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DCC Specialties PSX Circuit Breaker and Digitrax AR1 Compatibility

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Product Compare, Tony's Tips |

The Digitrax AR-1s are very slow because they are a mechanical relay, and hence keep the reverse short on the layout for an electrically long time. The PSX is fast, so it trips first. The best solution is to switch the AR-1s to PSX-ARs. Since the PSX-AR is a breaker AND a reverser, you can run it directly from the booster and still have short circuit protection AND reversing capability. The next possible solution is institute a delay in the PSX trip time. Set CV55 to 1;...

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User Reviews Cleaning Cars

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Product Compare, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

The following review of some popular cleaning cars was fowarded to us, unsolicited, and is used herein with permission. BUY CMX This is one of our FAVORITE topics here. (grin) I have a track cleaning car fetish. I own them all. Anyone I can find from the crumby Roco tank with a dragging pad to the newest CMX. I have even built some of my own design with varying results. I have tried them all and they all have plusses and minuses that have mostly been touched on here. I will...

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NCE Corp Systems & Cabs

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Product Compare, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

POWERHOUSE PRO ™ 5 Amp DCC System   The Powerhouse Pro is the most user friendly DCC system on the market. Other DCC systems require memorization of arcane simultaneous button sequences and computer hexadecimal numbers to accomplish the simplest tasks.  The ProCab™ walks you through every operation with clearly labeled buttons and well thought out menu prompts in plain English on the back lit LCD display of the Cab. The most often performed operations usually are just...

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Navigating the Stationary Decoder and Switch Machine Jungle

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Product Compare, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehmann Don Fiehman drafted this handy guide as a quick reference resource for users. Download in PDF Format (182 kB) If you are going to install new switch machine or convert old machine to DCC there are many decisions to make. Which decoders matches up with the switch machine, is extra power needed. How can a short circuit on the rails be prevented from cutting off the power to the stationary decoder. How do you number switches and address the decoder. Hopefully...

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Reverser and Breakers for DCC

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Product Compare, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

by Stefano Curtarolo, last update – January 2005 DCC Auto Reverser and Circuit Breaker Comparison Table Features Digitrax PM4 Lenz LK100 MRC AD520 Tony’s PSOnereplaced by PSX Tony’s PSTwo replaced by PSX Tony’s PSFour replaced by PSX Tony’s PSReverse replaced by PSX Unit Costs (List Price) (1) $23, $80 $57 $34.95 $29.95 $24.98, $49.95 $19.98, $79.95 $39.95 Amps (2) 12 5 2 8 8 8 8 Response Timing slow slow slow fast fast fast fast Manual Reset...

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