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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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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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ESU ECoS Command Station Review

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in News, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehman Buy Here You may not be familiar with ESU or their new ECoS digital command station. ESU is the German company that makes LokSound decoders. ESU has a new model railroad control system called ECoS 50210. The ECoS system not only operates DCC decoders, but also Märklin®, Motorola®, and Selectrix® decoders. This system can be operated as a two-station standalone system or become the central part of a much larger system with the extensive assortment of input and...

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NCE Advanced Consisting

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Printed with permission by Dave Heap and the NCE Yahoo Group Setting up an Advanced Consist with NCE Assume you have three locos, numbered A, B & C you wish to consist. On the NCE throttle press <CONSIST SETUP> Press <ENTER> to select an advanced consist Press <ENTER> and proceed to the next step Follow the prompts to set up the three locos in consist with loco A as the lead, Loco C as the rear and loco B as mid-consist. The system will suggest a...

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NCE Power Cab & Radio

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Buy the Radio Equipped Power Cab Here When can you use the Radio? A radio Power Cab  can ONLY operate on a layout that already has a dedicated NCE command station including a NCE SB5, CS02, or PH Box along with a RB02 Radio Base station. Here the Power Cab is not used as a Power Cab at all, but as a regular Pro Cab. Operating as a “cab”, the Power Cab can now use the “cab radio” built inside to talk to the command station via the RB02 just like any other radio cab does....

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Wiring a Center Off DPDT Toggle Switch to a PowerPax Booster

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

I recently purchased a PowerPax to program my BLI locos. It works great! All of the red text warns me about using a DPDT switch to toggle between programming and normal DCC. It does mention the exception of using a DPDT with a center off. I do have a switch with the center off. Can I safely use it? All of the warnings have made me very cautious. I am manually switching the two sets of wires between programming and DCC operation and would like to clean it up a bit with...

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