That's certainly an old school setup but its well done, neat and most likely 100% reliable. Lots of model train enthusiasts still do it this way. The shift towards remote operation appeals to many but there are still folks that take a simpler more basic approach.

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I still like to keep things simple.  Your "control system" is right up my alley.  What could possibly go wrong ?   Thirty-five years ago, when I was into Lionel the first time, I designed many layouts that had automatic operation, i.e. trains controlling trains.  And it was all basic electricity.  Nothing electronic.  

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Dan Padova posted:

I still like to keep things simple.  Your "control system" is right up my alley.  What could possibly go wrong ?   Thirty-five years ago, when I was into Lionel the first time, I designed many layouts that had automatic operation, i.e. trains controlling trains.  And it was all basic electricity.  Nothing electronic.  

I like to "Pull the lever to make 'em go" Dan.

Thanks for the response

Lionelski posted:
hokie71 posted:

Super impressive, my guess is the lights dim in your neighborhood when you crank things up.

Not really Hokie71, but years ago I had a weird neighbor who told me that he got poor TV reception when I ran my choo-choo's

Very possible. In fact, if you have ever read warning labels on certain electronic devices, you would have seen this problem is hardly rare. Here’s a link with info on emission of electromagnetic energy:

https://www.acma.gov.au/Citize...y-reception-problems

Jim R. 

Lionelski posted:
hokie71 posted:

Super impressive, my guess is the lights dim in your neighborhood when you crank things up.

Not really Hokie71, but years ago I had a weird neighbor who told me that he got poor TV reception when I ran my choo-choo's

Probably needed to adjust the rabbit-ears antenna on top of his set.

dkdkrd posted:
Lionelski posted:
hokie71 posted:

Super impressive, my guess is the lights dim in your neighborhood when you crank things up.

Not really Hokie71, but years ago I had a weird neighbor who told me that he got poor TV reception when I ran my choo-choo's

Probably needed to adjust the rabbit-ears antenna on top of his set.

Back in the late 1950's & early 1960's, I could not run my trains when anyone in the house was watching TV.  The Lionel trains really caused a lot of interference.     D.

Jim R. posted:
Lionelski posted:
hokie71 posted:

Super impressive, my guess is the lights dim in your neighborhood when you crank things up.

Not really Hokie71, but years ago I had a weird neighbor who told me that he got poor TV reception when I ran my choo-choo's

Very possible. In fact, if you have ever read warning labels on certain electronic devices, you would have seen this problem is hardly rare. Here’s a link with info on emission of electromagnetic energy:

https://www.acma.gov.au/Citize...y-reception-problems

I agree because years ago I would hear what sounded like a hand mixer on my ham radio  around dinner time.

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dkdkrd posted:
Lionelski posted:
hokie71 posted:

Super impressive, my guess is the lights dim in your neighborhood when you crank things up.

Not really Hokie71, but years ago I had a weird neighbor who told me that he got poor TV reception when I ran my choo-choo's

Probably needed to adjust the rabbit-ears antenna on top of his set.

Actually, i do have a dipole TV antenna to receive free over the air TV.  IE, rabbit ears.  No cable bill here

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