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61  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 09, 2018, 12:35:46 PM
If I leave one line connected to the other side of the "split", can I use an SPST on the other lead, or is there some reason I should use the DPDT to both?

A SPST would work too, I suppose which switch you use is a matter of personal preference.

In my case I prefer not to have any power going to a segment that's supposed to be turned off.
62  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: My Mogul backdate saga continues on: February 07, 2018, 07:12:14 PM
If you're wanting to ditch the tender for a conversion, would you even have room for sound in such a case?)

I'm guessing I'll be able to squeeze a speaker into the cab.

I remember having plenty of clearance in the smokebox for a Digitrax DZ126T decoder, maybe a TSU-1100 will fit too.
63  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 05:48:20 PM
The other side of a terminal rerailer?  That will work too.
64  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 05:37:54 PM
If I connect a switch and wires to the "dead" section of track, where is the power coming from? Am I splicing into the existing wire from the controller to the track?

That's one option.  Another would be to tap directly into the gapped track section since it has connectors underneath for both ends.

Just get a pair of Bachmann feeder wires and connect them to both ends of the gapped track with the switch between them.
65  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 04:07:10 PM
Sorry - very new to the hobby. Could you tell me what a DPDT switch is? Thanks.

Sure.  Basically it's a toggle switch that controls two circuits at once.  Much cheaper than a second DCC controller and you won't have to worry about synchronizing them.

Leave one circuit unconnected and wire the other to the siding's rails and you can turn it off and on with the switch.


You can find a more detailed explanation on the different kinds of switches here:  https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/switch-basics/poles-and-throws-open-and-closed

66  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: February 07, 2018, 03:11:16 PM
I would just wire up a DPDT switch to the 'other side'.

That would enable/disable power to both rails at the same time from your existing controller.

67  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: My Mogul backdate saga continues on: February 07, 2018, 02:49:22 PM
So much for the 'easy' tank conversion I wanted to do.

Thanks Terry.
68  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: My Mogul backdate saga continues on: February 07, 2018, 12:41:14 PM
That's something I've been wondering about the new 2-6-0s.

Do they run without the tender connected?
69  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: cant read cv on: February 06, 2018, 03:37:43 PM
Perhaps an axle bushing is out of position and causing friction?  I've only had to take apart Porters but I remember those bushings were a pain to get just right.

If that's not the problem don't forget to break it in going in reverse as well as forwards.

And you're welcome.  Smiley
70  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: cant read cv on: February 06, 2018, 01:22:02 AM
A few inches as in one wheel revolution?

Could be the gears or maybe the side rods are binding up.
71  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Adding onto The General starter set on: February 05, 2018, 10:26:59 PM
Depending on how large of a layout you intend to build, the standard controller should be sufficient.

I'm not aware of any controllers that have multiple accessory terminals, but if you need more connections you can use terminal blocks.
72  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: cant read cv on: February 05, 2018, 10:16:46 PM
You didn't mention the decoder, did you transplant it from the original tender to the new chassis?
73  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: steamer letter removal on: February 05, 2018, 02:10:24 PM
I use Testors' "Easy Lift-Off" to unletter my Bachmann products.

Doesn't hurt the underlying plastic nor blackened metal.


I dip a Q-tip in the solution and apply where I want it, let it soak into the lettering for a while, then scrub the letters with the dry end until they break down and absorb into the cotton.
74  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ez track switch problem on: February 01, 2018, 11:00:46 PM
Does this happen with all your trains or just one locomotive?

The problem could be that the wheels aren't set at the correct width.  You can use a NMRA gauge for your scale to check.
75  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ez track switch problem on: February 01, 2018, 01:01:22 AM
Is there an obstruction in the frog's flangeway?
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