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Exciting News From Broadway Limited Imports: New Paragon3 Sound & New Products!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Locomotives, Miscellaneous, News |

Broadway Limited is in the process of shipping their 2015 catalogs to dealers now, and inside it is some very exciting news to share with you!   First, there is the news of the all-new Paragon3 Sound & DCC operating system in HO locomotives! BLI’s Paragon3 Sound decoders feature the following: 2 selectable bells 3 playable whistles with variable endings 1 long, non-looped whistle 1 alternate whistle for locomotives with a second horn Quill whistle when using...

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Shut off DCC Track Power

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Locomotives, Miscellaneous, Tony's Tips |

Our club is being told by someone considered to be an expert in DCC installation and operation that we should never place an engine on a “hot track.” That doing so over a period of time will “kill” the decoder. Even after a derailment, an engine should be placed back on the track with the power off. Is this something that you are aware of?  Rick C……Kings Point Model Railroad Club Sun City Center, Florida Hi Rick, there are at least two issues with placing a...

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Frog Juicers Can’t Keep Up with PSX

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

The problem is that frog juicers are too slow. The PSX will detect the short before the juicers operate. The best solution is to avoid Juicers and simply power route the frog so that it is properly powered. This will avoid any short circuits. If that does not appeal to you, the next best thing is to slow down the PSX. You can do this by setting CV55=1. If this does not solve the problem, you can set CV65= 32, 40, or 48 to lengthen the trip time. This is a new feature, so to...

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Peco Electro Frog Turnouts & DCC

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

A customer recently asked the following about Peco Electro Frog Turnouts and DCC: Right now I have a old school DC layout with three cabs and forty blocks. I have heard that my Peco electrofrog turnouts would be a problem. Some people tell me that they will work without changes so there is some confusion on my part. The turnouts are glued down and have ballast and I would not want to take them up. What would I have to do if anything to make the turnouts work with DCC?   Tom...

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Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Bus Termination Filters, aka. snubbers, are not needed if you use speaker wire  for your main bus. The reason for the noise [we think] is that the filters draw a large current spike every time the DCC waveform switches polarity. Our guess is that the current spikes are causing magnetostriction (mechanical change due to a magnetic field) in the current transformer (T1), and because they are short pulses, they can be heard sometimes as a ringing. The best answer is to wire...

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How To Find Electrical Track Problems

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehmann It has been said that you don’t find trouble, it finds you! To go along with that, one of my favorite sayings is “Trouble is an opportunity to learn”. Here is some of my experience with troubleshooting. One other thing when troubleshooting is to always “Look for something simple”. Types of Track Problems Hint: When planning a layout remember that short length blocks make it easier to locate problems, shorts or opens. Open...

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