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DCC Specialties PSX Power Booster District Diagram

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

There are two types of power districts: Single power district per booster or multiple power districts on a single booster. In either case, you want a PSX or PSX-AR protecting each power district. If you have a single booster for a power district, you still want a PSX-1 protecting that district. The reason is that the protective circuitry in the booster is designed to protect the booster, NOT your $1000 fully lit, full sound, decoder equipped, fully detailed scale model. The...

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DCC Specialties Hare Current Draw

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Each turnout will draw about 35mA counting the LED current and the stall current of the Tortoise switch machines. Thus if you have 30 of these, you will draw approximately 1.0 amperes, which is well within the ability of a 5amp booster. As a note, unless you leave S1 with ALL switches OFF, it is NOT a good idea to run the Hares on a separate bus. This is because if you turn ON S1 switches, they allow the Hare to route its input power to the rails. This means each switch is...

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DCC Specialties PSX and Multi-Boosters Diagram

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Probably the best way to determine where to place power districts is to take a look at the expected current draw [primarily locomotive motors which use power] for each operating location on the layout.   For example, a busy yard might have several switchers, one or more trains on the arrival and departure tracks, another train or two passing the yard on the main, and maybe a peddler local working nearby industries. If some or all of these trains have more than one...

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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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ESU Loksound Decoder Guide

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

ESU offers several series of LokSound & LokPilot decoders in their current product line: Loksound V4.0 decoders divided into the Micro, Standard, L  & XL models Loksound Select decoders divided into the Micro, Standard, and L models LokPilot Standard & V4.0 line of motor decoders Most hardware is identical. The only difference is in the firmware which is hard coded into the decoder. You cannot change a Select decoder to a V4.0, nor can you change a V4.0 to a...

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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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