Hi everyone, I have been trying to set up my layout to run Z4K on it. I bought a side receiver so I could run my DCS engines and conventional engines at the same time. I have my whole layout wired to fixed voltage and running threw a TIU. I still cant get things to work. When I select Z4K Tracks, nothing happens to either type engines!

Any and all help would be great! Before anyone says get Barry's book, I already have it and am trying to fallow the directions there.

Mike

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Hi Bob, I'm new to all this stuff, so I am learning as I go. Right now I am trying to understand the instructions. I switched the output from my TIU from fixed to Variable. Now I am trying to figure out track set up, as nothing moves now.

Mike

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If you are using this remote device I'd use the Fixed TIU terminals.

You need to select the Z4K tracks rather than the TIU tracks during set up. How far have you gotten? It's really a pretty slick device if you have multiple Z4000's powering a layout.

Hi Bob, I named the track as inside track and outside track. When I put power to the track in regular operation all works fine, I try the Z4K tracks and nothing. Also how you might know how do I find the engine that is conventional?

Mike

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Hi Bob, I got it to the point where I can run a conventional engine, but I thought you spose to be able to run DCS and Conventional on the same track at the same time. If I try to run my DCS engine on the Z4K track it does nothing.

Mike

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Mike, if you're running a conventional locomotive on the tracks, the voltage may well be too low for the DCS to run properly.  It's really a juggling act to attempt to run conventional and command on the same track at the same time.  While folks will say it's possible, it's an exercise in futility IMO.

I recommend sticking to either command or conventional on a single track at any given time.

Thanks John, I think I will take your advice and I cant take to many more head aches trying to figure this out right now. I just wanted to make sure I could run my conventional engines with my DCS Remote! 

I am so slow with all the electrical stuff it takes me awhile to get it. But the funny thing is once I get it I am like Duh! LOL

Mike

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If you connect the variable channels to the track for the conventional locomotive, you don't need the Z4K tracks, you can do it with the TIU variable voltage control directly.  If you have other tracks connected to the fixed channels, those can be made variable with the Z4K track capability.

Thanks for the thought John. I will have to see what I have going on under the table to see what I have going on. Everything right now is fixed channel .

Mike

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gunrunnerjohn posted:

If you connect the variable channels to the track for the conventional locomotive, you don't need the Z4K tracks, you can do it with the TIU variable voltage control directly.  If you have other tracks connected to the fixed channels, those can be made variable with the Z4K track capability.

If you use the TIU fixed channels, can't you just adjust the voltage for running conventional by modulating the Z4k throttle ?

Richie C. posted:
gunrunnerjohn posted:

If you connect the variable channels to the track for the conventional locomotive, you don't need the Z4K tracks, you can do it with the TIU variable voltage control directly.  If you have other tracks connected to the fixed channels, those can be made variable with the Z4K track capability.

If you use the TIU fixed channels, can't you just adjust the voltage for running conventional by modulating the Z4k throttle ?

Yes.

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