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DCC Specialties Hare Current Draw

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Each turnout will draw about 35mA counting the LED current and the stall current of the Tortoise switch machines. Thus if you have 30 of these, you will draw approximately 1.0 amperes, which is well within the ability of a 5amp booster. As a note, unless you leave S1 with ALL switches OFF, it is NOT a good idea to run the Hares on a separate bus. This is because if you turn ON S1 switches, they allow the Hare to route its input power to the rails. This means each switch is...

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Blackstone Models Announces 2nd Release of D&RGW 30-Foot Refrigerator Cars

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in News |

Road Numbers to be Released Road No. 36 Flying Grande Herald Road No. 52 Flying Grande Herald Road No. 47 Moffat Tunnel Herald Road No. 54 Flying Grande Herald Road No. 50 Moffat Tunnel Herald Road No. 69 Flying Grande Herald Model Details The second release of D&RGW 30-Foot Refrigerator Cars will come “SoundCar-ready” so you can easily add a SoundCar Digital Sound Decoder. The cars were originally built by American Car & Foundry in 1908. Known as...

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New Athearn Genesis HO NS SD60E  & HO GATX Tank Trains Announced, and Vitameatavegamin!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in News |

Expected Delivery in Late December 2017 Norfolk Southern’s First Responder SD60E #9-1-1 and three sister locomotives in black Thoroughbred paint were announced this week by Athearn Genesis. These HO scale locomotives feature all new tooling and all LED lighting, WHEW WHOO! Check out the details and choose yours now by clicking the button above....

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SoundTraxx Announces GenSet Sounds for Tsunami2

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in News |

The GenSet sound, along with the recently announced Gas Turbine Electric (GTEL) sounds will be added to all Baldwin and Other Diesel Tsunami2 decoders. Delivery is planned for mid September, and we will provide more details about the product in a future article post. This will not be released as a separate part number. Our current Baldwin and Other Diesel decoders do not have these sounds. All updated decoders will be clearly marked with a brightly colored sticker on the...

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Intermountain Railway Co. Announces New N Scale ET44AC Locomotives

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in News |

N Scale Tier 4 GEVO Locomotives GEVO’s feature LED lighting, wire & etched metal details. Models are available three ways: DC Only, DCC Non-Sound, & DCC with Sound –DC models are equipped with a DC only circuit board and are DCC Ready. –Non-Sound are equipped with an ESU LokPilot DCC decoder. –Sound units are equipped with an ESU LokSound Select DCC decoder. These models use the same “Micro Slide-In” style board system as...

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DCC Specialties PSX Circuit Breakers and Multi-Booster Power Districts

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Probably the best way to determine where to place power districts is to take a look at the expected current draw [primarily locomotive motors which use power] for each operating location on the layout.   For example, a busy yard might have several switchers, one or more trains on the arrival and departure tracks, another train or two passing the yard on the main, and maybe a peddler local working nearby industries. If some or all of these trains have more than one...

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Digitrax Shipping New LocoNet WiFi Interface LNWI!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in News |

We’ve just received our initial shipment and response has been overwhelming. We hope to be receiving more the week of August 28th or before as supply has not kept up with demand. The LNWI allows you to connect compatible WiFi devices to LocoNet and run trains using compatible throttle apps. Wi-Fi interface to a Digitrax LocoNet for up to four compatible mobile Wi-Fi devices and Apps. Compatible with most Android and Apple devices running supported throttle apps Easy...

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SoundTraxx Tsunami2 TSU-4400 Now Instock!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in News |

We just received the 1st shipment of SoundTraxx Tsunami2 TSU-4400 TSU-4400 large scale decoders and they are every bit the big brother to their smaller Tsunami2 siblings. We have several O scale projects in our Decoder Installation shop waiting for these bad boys and can’t wait to shoot the videos upon...

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NCE Power Cab Applications

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

The Power Cab is a self-contained DCC system inside of the NCE Pro Cab throttle case, combining a Pro Cab Throttle, DCC Booster, and DCC Command Station in the palm of your hand. The 6 wire flat cable used for the Power Cab is specifically designed to provide higher current and voltages for DCC track power. For this reason, you cannot move the Power Cab to different panel locations without a few changes to the Cab Bus network. The DCC track power to the rails and power from...

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SoundTraxx Tsunami2 New Union Pacific Gas Turbine Coming

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in News |

SoundTraxx has announced the in-process development of the Gas Turbine Electric Locomotive (GTEL) sound set for the Tsunami2 product line! Some highlights include: Less Whine. More Thunder! SoundTraxx collaborated with locomotive maintenance and operating staff from the Union Pacific Railroad who worked with the Turbines to develop the most accurate turbine sounds Pre-loaded sounds for the “Slab-side”, “Veranda”, “Big-Blow A”, and...

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ESU Loksound Decoder Guide

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

ESU offers several series of LokSound & LokPilot decoders in their current product line: Loksound V4.0 decoders divided into the Micro, Standard, L  & XL models Loksound Select decoders divided into the Micro, Standard, and L models LokPilot Standard & V4.0 line of motor decoders Most hardware is identical. The only difference is in the firmware which is hard coded into the decoder. You cannot change a Select decoder to a V4.0, nor can you change a V4.0 to a...

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Tony’s Has Full Product Line From GoodDealsDCC!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in News |

  Tony’s is now carrying the full of line of products from GoodDealsDCC. They have a full range of test tracks in all scales and different lengths as well as different combinations of scales. Their product line also includes shuttle tracks, as well as connector leads and other various accessories. Check out their products and order yours today by clicking the button...

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Adding SoundTraxx DCC Tsunami2 Sound Decoders To Atlas Modern Commuters

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Atlas Model Railroad Company has recently released their Modern Commuter Trains in HO scale offering locomotives, coaches and cab cars for “push-pull” style operations. The cab car is a great opportunity to add a Tsunami SoundCar for Rolling Stock. We would also recommend the addition of a CurrentKeeper for “flicker-free” lighting and reliable operation of sound effects. Pre-loaded with the proper K5LA airhorn, an Electronic bell and 4 lighting effects, the SoundCar can be...

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SoundTraxx Tsunami2 DCC Sound Decoders with Athearn Genesis SD70 Series Locomotives

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Athearn has released new paint schemes and updated tooling for their Genesis Series SD70 locomotives in HO scale. With SD70M, SD75 and SD70I versions in popular road names such as UP, BNSF, CN & NS these models represent the “work-a-day” fleet of modern railroads. A board replacement PNP format decoder can easily be fitted in place of the factory installed light board and space is provided for a speaker from the factory. With support for 1.5 Volt bulbs built right into...

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Install SoundTraxx Tsunami2 DCC Decoder & Intermountain Railway Co. GE ES44AC GEVO

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in News, Tony's Tips |

Earlier this year InterMountain Railway Company released another run of the General Electric ES44AC and ES44DC locomotives in HO scale. These popular locomotives can be found in operation on every major Class I railroad in North America. The prototype locomotives are equipped with a GEVO G-12 series prime mover along with Nathan “K” series air horns. All of the appropriate sounds, along with the proper electronic bell and “GEVO” series air compressor, can be found within...

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How To Get Super Smooth Running DCC Decoders

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Progress Over the Years The motors used in our locomotives have progressively become better over the years. Furthermore, the way we control these motors has also continued to improve. The old rheostat gave way to solid state electronics with better motor control. Then came DCC with a decoder that had direct motor control. Decoders have continued the progress by significantly improving motor control. The major improvement has been the use of Back-Electro Motive Force (BEMF)...

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Intermountain Railway Co.’s All-New GE Tier 4 GEVOs Are Coming!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in News |

Click the links below to order your Tier 4 GEVOs today. BNSF – New Image ET44C4 Canadian National EF-644t CSX ET44AH Union Pacific C45AH Norfolk Southern ET44AC The Officially Licensed GE Tier 4 GEVO from InterMountain is expected by August and promises to be one of their most impressive locomotives ever. This all-new model will feature finely molded parts with railroad specific details, prototype based color schemes with laser sharp painting and printing, including...

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Broadway Limited Imports Sneaks In A New Run of the Iconic Norfolk & Western Class J 4-8-4

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in News |

  N&W Class J 4-8-4 Without making any official announcement, Broadway Limited has listed a new run of their N&W Class J 4-8-4 locomotives on the delivery schedule listed on their website. These units are expected some time in late August to early September of this year. Don’t delay in putting in your order as these will sell out fast!   Locomotive Features Include:  Paragon3 Sound & Operation System, featuring ROLLING THUNDER, with Authentic Sounds...

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