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QSI Titan with Stay Alive Capacitor

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

Adding a stay alive capacitor to a QSI Titan U type decoder is easy. Simply solder the common blue wire of the stay alive capacitor to the common blue wire of the decoder and the remaining black wire to the Titan’s small-cap black wire. Some of the most popular stay alive caps we recommend are from TCS and SoundTraxx: TCS 1668 KA4 KeepAlive TCS 2000 KA3 KeepAlive SoundTraxx 810140 CurrentKeeper QSI Titan U Type Decoder with Stay Alive...

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ESU Loksound Select Micro 73800 Installation in WalthersSW1

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

We recently installed a Loksound Select Micro in an older Walthers SW1. These Walthers units were produced in the late 90’s and early 2000’s by Roco and featured a smooth running mechanism and a well-executed plastic shell. For this project, we disassembled an ESU PowerPack stay alive and separated the control board from the capacitor. The Loksound 73800 Slect Micro decoder was placed over the motor with the PowerPack control board stacked over the decoder. TTX...

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NCE Throttle Cab Address

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

Each NCE cab MUST have a unique Cab address. The address range is based on which NCE DCC System is being used; Power Cab or the PH Pro. To reset any NCE throttle including the Power Cab: Hold down the <select loco> key while plugging in Release the button. You can now read or change cab address. To make no changes press enter. W With the cursor blinking, press the number buttons to select a new address Press <enter>, or Use 00 to reset the cab to factory...

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New Run of Athearn Genesis HO EMD F3 and F7 Units

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in News |

New Run of Athearn Genesis HO EMD F3 and F7 Units Announced! All New Paint Schemes! *New Tony’s Shipping Policy: All US orders now have a  flat rate of just $9.95 for standard shipping! Athearn has announced a new run of their highly regarded EMD F units, with F7s and F3s available as single units and in AB pairs. There are some all-new paint schemes available in this run for the first time in the Genesis line. The F7 Demonstrator scheme in striking orange and white...

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The CMX Clean Machine Celebrates 20 Years!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in News |

The Best Track Cleaner: The CMX Clean Machine Celebrates 20 Years! FREE SHIPPING USA ONLY Without peer, the CMX Clean Machine has been the most effective track cleaning car on the market for 20 years. It’s a milestone we are celebrating by offering free shipping to you on any order with the purchase of any scale of CMX Clean Machine track cleaner! Made with pride right here in the USA! CMX Clean Machine Features: Precision Machined Parts Solid Brass Construction...

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New Run of Athearn Genesis HO EMD SD70 Series In All New Paint Schemes!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in News |

CSX #4693 (Patch) in Electro-Motive Demonstrator Paint Scheme Athearn’s new run of superbly detailed HO Scale EMD SD70M, SD75i and SD75M locomotives will start arriving by the end of next week. These locomotives feature prototype specific detailing and smooth running Genesis powertrains. They will be available in both standard DC versions (DCC ready) and Tsunami2 Sound & DCC equipped models. Click on the road names listed below to view available road numbers and...

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The New Athearn Roundhouse HO GE AC4400CW Is Here

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in News |

Impressive Detail And Value! NS #4000 painted in special DC to AC blue to gray paint scheme We have received our first shipment of these new Roundhouse HO Scale GE AC4400CW locomotives and needless to say, we are very impressed. This extremely affordable locomotive from Athearn is loaded with details and is a smooth runner to boot. Check out the details in some of the close-ups below. Click on the images to enlarge them. Don’t miss out on these great values. Click the...

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New Athearn Genesis HO EMD GP7s & GP9 Roadnames Are Here!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in News |

This Illinois Terminal GP7 may just be the greenest locomotive ever! These new GP7s and GP9s include some fantastic paint schemes not done before by Athearn. Many of the DC only locomotives are already sold out, so don’t delay, order yours now before they’re gone. Just click on the link below the image to view available road numbers and place your order!  Illinois Terminal GP7 Burlington Northern GP7 in ex CB&Q Paint Burlington Northern GP9 in ex GN Paint...

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Changing The Output Voltage of The Lenz LZV100

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

This entails changing the value of CV7 in the programming software which resides in the LZV100. Use the LH100 Keypad Dispatcher’s Throttle. Use Programming on the Main [POM] just as though you are programming a loco decoder, but you don’t need to specify an address. Press <F7> to get to POM mode. Program CV7 and set CV 7=50. The red LED on the front of LZV100 begins to flash. While the LED is flashing, set CV7=30 This will set the output voltage to 15V. This must be...

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DCC Specialties Wabbits and CMOS Route Display

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

 I have a number of Wabbits w/ feedback installed on my layout and they are working great.  I would like to use the feedback opto-isolators to interface with a 4000 series CMOS logic circuit for route display with LEDs. I would assume having a resistor between the + of my 9V power supply to pin 1 of J5 or J6 and pin 2 connected to the – (ground) of the supply would give the proper input to the logic circuit, from pin 1 and 2?  Likewise for pin 3 and 4 for the Throw...

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PSX & PSX-AR Wiring Configurations

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

When you have two wires close together in parallel, the magnetic fields due to current flow in each wire couple into the other wire. If you make those currents equal and opposite (such as a main DCC bus), then the magnetic fields will cancel. Since inductance is caused by energy stored in the magnetic field of a wire, if you have the magnetic fields cancel, you have also cancelled the inductance. While this is true for any length of wire, for practical purposes with DCC,...

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DCC Specialties RRampMeter Voltage Reading

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

The lowest DC voltage that the basic RRampMeter can read is about 9.5 volts. This is because it takes about this much voltage to power the RRampMeter from the input voltage. However, the Version III can operate selectively from either the input voltage or a 9V battery. The Version III, when operating on the battery, can measure DC, DCC, or AC down to 0 volts. Note that in this configuration, the v.III may not read 0 with no input connected. However, a short across the input...

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Reset NCE Power Cab

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

To reset the command station section of the Power Cab Press <Prog/Esc> five times. The cab will display “SET CMD STATION” Press <enter> 12 times. The cab will display “Reset System?” Press <6> for Yes Press <1> to confirm The system will blink off for a few seconds then come back up. ================================= You must also reset the cab portion of the Power Cab as below. Unplug the cable from the bottom of the Power Cab. Hold down...

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