I have finally accepted that for Victoria Street to improve operationally, it had free itself of the shackles of cumbersome (and extensive) block wiring. While I could run scenarios to a fast clock, it lent itself to a repetitive rhythm of flicking switches and throttling a dubious DC controller and keeping an eye out for the section breaks in the trackwork.
So with a little birthday money and a little bit of online research, I have settled on the NCE powercab.
The new toy for the boy.
The first three candidates SW6 964, SW5 812 (both RTR versions) and X1 460.
"It's alive, mah ha ha ha ha!'
SW6 964 now fitted with DCC decoder (note light functions leads are shrinked wrapped until
all that motor CV caper is figured out.....)
So with now these three trams running prototypical Melbourne like on Victoria Street, (nothing for ages, then three run Indian file trying not to rear-end each other).
The decoder list now will have to blow out to suit another 4 W class cars, 3 other non standard MMTB trams(a U, an X, & Y class) , plus 2 blow ins from the bush (Ballarat 28 & Bendigo 29), not to mention my other exotics from Japan, Germany and the U.S.; therefore I will be up for a small fortune in decoders.$$$$$$.
Above all, I love the slow speed handling, and operational scope of this 'dark art'. (What the f*@& was I thinking with bog standard DC?)
From under the wires, amongst the decoders and burnt by solder.