Listed below are items designed and developed by a member of Guildford Model Railway Group. Products are made to order for direct purchase.
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PowerStores (known as keepalives, KAs, or stay alives) give approximately 5 to 20 seconds* of additional power to locomotives and rolling stock fitted with an NMRA compatible DCC decoder. The designs have been carefully considered to provide maximum performance within a range of minimal spaces.
The PowerStores are suitable to operate with control systems and decoders that conform to the NMRA DCC specifications and standards.
The Flat PowerStore is suitable for wide bodies and cab roofs, for example the Auscision Paybus, the IDR Models X200 class.
The Rectangle PowerStore is a versatile shape, which suits narrow hood and full body width diesel locomotives, as well as steam locomotive tenders and bodies.
The Square PowerStore was originally designed for fitting into the short hood of Auscision 48 and 830 class locos. It suits other installations, such as the Auscision 73 class cab and steam loco tenders.
The Trapezium PowerStores are suitable for going into cabs (one example is the IDR Models 70 class) or steam locomotive tenders.
- Flat: approximately 20mm L x 22mm W x 6.5mm H
- Rectangle: approximately 32mm L x 6mm W x 11mm H
- Square: approximately 15mm L x 15mm W x 11mm H
- Trapezium: approximately 20mmL x 11mmW x 13.5mmH
Each PowerStore comes with 100mm length blue (+ or plus) and black (ground) cables for attaching directly to a DCC decoder or manufacturer circuit board.
PowerStore prices: AUD $35 each plus $6.50 shipping to anywhere in Australia. Postage will be combined wherever possible.
All PowerStores are made to order.
*Note: The time range given for PowerStore performance is indicative only, as individual performance depends on the locomotive and DCC decoder in use. The PowerStores have been tested on a variety of locomotives from old Athearn mechanisms with open frame motors to modern DCC-ready models with efficient can motors.
Square, Rectangle and Trapezium PowerStores on a 36 class locomotive, showing the various shapes and sizes relative to the tender
Square and Rectangle PowerStores on the tender of an Ixion Models 32 class. The Rectangle would be suitable for hiding under a coal load, while the Square shape would fit inside the tender as part of a custom installation.
A Rectangle PowerStore fitted in the front speaker chamber of a first release Auscision Models 422 class. For reference the chamber is for a 40mm x 20mm speaker.
A Flat PowerStore installed in an Auscision Models Paybus (the decoder has been removed to show the wiring connection)
Video of a customer's Auscision Paybus with a Flat PowerStore fitted. The Paybus stops after 5 seconds of no track power due to the DCC decoder's maximum keepalive time setting.
A Square PowerStore installed in the cab of a customer's first release Auscision Models 73 class locomotive. The control stand inside the cab was removed as part of the installation.
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