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  1. O Scale
    Hi everyone. I have a relatively small layout (2 loops on a 8x5 layout). That said, I would like to add at lease 2 if not 3 (total) lockon for this layout. Can you please confirm for me that Lock on #1 connects to the transformer, Lockon #2 connects to lockon #1 and so forth? I think this is...
  2. HO Scale
    I’ll try to ask this question hopefully without revealing too much electrical ignorance. I have a DC Mantua (“Classics” red box period) 0-8-0 that suffers from poor electrical pick-up on the tender, which I think describes just about every Mantua steam locomotive I have owned. After cleaning...
  3. HO Scale
    Hi everyone, I installed this Peco #5 electrofrog turnout driven by a Tortoise machine. The problem is power is not getting to every rail -- i'm hoping attached photo will explain. The stock rails are hard-wired to + and - and the frog gets its power from Tortoise's DPDT contacts, to flip...
  4. Technical Model Train Forum
    I have 60 ft long O scale layout with 3 layers of track on 1 transformer (MRC). The layout is divided into two sections. One part is 12 feet wide and the other about 24 feet wide. Is it possible to add a second transformer in the other section to help the existing transformer? There is a lack...
  5. DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
    Before you spend $$$ on circuit breakers and extra high-tech equipment, here is a very easy and inexpensive way of managing short circuits on your DCC equipped layout that protects your locomotives and your DCC system as well as confines shorts to one district without shutting down your entire...
  6. Technical Model Train Forum
    Hey guys, so in terms of the hobby I'm not new, I've done this hobby for over 12 years now, but only recently have I gotten into the more difficult track layouts (difficult for me) and the wiring is killing me. I recently switched over to kato unitrack for N scale and now that these turnouts...
  7. O Scale
    I have a 44 ton center cab Leigh Valley diesel, basic model, and it has a buzzing sound that's very loud and annoying and I was wondering how to get rid of such sound. I believe its a contact on the E-Unit that's causing the problem. Any help would be much appreciated!
  8. HO Scale
    Hi Everyone. I have an electrical issue with a Penn Line GG1. From what I can figure out, there is a dead short somewhere and I can not find it. And I have a hunch it came from the factory with this problem as the loco has hardly any signs of wear. This and looking at the internal wiring...
  9. HO Scale
    Hey guys I need some help. With the discovery my girl friend's family made while they were cleaning out their grandmothers place after she unfortunately passed away. Anyways it was a 1964 Lionel Ready to Run train set... that amazingly still ran without a problem even after sitting for who knows...
  10. G / #1 Scale
    I'm having an issue with my 2055 White Pass engine. It won't move forward some times. It will drive in reverse without issue. When try to make the engine go forward, the lights come on, but the train moves intermittently. I have another engine 2020 that works fine. I'm thinking that it...
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