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  1. MRC Prodigy Express & JMRI

    DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
    I am trying to setup JMRI with a Prodigy Express command station. Instead of buying the MRC USB interface chip i was trying to hook it up via. a Serial to CAT5 cable. For some reason i cant get it to communicate with the computer. I'm running windows XP and possible just am not installing the...
  2. NFC Checkpoint

    Technical Model Train Forum
    This is an idea I've been working on for a bit. The concept is using Near Field Communication tags and readers to identify a locomotive or something to allow automated control of either the device for collision avoidance or layout items such as signals. The system also utilizes infrared sensors...
  3. Help and General Advice for a Newbie!

    HO Scale
    Hello Everyone! After building my Dad’s old Marx O-27 train into a layout last winter I am starting my own HO, DCC layout and I could use some help, advice, or whatever and I figured this would be a good place to come to. ( At this point, I...
  4. MU's and consists

    N Scale
    Was just wondering, Does the tractive effort increase when mu-ing? I tried to MU one time about ten years ago; both units were DC power, one from a boxed set and the other a supplemental, additional unit. (Both Bachman.) When I did this, they had a nasty tendency of uncoupling from each...
  5. 2-6-6-2 steam locomotives

    HO Scale
    2-6-6-2 spectrum DCC & SOUND loco
  6. DCC Multiple units?

    General Model Train Discussion
    Say I buy some king of dcc system, could I hook up two or more locomotives and control all of them by controlling only the speed of the lead locomotive? Like hooking up multiple units in the real world... Is it possible? What system should I buy to accomplish this? Thank you! Brandon
  7. First attempt at a DCC installation

    HO Scale
    I have an old Riverossi 0-8-0 that I would like to remotor and install a DCC decoder in. Anyone want to tell me how??
  8. Train Won't Run

    HO Scale
    I got a Bachmann DCC GP40 for Christmas and its been running great for a couple of weeks now, but after a seven day hiatus, I ran it for about twenty minutes then it broke down. The back light comes on, the front light does not work and the locomotive would not run forward or backward at all...
  9. Train stall on turnouts

    DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
    I am new to this hobby and have many questions. I currently have two Bachmann DCC locomotives running on two parallel ovals connected with non- DCC turnouts, the trains stall on these turnouts and some times stops completely. Is there a way to turn Non- DCC turnouts into DCC, what should I do?
  10. DCC or not?

    DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
    HI all. I've collected HO locos and rolling stock for 30 yrs and am starting a layout soon. Since all my locos are older,(many are Bachman, steam & diesel) is it worth the time and money going with DCC. I've been reading about the problems with some of the DCC controllers and don't need any more...
  11. Short Circuits with New BLI Steam Locomotive

    HO Scale
    Hello, Looking for ideas before I call Broadway Limited support tomorrow. I purchased a BLI 4-6-2 steam locomotive and have had short circuit problems that I don't have with my Genesis 2-8-2 or diesel locomotives. None of those have sound etc. At first I thought maybe the Paragon 2 just...
  12. DCC Headlamp Question

    DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
    Let's say I have two SW-7's, one Cow with two headlamps, (one on each end of unit) and one Calf, (with only one headlamp on what would be the "front" of the unit) both are powered units and I use them as my yard switchers. I go through the normal set up procedures with DCC, setting up the Cow as...
  13. Convert Bachmann non-DCC turnouts to DCC Control

    DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
    Hello All, I am new to this forum and have re-entered model railroading after a several decade hiatus. For my first setup I have tried to go the most inexpensive route and purchased the Bachmann "Your First Railroad" EZ Track Set along with a Bachmann SD40-2 DCC equipped Loco and the NCE Power...
  14. DCC & Cat 5e cables

    Technical Model Train Forum
    We are running DCC using the Bachmann Ez Command system. I have purchased two companion connector panels and a companion controler so we can have some mobility in where the kids run trains from - spread 'em out! We'd like to separate them by a fair distance but the included cables are only 8...
  15. Aristocraft Power & Conrol

    G / #1 Scale
    Hi Everybody. Newbie to the forum here.... train operator/collector across many gauges for many years. So this is my latest hair-brained idea.... I am going to build an overhead indoor track which will run around my 1st floor area. About 10 years ago I started purchasing Aristocraft "stuff"...
  16. DCC Decoder with sound for Walthers Metra F40PH?

    HO Scale
    Hi, I'm new to this forum and was wondering what DCC decoder I need for a DC Walthers Metra F40PH. Thanks. :)
  17. Decoder installation in tyco IC diesel

    DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
    i bought a set today CHEAP with a neat IC loco and was wondering if tyco engine run well enough and if it is worth installing a digitrax decoder. Please give me your opionions. Thx, Penn$y
  18. DCC vs DCS Confusion

    O Scale
    Hi All, I have a question regarding DCC. I have an MTH freight set and that I am considering purchasing the Digitrax ZEPX Zephyr Xtra. Is this unit a decoder so to speak in itself? Or is this is a separate subject matter? I read articles about decoding your engine Etc. What is occurring here...
  19. Soundtraxx and Blackstone Model Dealer

    Retailer Deals
    North Idaho Model Trains is proud to announce that it is now a Soundtraxx (Tsunami Sound Decoders) and Blackstone Models(Narrow gage HOn3) Dealer! We have been doing Installs and repairs on everything from Z to G. Now will also offer sales of products from Soundtraxx and Blackstone Models too...
  20. Bachmann 2-6-2 Prairie DCC

    N Scale
    Has anyone ever installed a decoder in one of these? I've searched the google thing and only found one set of pictures but it wasn't overly informative. Just wondering if anyone had tried. Ben