Tagged With "DC"

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Basic pushbutton questions

Jonathan Bowman ·
So, while our AC transformer is at the shop, we have been using a cheap HO power pack to control our Lionel Dockside switcher. Hooking up an ammeter indicates that with smoker, whistle, and full speed, we rarely peak above 1.0 amp. I am thinking...
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Can a 1960's Lionel ZW be used for MTH DCS?

Pittsburger ·
Hello all, I am reaching the point in my layout where I need to increase my power input. I currently have 6 MTH protosound 2.0-3.0 locomotives with one more on the way and MTH Z500 and Z1000 power sources. I currently use the Z-1000 for my main loop that houses 3 locomotives and the Z-500 for my elevated single locomotive loop (all run on MTH DCS using fixed in 1 & 2). My father has some 1960's lionel equipment including a ZW transformer. The ZW would provide the additional power I need,...
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Additional O Scale Transformers (Help!)

PhoebeSnow ·
Hello all, I currently have an MTH DCS layout powered by a Z4000, through both handles. On the left, I have a main table with three main loops of track along with some sidings. On the right, I have two simple loops around the ceiling of the room. On...
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WELCOME TO THE 21st YORK DCS USER GROUP MEETING!

Barry Broskowitz ·
JOIN US FOR THE 21st YORK DCS USER GROUP MEETING - AT THE WYNDHAM GARDEN, FORMERLY THE HOLIDAY INN CONFERENCE CENTER - AKA THE HOLIDOME!!! Make your plans now to attend the 20th Semi-Annual York DCS User Group Meeting! !!! WE WILL BE DOING COMPLIMENTARY UPGRADES TO THE LATEST DCS RELEASE RIGHT AT THE MEETING !!! !!!! WE WILL ALSO, FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, BE DOING COMPLIMENTARY DCS WIFI (WIU) FIRMWARE UPGRADES RIGHT AT THE MEETING!!!! The meeting will be in this newly remodeled hotel on...
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Circuit protection design when using Passive DCS mode

pro hobby ·
Circuit protection design when using Passive DCS mode: Note: More information about the Passive DCS Mode can be found in the DCS O Gauge Companion by Barry Broskowitz (published by MTH). Here is a system design that I am using for my DCS control system using Passive DCS mode .  Passive mode allows for direct connection of AC power to the track entirely bypassing the TIU. Since I have individual relays and individual circuit breakers for control of power to each block the use of...
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2nd MTH DCS engine in ABA configuration starts running (incorrectly) when powering up transformer

zoradt ·
I have an MTH Santa Fe F-3 ABA PS 2 engine (20-20046-1) that has worked well since new about 4 years ago. It was assigned to shelf duty for the past month. I put it back on the track today, connected the cables between the cars, and the 2 nd A unit starts running when I throttled up the ZW-L to run it in DCS mode. Both A engines are powered units, and I had the 2 nd engine facing backwards and running in reverse when I last successfully ran the ABA configuration via DCS. I disconnected and...
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A tale of two SW9s with problems

pittsburghrailfan ·
I may or may not have posted about this before. My local club has a pair of MTH PS2 Montour SW9s, product 30-2327-1. A while back, both engine started operating erratically. One of the two has sounds and lights, but does not respond to a DCS track signal or get found by the remote. Sometimes, when it is placed on a track, the sound and lights turn on, other times it remains dark. The other SW9, after running on my home layout for a bit, lost sound totally, no emissions whatsoever. The...
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Bldg first permanent layout. How To Wire DCS.

paul4653 ·
First permanent Layout. There will be 3 loops - each 80 feet long and all connect by crossovers. I am using GarGraves track and switches. Now how do I wire the DCS system???  Unable to locate "how to" information to get started and do it right on...
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DCS Softkey Details and Engine Programming

William Decker ·
Most of my MTH engines involve DCS softkey labels that are easy to understand and use. Also, Appendix A of the "DCS Command System User's Guide" is helpful. However, I have engines (a Galloping Goose [30-2798-1] in particular) that have softkey labels for which I have no detailed instructions. I seem to have to figure these out by trial and error. (The Galloping Goose, for example, has a trolly mode and can be programmed for looped or out-and-back station stops, and it uses softkey codes...
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DCS TIU

Grandpad ·
I am about to wire large new layout. I have 3 TiUs a rev H1, I, and L.and plan 12 separate power districts although all the trackage will be interconnected. Will using all three of them cause any problems and are there things that I need to look out for? Thanks for any advice
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DCS USER GROUP MEETING: WIU FIRMWARE UPGRADES - ATTENTION!

Barry Broskowitz ·
For the first time, we'll be doing WIU firmware upgrades at the York DCS User Group Meeting. If you'd like us to upgrade your WIU, please BE SURE TO BRING YOUR WIU POWER SUPPLY TO THE MEETING! If you do not have your power supply with you, we may not be able to upgrade your WIU. See you at the meeting!
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DCS remote damage

PennsyE8 ·
Hi,        I have a concern about my DCS remote. While I was putting it away in the box (I kept the original box it came with). The top flap with the remote compartment slipped out of my hand and hit the other part of the...
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DCS remote won't read either TIU after reset

JerryG ·
Well, I've done it now.  Got a new TIU and tried to create a super TIU, because I have 2 layouts (overhead and table) and also want DCS for the larger conventional one.  Followed manual step by step, which said to reset the remote and the TIU's, move the old TIU address to 2 first. Now the remote won't communicate with either TIU.  I'm going through the menu's to add engines and can't do it on either layout.  1.) I tried to change the TIU address on both separately...
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Does anyone sell a “LionChief Plus Companion • 3rd Edition".

trainroomgary ·
I have been running this A-B-A LionChief Plus FT, for about a week, I have some major issues. Does anyone sell a “LionChief Plus Companion • 3rd Edition". lol = Model Train Joke. See photo below, Click on photo to enlarge.
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Have I been had?

pittsburghrailfan ·
Last September, I took one of my train club's nonfunctioning MTH locomotives to the LHS (Imperial Train Co.) to see what the problem was and if it could be fixed. When I got there, the employees at the store told me they no longer did repairs that might involve replacing a board (which is, in and of itself, disturbing), and gave me the name and number of a repairman by the name of Alan Forrester. Alan agreed that it was likely a circuit board problem of some sort, and told me it would take a...
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Damaged the electronics running DC instead of AC+

ipmagcol ·
I have bought an MTH RailKing PCC Street Car with ProtoSound version 1.0. When I first got it, I put it on my Loinel track with DC for a short while. Now with AC power it just seems to stand in "RESET" state (not moving at all). The sound seams to be there and the bell dings two times upon startup. Can I have damaged the DCRU electronic reverse unit by running DC? I have got it running on AC power by shifting the yellow connectors so the engine gets power from the marker light connector, now...
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DC Problem

JoeV ·
I have a three rail O scale layout.  On the Layout I have DC N scale trains running around a playground.  When I set it up it was working fine.  Last week the engines started running slower, then stopped.  I changed out the DC transformer to another one. Same result.  I have a voltage meter but honestly don't know how to set it the find out if the track is getting power.  Anyone have any ideas??? Thanks
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DCS Operation in Conventional Mode

Bob Golfs ·
I must admit to some confusion about this, but my basic question - if i crank the variable TIU input/output to 18 volts, can I operate a PS3 engine as if it were running on the fixed output channel?  In other words, are all of the DCS control functions still available to me?   Thanks, Bob
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DCS problem with 027 switch #5122

paul4653 ·
I am building a large layout with 6 loops. Running exclusively DCS.  Using  Gargraves track with mostly Gargraves and Ross switches . All loops are interconnected.  Small loop is 027 track with one 027 #5122 switch. So ... everything works fine EXCEPT when running the 027 #5122 switch ... apparently lose signal and engine stops. Any suggestions or comments?  Any help from you o gauge professionals would be great. Thank you.
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DCS Commander.

Railroad John ·
Can anyone tell mew how many volts the DCS Commander should put out? Mine is putting out 35 volts and that seems to have burned out some signal leds. I also think I ruined a I-tad with the signal and a MTH 0-42 switch. This is all new to me and picked-up the hobby about 3 months ago and am making my share of mistakes. Not sure what to think anymore. John  
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DCS Down load Windows 10

Grandpad ·
What do I Ues to open the DCS File. When I Click on the file name. it asks "How do you want to open this file?" None of the choices work. I am running Windows 10. 64 bit and Net 3.5
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DCS 5.0 Downloads

Mike Hartings ·
Hi, Wanting to upgrade to DCS 5.0. Is it possible to download the software on an IMac? Is it compatible with IOS operating system? Thanks, Mike H.
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DCS 5.0 TIU Rev L USB Port Problems on iMac

howardih ·
I have an iMac running Windows 10 using Parallels 11. When I input the A-B USB cable in to the TIU, I get a "USB Devices Disabled, Unplug device using too much power" message. I then cannot even get Windows 10 to "see" the TIU. Has anyone experienced this? Should I only have to plug the TIU to iMAC using the USB cable and connect the Proto-Dispatch and Proto-Cast ports? I wanted to get this TIU working to then install the Wifi module.
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DCS ACC ports default to OFF on power up (Using tortoise switch machines)

Sparky74 ·
Being that I have my tortoise units wired as such, it's a real bummer when they all throw to an "off" position upon power up. Is there a work around to this without having to use latching relays and the SW ports?
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DCS and wiring

Art Lites ·
I have a small layout ( 12x 14) that I am constructing. I have read Barrys book and I am planning my wiring.  The layout consists of two reverse loops on the bottom with sidings and two continuous loops on a second level. I would attach RR plan...
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Difference between MTH PS1 PS2 PS3

DaveM ·
Hi Folks.  I just bought my first PS2 engine off of ebay. (Been a postwar guy for years) I just Couldn't pass up an S-2 for $140.   Now I'm looking at getting DCS for my layout and and am a bit confused, especially between what the...
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Electric rr co. board with DCS

Winger ·
Recently outfitted my lionel milk car 3662 with the electric rr company Mini HC v2 Lionel Milk Car Kit , to make it work with Lionel TMCC and MTH DCS in lieu of the operating track method.   Programmed it per procedure with my legacy controller....
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Gargraves track and outside rails

paul4653 ·
DCS system using Gargraves track. Since outside rails are not electrically connected ... do I need to wire both?
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Help with Allegheny steam loco w/ PS2 upgrade

George S ·
Looking for some advice on my engine.  I bought a PS1 Premier Allegheny a while back.  I then upgraded it to PS2 with a PS2 Steam upgrade kit.  I did this myself. The engine works OK.  Almost all of the features work in DCS and conventional mode.  The only problem is using reverse in either DCS or conventional mode.  When the engine is on the track at zero SMPH, I cannot push the direction button and get the engine to move in reverse.  The engine does...
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HELP!! mth proto 2 aem7 issue

bobby1154 ·
hi im having a problem with my Amtrak aem7 when Im running it of corse under dcs control it does not seem to have and power im only got 4 amfleets 1 reg coach car and a express mail car but when I run the same cars behind another engine it runs...
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Help setting up DCS components

Tim Pazda ·
I've been collecting rolling stock and various components for several years. I have my train table built to fit the corresponding track plan which I have attached. I have mostly MTH Proto 3 engines and have purchased one Z4000 along with one TIU and AIU. My plan is to have four main lines running so I plan on purchasing another Z4000 and I know I need another AIU since I have more than ten switches. (If anyone has either one for sale that would be helpful). I want to set up the system so it...
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Installing the DCS App on a Kindle Fire

Barry Broskowitz ·
Over the past few months I've received requests from some DCS enthusiasts who desire to install the DCS App on their Kindle Fire tablets. I've also seen a thread or two appear on the DCS Forum with the same topic. My son, Allan, is rather well-versed in using a variety of Kindle devices and decided to take a shot at doing an actual install. What follows below is how he was able to do the install on his Kindle Fire HD6. This procedure uses a web site called "aka pure.com". Click here to learn...
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Issue with rev levels on Lionel Legacy NS SD40-2 in DCS

pittsburghrailfan ·
My local train club has a Lionel Legacy SD40-2 (6-38940) which has a minor glitch. When the engine is run with the TMCC handheld, the revs increase or decrease with the speed. When the engine is operated under DCS (via the TMCC base), the revs remain in the idle setting. When I try to go under MENU>SOUND to change this, the remote says the engine is not found when there is power on the track.    What is the issue? Is it somehow related to the drive motor board failure I...
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Is DCS compatible with Stop & Wait Block Power Control ?

Dick Autz ·
I want to put two PS3 engines on my “old school” Block Power Controlled layout using Insulated Track Switches. Once an Engine stops to wait on a unpowered block it needs a manual restart before it will move again. When Engine 1 stops like this, Engine2 is bound to come into a dead block and stop also. How can I make my layout work with these great new Engines and DCS? Using Conventional Engines my layout works well with 6 Relay controlled blocks, and 6 track switches, Engines set in Forward,...
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Is Problem with DCS 4.3 corrected by DCS 5.0?

TLWhiteJr ·
My layout constructed in 2011 uses 5 TIU's all in super mode and all TIU channels set to Fixed and operated with DCS 4.2.  Everything operated properly until I loaded the new DCS 4.3 in all 5 TIU's and Remotes,  immediately the following problem manifested:  Any PS2 engine (All my engines were PS2's then) would be completely operable in all respects until it left the block in which it started up and suddenly I could no longer control it - couldn't change speed, operate whistle...
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K-line Plymouth-Upgrade advice?

pittsburghrailfan ·
I'm considering upgrading my K-Line USS Steel Plymouth to Command Control. Has anyone ever attempted this? Is it possible to convert the engine to DCS, or is it better to just do TMCC? Is there even space in the locomotive?
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Re: DCS problem with 027 switch #5122

paul4653 ·
Thank you ADCX Rob . I will try your suggestion.
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Re: Can a 1960's Lionel ZW be used for MTH DCS?

Gregg ·
We're using 8 post war ZWs, however we have fuse s between the ZWs and the tiu inputs on the hot wires (red) ( 32 volt glass 10 amp fast blow.) Been this way since 03 and all are tiu are still functioning just fine. Even an original G from around 02... Yes we have to change a fuse ever now and then... (usually operator error " I can get back on the track, no need to cut power Oooop[s!. I think it's a good idea. go for it.
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Re: Can a 1960's Lionel ZW be used for MTH DCS?

RJR ·
Marc, the ancient ZW is perfect, provided you add external breakers because the internal breaker is not reliable. Fuses are too expensive in the long run. I've been using 2, along with a Z4000, on my layout. I would remove the top of the ZW to make sure the rollers that contact the secondary coil have not worn down to the point that their holders are cutting the coil. They're very visible when the top is removed and easily replaceable. But if they're worn and the coil is being cut, damage to...
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Re: Can a 1960's Lionel ZW be used for MTH DCS?

bruce benzie ·
Transient Voltage Suppressors can be ordered from Train Electrics LLC http://www.trainelectrics.com/ Make sure you order 32V 10A fast blow fuses Complete instructions are included.
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Re: Can a 1960's Lionel ZW be used for MTH DCS?

Pittsburger ·
Thanks for the replies guys. I'm glad that this will be a good option! Do you have any input as to how many locomotives the ZW will be able to handle? I had up to four on my mainline loop (with a small yard) and began experiencing power problems, so I immediately pulled the fourth locomotive and haven't had issues since. That was on the Z-1000 transformer. -Marc
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Re: Wi-Fi DCS Update from MTH

JimRK ·
1'st issue with MTH WiFi. I am using the MTH home network. Engines are now in the inactive list. My iPad mini is connected to the MTH network, all 3 lights are on solid but there is no wifi connection to the TIU. The refresh button indicates no TIU found and the roster icon slowly fades in and out but the iPad indicates the network is connected. From the get go the engines would all go into the inactive list when I closed down. I could however bring them into the active list by tapping and I...
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Re: Wi-Fi DCS Update from MTH

Barry Broskowitz ·
It sounds as if the WIU has become disconnected from your Home network. You can proceed in one of two ways. One is to attempt to reconnect the WIU to your home network by repeating the original instructions to do so. The other is to switch to MTH mode and connect to the network generated by the WIU itself.
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Re: Can a 1960's Lionel ZW be used for MTH DCS?

RJR ·
Voltage rating of a fuse is not critical for this application. AFter a few derailments, you'll see why manual reset breakers are preferabe. Marc, depends on whether you have smoke units turned on, and how many lighted cars. An MTH loco with smoke unit off draws under 2 amps. An 18-volt #1445 or #1447 bulb is about 5 watts (0.3 amps). I'd say 3 should be no problem. FWIW, I have both ZWs and a Z4000, but if I needed a transformer I'd look into a new Lionel 180-watt Powermaster. It has the...
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Re: Is DCS compatible with Stop & Wait Block Power Control ?

Dick Autz ·
G. On the speed mismatch... I have MTH Diesel SD60 and Camel Back Steam engines which are worst case and I found I have a track problem where the Camel Back looses traction with more than 3 cars being pulled. Working on that one. When using conventional mode I have found that I can't depend much on where the Engine stops each time at the same speed when I encounter a insulated track switch. Using an older Lionel conventional it also stops at a different position. Maybe I'm being too...
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Re: Wi-Fi DCS Update from MTH

Dave Allen ·
Thankjs Barry, I'll try that.
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Re: Wi-Fi DCS Update from MTH

Al B ·
I had problems finding app with instructions given by MTH. I tried 'wi-fi dcs', and it came up on Canada Apple store. Al
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Re: Wi-Fi DCS Update from MTH

Kerrigan ·
Guess I'll miss out on this one. Don't see the value as I don't WiFi and upgrading my layout control system is always a huge PIA. Someday the software may be stabilized, but based on past releases, re-releases, bug-fixes, etc, I don't see it happening in the near future. Running the TMCC engines more these days as they are pretty much problem-free and have most all features now one finds in basic operations with DCS. I did stop purchasing MTH locomotives a while ago, due to the frustrations.
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Re: Wi-Fi DCS Update from MTH

RJR ·
Kerrian. I have 2 wifi units running on my layout. IMHO, the wifi is fine if you like to play with gadgets (I do), but if you want to run trains (I do), stick with the remote.
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Re: Wi-Fi DCS Update from MTH

MTH RD ·
Both apps have been released to Australia for several weeks. I am not sure about the process or timing for availability but, we have released them. I think it is now in the hands of Apple and Google.
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