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Adding Remote Short Circuit Indication to the PSX

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

PSX-1 Remote Status LED (J5-1,J5-2) Output Load Specification. Many users have large layouts and require remote short circuit indication in more than one location. The following schematic provides output voltage and current on this output so that you can develop a reliable solution to this issue by adding remote LEDs to the PSX. The diode bridge and filter capacitor can be replaced by a 12V walwart or other 12V power...

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Wiring LEDs to Hare Accessory Decoder

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

I have just installed the Hare 1 (Rev K) and 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 illustration on page 4 of the manual included with the product) to the Hare connections and they also work well. I now want to add 2...

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Video Review of HO Scale Athearn Genesis EMD SD70M with SoundTraxx Tsunami2

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in News, Tony's TV |

The most recent version of the Genesis EMD SD70M has just arrived. Featuring flawless paint, super high detail and the newest SoundTraxx Tsunami2 DCC sound decoder to match a fantastic model, the evolution of scale modeling continues to reach new levels. Check out our review to get a glimpse of these big, heavy duty locomotives go through their paces....

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Reviewing Tortoise Buddy Features

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in News |

The Tortoise Buddy series is designed to provide operators who don’t need the DCC functions of the Hare a similarly convenient method of activating a Tortoise switch motor machine. The Tortoise Buddy plugs directly onto the card edge connector of the Tortoise and can be used with DC or DCC layouts. The Tortoise Buddy family has three members: Tortoise Buddy Baby, Tortoise Buddy Senior, and Tortoise Buddy Whiz Kid. Tortoise Buddy Baby The Tortoise Buddy Baby is designed to...

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Tony’s Has New SoundTraxx UK Econami Decoders

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in News |

The latest SoundTraxx Econami DCC Sound decoders feature British prototype steam and diesel locomotives. The UK specific Econami line includes 3 initial formats: the ECO-100, ECO-200, and ECO-21PNEM.  Equipped with several UK-specific features and totally new sound sets, these decoders create the experience customers have been missing and asking for at a value they have never seen! Chuffs Light GWR 2-6-2T Light Prarie Heavy LMS Stanier 8F [2-8-0] Medium BR Standard Class 5...

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Installing SoundTraxx Decoders in HO Scale Athearn EMD SD39

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Athearn has also just released new paint schemes such as N&W, MNS, AT&SF, Guilford and others for their Ready-to-Roll EMD SD39 locomotive in HO scale. These models are equipped with a 9-pin JST style quick-plug and enough space for two of our Super Mini Speakers. This combination makes installing a Tsunami2 or Econami decoder a breeze. We recommend the following products for this model: TSU-2200 for EMD Diesels P.N. 885005 ECO-200 for Diesels P.N. 882002 SuperSonic...

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Installing SoundTraxx Decoders in HO Scale Bowser SD40-2

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Locomotives, Tony's Tips |

Bowser Manufacturing has released another production run of their GMD (General Motors Diesel – the Canadian division of EMD) SD40-2 locomotives in HO scale. These uniquely Canadian models will be offered in road names including: CP, CN, BC RAIL, Ontario Rail, HLCX, St. L.&H and QNS&L. The Tsunami2 and Econami 21PNEM series of Digital Sound Decoders fit right into these models making the installation process easier than ever. Combine these SoundTraxx decoders with a...

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How To Add Current Keeper to Soundtraxx Tsunami Decoders

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Instructions and schematics for various SoundTraxx Tsunami DCC Decoders 1. Using wire cutters, remove the factory-installed capacitor from the Tsunami TSU-1000 Digital Sound Decoder by clipping the red and black wires, leaving about 3” of the black capacitor wire still attached to the decoder. The red capacitor wire may be removed and discarded. 2. Prepare the CurrentKeeper for installation: Using wire cutters, trim the blue and black wires to about 3”. 3. Strip and tin the...

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How To Wire A DCC Railroad Diamond Crossing

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Using a PSX-AR,  you can change the polarity of the diamond’s frogs automatically and have circuit breaker protection. This particular schematic is based upon one we built using a Fast Tracks jig. By the way, we love using Fast Tracks products on our own layouts. If you want to practice a bit of meditation and feel a sense of accomplishment, purchase one of their...

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