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Re: Roundhouse Track Power Wiring Diagram

Popsrr ·
Rich Nice work. Wish my drawings came as nice as yours. I only have RR TRACK 4.02 to make all my drawings with.
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Re: Roundhouse Track Power Wiring Diagram

Larry Sr. ·
Rich, Just reading information like this I want you to know I found this information out the hard way a long time ago. With as many questions I have observed lately, this should be very much appreciated by individuals trying to learn about round tables. Some of us are not as advanced in knowledge about O gauge as others. That's why this is such a great web-site.
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Re: Roundhouse Track Power Wiring Diagram

3rdrailMike ·
Thanks Rich. This is a huge help.
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Re: Roundhouse Track Power Wiring Diagram

AlanRail ·
If you are using MTH DCS then you need an isolated rail where the engine can be added or programmed to the system. So I use my turntable spurs as multiple isolated rails, since the engine is already sitting there. When " MTH Program" mode is switched, all tracks and spurs have power cut-off and only the isolated spur is active. Then I program that spur with that engine. So to quickly add all other engines on the spurs I simply switch the power to that spur via a rotary switch and then set...
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Re: Roundhouse Track Power Wiring Diagram

Russell ·
One thing that can give a better signal if you have issues with this wiring. Use a pair of relay contacts in place of the switch, Move the actual switch to remotely toggle the relays on. The shorter wire runs from Terminal block to track will make DCS work better. This also lets you use lower power rating switches. The Relay contacts have to carry the heavy juice, the relay coil and switch won't need it. One relay for each siding.
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Re: Roundhouse Track Power Wiring Diagram

Mike CT ·
One of the simplicities of Command Control locomotives, is a staging area like this, as long as you have no problem with locomotives sitting on the track, powered, with lights on. I have had good results with my TT/RH wired as one block circuit. Conventional Control is a complete different matter. We attempted something like this with the Club TT/RH using DCS with mixed results. The Track wiring set-up was not as friendly to DCS as it was to TMCC. Both RH's are Korber 304 with one additional...
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Re: Roundhouse Track Power Wiring Diagram

Joe Fauty ·
Rich: I usually connect ground to both outside rails. Sometimes when moving locomotives onto or off the shed track they lose power. Grounding both outside rails seems to help keep the locomotives from shutting off. Joe
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Menards Atomic Power plant

rrman ·
I searched OGR sites and did not see anything about the Menards Atomic power plant (feel free to point me to the thread). Anyway, I read the description and while I know its tongue in cheek (I hope!) model for something a little different, if our lone Iowa atomic plant about 11 miles away, began showing red, green and blue rotating colors, we would be driving south or west as fast as possible!
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Please Delete! Found! MTH 20-20260-1 or 20-20260-3 Heritage unit Illinois Terminal

twistedridez ·
WTB MTH Illinois Terminal Heritage unit. Powered or Non-powered 20-20260-1 or 20-20260-3
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Pulling Power of LC+ Diesels

Arnold D. Cribari ·
Please let me know your experience with the pulling power of the Lionchief Plus diesels, especially those with powered and non-powered units. My brand new LC+ New Haven FA AA (powered and non-powered units) are gorgeous and smoke beautifully, but the pulling power is weak. Please let me know what you think could be the cause of the weak pulling power. The 2018 Lionel catalogue says on page 102 that the diesels have dual maintenance free motors (single motor in NW2), so that powered unit in...
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Fastrack power distribution w/Legacy control best practice

DavidR ·
I would appreciate advice on track power distribution for Fastrack w/Legacy. I only plan for one transformer, and right now have only one power terminal track for my 5 X 4 loop, but I'll be expanding in the near future. The recommended practice for DCC is one power drop for every ~6' of track, and a fairly heavy (12-14 gauge) power buss. Is there a recommended best practices along these lines for a Legacy controlled layout?
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12 Volt AC transformer to power LED's question

BobbyD ·
Need a few to power about 20 LED's. (Locations may too far apart to run connecting wires.) Any ideas? Need to be really well controlled as I don't want to vaporize any LED's. Is there enough power in the Z4000 14V tap to do this and power a TIU as well? Thanks!!
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The Power of This Forum

Arnold D. Cribari ·
It just occurred to me as a new member of this Forum how tremendously helpful it is to the hobbyist in many different ways. Some of these ways are obvious : great place to get technical information; great way to make friends; great place to buy and sell trains; another great way to express one's creativity. Some ways are not so obvious, one of which inspired this post. Let's say you bought a train from someone and it is defective. One way to motivate the seller to replace or fix the...
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Rio Grande Power

ChessieMD ·
Been very busy last few months. Despite the busy schedule the Rio Grande switching layout is progressing with detailing and scenery completion near the CWI Waste Management building. Was playing around with my iPhone and shot a consist rolling thru. Enjoy!
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Pulling Power of LionChief+ and LionChief

ToledoEd ·
My Grandson enjoys running his LionChief+ Chessie "Steamer" (Mikado) and his LionChief "First Responder" (GP38-2)set I picked up at York. I have a smallish carpet rail line set up in our living room and entrance foyer for his trains. He also runs "Grandpa's trains" often as well. Today he wanted to pull two consists I set up for Memorial Day using his engines. I had my doubts those engines could pull them, but, he was certain they could. The GP38-2 was attached to a 15 car consist and the...
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Model Train Control System for O Gauge

Aaron Jamison ·
Too long, don't want to read? Skip to the video and picture links So, I've been working on this electronics system for an O gauge locomotive on and off for the past 8 months-ish and want to share with you guys what I've done so far for anyone who is interested in this kind of stuff. I am relatively new to this forum, but I have done some business through the WTB section. @Budkole sold me the beautiful locomotive 5426 you see in the video. It worked out fairly well...
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SOLD- -please delete this post. FS: Lionel O-gauge Budd B&O Rail Diesel Car set

Bob G (WNY) ·
This 1977 uncataloged Lionel Service Station set has been stored in my house- -a closet in a heated/cooled dry room- -for nearly 40 years. Highlights: One #6-8766 powered RDC-4 baggage/mail car One #6-8768 non-powered RDC-1 passenger car Both units are illuminated and feature a cosmetically flawless silver exterior with crisp blue lettering The powered unit is functional- -it ran smoothly shortly after being purchased [see below] Both cars are equipped with operating metal knuckle couplers...
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“Off to War” continues-power question

C&Osteam ·
I‘M posting this video of my layout under construction. Comments welcome with regards to power. Please overlook the sideways image as I cannot reshoot at this time. Running Legacy Allegheny, & at least eight heavy weight passenger cars. 1. Leaning hard towards two power districts. (24’ overall length) 2. Feels like I can power all switch motors with a CW -80 transformer. 3. I have a new GW-180, and believe I need another. Thoughts?
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Slow & Smooth Power

Arnold D. Cribari ·
Don't you love your modern locomotives that run prototypically slow and smooth? Here is my first contribution: Above is a Lionel TMCC D&H diesel made around 2003 that I bought at a train show last year. It also has great sound and smoke. It is effortlessly pulling heavy Postwar operating coal dump cars, a few tanker cars and a caboose. Here is an opportunity for you to share your Slow & Smooth Power. Arnold
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ERIE POWER by Westing and Staufer, 1970, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Like New

Waverly 5 Yard ·
* 1st Edition printed in 1970 * Has a lots of Illustrations with text discussing the topic shown * Many, Many pictures * No Rips, Tears or Marks inside Previous owner stamped his name on inside cover * 448 Pages * Front & Back Book covers are clean, see pictures * Dust Jacket has the usual wear * 9" x 11.50" For you Erie Lackawanna fans, there is a lot of information on their Diesels and Unit cars that existed after the 1960 Merger. I'm putting a very fair and reasonable price of $49...
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Wall plug source of power

C&Osteam ·
Hello Friends, I’m installing a power master 360 and two 180w powerhouses to my main line. My question is about extension cords? Can I use one beefy cord with a splitter and plug in both 180w units into that cord (one outlet)? The outlet is near the dryer. I welcome your thoughts.
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Ives Power House

Bill Clay ·
lm in need of chimney and roof parts for a circa 1912 Ives 200 Power House. Any leads would be greatly appreciated! a
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Lionel Legacy NYC F3 Powered B Unit & Lionel and MTH NYC Passenger Cars

MDphotographer ·
Lionel Legacy NYC F3 Powered B unit #6-34580 less then 12 hours run time $250.00 +actual shipping Lionel NYC 3 car passenger set $75.00 +actual shipping MTH NYC 4 car passenger set $100.00 +actual shipping Mdphotgrapher@aol.com
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Re: Looking for MTH DD40- UPDATE

Mike Ciancio ·
Hello cdtluna, Are you looking for another PS-2 model or will a PS-1 do the job for you? I have a 20-2178-1 cab #6922 that I would sell. My e-mail address is in my profile and you can contact me there if interested. Thanks, Mike
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Re: Looking for MTH DD40- UPDATE

cdtluna ·
Thanks for the reply. The Unit can be PS1 or PS2 and road number is not important. Not sure how to response back....but you can contact me via my email... cdtluna@hotmail.com Thanks
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Re: Looking for MTH DD40- UPDATE

Mike Ciancio ·
Cesar, E-mail sent tonight. Mike
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Do you run conventional or command? Unless you want to attempt to control the markers, I just use track voltage. For the flickering firebox, I buy the LED tea candles from a Dollar Store and remove the flickering LED, cheapest source I've found. They work great for the firebox, gives you the flickering effect for no effort, just a diode, capacitor, and a resistor from track power. You can power the classification LED's the same way. A 1N4003 diode, a 220uf 35V capacitor, and a 1K resistor...
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

Copter ·
I run command control. How would I wire to remotely control the marker lights and flickering firebox?
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Well, the short answer is, it's difficult and maybe impossible, depending on the actual installation. That's why I asked. I'm not familiar with the wiring on the PS/3 stuff, but for PS/2, the sound files control the functionality of the various functions, and if they're not in the product, you usually don't have that control. The simple way is to just run them from track power. It may be possible to trigger them from the headlight, but I'm guessing you'd need some electronics as I don't know...
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

Copter ·
gunrunnerjohn, I will likely use track power to run the lights. Firebox could go either way, track power or smoke unit power. I need to test the smoke unit power output prior to making a decision. I appreciate your insight.
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

gunrunnerjohn ·
I'm sure the 10ma or so of power for the flickering light wouldn't be an issue for the smoke unit power supply. They do change the power to the smoke unit based on the smoke output setting, I think that's a PWM signal, but I've never measured it.
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Here you go.
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

Copter ·
gunrunnerjohn, I really appreciate your knowledge on the matter. I plan to purchase the components you suggested this evening and begin construction. Thank you again for all of your help!
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

gunrunnerjohn ·
No problem, we look forward to the video.
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

Copter ·
You got it. Originally Posted by gunrunnerjohn: No problem, we look forward to the video.
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

GGG ·
John, What about the inductor, or have you done this with no degradation to the dcs signal? G
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Re: Proto-Sound 3 Powerports?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Crap, I totally forgot about the 33uh choke! Put that in front of the diode in the hot side rail!
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Salvato17 ·
So I went to try and solve my problem and when I turned the engine in it was fine. As soon as it moved about two inches the legacy rail sounds stopped working and the tender would buzz a little bit here and there. I tried resetting it and shouting it off and restarting it but none of these have worked
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Alex M ·
Originally Posted by Salvato17: So I went to try and solve my problem and when I turned the engine in it was fine. As soon as it moved about two inches the legacy rail sounds stopped working and the tender would buzz a little bit here and there. I tried resetting it and shouting it off and restarting it but none of these have worked This could be one of two things, your track might need to be cleaned, or the infrared senor's are misaligned between the engine and tender. Alex
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

BigBoy4014 ·
If you have not done so, try to eliminate the obvious: Clean track, check track power with a lighted car/caboose, clean wheels/pick ups on loco, if you can open the shell and check connectors and power harnesses, and so on, do it. If you have other Legacy locos that work well on the same track at the SAME time, then the loco has a problem...Good Luck!
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

D&H 65 ·
Sal: How many pickup rollers does the tender have under it? If it indeed has two, one may not be hooked up or has a broken lead wire. If it only has one roller, you may need to think about installing a second one on the truck assembly that doesn't have one to bridge whatever gap the tender is losing power while it traverses the turnout.
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Alex M ·
Sal, You can install a 9 volt battery in the tender,and this won't happen anymore. Sal what's the six digit item number of this engine. Thanks, Alex
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Salvato17 ·
The engine is brand new and it has 2 pick up rollers on the tender, one on each truck. I've had this exact same problem happen with a conventional Lionel engine which also has 2 pick up rollers on it, one on each truck. The legacy engine is a K4 PRR #6-11338.
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Rod Stewart ·
Your roller spacing is likely just right to fall simultaneoulsy on dead spots in the center rail in the switches. You may be able to rotate one or both 180 degrees to slightly alter the spacing. The only other answer is the 9 volt battery as was suggested, or a jumper wire to the engine connected to its roller hot leads. Rod
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Alex M ·
Originally Posted by Salvato17: The engine is brand new and it has 2 pick up rollers on the tender, one on each truck. I've had this exact same problem happen with a conventional Lionel engine which also has 2 pick up rollers on it, one on each truck. The legacy engine is a K4 PRR #6-11338. Sal, Thanks for the item number, I would install a 9 volt battery in the tender and that should solve the problem, but Like Rod said above you can try and rotate the rollers or install a jumper wire. Alex
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Salvato17 ·
Okay thank you for your help
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

N.Q.D.Y. ·
I too would suggest that you simply put a 9v battery in. The battery is intended for exactly this situation. I fit batteries into all of my Legacy locomotives as soon as I receive them.
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Salvato17 ·
Is it easy to install the 9 volt battery?
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

N.Q.D.Y. ·
Originally Posted by Salvato17: Is it easy to install the 9 volt battery? Yes, it's pretty easy. The instructions are on page 20 of your locomotive's manual. Just in case you don't have the manual at hand, here is the relevant page. Edit: The manual page shown above is for the 6-11338 that you specified earlier. But this isn't a K4. Just to be sure that I've given you the right instructions, can you confirm exactly which locomotive that you have? The battery installation process should be...
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Re: Lionel Legacy engine's tender loses power when it rolls over 027 switch

Salvato17 ·
I have the legacy prewar K4 #3667 I haven't looked through the manual completely yet just because I haven't had time. Thanks for the diagram I thinkit will help.
 
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