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Genset Switcher (non Vision Line) Starts Up by itself

Stubai ·
I have a United States Army Genset Switcher (6-28382) which is not the Vision Line Genset. I just took it out of the box and loaded it into my Legacy Control System.  As I was testing it, I noticed that after a certain period of inactivity it will shut down by itself (at least the rail sounds do) but it will automatically restart after another period of inactivity from the CAB.  While it's shut down, I can hear a faint beeping sound coming from the engine which increases in...
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Re: Let's See Your Christmas Train

Pine Creek Railroad ·
STEAMLINED SR, Santa dropped by our place and left a new HallMark/Lionel Santa Train, she is a Beauty, runs well and is a great addition to the PCRR Christmas layout. The Santa Trains now has it's own designated loop at the foot of our Christmas Bear Tree. Merry Christmas! PCRR/Dave
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Re: Genset Switcher (non Vision Line) Starts Up by itself

Stubai ·
Based on OGR member comments, I was able to isolate and fix the problem. 1st of all, I was able to determine that the Genset switcher ran just fine on three of the other four Lionel Powerhouse Bricks which have many blocks of power elsewhere on the layout. My layout is 21' X 39' so I have a lot going on. So then I started focusing in on the roundhouse track spurs. That's when the switcher goes wild - starts up by itself and takes off at full throttle so I knew something was going on in this...
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Re: Genset Switcher (non Vision Line) Starts Up by itself

gunrunnerjohn ·
That's the behavior of the Vision Line one, but I confess to now knowing if it'll start up by itself if you actually shut it down and not just let it time out. From the user's manual. The starting up when you do a full shutdown doesn't seem right.
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Re: Genset Switcher (non Vision Line) Starts Up by itself

Boilermaker1 ·
The idle powerdown/restart is a feature of the locomotive. Restart of the locomotive after shutting it down via the remote (pressing the circle on the screen) is not. When you power down the remote, do you then unplug/shutoff the legacy base while the transformers are still on? If it loses the legacy signal it would revert to conventional... and start up.
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Re: Genset Switcher (non Vision Line) Starts Up by itself

Stubai ·
I did not unplug or shut off the legacy base after powering down the remote and the track power transformers were still on. I'm using Lionel Power Bricks and a DCS TIU (see picture). The restart happened after I moved the engine off of a turntable and onto a spur track which is in a roundhouse (see picture). I have 8 spurs in the roundhouse and they all share the same block of power. Each spur consists of a 40 inch section of Atlas O straight track and I have the two outer rails tied...
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Re: Genset Switcher (non Vision Line) Starts Up by itself

gunrunnerjohn ·
The TMCC/Legacy signal is one-way, no track signal check possible at the remote.
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Re: Genset Switcher (non Vision Line) Starts Up by itself

Stubai ·
I guess I'll try the ground plane wire trick and see if that solves the problem. Since it would run in between the stalls of the roundhouse, I won't need to hide it with scenery.
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Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Dreyfuss Hudson ·
Hi, Starting my Standard Gauge layout plan. It is going to be 9' in length, and will feature an outer 57" loop, and an inner 42" loop for simultaneous running. The outer will have no switches and the inner will have a turnout to a siding.  Need some thoughts about the minimum width of the table for the 57" turns.  I don't think 5 feet will cut it. I am thinking possibly 5.5'. Thoughts?
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Let's See Your Christmas Train

Streamlined Steamroller ·
It's Christmas and that means trains! Let's see your newest holiday inquires. I'll start with my Lionel TMCC ATSF H-16-44 from 2002. 
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Dreyfuss Hudson ·
One thing that I didn't think about or mention, is that one day I WILL own and use a 140L tunnel on the layout. Don't know if you read the other current thread on that tunnel, but it requires a corner of 42"curves. (The tunnel has 90 deg. openings.) So, complicating matters is the fact that at least one corner has to be all 42".
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

F&G RY ·
Kirk does make 1/2 57 curves. 1 and 1/2 57 would replace 1 42 or 2 72s. 1 42 would replace 2 72s. A mixed circle of 4 42s and 8 72s would be 12 pieces. This actually makes a 57 circle. It could be a little bigger or smaller than a 57 circle depending on actual measurements. Of course the footprint would be different. One caveat is: If running mixed track 72-42-72 for a 1/4 circle or 72-72-42 for a 1/4 circle your minimum diameter will be the smallest diameter track. Trains like a Brute,Super...
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Dreyfuss Hudson ·
Really cool, I like it. Thanks for the post and the neat idea. This, or a slight variation of it could be the winner. Never thought about mixing curves.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

moderneraSG ·
One thing to be aware of is that the 57 curves are harder to work with in conjunction with other curve diameters. The reason being, they are based on 12pcs/circle, or a 30 degree slice of the pie. The original 42's are based off of 45 degree sections and the 72 and 87 curves are 16pcs/circle or 22.5 degrees. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but when you start combining curves for a more transitional curve, it quickly becomes apparent. I need to talk with Kirk at USA Track about maybe offering...
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

F&G RY ·
Go 6 feet wide and use half 72 and half 57 for the outer loop. Then half 57 and half 42 for the inner loop. The big stuff will look a whole lot better.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Steve "Papa" Eastman ·
Dreyfus Yes a 42" inner loop. With the panels being 31.5", Kirk at USA Track LLC made them for us already sized correctly. Currently myself and Bill Senyak have ten panel sets. There will be 3 more guys with ten panel sets not too far in the future. Bill and I have combined our panels in the past to make a 21" long display. Steve
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

moderneraSG ·
That is correct, but they won't make it around a 57 either, and that was the original desire.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

moderneraSG ·
Here is a 5' x 9' layout that uses a combination of 72's and 42's for the outer curves. Each 90 degree section of the curve consists of a 72-42-72 combination. The gentle transitional curve both in and out of the corner help large locomotives from thrashing thru the corners. Plus the added diameter curves in this combination take a little less room than the 57 curves. Food for thought. ARNO
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Dreyfuss Hudson ·
Thanks. Just verifying; in this photo, the outer loop is 57", and the inner is 42? What is the length on that table?
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Moonman ·
STD gauge Lightweight modules The 31.5 square makes a perfect size for the curves to meet the edges. A cut straight would be needed as 31.5" isn't multiples of 7". Multiples of 31.5" let you determine the length. Just under 8' for 3 or just over 10' for 4. I followed Steve's project as I like modular systems. 2 sheets of plywood cut to 63" in length and the cut-offs made to 31.5" squares would make a full table instead of modules for a 5'3" x 10'6" double oval.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

F&G RY ·
Here is the track plan for the SGMA at Monroeville from a few years ago. The curves are on 48" square modules. The 87 curve is about 6.25 inches from the edge. The 72,57 and 42 curves all fall in 7.25 inches from each other. Two corner modules can be attached to make a half circle or straight modules can be placed in between to make a rectangle or square. The straight modules for the SGMA are in multiples of 4 feet to make boxes. Multiple size modules divisible by 4 can be used also i.e. 2 6...
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Dreyfuss Hudson ·
Here's a webpage that some of you may have seen. I like some of the layouts, but prefer trouble-free running, so I limit my switches. (In all gauges.) http://www.thortrains.net/marx/funlayd1.html
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Dreyfuss Hudson ·
Let us not forget that small layouts can have some really cool things in them.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Steve "Papa" Eastman ·
Dreyfus We built out portable squares 31.5" so the assembled width is 63". This was determined by the overhang on a 400E. We didn't want it hitting the plexi guards around the layout. For weight reasons we wanted it as small as possible, and still be able to run a 400. Steve
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

F&G RY ·
Five feet is right on the edge. 6 more inches is only 3 inches more on each edge. Nine feet is short for 57 curves. This leaves only 4 feet of straight track. This layout will fill up fast.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

William 1 ·
I agree. Go with 5'6" X 12'. If you can. Rock on.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

gftiv ·
I have 57" curves on a 6 foot wide table. There is a 7" straight in the u turn at the end. That is what I can fit.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Dreyfuss Hudson ·
Well, my space is currently limited to kids wanting their basement. (These kids these days.) So, I am claiming a 9 by 5 (or 6) area that makes the most sense to all. Here is an alternative layout I had in mind using only 42 inch curves. I won't link the inner and outer loops and will only have one turnout to a siding on the inner loop. When the kids get older, that basement is mine.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

prrjim ·
Well in model rr circles, 57 inch curves means 114 inch diameter. That is slightly more than 9 feet. Therefore a 10 ft wide "table" is needed. However that seems impracticle, I think it would make more sense to build benchwork with an open acess in the middle, perhaps with 30 inch wide benchwork around the center.
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Timothy Sprague ·
"When the kids get older, that basement is mine. " -ha, it happens quicker than you think. I finally got the basement back, no more drums, ping-pong table (or is it beer pong) folded up. If there's anything I can suggest is design with the future expansion in mind. Oh, and enjoy them while they're young and using all your layout space. Tim
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Re: Suggestions please, for a minimum width table featuring a 57" Standard Curve.

Moonman ·
here is 72 and 57 on a 6 x 9. The 72 is egg shaped with 1 1/2 57 curves at the apex. The 57 inner loop is true 57. There is 4.5" center to center on the straights and grows to over 7" at the apex. Seemed to me these big boys need the large curve. Will they clear one another?
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Re: Automated streetcar stops and starts

John DeAlto ·
Larger view Try out remote control Relays out. Bang Good .com $ 8.59 Good luck.John
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Re: Automated streetcar stops and starts

dkdkrd ·
Dallee Electronics (York-Orange Hall regular) has a couple streetcar/station stop devices that are very reliable. Dallee Link Their #683 or #686 might do the job. In any case, contact Dallas....he'll help you with your needs, for sure! KD
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Automated streetcar stops and starts

dobermann ·
Could someone give me a short version of how to make automated starts and stops if possible. I'll be running a Westernhobbycraft on 'streets track for now and would like to have 6 automated around 5 second starts and stops. I'm somewhat electronics challenged but if I point my helper in the right direction he can do it. Thanks joe
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Re: Automated streetcar stops and starts

WftTrains ·
Joe, What kind of reverse unit does your trolley have? Bill
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Re: Automated streetcar stops and starts

dobermann ·
No idea Bill. I just took it out of it"s box for the first time since I bought it 2 years ago. Bought it new direct from Westernhobbycraft but no documentation of any kind came with it. I didn't even know if it was AC or DC until i asked here. joe Mike I skimmed through the the link you sent me but I'm not sure that will work for me since it will be running on a loop. I'll get my son to look at this and maybe just give them a call. KD Their #683 or #686 might do the job. Thanks KD looks like...
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Re: Automated streetcar stops and starts

Martin Derouin ·
The trolley runs off AC, it has a QSI reverse board that can be locked in forward or reverse as you see fit. There was no paperwork with mine either. You can email Western Hobby craft for further details, I believe the motor is DC, does not draw much power, maybe 1 amp... Marty
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Re: Automated streetcar stops and starts

dobermann ·
Thanks Marty. joe
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Re: Automated streetcar stops and starts

Mike CT ·
The Dallee link that KD posted requires, a trolley, with forward/neutral/reverse control. There are detailed wiring diagrams supplied with the equipment, also on the Dallee website. Reliable and works well. IMO.
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Re: new here I start posting a picture from the Friedrichshafen Lake Station at night (Maerklin) ... gauge 0

jay jay ·
Welcome to the Forum! That is a wonderful model of a beautiful station! I think it is interesting that the station is now a zeppelin museum. Do the trains no longer terminate there? Thanks for posting this, sir.
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Re: new here I start posting a picture from the Friedrichshafen Lake Station at night (Maerklin) ... gauge 0

Arthur ·
Really nice looking model with interesting history to go along with it. Like that operating clock. Willkommen !
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new here I start posting a picture from the Friedrichshafen Lake Station at night (Maerklin) ... gauge 0

Former Member ·
new here I start posting a picture from the Friedrichshafen Lake Station at night (Maerklin) ... gauge 0 whats very interesting about this item: This Station is a model of the real building still there (rebuilt after WWII), now a Zeppelin Museum inside Its Style / Design is Bauhaus. Which is intersting too, that this kind of style was available in the prewar catalogue of Maerklin in the time of the Third Reich. You have to know that the Nazis hated and prohibited the Bauhaus for its modern...
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Re: new here I start posting a picture from the Friedrichshafen Lake Station at night (Maerklin) ... gauge 0

overlandflyer ·
another shot of the prototype. looks like they added lettering... is there a zeppelin inside?
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Re: new here I start posting a picture from the Friedrichshafen Lake Station at night (Maerklin) ... gauge 0

Former Member ·
Hi folks This is a Terminus Station for trains for interchange to ship connections for passengers. The Short branCh line fromm frh Main Station to Port Station = here on the upper end of the Complex, is still in Service by deutsche Bahn. Years ago the interchange of railroad freight cars here on fairies to Switzerland was abandoned. The Museum consists of relics of original Zeppelins beside others of the crashed Hindenburg air ship. Not a whole ship in fact since therefore there is Not...
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Re: new here I start posting a picture from the Friedrichshafen Lake Station at night (Maerklin) ... gauge 0

overlandflyer ·
well, just that the building does look zeppelin shaped. with time, perhaps there would have been smaller commuter-size ships. ....gary
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Re: manage blocks with mth DCS AIU

Barry Broskowitz ·
Marco, This is the same as what you already posted on your previous thread.
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manage blocks with mth DCS AIU

Marco Arevalo ·
This is my problem, I have a small track, with a TIU, an AIU and my Lionel legacy, all connected, my AIU accessory control 3 blocks in my yard, and all worked fine, I decide to add a MTH WIFI module to the system, and I update to version 5. After that when I power a block with a MTH engine on it, the engine start thinking as it is in a AC track, that mean, at the moment I power the track, the engine start, and it is suppose to do nothing until I start it with the control. The engine start in...
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Back with another round of bone-head questions about TMCC

kristinski ·
I have a small layout with 2 loops and a couple of switches. I have a GW-180 watt transformer (6-37947,) TMCC (6-12969,) and Powermaster (6-24130.) So, is that all I need to get this thing going? If so, what do I hook up where? Starting from the track all the way to the plug! I'm Polish so break it down for me. Those Lionel videos on Youtube just aren't cutting it! If not, what else do I need? I want to get it going and then figure out how to incorporate the CC switches I already have. Thank...
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Re: Back with another round of bone-head questions about TMCC

bigdodgetrain ·
are you going to run conventional? the following is for command control only, not conventional. hook up transformer like normal, hook up wire from tmcc to outside rail. run trains.
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