Re: Magic Box
- Hi All,
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
http://www.z-world.com 'For Sale') or from George's Trains (see
http://www.creativelement.com/z '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