RDC Headlight Control with PS3

I recently purchased a PS3 RDC set and noticed I have no control over the headlights on the dummy unit (headlights on both ends) when changing direction using DCS. Does MTH or anyone else make a board that will give me proper headlight and classification light control when using DCS?

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You would have to run a harness from lead A to dummy tapping into the FWD and Reverse, lights wires to get what you need.  Would require 3 wires.  Common Ground plus the control wires one each for forward and reverse.  G

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I recently had a MTH RDC repair come to me and the guy was in overdrive upset.  His complaint was the directional lighting on the dummy was not working and it worked when he got it.  Anyone with any knowledge knows that is a non happening.  It takes all kinds of people.

 

 

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The design of the lights on some models of the MTH RDC leave something to be desired, even in the powered units.  They wired red and green LED's directly in parallel.   Anyone that's worked with LED's for more than a couple of days can see the folly in this arrangement!

John, I see that.  RDC sets are lower end Railking.  They work well.  More bells and whistles, more money for the set.

 

 

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Yes John.  On some sets the board for the dummy was designed for incandescent bulbs and when it got to the build people they put in LED's.  The tell tale on that are both sets of LED headlights blink like crazy.  I have seen this a few times.  All that was required was a resistor on the + lead of the LED's and all was good.  The one that I have seen this on is the Mass Bay.  Of course the guys in my area buy that set as we all have rode the real one.

 

 

 

 

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John, I have seen this in the Mass Bay unit.

 

 

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