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Converting to DCC

Pete
 

Hi,
I'm new to using this forum.
I have a DC layout that I want to convert to DCC so I'd like some help from the experts so I can do it right the first time.

I added a pic to the photo section under "Pete's layout".
My room is 8'x13',  with a swing gate to enter the room.
All rails are connected to a common 12g bus.
There are two isolated sections fo changing polarity.

What do I need to change to convert to DCC?

I'm considering using the NCE wireless system.
I want to be able to have 4 trains running at the same time.
I want to be able to have more train addressed and ready to swap in from the parking yard below my layout connected via a long perimeter ramp.
Hmm, What else do you need to know?


Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

Daniel Brewer
 

I finally gave up on these and installed an Atlas crossing. Too bad as all of my track is PECO. Since this crossing is in a yard and only serves 2 industries, it was no big deal to just station a Scale Trains SD40-2 in this area as a fix. I left the Atlas crossing dead, and I will leave it at that until I have a ton a time, and want to build a crossing. @disappointedin PECO


Re: DCC Specialties- Hare and Wabbit

Kevin Hannan
 

Scott,
  The stall type controllers will not work with servos.  Servos are controlled by a repeating timed pulse which tells the servo what specific position to move to and hold.  A tortoise (stall motor) just moves to either end until it can’t move anymore, then just stops.

  You will need a controller that can produce the timing signal rather than just apply power and change the polarity.

Kevin P. Hannan
Marietta, GA

On Jan 14, 2020, at 8:49 AM, Scott H. Haycock <shhaycock@...> wrote:

I'm dismantling a too-large layout project that used these stationary decoders to control Tortoise switch motors in a hidden staging yard. I'm planning a much smaller, and simpler layout, and want to use servos to control the fewer number of turnouts.

My question is: Has anyone come up with a way (possibly an interface circuit) to control servos with these decoders? My reason for wanting to use them is some the auxiliary features these decoders provide.

TIA,
Scott Haycock


Re: PECO Code 100 24 Degree Crossing: Shorting Issue

George Galyon
 

had the same exact problem at our club.  We tried to fix it...couldn't.  We tried lowering the short sensitivity setting on the system...nyet.  Finally we went with your ugh.  
Interesting to see from the replies to this thread that PECO has acknowledged this problem.  


Re: DCC Specialties website not working

dennisedgar7
 

Hi,

Try DCC Concepts. I was on their website yesterday and they have DCC Specialites products.
Regards,
Dennis

On Mon, 13 Jan 2020 at 16:47, Don Bowen <don.bowen@...> wrote:
On 1/12/2020 3:02 PM, Scott H. Haycock wrote:
> https://tonystrains.com/
>
There is nothing at that site with anything about DCC specialties, just
a listing of products.  I looked all over their site earlier and found
nothing.

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DCC Specialties- Hare and Wabbit

Scott H. Haycock
 

I'm dismantling a too-large layout project that used these stationary decoders to control Tortoise switch motors in a hidden staging yard. I'm planning a much smaller, and simpler layout, and want to use servos to control the fewer number of turnouts.

My question is: Has anyone come up with a way (possibly an interface circuit) to control servos with these decoders? My reason for wanting to use them is some the auxiliary features these decoders provide.

TIA,
Scott Haycock


Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Allan AE2V
 

I think we've had a lot of good discussion on this topic.  If someone wants to call Tony's, I'm okay with posting the result of that conversation.  But we've drifted off from talking about wiring issues.  Let's try to wrap this up.

Thank you

Allan Gartner
Wiring For DCC


Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Brent Johnson
 

Paul, you are the man. I think this should resolve the question. 


On Jan 13, 2020, at 4:57 PM, Paul O <pomilian@...> wrote:


To all,
I just called the 800 number that I posted earlier and spoke with a person from Tony’s train exchange.
TTX and DCC specialties are under the same ownership.
 
The person who owned the website certificate for DCC specialties recently passed away and the company is working with ‘Go Daddy’ to resolve new ownership of the website.
They said to use the TTX website until the problem gets resolved.

If you type in the URL: 66.39.46.164 you can bring up the DCC specialties website.

Paul O


Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Paul O <pomilian@...>
 

To all,
I just called the 800 number that I posted earlier and spoke with a person from Tony’s train exchange.
TTX and DCC specialties are under the same ownership.
 
The person who owned the website certificate for DCC specialties recently passed away and the company is working with ‘Go Daddy’ to resolve new ownership of the website.
They said to use the TTX website until the problem gets resolved.

If you type in the URL: 66.39.46.164 you can bring up the DCC specialties website.

Paul O


Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Brent Johnson
 

Thanks, Bill. That is exactly what I was trying to say in my original post.

Brent Johnson


On Jan 13, 2020, at 3:03 PM, mgj21932 via Groups.Io <mgj21932@...> wrote:


I don't beleive the concern is about purchasing DCC Specialties products from Tony's Trains.  You are correct that lots of DCC Specialties products are listed for sale there.  This email train began with a concern expressed about whether DCC Specialties was going out of business -- as evidenced by apparent elimination of web site.  Concern was expressed about purchasing still available DCC Specialties products if the manufacturer was going out of business (lack of website being the cause for such concern) and, therefore, future tech support no longer being available.

Hope that clarifies the issues/concern.

If Tony's Trains does in fact manuafacture DCC Specialties products that they sell, they may wish to clarify future availability questions.

Bill Demarest

On Monday, January 13, 2020, 02:27:51 PM EST, Steve Haas <goatfisher2@...> wrote:


>>>>> There is nothing at that site with anything about DCC specialties, just a listing of products.  I looked all over their site earlier and found nothing. <<<<<

Au contraire . . .

https://tonystrains.com/manufacturers/dcc_specialties

From the main page, click on manufacturers, then type DCC in the search box, click on DCC specialties and then Search.  Returns 3 pages of DCC specialties products.

Best regards,

Steve

Steve Haas
Snoqualmie, WA





Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Perry A Pollino
 

I had thought that DCC Specialties and TTX  were partnered somehow.
But since DCC specialties is available from other sources, that makes me wonder. 
I sure hope they are not discontinuing their products. I am still in the process of installing new Frog AR boards, I just recently Installed  AR and PSX boards. My layout is not operational yet. That would be a blow if they are discontinued. 
It would be my luck.
Perry



PCP Power Connectors

emrldsky
 

I  have a NCE Power Cab system and I wish to mount the power panel on my module fascia. I want to be able to plug in the power supply from the front of the fascia. So I need a chassis mount female power connector like the one on the panel and a power plug with extension wires on it to provide the extension cord. I have not been able to find the parts locally. Does anyone have a proven source? What is the size specification for the power connectors?

Peace,
Mike G.


Re: DCC Specialties website not working

mgj21932
 

I don't beleive the concern is about purchasing DCC Specialties products from Tony's Trains.  You are correct that lots of DCC Specialties products are listed for sale there.  This email train began with a concern expressed about whether DCC Specialties was going out of business -- as evidenced by apparent elimination of web site.  Concern was expressed about purchasing still available DCC Specialties products if the manufacturer was going out of business (lack of website being the cause for such concern) and, therefore, future tech support no longer being available.

Hope that clarifies the issues/concern.

If Tony's Trains does in fact manuafacture DCC Specialties products that they sell, they may wish to clarify future availability questions.

Bill Demarest

On Monday, January 13, 2020, 02:27:51 PM EST, Steve Haas <goatfisher2@...> wrote:


>>>>> There is nothing at that site with anything about DCC specialties, just a listing of products.  I looked all over their site earlier and found nothing. <<<<<

Au contraire . . .

https://tonystrains.com/manufacturers/dcc_specialties

From the main page, click on manufacturers, then type DCC in the search box, click on DCC specialties and then Search.  Returns 3 pages of DCC specialties products.

Best regards,

Steve

Steve Haas
Snoqualmie, WA





Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Steve Haas
 

There is nothing at that site with anything about DCC specialties, just a listing of products. I looked all over their site earlier and found nothing. <<<<<
Au contraire . . .

https://tonystrains.com/manufacturers/dcc_specialties

From the main page, click on manufacturers, then type DCC in the search box, click on DCC specialties and then Search. Returns 3 pages of DCC specialties products.

Best regards,

Steve

Steve Haas
Snoqualmie, WA


Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Vincent Ficca
 

Hi All:

I believe Tony's Train Exchange is the owner of DDC Specialties.

Vince

On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 9:47 AM Don Bowen <don.bowen@...> wrote:
On 1/12/2020 3:02 PM, Scott H. Haycock wrote:
> https://tonystrains.com/
>
There is nothing at that site with anything about DCC specialties, just
a listing of products.  I looked all over their site earlier and found
nothing.

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Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Don Bowen
 

On 1/12/2020 3:02 PM, Scott H. Haycock wrote:
https://tonystrains.com/
There is nothing at that site with anything about DCC specialties, just a listing of products.  I looked all over their site earlier and found nothing.

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Don Bowen --AD0NB--


Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Brent Johnson
 

Thanks Paul, hopefully they are just having IT issues.  They seem to have a lot of good dcc related products and would hate to see them go away.

Brent 


On Jan 12, 2020, at 7:46 PM, Paul O <pomilian@...> wrote:


Sorry, forgot the phone number: call toll-free 800-671-0641

On Jan 12, 2020, at 7:42 PM, Paul O <pomilian@...> wrote:

The certificate for their website expired on January 4, 2020 (see below).
If you go to that IP address, their website is still up.
However, that doesn’t tell you anything about the status of their business.
Best bet would be to try and call them.

Paul O


On Jan 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM, Brent Johnson via Groups.Io <Brntjh@...> wrote:

Right, I get it you can still purchase their products from dealers but my concern is the manufacturer is no longer showing a valid website so I wanted to find out if anyone knew if this is another model rr manufacturer that bit the dust. I don’t want to buy a product I may need more of in the future that may not be available when stock depletes.

The website that I visited before was www.dccspecialties.com

Brent
On Jan 12, 2020, at 3:43 PM, Don Bowen <don.bowen@...> wrote:

On 1/12/2020 2:02 PM, Earl Henry via Groups.Io wrote:
There is info about DCC Soecialties on the Tony’s Trains website.

Link?


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Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Paul O <pomilian@...>
 

Sorry, forgot the phone number: call toll-free 800-671-0641

On Jan 12, 2020, at 7:42 PM, Paul O <pomilian@...> wrote:

The certificate for their website expired on January 4, 2020 (see below).
If you go to that IP address, their website is still up.
However, that doesn’t tell you anything about the status of their business.
Best bet would be to try and call them.

Paul O


On Jan 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM, Brent Johnson via Groups.Io <Brntjh@...> wrote:

Right, I get it you can still purchase their products from dealers but my concern is the manufacturer is no longer showing a valid website so I wanted to find out if anyone knew if this is another model rr manufacturer that bit the dust. I don’t want to buy a product I may need more of in the future that may not be available when stock depletes.

The website that I visited before was www.dccspecialties.com

Brent
On Jan 12, 2020, at 3:43 PM, Don Bowen <don.bowen@...> wrote:

On 1/12/2020 2:02 PM, Earl Henry via Groups.Io wrote:
There is info about DCC Soecialties on the Tony’s Trains website.

Link?


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Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Paul O <pomilian@...>
 

The certificate for their website expired on January 4, 2020 (see below).
If you go to that IP address, their website is still up.
However, that doesn’t tell you anything about the status of their business.
Best bet would be to try and call them.

Paul O

On Jan 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM, Brent Johnson via Groups.Io <Brntjh=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Right, I get it you can still purchase their products from dealers but my concern is the manufacturer is no longer showing a valid website so I wanted to find out if anyone knew if this is another model rr manufacturer that bit the dust. I don’t want to buy a product I may need more of in the future that may not be available when stock depletes.

The website that I visited before was www.dccspecialties.com

Brent
On Jan 12, 2020, at 3:43 PM, Don Bowen <don.bowen@earthlink.net> wrote:

On 1/12/2020 2:02 PM, Earl Henry via Groups.Io wrote:
There is info about DCC Soecialties on the Tony’s Trains website.
Link?


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Re: DCC Specialties website not working

Brent Johnson
 

Right, I get it you can still purchase their products from dealers but my concern is the manufacturer is no longer showing a valid website so I wanted to find out if anyone knew if this is another model rr manufacturer that bit the dust. I don’t want to buy a product I may need more of in the future that may not be available when stock depletes.

The website that I visited before was www.dccspecialties.com

Brent

On Jan 12, 2020, at 3:43 PM, Don Bowen <don.bowen@earthlink.net> wrote:

On 1/12/2020 2:02 PM, Earl Henry via Groups.Io wrote:
There is info about DCC Soecialties on the Tony’s Trains website.
Link?


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Don Bowen --AD0NB--



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