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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Acela goes Jettrain on: April 09, 2019, 09:00:09 PM
It looks cool.  I did not know what a Jettrain was.  Do you have a plan for sound?
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Loose hand rail on: March 10, 2019, 05:07:08 PM
Thanks very much.  Will try it.
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Loose hand rail on: March 08, 2019, 09:32:42 PM
What is the best glue and way to RE-set a hand rail that has come loose, totally.  Found it on the side of the track.  No idea why.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / EZ Track Turnout - DCC -servo/singlet mod on: January 14, 2019, 08:53:29 PM
I have three of these, two right and one left. My design and plan for my EZ Track elevated, suspended layout calls for concealed motors/decoders/throws/wiring.  I would like to convert a pair (one left and one right) of my Bachmann EZ Track DCC turnouts to a different decoder and different motor.  

My plan is to use a Tam Valley Depot Micro Singlet servo decoder on each and a linear throw ultra micro 1.5 g servo in place of the motor and decoder on each turnout (a la an online video I have seen) and to install them in the space within the EZ Track base.

If anyone has suggestions, comments, or tips on this modification, please let me know.  

Thank you.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Multi-Block Wiring Using EZ Track on: January 11, 2019, 01:28:57 PM
The Atlas wired joiners I used (maybe 8 pairs) on my EZ Track layout, with 4 terminal/rerailers. The Atlas wired joiners seem to have worked fine; I think I broke one of the Atlas joiner/wires trying to slide it on to the EZ Track. It is a little hard to slide them in some sections but they do work.
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC EZ Track Turnouts reset if Programming Loco on the Main on: January 07, 2019, 03:30:23 PM
Thank you, all. 
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC EZ Track Turnouts reset if Programming Loco on the Main on: January 06, 2019, 06:38:18 PM
NCE prog 7 asks for specific cv’s to program, and I am unable to figure out what cv addresses the turnouts recognize or use. I can not find a separate NMRA DCC accessory standard.  Is it the same standard that applies to mobile decoders?

There is an article by Mark Gurries that I follow to program the turnouts.  His programming guidelines work fine with the turnouts, for a while.  Then either, as mentioned in your post, after power is shut down overnight, or if I program a loco on the main, the turnouts lose their settings/programming and fail to respond. I have tried again and turnouts responded to NCE Power Cab, JMRI turnout control, and WiThrottle turnout control.  I have shut the power down and will try programming on the main again either later today or tomorrow.  I am not optimistic,  because I have applied very close to  this set of conditions before and the programming on the main still created a problem.

I think the loss of programming Len mentions is related to the loss of programming when programming on the main. 

Do these turnouts follow the NMRA DCC standard of CV’s being stored in non-volatile memory?

Do they store CV’s?

What are the available CV’s?
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC EZ Track Turnouts reset if Programming Loco on the Main on: January 05, 2019, 09:54:18 PM
Thank you for the reply.  I have found many sources, especially NCE focused, suggesting how to program these turnouts, but programming has not been the issue.  Until I program on the main, the turnouts work fine at accessory address 3. As soon as I try programming a loco on the main, the turnouts forget their address and reset (or something) themselves.  I am trying to find out how to make sure the turnout programming “sticks.”  Something is not working right after programming the turnout, when I try programming on the main.
9  Discussion Boards / HO / DCC EZ Track Turnouts reset if Programming Loco on the Main on: January 05, 2019, 01:05:30 PM
Each time I program a locomotive decoder on the main, it resets the turnouts or clears their programming so I have to reprogram the turnouts. This happens regardless of address of the locomotive I try to program. Is there a way to avoid this, other than not programming on the main? I have the set of turnouts set to accessory adress 3 to use a siding.

NCE Power Cab
JMRI
USB interface
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dcc turnout issues on: December 28, 2018, 07:19:19 PM
We may never know if it is a little o as part of a big O, a computer “0” with a diagonal through it, or other. Oh well.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dcc turnout issues on: December 27, 2018, 12:44:58 PM
I was wondering whether it really is a figure 8 also. The OP says "so to speak" so I thought perhaps it was a large oval/circle with a half size oval/circle inside. But if a true figure 8, your response is better than mine. Can you run a train on a shorting figure 8 DCC track?  I do not think I want to try.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dcc turnout issues on: December 25, 2018, 03:54:34 PM
It is very difficult from your post to give you much help.  How long is your entire layout?  What DCC system?  Just the one feeder for the entire layout?  Some DCC sources say something like you should have a feeder every three feet and all joiners should be soldered.  To each his own, but that seems like overkill to me.  But one feeder for an entire layout could be the issue.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Add speaker/sound to 1860-1880 Passenger Car on: December 25, 2018, 10:48:57 AM
I may try fewer, but larger holes.  On others I have drilled as many as I could, so they were relatively small.

Merry Christmas.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Add speaker/sound to 1860-1880 Passenger Car on: December 25, 2018, 09:17:22 AM
The thought of drilling many holes in the weight deters me from mounting the speaker on top of the weight.  Still contemplating my options.

As for the sound, it will be a music car. This will be my third. First two are Christmas songs in HO and G Christmas box cars (speakers at each end).  This will be Wild Wild West (tv and movie versions) and western movie songs, including How the West was Won, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Green Leaves of Summer, Silverado, The Magnificent Seven - original, Farewell to Cheyenne, The Big Country, Dances with Wolves, and True Grit - original. I think that is the list,  but am open to suggestions.
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Add speaker/sound to 1860-1880 Passenger Car on: December 24, 2018, 11:40:19 PM
Thanks.  I have looked at the sound car.  Sealing/vibration/distortion/reduced volume are my concerns with the ceiling mount, but I am reluctant to cut the weights and cut large holes or drill many holes in the floor. I will probably end up trying the ceiling because of the existing holes and if I mess up a combine, oh well.
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