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usa2

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« on: March 03, 2019, 11:20:24 PM »

New here; can I run a second track using my digital command control center?
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Maletrain

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 11:32:44 AM »

Yes. 

It could be 2 loops, with one inside the other, or it could be two loops sitting beside each other.  Or, two separate end-to-end tracks.  It really doesn't matter, except that you must be careful how you join them together, if you do that.  The rail-to-rail connections must be the same phase of the alternating DCC voltage, or you will create a short circuit. 

You should also look at the wiring issues for a "reversing" section, to make sure that you understand the needs for keeping the rail power phases separated.  Think about your track plan this way: is there any way you can run a train through it so that it eventually ends-up going the other way on the same piece of track?  A diagonal across a loop would do that.  A wye would do that.  If any track configuration would do it, then you have a reversing section, somewhere, and will need to learn how to wire that to prevent a short circuit.  Typically, it requires an electrically isolated part of the track that has the ability to reverse its phase while the train is on it.  A manual double-pole,double-throw electrical switch is the cheapest way to do that, but there are electronic devices (e.g., AR1 or PSX-AR) that will do it automatically and much more conveniently.
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rich1998

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 12:32:25 PM »

Post a photo or diagram of what you want to do would help. You will need a photo hosting site like Photo Bucket. There are others.

Rich
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Calypso

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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 07:53:56 PM »

Track 1: 100 feet, 2 Bachmann 5 amp boosters + 1 EZ Command controller. The 2 DCC cables from the Bachmann 5 amp boosters attach to the EZ Command controller with a 3.5mm Headphone Jack Splitter 3.5 Audio 5 Way 6 Port Female Connector Adapter. This gives full capability to track 1.

Track 2: 100 feet, 2 Bachmann 5 amp boosters. The 2 DCC cables from the Bachmann 5 amp boosters attach to the 3.5mm Headphone Jack Splitter 3.5 Audio 5 Way 6 Port Female Connector Adapter. This conects all 4 boosters to 1 EZ Command controller witch gives full DCC capability to track 1 and Track 2.

NOTE:The tracks have indapendant power supplies, This example has 4 indpendet power sourses, each indpendet power sourses needs a DCC conection to the EZ Command controller using a 3.5mm Headphone Jack Splitter 3.5 Audio 5 Way 6 Port Female Connector Adapter, to acheve full capabilitys. 

NOTE: 3.5mm Headphone Jack Splitter 3.5 Audio 5 Way 6 Port Female Connector Adapter (ebay)
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Maletrain

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2019, 08:20:01 PM »

That is a lot of power!  I am guessing this ain't N scale.

But, it really doesn't make any difference what the scale is, just the track configuration and how it is sectioned.

What is confusing me (and maybe you) is that you seem to be attaching 2 boosters to all of "track 1" plus another 2 boosters to all of tracks 1 and 2, together.  So, the way you write it, it sounds like you can put 20 amps on any part of "track 2".  And, if all 4 of the boosters are attached to "track 2", and 2 of then are also attached to "track 1", it seems to me that really all 4 boosters are also electrically attached to "track 1", also.

I am suspecting that you are confusing the wires for sending signals from the command station to the boosters with the wires that send power+signals from the command station to the track through the boosters.  Typically, a single, electrically isolated part of the track is powered from a single booster, not 2 or more in parallel.

It would help to know what scale locomotives you are talking about. 
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RAM

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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2019, 08:39:57 PM »

usa2 yes
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rich1998

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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2019, 08:58:21 PM »

An overhead diagram of what he actually has would be clearer than a written description or at least in addition to.
A picture can be worth a thousand words. Something I learned in Sophomore English back in 1956 from a teacher.

Rich
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Calypso

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2019, 10:00:10 PM »

The power setup is for a Ho gauge fast freight layout generally running at the same time, on the No. 1 main consisting of four Bachmann DD40AX Centennials in consist (eight canned motors synchronized) pulling 50 to 90 Accurail 89 Ft tofc flatcars fully loaded, Running at max voltage ( 90 t0 103 SMPH). on the No. 2 main running the opposite direction consisting of four Bachmann DD40AX Centennials in consist (eight canned motors synchronized) pulling 50 to 90 Accurail 89 Ft tofc flatcars fully loaded, Running at max voltage ( 90 t0 103 SMPH). For every 50 Ft of track one Bachmann 5 AMP power booster is fitted and the 50 Ft track section is isolated. On the 5 amp power booster there is a DCC in jack. This is where you plug in the Bachmann Connecting Cable (HO EZ-Command) in to the boosters DCC in jack, and plug the other end in to the 3.5mm Headphone Jack Splitter 3.5 Audio 5 Way 6 Port Female Connector Adapter. Plug a cable from the splitter to the EZ-Command controller. Once this is done the EZ-Command controller governs that booster that it is plugged in to. The more boosters set up the same way plugged in to the splitter the more boosters EZ-Command controller can govern at the same time.
NOTE: all Bachmann boosters are isolated from each other and are governed by the same EZ-Command or DYANAMIS controller through DCC input jacks and a splitter.
Equipment used:
1.   E-Z Command Digital Command Control system.       #44932
2.   E-Z Command Dynamis DCC system.                        #36505
3.   E-Z Command Dynamis Handset.                              #36507
4.   E-Z Command Dymamis Wireless Receiver.                #36509
5.   E-Z Command Dynamsis Pro Box.                              #36508
6.   E-Z Command 5 AMP Power Booster.                        #44910
7.   3.5mm Headphone Jack Splitter 3.5 Audio 5 Way 6 Port Female Connector Adapter(ebay)         
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