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Grade Crossing Comparison

Posted by on June 1, 2018 in Tony's Tips | Comments Off on Grade Crossing Comparison

We did some research on Logic Rail and Circuitron crossing controllers. Feel free to verify our results, but we tried to make an apples to apples comparison. The Cross Hare does two tracks (expandable) with photocells, drives the Tortoise directly, controls the flashers (simulates incandescent or modern LED styles), provides bell sounds and includes sensors and speaker. The Cross Hare also provides prototypical operation if the train triggers the crossing but does not enter the gate section. Circuitron: Circuitron’s DT2 detector uses...

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QSI Titan with Stay Alive Capacitor

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Tony's Tips | Comments Off on QSI Titan with Stay Alive Capacitor

Adding a stay alive capacitor to a QSI Titan U type decoder is easy. Simply solder the common blue wire of the stay alive capacitor to the common blue wire of the decoder and the remaining black wire to the Titan’s small-cap black wire. Some of the most popular stay alive caps we recommend are from TCS and SoundTraxx: TCS 1668 KA4 KeepAlive TCS 2000 KA3 KeepAlive SoundTraxx 810140 CurrentKeeper QSI Titan U Type Decoder with Stay Alive...

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ESU Loksound Select Micro 73800 Installation in WalthersSW1

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Tony's Tips | Comments Off on ESU Loksound Select Micro 73800 Installation in WalthersSW1

We recently installed a Loksound Select Micro in an older Walthers SW1. These Walthers units were produced in the late 90’s and early 2000’s by Roco and featured a smooth running mechanism and a well-executed plastic shell. For this project, we disassembled an ESU PowerPack stay alive and separated the control board from the capacitor. The Loksound 73800 Slect Micro decoder was placed over the motor with the PowerPack control board stacked over the decoder. TTX 3mm Warm White LEDs were used along with a TDS SuperSonic Mini speaker...

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NCE Throttle Cab Address

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Tony's Tips | Comments Off on NCE Throttle Cab Address

Each NCE cab MUST have a unique Cab address. The address range is based on which NCE DCC System is being used; Power Cab or the PH Pro. To reset any NCE throttle including the Power Cab: Hold down the <select loco> key while plugging in Release the button. You can now read or change cab address. To make no changes press enter. W With the cursor blinking, press the number buttons to select a new address Press <enter>, or Use 00 to reset the cab to factory defaults then press <enter>. Cab address range is based on which DCC...

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SoundTraxx CurrentKeeper & Bachmann 2-8-0 DSD-B280 Board

Posted by on April 25, 2018 in Tony's Tips | Comments Off on SoundTraxx CurrentKeeper & Bachmann 2-8-0 DSD-B280 Board

This shows the solder locations for adding a CurrentKeeper to a DSD-B280 sound decoder. The DSD-280 board is used in the Bachmann HO Scale 2-8-0 Consolidation locomotives dating circa 20000 using the old SoundTraxx DSDS type...

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Changing The Output Voltage of The Lenz LZV100

Posted by on March 23, 2018 in Tony's Tips | Comments Off on Changing The Output Voltage of The Lenz LZV100

This entails changing the value of CV7 in the programming software which resides in the LZV100. Use the LH100 Keypad Dispatcher’s Throttle. Use Programming on the Main [POM] just as though you are programming a loco decoder, but you don’t need to specify an address. Press <F7> to get to POM mode. Program CV7 and set CV 7=50. The red LED on the front of LZV100 begins to flash. While the LED is flashing, set CV7=30 This will set the output voltage to 15V. This must be done while the LED is flashing, which is within approximately a 20 sec....

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DCC Specialties Wabbits and CMOS Route Display

Posted by on March 14, 2018 in Tony's Tips | Comments Off on DCC Specialties Wabbits and CMOS Route Display

 I have a number of Wabbits w/ feedback installed on my layout and they are working great.  I would like to use the feedback opto-isolators to interface with a 4000 series CMOS logic circuit for route display with LEDs. I would assume having a resistor between the + of my 9V power supply to pin 1 of J5 or J6 and pin 2 connected to the – (ground) of the supply would give the proper input to the logic circuit, from pin 1 and 2?  Likewise for pin 3 and 4 for the Throw position. What value of resistor should I use? Any help would be...

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PSX & PSX-AR Wiring Configurations

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When you have two wires close together in parallel, the magnetic fields due to current flow in each wire couple into the other wire. If you make those currents equal and opposite (such as a main DCC bus), then the magnetic fields will cancel. Since inductance is caused by energy stored in the magnetic field of a wire, if you have the magnetic fields cancel, you have also cancelled the inductance. While this is true for any length of wire, for practical purposes with DCC, you don’t need to worry for wire runs under 2-4 feet since the...

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DCC Specialties RRampMeter Voltage Reading

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The lowest DC voltage that the basic RRampMeter can read is about 9.5 volts. This is because it takes about this much voltage to power the RRampMeter from the input voltage. However, the Version III can operate selectively from either the input voltage or a 9V battery. The Version III, when operating on the battery, can measure DC, DCC, or AC down to 0 volts. Note that in this configuration, the v.III may not read 0 with no input connected. However, a short across the input will read 0 and it will correctly read any applied voltage from 0 to...

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Reset NCE Power Cab

Posted by on March 7, 2018 in Tony's Tips | Comments Off on Reset NCE Power Cab

To reset the command station section of the Power Cab Press <Prog/Esc> five times. The cab will display “SET CMD STATION” Press <enter> 12 times. The cab will display “Reset System?” Press <6> for Yes Press <1> to confirm The system will blink off for a few seconds then come back up. ================================= You must also reset the cab portion of the Power Cab as below. Unplug the cable from the bottom of the Power Cab. Hold down the “Select Loco” button while plugging in the cab to the...

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