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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 14, 2018, 11:02:22 AM
Looks like my education continues...

I hadn't heard of a "power routing turnout" but by its name, it sure sounds like it might be a solution. Can it be created/used with EZ Track?
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 13, 2018, 11:20:18 AM
Thanks again, you guys.

In educating myself about model railroading, this thread has been a great lesson.  Smiley
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 11, 2018, 02:43:06 PM
Thanks a lot, you guys. Very helpful info.
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 11, 2018, 10:17:07 AM
I appreciate your diagram and info.

Once again, I'm very new at this. So just to make sure I'm on the right track (yes, pun very much intended), since I'm using EZ Track, where would I put the break? Could I just pull out one of the rail connector pins and replace it with the wire to the on/off switch or would you suggest cutting a rail on the track itself?

Thanks.
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 10, 2018, 05:11:47 PM
Thanks, dutch.

A "switchable dead siding" sounds exactly like what I need. What's involved in creating that? Remember that I'm very new at this.  Smiley
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / DC on a DCC Layout on: January 10, 2018, 04:01:58 PM
Iím sure every newbie eventually asks a question about this Ė so I guess itís my turn.  Wink

Iíve been enjoying my Digital Commander set (DCC) for a few months.

I recently purchased an older style (DC) Bachmann PCC trolley which runs just fine. However when not running, the lights remain on and the motor buzzes. Since I donít run it very often, I donít want to leave it in that state whenever the layout is powered, although Iíd like to have it parked somewhere on the layout. Until now, I've been removing it, putting on a separate piece of track close to the layout.

So Iíve got two questions.

1)   Is this behavior ďnormalĒ when running DC equipment on a DCC track?

2)   And if so, is there a way to create a ďcutoffĒ of some sort so that power can be cut to the a stub on which the trolley could sleep?

Thanks.
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann EZ Track Turnout derail on: December 18, 2017, 03:14:43 PM
Thanks, Len. I'll give that a shot.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann EZ Track Turnout derail on: December 18, 2017, 01:07:29 PM
My solution is to glue styrene strips to the inside edge of the guard rail to narrow the gap, then paint it to match. Others fill the gap with that blue epoxy putty stuff that feels like clay when mixed, then run a car back on forth by hand to create a flange way until it sets up. Still others trim the existing guard rail completely out, then fabricate a new one. And there are still other ways of dealing with it.
I think I'm having the same problem with my turnouts.

Can you elaborate a bit on exactly where you put the styrene? Are you talking about putting it against the black plastic guard rail on the outer edges of the track?

Thanks.
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Unplug Controller? on: December 16, 2017, 11:35:15 PM
That's a good idea.

My concern about unplugging the controller was that it might lose its memory (i.e. DCC addresses) if unplugged for a while.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Unplug Controller? on: December 14, 2017, 10:27:41 PM
Thanks for your feedback. (It's a bit quiet in here, eh?  Wink)
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Unplug Controller? on: December 13, 2017, 05:39:30 PM
Hi all,

Iím new to the hobby and am greatly enjoying my Bachmann Digital Commander.

Iíve already found very useful information on this forum as a lurker for the past couple of months. Now as a member, Iíll no doubt have many questions. So hereís the first.

Iím curious what the general feeling is about unplugging the controller (DCC) when not in use. Iíve been leaving it plugged in overnight (turned Ďoffí of course) unless Iím going to be away for a few days. I'd prefer to leave it plugged in if there is no danger of damage.

Thereís probably no agreed-upon answer, but I am curious as to what Bachmann recommends and what others do.

Thanks.
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