FAQ:Can you run a digital decoder equipped locomotive with a conventional 12-volt DC power pack?

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This is an optional feature of digital decoders provided for by the standard. If a digital decoder supports analog operation, and it does not see a digital signal on the track, it reverts to analog operation and can be controlled as if no digital decoder were present. Decoders can be confused by some forms of very narrow pulsed power and extreme care must be taken to ensure that the packs maximum output is less than the decoder’s 24 volt maximum.