New NCE Snubber
Over the last couple years in Model Railroader, my wiring book, and on this website I have talked about using snubbers to protect against voltage spikes on the track created as a result of intermittent shorts and inductance. In those I showed how to build your own snubber based on a design suggested by Jim Scorse at NCE. Now Jim has come out with a ready to install circuit board version of the snubber that you can install into your existing wiring. His design is flexible in that there are a couple extra solder pads in case you want to experiment with additonal capacitors and resistors. Below is his description of the circuit and its use–just click on it to enlarge and save it to your computer. For those of you wanting quick and easy protection againt voltage spikes on your layout here is a ready to roll solution. MSRP is $12.95 for a pair of them.