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Power Supplies for Digitrax Boosters and Command Stations

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

The chart below shows the model of the Digitrax DCC Command Station or Booster with the recommended Power Supply. The latest generation of Digitrax Command Stations and Boosters require DC power and will not function on AC power supplies. Digitrax DCC Boosters & Command Stations Model Description Input DC Power Input AC Power DCS 240 8A command station and booster unit 13.8 – 25VDC PS615 PS2012 NO DB210 3/5/8A with auto reversing booster, single track output 15 – 24VDC...

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Tony’s Train Exchange Volume 14 of The Manifest Newsliner

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in News |

Welcome to Volume 14 of The Manifest Newsliner, which includes a mix of product information, model railroading and DCC tips, along with new product announcements. The Newsliner will keep you apprised of pre-order deadlines, expected delivery dates, and provide useful information about DCC components and their correct operation. It will also include track layout design and wiring, and many more Tony’s exclusive model railroading tips. If you do not wish to receive this...

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Tony’s New TTX Ultra LEDs

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in News |

We’re introducing a new line of LEDs in a variety of colors and sizes. Our LEDs are perfect for lighting projects in locomotives, rolling stock, buildings and any other project you can imagine. Our TTX Ultra LEDs come with 1k ohm resistors so you can safely power them from the 12vdc lighting output of any DCC digital decoder. The TTX Micro LEDs range in size from 0402 to 0605 and are able to to fit in very small spaces. We like to use them in locomotive projects for...

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Wiring A DCC Specialties PSX-AR for a Wye

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

Hello, I currently have 4 PSX-AR devices controlling the reverse loops on my layout and I have just ordered the 5th from you. My plan for this one is to control a wye. I see the wiring diagram for one leg of the wye but does it also control the switch machine(s) so they are in the correct throw for the loco? I don’t see how they should be wired or if it is the same as for a reverse loop or if this device will not control the switch machines on a wye and simply changes...

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Wiring Two DCC Specialties Hares For Crossover

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

Hi Erik, We are now installing Tortoise motors with the Hare decoders, but there is one situation we would appreciate your guidance on please. In one area we have two main line tracks running parallel with a single crossover. I intend to loop both contacts 11 and 12 of the  two Hares together and connect these to a single PB switch so that both turnouts operate in unison to be either clear or thrown. However we also want to install the Auto Throw feature and again it would...

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SoundTraxx Econami UK Decoders

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in News |

Following are the available steam and diesel sounds with corresponding cv and value for the new SoundTraxx Econami UK decoders. Steam: Chuffs, CV 123: Light- GWR 2-6-2T Light Prairie: Value 0 Medium- BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0: Value 1 Medium- BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0: Value 2 Heavy- LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0: Value 3 Heavy- LNER A4 Class 4-6-2: Value 4   Whistles CV 120 and 121: GWR 2-6-2T No. 4575 Main (F1): Value 0 GWR 2-6-2T No. 4575 Shunt (F2): Value 1 Peckett 0-6-0T...

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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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