
> Perhaps is it best to think of DCC as a mild abrasive, while a
Relco is a
> little more like medium grit electronic sandpaper (no, neither
> your track or wheels)
> I have heard that you need to reverse the direction of the
> the Relco to work properly (IE a loco running clockwise in a
circle for a
> day will only clean the inside (or outside) rail) is this correct?
> the DCC point: it will "clean" all the time regardless of
> direction travel.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ahellary [mailto:ahellary@n...]
> Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2001 12:57 PM
> To: z_scale@y...
> Subject: Re: [z_scale] Magic Box
> hi all
> yes the relco is what you want.... but i went dcc and have back
> transponding etc... also dcc seems to keep the track cleaner
as its 12v a/c
> not 10 v dc the decoders in the loco do the conversion
> A H-Ellary
> the mad uk'zer with digitrax chief,dt400,bdl16's c/w rx4's ,
> now with added webpage at www.nccnet.co.uk/ahellary
> ----- Original Message -----
> > At 09:15 09/29/2001 -0700, you wrote:
> > >Hi Gang,
> > >
> > >Can someone please tell me the name of the "magic box"
that you put
> > >between your power source and the track to make the trains
> > >smoother?
> > >
> > >Also, the names of a couple dealers.
> > >
> > >Thanks,
> > >
> > >Bill