“I should have done this years ago! In the four decades of being in this hobby this feels like one of the smartest purchased I’ve made!”–I was at the hobby shop last Saturday. Jim had asked me how I liked the new NCE PowerCab I’d bought the week previous.
I’m heading into my second week now of feeling just as good as I have before. In addition to the PowerCab I also bought a Kato SD40 that already had DCC installed–to really evaluate the value of this decision I wanted that kind of foolproof baseline. The manual from NCE proclaims a setup of about ten minutes. They weren’t wrong. By the time the tea had steeped I was running my little SD40 back and forth along several lengths of track. I expected it to bust through dirt on the rails (Lazy me I didn’t clean the track) which it did and the quality of slow speed control in that stock, unmodified, decoder is spectacular. Any reservations I still felt about the amount of money spent that afternoon just feel silly now.
This isn’t the same kind of layout building progress like posting a photo of track laid or scenery built. “Retail therapy” sometimes sounds a little too flippant when we use it and too often describes something that doesn’t really resolve a problem but I think, this time, it is the right term. I’m not at a place in my life where I have a lot of spare time or mental horsepower for the hobby in all its forms and being able to spend a little money feels like a very productive way forward so I can focus my time on the parts I can be active in.
I should have done this ten years ago
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