Tortoise™ Application Notes

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

Order Tortoise™ Download Tortoise™ Manual (PDF) Wabbit™ – Dual DCC stationary decoder Hare™ New Generation – DCC stationary decoder that plugs directly on to Tortoise™ Hare™ – 1st Version Thanks to Steve at Circuitron for furnishing this info: Off-center mounting of the Tortoise™ (AN 6000-01) Switch point and signal wiring using the internal switches on the Tortoise™ switch machine (AN 6000-02) Using the Tortoise™ with Peco turnouts (AN 6000-03) Edge...

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UTP – Universal Throttle Panel Hints and Tips

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehmann, Rev Feb 2005 Buy It Here Download in PDF (399 kB) Universal Cab Bus Throttle Assembly for NCE, Digitrax and Lenz and DCC systems These notes are one of the evolving tip sheet on DCC subjects. The source of these tips comes from customer questions, personal experience, the internet and technical information. This note is on the installation and operation of the UTP (Universal Throttle Panel). The UTP will work with NCE, Digitrax, and Lenz DCC systems....

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Switch point and signal wiring using the internal switches on the Tortoise™ switch machine

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

AN 6000-02 TURNOUTS: Since the polarity of the stock rails with reference to the TORTOISE™ will vary depending upon which way the TORTOISE™ is mounted, it is best to use the terminal block as shown. If a short circuit occurs in your track power circuit, immediately remove power and reverse the connections to circuit board positions 2 & 3. If all your TORTOISES™ are mounted facing the same way, you can eliminate the terminal block after you have determined the proper...

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Reverser and Breakers for DCC

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Product Compare, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

by Stefano Curtarolo, last update – January 2005 DCC Auto Reverser and Circuit Breaker Comparison Table Features Digitrax PM4 Lenz LK100 MRC AD520 Tony’s PSOnereplaced by PSX Tony’s PSTwo replaced by PSX Tony’s PSFour replaced by PSX Tony’s PSReverse replaced by PSX Unit Costs (List Price) (1) $23, $80 $57 $34.95 $29.95 $24.98, $49.95 $19.98, $79.95 $39.95 Amps (2) 12 5 2 8 8 8 8 Response Timing slow slow slow fast fast fast fast Manual Reset...

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G Scale Systems Comparison: New Aristocraft TrainEngineer Vs. New NCE GWire ProCab

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Product Compare, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

Here is a comprehensive feature comparison of 2 new G scale control systems. One is DCC and the other proprietary, which one would you buy? Feature Comparison QSI Solutions: “Aristo Style” Sound & Power DCC Decoder with G-Wire Receiver NCE: G-Wire Pro Cab, (DCC Transmitter) and Aristocraft: “Revolution” Train Engineer Control System (Proprietary) This comparison is to help the end user differentiate between the features and capabilities of the QSI-NCE wireless control...

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ESU ECoS Command Station

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehman Buy Here You may not be familiar with ESU or their new ECoS digital command station. ESU is the German company that makes LokSound decoders. ESU has a new model railroad control system called ECoS. The ECoS system not only operates DCC decoders, but also Märklin®, Motorola®, and Selectrix® decoders. This system can be operated as a two-station standalone system or become the central part of a much larger system with the extensive assortment of input and...

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