. (updated 11/6/19)
The original video has been SPLIT UP into these 3 shorter videos:
Comments About the Point-to-Point Operation
- The third Video #822 shows an NCE DCC Power Cab & an NCE Mini-Panel, Automatically Controlling an MTH 3-Rail O ga. Proto 3 Alco Diesel -- running back & forth "point-to-point" -- using either a single reed switch and magnet, or alternately using a single Z-Stuff DZ-1011 infrared detector.
- As demonstrated in the video, a pushbutton will cause the loco to make one "back and forth" cycle, or closing a switch will cause it to run back and forth continuously.
- The idea is that on a DISPLAY, the PUBLIC could use the pushbutton to operate the loco (one cycle).
- After the loco completes it's cycle, it loco will sit and idle -- until someone else comes along, and pushes the button again.
In the NEXT video I hope to make in the future:
- We can show a setup with a Z-Stuff DZ-1011 infrared detector at BOTH ends of the track, and have 2 buttons whereby the public (kids mainly) can hold down 1 button to make the train travel forward, and hold down the other button to make the train travel reverse.
- When the train nears the end of the track and blocks one of the detectors, the Mini-Panel will prevent it from going any further.
- This is demonstrated in Video #822 in Sect. 10 ( https://youtu.be/lzhWvoTdcVY?t=1592 ) -- using an S gauge diesel to demonstrate (I did this before I got the O gauge loco).
Comments About Using The NCE Power Cab
Note that NCE strongly recommends NOT using the Power Cab for O gauge -- but I had already recorded my video, and it worked fine for my demonstration.
- My older Power Cab has a 1.3 amp power supply.
- Newer Power Cabs have a 1.8 amp power supply.
- These are fixed at 13 volts (determined by the power supply).
- Since this MTH diesel can pull about 3.1 amps fully loaded, I have to operate my diesel with very light loads -- so as not to exceed my 1.3 amp capacity.
- I still believe the Power Cab could be used to successfully operate a small loco with only 2 or 3 cars around a Christmas Tree or on a Dept. 56 display -- but I could be wrong about this due to my lack of experience with O gauge.