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JRMI Decoder Pro & SoundTraxx Tsunami

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Tony's Tips, Tony's TV |

Basic Tutorial using JMRI’s Decoder Pro [DP] to fine tune a SoundTraxx Tsunami for optimal performance. We have also found Decoder Pro to be very effective for programming ESU LokSound decoders too. DP allows the modeler to easily and quickly optimize a decoder. No more button pushing on a throttle. The GUI [Graphic User Interface] is laid out in a logical and easy to use catagorized format. Please note, DP can programs CV’s. DP cannot download or program...

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NCE Pro Cab Throttle Recall

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

To change the number of recall slots on a Procab or Power Cab: Hit Prog /esc key 6 times to get to the cab parameters menu. Hit enter twice. Enter your desired number of recall slots. Press Enter. Press escape to get back to the main menu. The recall button comes set to a default of 2 locomotive slots. It can be set to any number from 1-6. Setting this to 1 recall slot effectively disables the recall button requiring the user to input a locomotive number each time a change...

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NCE Radio Throttle Pro Cab-R On / Off And Auto Shutoff Delay

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

To turn on the NCE Pro Cab-R: Press “EMERGENCY STOP”. The display will activate and show the ‘version message’ but the backlight of the LCD display will not be on. The ‘version message’ will not disappear until the cab successfully communicates with the radio base station. After the cab communicates with the base station normal operations can begin just as if you were plugged in to the cab bus. To turn off the cab: Press “EXPN” and select option #1 (TURN CAB OFF). Automatic...

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Wiring LEDs to Hare

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

I have just installed the Hare 1 (Rev K) and other than the connector not fitting snugly (I had to wiggle it around on the Tortoise connector to get it powered correctly), it works well. I have added a toggle switch that is installed on a control panel and I have added a dwarf signal (two 2-wire bipolar LEDs stacked one on top of the other with a common wire connecting the two, one wire for the top LED and one wire for the bottom LED then wired according to the top...

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PSX-AR and Hidden Track Detection

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

I’m building a new layout with a hidden track that the train has to reverse direction in. I’m thinking of a 2 leg wye where the train will enter the wye through a turnout onto a single track, stop and turnout moved to other direction, then proceed again in the other direction. Is there a way to automate this all, so the train will stop, turnout switched, and train proceed again? This will all be on a hidden track under a mountain. I am using MRC Prodigy Advance...

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Chemist Reviews CMX Clean Machine

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Tony's Tips |

Buy CMX Here The following review of the CMX “Clean Machine” was performed by Charlie Miller, a retired chemist. We asked Charlie to do this review because as a chemist he would have a better technical basis to do so. Track Cleaning – A Chemist’s Perspective Few aspects of model railroading evoke as much controversy as track cleaning. Opinions on how to clean our rails are as varied as the ages of model railroaders. The one thing about this subject that we seem to...

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