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Forum: Layout Design Forum Today, 01:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 268
Posted By DonR
You could substitute 4 turnouts to replace a...

You could substitute 4 turnouts to replace a double
crossover, possibly at less cost. Wire the motors
so that both point sets in a route move with one button (or
DPDT).

Don
Forum: New Member Introduction Yesterday, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 89
Posted By DonR
a big long whistle and loud salute welcome for...

a big long whistle and loud salute welcome for your big trains.
You'll find a nice group of fellow G scalers in
our G forum. Drop by and get to know them.


Don
Forum: HO Scale 01-18-2020, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 100
Posted By DonR
If you can upload your video to Youtube you can ...

If you can upload your video to Youtube you can
do that then use the Youtube video to post here on the
forum. Note the youtube icon above the text area.


Don
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 01-18-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 176
Posted By DonR
Mesenteria did a great job of explaining the ...

Mesenteria did a great job of explaining the
track codes for HO.

Probably most of us use the more readily available
code 100 track. Almost any Hobby Shop will have
a large stock of code 100...
Forum: My Layout 01-18-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 342
Posted By DonR
Oh the wonders of 3 rail trains...a double...

Oh the wonders of 3 rail trains...a double crossover
creating two reverse loops and there's not one
need of a reverse loop controller. Great fun.
Us DCC HO'ers envy you.

But I worry about...
Forum: HO Scale 01-18-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 132
Posted By DonR
There is no DCC decoder specific to controlling...

There is no DCC decoder specific to controlling the
lights on a train car. You would use any
loco decoder which can be addressed by
your DCC controller to turn on and off the lights.

Actually,...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 01-17-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 307
Posted By DonR
I see what you are saying and if what you have ...

I see what you are saying and if what you have
does what you want that's what it's all about.

I'm still not really clear on your track connections
from the controller with this device. Are you...
Forum: N Scale 01-17-2020, 04:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,054
Posted By DonR
Looking good I hope you didn't let one of...

Looking good

I hope you didn't let one of those 'how to wire' books
cause you to do a lot of things that are really not
necessary. Many are written with large layouts in
mind and may be way...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 01-17-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 307
Posted By DonR
I'm not at all clear of what you are trying to ...

I'm not at all clear of what you are trying to
accomplish.

The NCE twin DCC controller is described here:
...
Forum: HO Scale 01-17-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 214
Posted By DonR
Ken of D&J has it right. He says put a tiny dab...

Ken of D&J has it right. He says put a tiny dab of
Super Glue on one end of the spring...should work,
but I've had great success putting the super glue dab on
the LOWER coupler tab, then use the...
Forum: Layout Design Forum 01-14-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 321
Posted By DonR
The 'jumper' track section that has been ...

The 'jumper' track section that has been
suggested is very common on huge club
layouts at train shows. Each module is
built by a member or group of members
to be compatible with those of...
Forum: Layout Design Forum 01-14-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 268
Posted By DonR
There are two main factors that you should have ...

There are two main factors that you should have
in mind when you sit down to design a model
train layout.

1. Space available and it's shape; that is, rectangle,
'L', U, or 'dogbone' which...
Forum: HO Scale 01-13-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,229
Posted By DonR
John Not at all sure what you might have...

John

Not at all sure what you might have read or seen
on Youtube, but, other then 'fine tuning' loco decoders,
there is nothing programmable in a DCC system,
with or without JMRI. And decoder...
Forum: HO Scale 01-12-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 719
Posted By DonR
As stated. the locos are likely to be HO. HO...

As stated. the locos are likely to be HO.
HO uses DC current of 0 to 14 volts or so.

A good way to test them is to use a typical 9 V
battery, one wire to left wheels, other wire to right...
Forum: HO Scale 01-11-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 529
Posted By DonR
In addition to your coupler purchase be sure to...

In addition to your coupler purchase be sure
to order a Kadee coupler alignment tool...get the
plastic version that you can use on a 'live' track.
I prefer the Kadee 'whisker' centering spring...
Forum: HO Scale 01-11-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 371
Posted By DonR
I am now seeing two 'double crossovers'; one...

I am now seeing two 'double crossovers'; one barely appearing in
the lower left of your yard pic, and the other as a
series of turnouts and crossing in the upper right.

This 'new' discovery...
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 01-10-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 138
Posted By DonR
D&J is right. Your loco wheels could somehow ...

D&J is right. Your loco wheels could somehow
be shorting to the frame...or there could be a
loose or exposed conductor from the wheel
pickups that is shorting.

To check loco amp draw:
Your...
Forum: HO Scale 01-10-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 371
Posted By DonR
A double crossover connecting the two sides of ...

A double crossover connecting the two sides of
an oval requires that the two end loops be isolated
and each powered by a reverse loop controller. Trace
it out using red for right rail and black...
Forum: New Member Introduction 01-10-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 156
Posted By DonR
Don't know what complex wiring you might have ...

Don't know what complex wiring you might have
seen for DCC, but actually, DCC wiring amounts to
no more than 2 wires from the controller to the
simple oval track. If you go with a layout that is...
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 01-09-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 138
Posted By DonR
Maybe someone who has used the Aristo controller ...

Maybe someone who has used the Aristo controller
would have more pertinent information. I don't
know anything about it.

However, two things come to mind. Do your
6 wheel truck locos draw...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 01-09-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 185
Posted By DonR
You will be very pleased to go with a wireless ...

You will be very pleased to go with a wireless
throttle for your DCC system. I've used both
wired and wireless. As you may have discovered,
as you move about the layout with the wired
throttle...
Forum: HO Scale 01-09-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 922
Posted By DonR
A 4 X 8 HO layout is going to seriously limit the...

A 4 X 8 HO layout is going to seriously limit the
locos that you can run. 22" radius curves would
go right to the edge of the top, but you need that
for any of the new large diesels and most...
Forum: N Scale 01-09-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By DonR
Welcome aboard...as you may have noticed you ...

Welcome aboard...as you may have noticed you
have a bunch of model train men with decades of
experience in all scales.

In order to operate a 'computerized' layout you will
need to start with a...
Forum: HO Scale 01-08-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By DonR
Not really clear what you are asking. I think I ...

Not really clear what you are asking. I think I
you wonder whether or not to put turnout control
switches on the layout (beside the turnout?).

That would be unusual except for 'ground throws'...
Forum: HO Scale 01-08-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 306
Posted By DonR
You'll get a wide variety of opinions on the...

You'll get a wide variety of opinions on
the merits of the various types of HO track.

Your choice depends on a number of factors:

How close to realistic you want...code 100 vs code 83
and...
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