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ESU Announces 50310 CabControl Wireless DCC System!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in News |

Expected to be available after November 1st, 2017 50310 CabControl Wireless Control System Completely wireless model railroad operation Ergonomic Android based remote control unit with TFT display Internal database capable of holding more than 16,000 locomotives with specific names and symbols Up to 28 functions per locomotive Easy to create multiple unit consists Capable of configuring and controlling more than 1,000 turnouts and other accessories Updatable with internet...

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An All-New Intermountain  HO Scale GE C44-9W is Coming!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in News |

  A line-up of new Chicago & Northwestern GE C44-9Ws in Bill, Wyoming in July 1994. Intermountain announced a new run of HO GE C44-9W locomotives in 2016 originally expected to arrive in 2017. However, due to the huge success of the new Intermountain Tier 4 GEVOs with heavier, smoother, and more powerful motor drives, Intermountain has decided to deliver the new Dash-9s with the new motor drive incorporated. The C44-9W’s will also have the hugely improved LED...

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Tony’s Now Has Intermountain HO Scale Tier 4 GEVO’s Back In Stock!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in News |

We currently have these Tier 4 GEVOs available in all five original road names, but quantities are extremely limited. Intermountain just announced a 2nd run of the original five paint schemes and the new Navajo Mine Railroad, expected February 2018. Click the road name links below to view available in-stock road numbers and preorder your locomotives to guarantee you get yours in the next run.       *Pre-order deadline for the 2nd run is September 30, 2017...

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DCC Specialties PSX Daisy Chain Diagram

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

Before wiring, ensure the Programming Jumper is on pins J3.2 & J3.3 to operate [Pin J3.1 is nearest the center of the PSX-AR circuit board] Cut isolating gaps in the rails between PSX/PSX-AR zones, and stagger the gaps by about 0.75” [21mm] If you are using both PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR auto reversers on a layout and the locomotive hesitates when crossing a reverse gap, program the PSX controlling the track adjacent to the PSX-AR: Program CV55=1 [enable delay]...

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DCC Specialties PSX-AR On A Wye Tail Diagram

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

Before wiring, ensure the Programming Jumper is on pins J3.2 & J3.3 to operate [Pin J3.1 is nearest the center of the PSX-AR circuit board] Cut isolating gaps in the rails between PSX/PSX-AR zones, and stagger the gaps by about 0.75” [21mm] If you are using both PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR auto reversers on a layout and the locomotive hesitates when crossing a reverse gap, program the PSX controlling the track adjacent to the PSX-AR: Program CV55=1 [enable delay]...

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DCC Specialties PSX-AR on Wye Leg Diagram

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

Before wiring, ensure the Programming Jumper is on pins J3.2 & J3.3 to operate [Pin J3.1 is nearest the center of the PSX-AR circuit board] Cut isolating gaps in the rails between PSX/PSX-AR zones, and stagger the gaps by about 0.75” [21mm] If you are using both PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR auto reversers on a layout and the locomotive hesitates when crossing a reverse gap, program the PSX controlling the track adjacent to the PSX-AR: Program CV55=1 [enable delay]...

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DCC Specialties PSX-AR Reverse Loop Diagram

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

  Before wiring, ensure the Programming Jumper is on pins J3.2 & J3.3 to operate [Pin J3.1 is nearest the center of the PSX-AR circuit board] Cut isolating gaps in the rails between PSX/PSX-AR zones, and stagger the gaps by about 0.75” [21mm] If you are using both PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR auto reversers on a layout and the locomotive hesitates when crossing a reverse gap, program the PSX controlling the track adjacent to the PSX-AR: Program CV55=1 [enable delay]...

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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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Tony’s Trains Video Review Intermountain HO Scale GE ET44AC Tier 4 GEVO

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Tony's TV |

This latest release from Intermountain of the HO scale GE ET44AC Tier 4 GEVO checks all the boxes: Superb sound from ESU Loksound Road name and number specific Ultra detail Super heavy at over 1.6 pounds Silky smooth movement Ultra bright LEDs Very limited first run Tier 4 GEVOS instock. Intermountain has announced 2nd run due early 2018. Pre-order now before they are gone! ...

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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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