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I was under the impression that the MTH operating boxcars with the signalman required the operating track section to actuate.  However, I saw one at Catoctin Mountain Trains recently that was on regular track with 18 volts applied, and the operating cycle just kept repeating continuously.  There were a lot of customers in the shop, and I had to leave before getting a chance to ask about it, and haven't been back since.  Is this a switchable option (to use operating track section vs. run continuously) on these boxcars?  I looked at the MTH online documentation for one of these cars and it made no mention of having the option to run continuously (which I would really like to do).

 

Thanks. 

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This is an interesting question, and I'm glad to see it asked.   I've looked at the Signalman/Boxcar, and specifically the one with Santa Claus, but when I read on the MTH website and read that it had to be on the operating track to work a cycle, I stayed away from it.  I would rather have Santa hanging outside the door the entire way around the layout.  So if there was a way to make it run continuously on purpose (it looks like Balto's boxcar has a life of its own), that would be great.

 

-Kevin

Red Block, thanks.  Nice solution.  Think I'll try running continuously, and if that becomes "over kill" as it might, the RR Company module sounds good.  Have to think that MTH will soon be providing operating accessories, both running and track-side, taking advantage of the new technology.  In the mean time, companies like this one are fulfilling a very useful need.

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