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Lionel Nickle Plate Road 587 (6-84532) Quality Control Issues

AmtrakNickFilms ·
@Dave_Olson @Conrail6358 My Lionel Nickle Plate Road 587 (6-84532) is having quality control issues. The issue is that when I blow the whistle the whistle steam effect is mainly emitting water droplets of smoke fluid and not very much whistle steam. I have not been overfilling this engine at all and I only received it last night. If anyone from Lionel or anyone on the ogrforum knows the solution please let me know. I will post a video of what is happening later Thanks!
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Comprehensive demo of Lionel's Layout Control System (LCS) all current features?

Ted S ·
Can anyone point me to a comprehensive demonstration of Lionel's LCS? I put my layout plans on the shelf a few years ago, and kind of stepped away from the hobby. Meanwhile I know that Lionel has added sensor tracks, electronic modules, coal and water levels on locomotives, etc. So what does the finished product do when it's all put together and operating as an integrated system, especially for someone who is interested in realistic operation? I'm hoping there's a Lionel factory demo, or a...
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FS: Lionel Switch Controller (SC2) 6-22980 and Operating Track Controller (OTC) 6-14185

Randy Owens ·
Used, fully working and complete. I no longer have the original boxes, but I will pack with care. I simply have no further need for these fine controllers... 2 SC2 units: $40 ea 1 OTC unit: $35 +$10 shipping If interested contact: amigorando@gmail.com -Randy
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LionChief Plus and Lionel's recent Quality Control Issues

FutureRail Productions ·
I just ordered one of the most recent Lionchief Berks with Bluetooth and I'm hearing a bunch of problems with the Legacy locomotives especially steam locomotives, especially with RavenHawk6910 and his 587. Has there been any quality control issues with the LionChief line right now?
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Starting control panel

MikeWalter ·
Here I go starting a control panel for my layout. I don’t even have all the track down and decided to do a control panel and some blocks. I’ll post updates as I get more done, but it isn’t going very fast with life in the way. Comments welcome if I’m going down the wrong track (punny, I know).
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How To Upgrade the Lionel 2316 Operating Gantry Crane - 1983

Susan Deats ·
This reproduction 282 Gantry Crane without magnet needed a tune-up/operating improvements. See Improve Hook Cable Guide. This page shows how to add a guide spanner to keep the hook string between guide posts. That helps keep the string on the pulley. Lionel's TMCC 6-82097 - Bucyrus-Erie Command Control Gantry Crane has a similar spanner/guard. See Build a Replacement Controller . The original controller plastic Lever Retaining Springs quit "springing" levers. The replacement controller's...
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Quality Control & Post-War Trains

Dan Padova ·
Before anyone gets their back up against a wall, I am not knocking new trains or old trains. I am not promoting either one over the other. I'm just making a kind of tongue in cheek observation and maybe bringing a bit of humor to the topic, after having browsed the list of topics and seeing another quality control topic. So have fun with your trains, whatever their age. I keep seeing posts complaining about quality control from the various manufacturers. It is a shame to buy a locomotive...
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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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For sale It's AQUARIUM CAR FRIDAY

Al Galli ·
You always wanted a full aquarium car train. This is you chance. All are like new or new Lionel 16750 Lionel City Aquarium $22 ( have 2) 1 SOLD 16681 Lionville undersea display $22 ( Have 2) 1 SOLD 16741 Gil Finn's Trout Ranch $22 SOLD 53120 Chicagoland Shedd Aquarium car $22 shipping box SOLD 19845 Aquarium Car $65 Command Controlled, Xformer controlled, SOUND, shipping box SOLD Buy one or all Shipping extra at actual cost Thanks for looking Al
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FasTrak switch controllers

Gerry49er ·
Does anyone know whether or not there is a replacement (smaller) remote switch controller for the FasTrak switches? The ones that come with the switches are HUGE, CUMBERSOME and DOWN RIGHT UGLY and I would like something smaller and less obtrusive like what comes with Ross Custom Switches.
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Add on Speed control to a TMCC engine...?

MichaelB ·
Yes I know it's been a long time since I have been on here, but that's not entirely important right now. So pretty much I have a TMCC engine that doesn't have speed control, could it be possible to buy all the parts for speed control and add it into an engine without any problems? In theory, if the L2RC already can accept a speed control board. Then you could just add in a speed control board and make it work like it already had it from the factory. But it's most likely so much more...
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The RR Track Signal Control Board Project

gunrunnerjohn ·
Discussions keep coming up about a signal control board, especially now that there seems to be several choices for cheap O-gauge track signals. That being the case, I figured we'd start a new thread and see what features might be desirable in something that would be in kit form for users to build. I'm thinking we'd sort out a feature list and then whittle it down so that it could be made in an inexpensive manner with common parts. I'll start with a few attributes and we'll go from there. Low...
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Union Pacific Steam Fleet and PTC

TrainMan1225 ·
What is UP going to do about the upcoming Positive Train Control requirement for their steam fleet? Will they install the technology on the equipment or use a trailing/backup diesel? I'd hate to see a diesel behind the Big Boy just for PTC (or for anything else). I'm aware that some groups are planning on installing it into their locomotives, like the FWRHS with NKP 765, some are planning on using a trailing diesel, like NMSL&RHS with ATSF 2926, and some are completely silent on it, like...
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Youtube Video: Talley Ober's Insulated-Rail 3-train, 3-rail O-Gauge Automatic Control System Uses No Relays Nor Electronics

James Ingram ·
This new video shows a clever O-gauge, 3-train, 3-rail layout built by a Ridgely, Maryland gentleman named Talley Ober. Talley’s layout uses the “insulated rail” method to automatically control 3 “Thomas the Tank Engine” locos running on the SAME loop of track — using NO relays nor electronics. It just uses 2 simple “insulated rail" type "Control Blocks", which control 2 "Stop Blocks". One wire connects each Control Block to its corresponding Stop Block, so there is a total of 2 "Control...
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MTH DCS Explorer Demo

ericstrains.com ·
Here my latest tutorial video. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Thanks, Eric Siegel
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Controller units

Tepowder ·
Thank you all for your advise and input. I do have maybe a silly question. Is there a place or piece of literature I can go to for an in-depth set of install instructions? Thanks again
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K-line running on DC controller, K-line freight car boxes different colors

Billyted ·
Hello everyone, Got a couple of questions. I have a Bachmann Spectrum magnum ultra plus DC controller. I read in this forum you could run K-line and Lionel O27 scale with DC, so I set up a loop of train and ran two K- line loco with the above controller. The controller has brake, momentum that worked on the K-line loco's. I was able to run two at the same time. Am I going to damage the loco's? My other question is on the different color K-line freight car boxes. I have saw black, black and...
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Re: Need Help Hooking up signal to Command Control Switch

cjack ·
Originally Posted by Paulie D: I am looking to hook up dwarf and bridge signals directly to my Fastrack command control switches. Is this possible and does anyone know what I should wire where. Thanks All! https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...-block-signal?page=1 The above thread will answer your questions.
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DCS Wifi Control Panels

KnobKnee ·
I've started wiring my layout. I have MTH PS2 and PS3 equipment only. It is all DCS and Wifi with a TIU and AIU. I have a Z4000 and a Z1000 brick for power so far. Tested using Wifi app on android tablet and I also have a DCS remote. However, I also want to utilize a control panel. If you have a DCS Wifi system with a control panel would you mind sharing some photos? Suggestions and tips are welcome.
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Indicator light on control panel for FasTrack Switch

Hank TTR ·
I am working on a control panel, see the picture. There are ten FasTrack switches on the layout. The control panel is in a drawer. The owner wants an indicator light on the panel at the switch location for each spur and siding to show when the switch is in the "OUT" position. My plan is to run the four wires from the controller remote switch to the barrier strip. I was going to connect an LED bulb across the barrier strip on the Gnd/Black and Out/Red. Before I set it up, I realized that this...
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Motor control boards

DaveGG ·
Does anyone know the difference between motor control board 691DCDSFP6 and 691DCDSHP2? Can you use the version HP2 where a FP6 was installed? I see where you can use the version FP6 in place of the HP2, but not sure of the other way around. Thanks, Dave
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Control using Universal Lion Chief Remote

Mike Wyatt ·
The 2018 Big Book Catalog shows the Legacy and Vision Line locomotives as "Bluetooth Ready", and that they can be run using the Universal Remote. Unless I am missing something, that means we can use the Universal Remote in place of the Legacy system and access many of the Legacy features. Have I got that right?? And, if so, then does the gang think that signals a departure for Lionel from the Legacy System?? What features CAN be accessed using the Universal Remote?? And what additional...
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TMCC Block Power Controller

Loose-Caboose ·
I am in search of one unit of the TMCC variety. Not to be confused with the Legacy unit labeled BPC2. As these are no longer manufactured I can't go to the local hobby store. I have purchased one unit on eBay and was a high bidder on another but the unit never got shipped so I am again leery of eBay. Let me know what you have.
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Polar Express engine & tender question

C&Osteam ·
I started with the proverbial Lionel 027 conventional set. I’ve added many cars, both of Polar Express form and a train of Menards military gear. It’s nice, but now I prefer the speed control of my Legacy C&O. Question: Do you have any thoughts on an upgrade to tmcc? Should I have this engine upgraded? Or buy a different engine? Tender?
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UP HERITAGE + Other

Marcin ·
FAMILY is expending and my train room downsizing. Any questions, additional pictures - please ask. (If you would like to make an offer, please let me know) 6 x Mr. Train O scale shelfs 48 inches, with pre drill holes used $10 EACH + SHIPPING or $55 for 6 + Shipping Union Pacific AC6000 #7050 (Engine) + AC6000 #7055 (Dummy) - (SKU: 6-28327 & SKU: 6-28328) Sold as set, I have boxes for both + manuals, orange module only for engine $800 + SHIPPING WESTERN PACIFIC UP HERITAGE LEGACY SD70ACE...
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Whistle Control-ZW

Dan Padova ·
The Pennsy 18000 switcher I just bought has a whistle, bell and steam sound. With the steam sound turned off, the whistle still works. Although my Post-war ZW could be finicky. The whistle control was working just fine until today. Now when I press the whistle control, on the transformer, the loco goes through it's E-unit sequence with each movement of the whistle control button. Any suggestions ?
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New Haven|Cedar Hill Yards Layout

Traindame ·
Cheers! We have a most amazing Custom TW TrainWorx layout currently 'Under Construction' in our Dallas Studio and I can absolutely confirm that it is by far the MOST EXTENSIVE and MASSIVE signaling control panel we've EVER done! It has truly been an eye opening experiencing for yours truly watching this panel come together. We've got the best of the best working on it and for the next two weeks, we've got our East Coast Director, Mike Reagan, in our Dallas Studio working side by side with...
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NEW Lionel Penn Central 21 Inch Passenger Cars

AmtrakNickFilms ·
Hi everyone! I recently received a Lionel Penn Central Stationsounds diner, works really well and flawless so far. If anyone has pictures of the penn central 2 packs and 4 packs please post them below! I also would like to hear what the quality control was like before I buy those cars. Thanks! -Nick
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MTH Transformers and Controller interchangeability

Westy ·
MTH has brick type transformers of 50,75 and 100 watts with a controller with bell , whistle and direction controls plus a speed throttle. Are the controllers interchangeable with each of the higher watt transformers. Would like to upgrade the 50 & 75 watt units to 100W units. Appreciate your input. Regards Westy
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Re: Will a 6-35454 Amfleet CAB Control End car run on 0-36/0-31?

phillyreading ·
I am not sure if both will make it through the 036 curve, as it might be pushing the limit. I had a set of Atlas 21 inch Amtrak passenger cars and they needed 042 curves and an SD-45 or equivalent engine's wheelset. My GP-9 worked ell with the 21 inch Amtrak cars until the curves, then it derailed everytime, coupler end play was what I forgot to take into consideration, so 'you may have' a similar problem. I don't know much about the Lionel dash 9 diesel engine and what it may pull behind...
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Re: Will a 6-35454 Amfleet CAB Control End car run on 0-36/0-31?

Ed Powers ·
it will but it looks weird on the curves, sticks out way to much. I run mine on 072 track and they work fine. Ed P.
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Re: Will a 6-35454 Amfleet CAB Control End car run on 0-36/0-31?

DM&E_Bobby ·
They run fine on O36, but BEWARE, the overhang is pretty severe. You'll need lots of clearance on either side of the tracks. I normally run mine on O48 curves and it looks much better.
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Re: Will a 6-35454 Amfleet CAB Control End car run on 0-36/0-31?

base11 ·
Amfleet cars (18 inch) have noticeable overhang on 72" curves
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

JohnGaltLine ·
When you tested off layout was the switch button connected as well as the toggle? I'm not actually sure how these machines work inside, but my first thought is that the input needs a 'de-bounce' circuit. This is simply a small capacitor and a very large(high resistance) resistor, that will smooth out any chatter on the button or switch when it is pressed. Anyway, if the original button was connected in the test, it could have shared the debounce with your switch. JGL
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

CAPPilot ·
I'm not sure if you can use a toggle switch when the 2500 is in one wire operation. So, have you reprogrammed the switch for DCS, or 2 wire, operation? I'm pretty sure you have since your test setup worked, but thought I'd ask. Also, if you are not going to use the built-in TMCC capability of the 2500, I would go to the DZ-1000 machine. The 1000 is less complicated and made for 2 wire operation and, per earlier forum posts, may be more reliable (I only have 2500s). Maybe Dennis can work a...
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

Don(Cerritos) ·
I will reply later today, got to run.
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

Mike CT ·
There are wiring diagrams associated with these DZ devices. There are LED's and the appropriate associated push button switches. Assemble and wire as directed. DZ 2500 wiring and instruction sheet(s). Click on the link.
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

New Haven Joe ·
Why not use the push button controllers that are supplied with the DZ2500? It is easy to do.
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

Don(Cerritos) ·
I would really like to thank all of you for taking the time to reply to my post! I think it is only proper for me to respond, (was working all day). JGL - I think you are right on target, as you noticed I DID have the toggle AND switch button corrected! I think that is probably the issue. I did talk to Steve about NOT using the switch button, and he emailed me he didn't think it would be an issue. Im going to work on this on Saturday and see if that resolves the issue. Ron - I did NOT...
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

Mike CT ·
We had upgraded a module control panel with DZ switches and push button, similar to Joe's panel. In most cases you can add a second DZ1002 push button assemblies. This module has dual control with two sets of push buttons. It also has control via a Lionel SC-2, (6 of the 7 shown). (4) of the pushbutton/SC-2 control sets move cross over pairs of DZ 1000 switch motors. One side The other side Questions contact DZ (Dennis) Click on the link for contact information.
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

Don(Cerritos) ·
Here is a picture of the Control Panel, it is 17x24. 3 Mainlines, 34 Switches, 15 Sidings. Hard to see but the silver spots are toggles, and 2 LEDs for each one. Also Led for indication.
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

CAPPilot ·
See your problem. I guess the question is how do they want to control the switches? If they are mainly running conventional and want to control their layout from the control panel, I think going to 2-wire operation is the best bet. You would lose the switch's built in TMCC capability. If they should also want the capability to control the switches through the Cab1/2, you could add a SC-2 or ASC to control the switches in 2-wire mode. This would complicate the wiring effort. If they control...
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

JohnGaltLine ·
Don, If you've proven that the switches work as they should when the original button is also connected, a simple solution might be to just connect those supplied buttons as well. You can then have the switch panel at the control station and place the buttons along the layout near each switch. I've seen folks mount the buttons right on the layout near the switch, or on the sides nearby. This would also open up control a bit because you could throw the switch from the control panel, from the...
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

wb47 ·
I do not think the problem is in the switch or the switch machine. I had a similar problem and it was a ground problem causing a derail activity. Good luck.
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Re: Has anyone used toggle switches & LED's with the DZ2500? SUCCESS !!!

Don(Cerritos) ·
SUCCESS !!! I am going to do something different (for me), I am going to post here on my first post (which described my problem). What the conclusion was and how it was resolved. (Trying to minimize the amount of reading needed to understand, really want to share this with others.) I was trying to connect 34 Ross Switch motors up on a layout so that I could; 1. Have independent toggle switches on a Control Panel with corresponding LEDs for each switch indicating its position. 2. Provide...
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Re: Is DCS compatible with Stop & Wait Block Power Control ?

George S ·
I haven't found a solution for this other than to run the engines in conventional mode. I want the feature too for protected crossings. I think there is some hope now that several people know the MTH serial port commands and with control through the wifi adapter, but no solutions completed yet to my knowledge. Mark DiVecchio or Dave Hikel could solve this, but it is probably a matter of priorities.
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Re: Is DCS compatible with Stop & Wait Block Power Control ?

JohnGaltLine ·
Could something like this be done? sure. Will it be? I see two problems. The first is shared with Legacy/tmcc as well, which is that the programing process for such a control option would necessarily be rather complex compared to the simple record and play back offered now. Both companies tend to design for the least common denominator, so 'complex', If-Then, programing options are not likely to be seen in the near future. The second issue is that while it is quite simple to use a computer...
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Re: Is DCS compatible with Stop & Wait Block Power Control ?

George S ·
Doesn't the Lionel system (LCS) allow programmatic control of the layout through track sensors? I don't have any of that and was only interpreting what I was reading. Also I believe they released their interface spec to the public. So, my assumption is that it could be done with Lionel. (I will await my bashing...) Next hypothesis is that MTH will eventually follow suit to be competitive. I realize this could take some time.
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Re: Is DCS compatible with Stop & Wait Block Power Control ?

JohnGaltLine ·
George, The LCS system gives you a bit of limited control, but only in that it will let you program a recorded series of events that will start every time an engine passes over the sensor track. I don't think you can program it to say: IF engine 1 passes the sensor THEN stop engine 1 AND start engine 2, ELSE IF engine 2 passes the sensor THEN stop engine 2 AND start engine 1. To the best of my understanding you can only program an exact repetition of timed key presses on the remote that will...
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Re: Is DCS compatible with Stop & Wait Block Power Control ?

GGG ·
First, For the speed mismatch, you need to do some maintenance on the engine that is too fast. I would validate that it is faster than all the MTH engines. Then clean the tach tape, make sure gap is correct, reload sound file. Test again. It also could be the one being caught, if.... wheels dirty, tires bad, mechanical binding. As far as block control in conventional, you could lock the engine in forward. When the block re-energizes the engine will start and move forward. Similar to what has...
 
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