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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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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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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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