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Re: Powering a McKeen Car

Madison Kirkman ·
I don't think I would want to do that, I built the truck, since the original ones were custom made, so I would like to keep my truck. I would not mind adding a bracket or something to be able to house the motor to the truck.
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Powering a McKeen Car

Madison Kirkman ·
This is my first model train I have built,(and maybe my last McKeen Car) and I would like some help with Ideas on how to power it.  I purchased a motor used in the engine in the starter sets made by Lionel. ...
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MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit How-To

ericstrains.com ·
Here's a new video demonstrating basic usage of the MTH DCS WiFi Interface Unit. I hope you find it helpful. Thanks, Eric Siegel
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PSAP2010 ·
Howdy Eric, I noticed in your video that you didn’t mention that the TIU needs an update prior to connecting the WIU in order for the Wi-Fi app to work. I purchased the WIU a couple of years ago but haven’t used it because of my TIU which has the 9 pin port has not had the update. Is the TIU update not required anymore with with a newer WIU? Larry
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yamawho ·
The one that does not require a TIU is the DCS Explorer ...
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Is the TIU update not required anymore with with a newer WIU? It's absolutely essential that the software all be in sync: TIU - DCS 6.1 WIU - 1.1 DCS App - 3.2.1
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Larry, If you want to get the most out of your DCS WiFi experience, I suggest that you do a little bit of reading... Everything that you need to know about DCS WiFi is all in MTH’s “The DCS WiFi Companion 2nd Edition!" This book is available from many fine OGR advertisers and forum sponsors, as an eBook or a printed book at MTH's web store!
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PSAP2010 ·
I discovered the USB port on my TIU the other day and found a spare USB cord which I didn't need since one came with the WIU. I also ordered a 1/8" plug to 1/8" stereo cord from Amazon which I didn't need since I already had one for iPod use in the wife's rig. Must have been a "senior moment." I found a 4 wire phone handset cord on one of my old wired phones which I had stored in my garage. Now I had all the necessary items to do the updates for the TIU. I down loaded the Loader program,...
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Robert Cushman ·
Where does the Lionel Legacy 990 go into the TIU or does it go to WIU? Also what power supply is sufficient for the TIU for a basic 2 loop like I have here running 2 engines at once. Could I run a Mth train and Lionel Legacy at the same time with the DCS App? Currently have a 80 watt Lionel with legacy 990. I have 1 mth genesis I want to run all features on and kind of want to control the Lionel on the app but not sure if it’s worth the extra $ probably just grab the DcS Commander instead.
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, Yes, that would work very well to power a TIU channel.
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, Where does the Lionel Legacy 990 go into the TIU or does it go to WIU? Use MTH cable #50-1032 to connect the TIU's serial port to a Lionel SER2, and then on to the Lionel Legacy command base if you want to operate Legacy engines in Legacy mode. If you merely desire to operate Legacy engines in TMCC mode from the Premium version of the DCS App, just connect the cable directly to the Legacy command base. The need for the SER2 is because a Legacy command base cannot accept Legacy...
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Robert Cushman ·
Barry give me a quick rundown of exactly what I need besides the app, 1. MTH O 50-1017 TIU/Barrel Jack Power Adapter 2. MTH Trains TIU/TMCC 6'Connector Cable MTH501032 3. TIU 4. WIU 5. Power Supply 180 Lionel Pretend I'm even slower than you probably have me pegged out to be at train stuff lol. Also would that power supply work with my Lionel legacy 990 more efficiently than the 80 watt one I use.
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, Since the WIU will come with a USB cable to connect A Rev. L TIU to the WIU, everything else that you listed is just what you need, with one exception. The Lionel PH 180 has a Molex connector, not a barrel jack. You have three choices as to how to connect it to the TIU: Cut the Molex connector off the PH180 and connect the two wires directly to the TIU's Fixed #1 Input channel terminals. Purchase an adapter cable from Lionel (don't know the part number or the price) that will convert...
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ChiTown Steve ·
Eric, That was very helpful. Thanks so much for doing that. I thought this would more time consuming than it is. Off to order a WIFI unit from my fantasy football winnings.
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Robert Cushman ·
ok DCS it is but for the power supply. What will be good enough for that layout for me? Would this work Barry. https://www.modeltrainstuff.co...ply/#product-reviews
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PSAP2010 ·
I use the Lionel 180, more available wattage if you are running more than one engine/train.
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, Which is better for the TiU z1000 or the Lionel 180 with more confusing wiring. My choice would be the PH180. While the Z1000 is a bit less expensive and is "plug and play" with a TIU Channel, the PH180 is the much better choice for its more power (10 amps vs. 5.5 amps at 18 volts) and its better circuit breaker. I don't see how the wiring is any more complicated, at all.
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Robert Cushman ·
Barry, ordered tiu. Which is better for the TiU z1000 or the Lionel 180 with more confusing wiring.
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Robert Cushman ·
Ok I’ll go with the Lionel. It’s not that much more. 1.so cut molex off 2. Splice 3. Insert here in the photo 4. Buy molex adapters for resale value right?
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Robert Cushman ·
Barry this is option 3 correct or what I want to make minus the. Banana plus correct? Would I need to buy the crimper?
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, If you're going to buy Molex adapters, just do that and don't cut off the Molex connectors on the PH180.
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, That cable is all you need to connect the PH180 to a TIU Channel. It has a Molex on one end and Banana plugs on the other. This would be the preferred way to go. You would not need the crimping tool.
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Robert Cushman ·
Barry http://www.lionel.com/products...apter-cable-6-12893/ this or https://www.ebay.com/itm/LIONE...ble-15-/323456920162
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Barry Broskowitz ·
Robert, The second one.
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? simplest way to connect wires of operating accessories to one CW-80?

Garrett76 ·
Hi, what is the simplest way to connect multiple operating accessories in parallel to power from one CW-80? I will not be soldering anything. Crimping and/or tightening screws attached to terminal blocks is what I'm going for. I'm an amateur at electronics, some pictures of actual products would be very helpful. This is for a Christmas layout and I'd like to be modular so I can disconnect the items and reconnect next year. Thanks Garrett
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Re: ? simplest way to connect wires of operating accessories to one CW-80?

cjack ·
Run 12 ga to a barrier strip with jumpers so you can parallel loads. Here's a picture of one with all the jumpers showing...
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George S ·
Are you also asking about accessory activation wires? Those vary by each type of accessory. Are these all buildings? Otherwise, could you list the accessories you are trying to hook up? Also, you asked about modular connections. There are great ways to use labeled Molex connectors so that you can unplug a module just like you would with a power cord to a wall outlet.
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Garrett76 ·
I am learning from everyone but still not all the way there, yet. I am a visual learner and would really appreciate a hand drawn sketch with arrows showing the flow direction of electricity at each connection point. please clearly label polarity and other relevant points Thanks!
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wild mary ·
If you use a busbar (not to be confused with a terminal strip) there's no need for jumper wires.
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Trainfun ·
Garrett, if you look at ACDX Rob's excellent diagram you will notice that he says to use a jumper strip on one side of the barrier. A jumper strip is a thin metal strip that looks sort of like a comb. Think of the prongs of the comb and imagine two going under each screw on one side of the barrier strip. Now all of the screws on that side of the barrier strip are electrically connected. So, if you attach your red (hot) wire to any of the screws on the side with the jumper strip all of the...
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Re: ? simplest way to connect wires of operating accessories to one CW-80?

wild mary ·
Garrett I see you live in Maryland - same here in Baltimore. If you email me at nicholscharpam@comcast.net I'll give you me cell number. Call me (any time-I'm retired) and I'll walk you through the hook-up. BTW nice job on your web site.
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Gene Dickerson ·
This is what I use, works great!
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Re: ? simplest way to connect wires of operating accessories to one CW-80?

coach joe ·
Garrett, that barrier strip is a fairly common item that should be available at Lowes, HD, ACE, Menard's, Radioshack if you're lucky enough to still have one nearby or any quality hardware store. They come in various lengths so depending on the number of accessories you may want a longer or shorter strip. Look closely at Chuck's picture and you'll see the copper "jumper"wires connecting the cells of the strip so that one power wire from transformer feeds up to six accessories. You'll also...
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Re: ? simplest way to connect wires of operating accessories to one CW-80?

Garrett76 ·
so, do all the red wires go on one side (top) and all black wires go on other side (bottom)? or is it power wires on the outside (left and right) and operating accessory wires go the middle? a sketch on paper would be helpful. thanks!
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cjack ·
It's left and right. Each vertical pair of screw downs are electrically isolated from each other. I connect half of them of them together and call that red, then the other half connected and they are black. In Lionel terms that is A and U. Instead of using wire jumpers which I make out of #20 ga wire cut in about one inch length and bending around a needle nose plier in the shape of a U, you can buy jumpers. They come in say 8 or 12 long and I cut off what I need like say 4 in a row to...
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George S ·
This is my favorite way. Black to one side and red to the other. You can even plug in with banana jacks. I made this myself, but MTH and Miniatronics each sell one called a power distribution block. George
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Dave45681 ·
They seem to have one model of the item shown and also the other type of Barrier strip at Lowes (you will have ot change to your local store to see if they actually have it). Barrier Strip #1 . Barrier Strip #2 . -Dave
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ADCX Rob ·
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Garrett76 ·
excellent, exactly what I was looking for. One question- as the wire leaves the transformer and becomes many before connecting to the jumper, how do I simply get multiple wires from one? something happens at that intersection which is not clear to me thanks!
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Garrett76 ·
thanks. questions- is this a common item? Anyone know if it's carried at Lowe's? If not, what brick and mortar location can I get one? is it bare wire ends or do I need to purchase some sort of end connector? what holds it in place, screw pressure? Thanks
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coach joe ·
Garret, I've borrowed Chucks picture, If you look closely the red wire entering the strip on the left hand top side is hot power from the transformer into the strip, it is connected to the next five cells on the top side of the strip by 5 short, un-insulated copper jumper wires connecting each terminal to the next terminal to the right thus powering six terminals. On the bottom side you can see three red (Hot) wires coming out of three individual terminals, these are the hot wires to the...
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Garrett76 ·
thanks everyone. I did go to Lowe's and buy some supplies. Haven't been able to work on it yet
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JD2035RR ·
There was a recent post that suggested using grounding strips/grounding bars to avoid the need for jumpers. These seemed to be a cost efficient approach at $5.58 for 9 terminal (you can have more than 1 wire in each terminal hole). http://m.homedepot.com/p/Squar...t-PK9GTACP/100161420 Good luck and please update us when you get a chance. Thanks, JD
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George S ·
Grounding strips are made for 14 to 12 gauge electrical wire used in 15 to 20 Amp circuits in electrical boxes. The gauge of wire for most accessories is much smaller, since they draw very small amps. I use grounding strips for track power, but you need to be careful with accessory wire connections. It is possible to reduce the effective gauge of the wire at the connection if only a small portion of the wire surface is making contact with the connector. It can also be difficult making the...
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Dave45681 ·
I probably wouldn't have been able to write it up as nicely as George, but I had similar thoughts on the grounding bar and how it could be less than ideal for smaller wires, especially stranded ones. That screw connection is relying on a conductor close to the size of the hole. A properly sized conductor, such as the size George points out, can then reasonably be held in place with the screw. Mashing one (or more) smaller conductors down with the screw will probably not be ideal. You may get...
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John H ·
I use these. Search for 8 way bus bar from ebay. About $9, but make it easier.
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cjack ·
I don't care for the grounding strip in our applications. The only thing it has going for it is that it's inexpensive. I very much like an insulated strip which is more compatible with our wire gauges. Compared to the cost of the layout, each appropriate strip we may purchase is less cost than one piece of track. I think it's important not to focus on one favorable aspect of a choice, but to think more broadly about all the aspects including safety, ease of use, appropriate for the purpose...
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JD2035RR ·
George, John, and Dave, Thanks for pointing out the pitfalls of the grounding strip. I am certainly no expert, so I appreciate your comments. I heard via this forum of someone using those and thought it sounded good at the time. Thanks! JD
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Re: ? simplest way to connect wires of operating accessories to one CW-80?

Garrett76 ·
So, apparently I bought the wrong item from Lowe's (pictured). There's never anyone in that place who knows anything about electrical items. I asked the hardward guy if he could open the package and check it out. I was primarily interested to know if the terminals were connected on the long side. He said he couldn't tell but thought they were connected on the inside. They were not as I found out two days ago. In another post, someone suggested a jumper strip which I think can be used with...
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cjack ·
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