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Grade Crossing Comparison

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

We did some research on Logic Rail and Circuitron crossing controllers. Feel free to verify our results, but we tried to make an apples to apples comparison. The Cross Hare does two tracks (expandable) with photocells, drives the Tortoise directly, controls the flashers (simulates incandescent or modern LED styles), provides bell sounds and includes sensors and speaker. The Cross Hare also provides prototypical operation if the train triggers the crossing but does not enter...

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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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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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