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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: TCS WOW Sound decoder Bachmann factory installed on: November 15, 2019, 01:47:15 PM
Programming WOW decoders can be done with any NMRA compliant DCC controller capable of programming CV's. TCS now offers their own throttle, but it's not necessary to program WOW decoders.

The 'Programming Tool' mentioned in the WOW documentation is an on-line calculator in the WOW Sound section of the TCS web page. It makes it a lot simpler to figure out what values to place in the "indexed" CV's (201 -204) to load sounds from the 65,000 available.

It's actually easier to use the 'audio assist' feature, and let the decoder itself talk you through the process. The TCS video page: https://tcsdcc.com/index.php/videos has a number of videos explaining the WOW decoders. In particular, there are a number of video tutorials on using the built in 'Audio Assist' to let the decoder talk you through the programing.

101 - Intro to Audio Assis: https://tcsdcc.com/node/1976
102 - Adjust Master Volume: https://tcsdcc.com/node/2046
103 - Adjusting Individual Sound Volumes: https://tcsdcc.com/node/2046

There are also a number of other videos on getting the most out of the WOW system of sound decoders.

Len
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC voltage for turnout snap coils? on: November 15, 2019, 07:08:19 AM
What JWard says is correct, but don't use 22V AC or DC if you'll be operating with just a push button. A capacitive discharge unit is just that, a unit with a capacitor that discharges instantaniously to the turnout motor when a button is pushed.

You cannot manually push the button that comes with the turnout fast enought to not burn out the coils if you use 22V AC or DC without a CDU. For a manual button, you should use 14 - 16V AC or DC, from a power supply rated 1 amp or higher.

Len
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Suwannee River on: November 14, 2019, 06:22:20 PM
That's essentially the "Big Hauler" set with a unique name. An MRC 1370 power pack will work just fine.

Len
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC voltage for turnout snap coils? on: November 14, 2019, 06:15:56 PM
16V AC or DC works fine. Just make sure the 'wall wart' is rated for 1 amp (1,000ma) or better.

Len
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Christmas at the Dundalk Historical Society on: November 13, 2019, 08:47:28 PM
If you're not going to use cork roadbed, you might want to grab a pack of "carptenter's shims" at your local hardware store for the transitions from EZ-Track to regular track on the table top.

Len
6  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 2-6-0 Christmas Engine 3 info on: November 13, 2019, 07:47:03 PM
The exploded diagram for the On30 2.-6-0 can be found here:
https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/ON302-6-0.pdf

You might also check the side rods to make sure nothing is binding if the loco is bouncing.

Len
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Wake up Maggie I think I got trains to show to you. on: November 13, 2019, 05:18:23 PM
{Thud!} That was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor.

And that Liberty Ship looks like it's made a dozen North Atlantic crossings and getting ready for another.

Len
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: November 10, 2019, 01:26:09 PM
Actually, that grey color looks pretty good for weathered wood that hasn't been treated with creosote.

Len
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Morningtown Ride on: November 08, 2019, 12:15:44 PM
Stumbled across this while searching for something else. Who would have thought there was a railroad themed lullaby?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-RkC6MYT2E

Len
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: November 03, 2019, 12:19:59 AM
If you can find them at a show, or on eBay, Black Bear Construction made a nice set of jigs for building trestle bents in HO, S, and O scales. Sadly, the owner passed away a while back and they are no longer in business.

Len
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: N scale ez track turnout on: November 01, 2019, 03:50:41 PM
If it's the newer package with 'Bachmann' spelled out in yellow, it should work fine in a DCC layout. But (always the but) you will need a 16V AC or DC power supply to provide power to the turnout controller. Which is what the warning is about, as most DCC systems do not have an accessory power output.

Note: If you're looking on line for additional turnouts, avoide the old packages with 'Bachmann' in black. They had a lot of problems with the points.

Len
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: suggestion on: October 31, 2019, 12:29:08 PM
The JMRI Sound Louder can do similar things using Digitrax sound project files and the PR2 or PR3. So you should be able to create your own 'announcements' and load them into a Digitrax sound decoder.

Len
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: October 25, 2019, 07:13:14 AM
Some folks say the 'e' stands for Egger. The Egger brothers made and marketed the first HO scale narrow gauge equipment to run on 9mm track, calling it HOe, under the 'Egger-Bahn' name in 1963.

They first appeared at the 1963 Nurenberg Toy Fair, so a case could also be made that the 'e' stands for "eng" (narrow) as Dutchbuilder said.

Len
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: October 24, 2019, 06:52:13 AM
If you raise the third tier enough, you may be able to use N-scale things to 'fool the eye' even more.

Or you could use 9mm (N/HOe/HOn30) track and narrow gauge HO equipment for a lumber operation above the mines.

Len
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Reverse loop on: October 23, 2019, 09:27:08 PM
There are ways to automate reverse loop operation on a DC layout. This is one:
https://www.azatrax.com/reverse-loop-system-2.html

Do a search using "DC layout automatic reverse loop control" (without the quotes) and you'll find others.

Len

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