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Re: connectors for dcc wiring

doncarter521@...
 

I did and Bachmann does not have that information anymore
Maybe someone knows who makes or made the DCC board for Bachmann Heisler
Thanks Don

On Feb 3, 2020, at 2:58 PM, David McBrayer <d_mcbrayer@...> wrote:

Have you considered going online to your favourite manufacturer’s website and perusing their catalog for the exact item you need? Failing that, your favourite search engine is your friend.

Dave



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Dave McBrayer
Castro Valley, CA


Re: connectors for dcc wiring

David McBrayer
 

Have you considered going online to your favourite manufacturer’s website and perusing their catalog for the exact item you need? Failing that, your favourite search engine is your friend.

Dave



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Dave McBrayer
Castro Valley, CA

Re: connectors for dcc wiring

Gregg Wujcik
 

According to page 3 in the link below, the #567 would work for you.

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Sent: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 1:07 pm
Subject: [w4dccqa] connectors for dcc wiring

What suitcase connector do i use if my bus wire is 12 gauge and my feeder wires are 14 gauge

connectors for dcc wiring

James Cunningham
 

What suitcase connector do i use if my bus wire is 12 gauge and my feeder wires are 14 gauge

Re: PSX-AR Installation Query

Don Vollrath
 

Filling an isolating gap with styrene does prevent a steel wheel from falling into the crack and touching both rails at the same time.... except possibly in curves where the side of the wheel flange May touch the side of the rails. This requires a wider filled gap. AND it doesn’t cover the case where multiple axles and wheels are electrically connected together at a power pickup truck. Think - another loco or passenger car truck
DonV

Re: PSX-AR Installation Query

Mark Gurries
 


On Jan 29, 2020, at 8:18 AM, Mark Cartwright via Groups.Io <marcdecapri@...> wrote:

Mark Gurries is correct in this but I am not sure I got his Other Meaning....In that it won't work all the time, under all conditions.

I was responding to this statement:

On Jan 20, 2020, at 12:33 PM, Chuck <railfan@...> wrote:

To avoid the metal wheel problem, simply glue a piece of styrene into
the gap and when dry sand or file to match the rail. The wheels will no
longer contact both rails at the same time.._,_._,_

Best Regards,

Mark Gurries
Electrical Engineer
DCC Website & NMRA DCC Clinics: www.markgurries.com



Re: DCC connections

doncarter521@...
 

Thanks but it doesn’t show the same DCC board that’s in the Heisler
Don

On Jan 31, 2020, at 4:49 PM, Bob Armstrong <bobarmstrong2@...> wrote:

Try this site, It might have what you’re looking for, it mentions chuff connections

http://www.girr.org/girr/tips/tips5/climax_tips.html
On 31 Jan 2020, at 19:17, doncarter521@... wrote:

I am trying to put a Phonex sound system a P8 in a G scale Bachmann Heisler locomotive. It has a DCC board in the coal tender with 12 screw down connections 1-12.
I’m wondering if there is a chuff connection on one of the lugs an which ones is track power. Does anyone have a idea about the connections. I checked with Bachmann and they don’t have a schematic available.
I do track power not DCC so I don’t need a sound card for DCC.
Advise Don



Re: DCC connections

bobarmstrong2@...
 

Try this site, It might have what you’re looking for, it mentions chuff connections

http://www.girr.org/girr/tips/tips5/climax_tips.html

On 31 Jan 2020, at 19:17, doncarter521@... wrote:

I am trying to put a Phonex sound system a P8 in a G scale Bachmann Heisler locomotive. It has a DCC board in the coal tender with 12 screw down connections 1-12.
I’m wondering if there is a chuff connection on one of the lugs an which ones is track power. Does anyone have a idea about the connections. I checked with Bachmann and they don’t have a schematic available.
I do track power not DCC so I don’t need a sound card for DCC.
Advise Don


DCC connections

doncarter521@...
 

I am trying to put a Phonex sound system a P8 in a G scale Bachmann Heisler locomotive. It has a DCC board in the coal tender with 12 screw down connections 1-12.
I’m wondering if there is a chuff connection on one of the lugs an which ones is track power. Does anyone have a idea about the connections. I checked with Bachmann and they don’t have a schematic available.
I do track power not DCC so I don’t need a sound card for DCC.
Advise Don

Re: PSX-AR Installation Query

 

I suggest you look at my product.

http://voltscooter.com/?page_id=343

It cannot be simpler to install.

Cut the wire to the track and attach the two cut ends of the wire to my device.  Nothing else is required.

I have folks who don't even bother with changing the jumpers in HO and are perfectly happy with operation.  In most cases it is fully automatic.  A small amount of current remains on the track until the short is removed.  I regard this as better then pulses of a much higher short circuit current.  Also they are inexpensive enough that you can have lots of them and therefore prevent the problem of shutting down multiple trains at an operations session when someone makes a mistake.

Best Regards,
Ken Harstine
DBA Voltscooter

Re: Auto Reverser Problem

John Cahill
 

Thanks Bill, I’m taking it up with the Permanent Way Department to see it anything can be done!

Best Regards,
John

On 31 Jan 2020, at 13:04, John Cahill via Groups.Io <johncahill25@...> wrote:

Darn! I had hoped that I was missing some possibilities but I guess it is what it is. Thanks anyway!

Best Regards,
John

On 31 Jan 2020, at 02:25, mgj21932 via Groups.Io <mgj21932@...> wrote:

John,
I think the consensus from the prior discussion has been that DCC ARs can do wonderful things BUT they are not without limitations.  And one of those is that to function properly the AR segment must be longer than your longest train.  The efficacy of patch-work fixes really are questionable, if not risky.  Option may be to use shorter trains in this section of the layout.  Or avoid the Wye in this area.
Bill D

Re: Auto Reverser Problem

John Cahill
 

Darn! I had hoped that I was missing some possibilities but I guess it is what it is. Thanks anyway!

Best Regards,
John

On 31 Jan 2020, at 02:25, mgj21932 via Groups.Io <mgj21932@...> wrote:

John,
I think the consensus from the prior discussion has been that DCC ARs can do wonderful things BUT they are not without limitations.  And one of those is that to function properly the AR segment must be longer than your longest train.  The efficacy of patch-work fixes really are questionable, if not risky.  Option may be to use shorter trains in this section of the layout.  Or avoid the Wye in this area.
Bill D

Re: Auto Reverser Problem

mgj21932
 

John,
I think the consensus from the prior discussion has been that DCC ARs can do wonderful things BUT they are not without limitations.  And one of those is that to function properly the AR segment must be longer than your longest train.  The efficacy of patch-work fixes really are questionable, if not risky.  Option may be to use shorter trains in this section of the layout.  Or avoid the Wye in this area.
Bill D

Auto Reverser Problem

John Cahill
 

I hesitate to raise this issue again as it seems to have caused some difficulties and changes in direction previously, but I will encroach on your patience again and see if somebody can help unravel my conundrum as to where I should best create auto reversing section breaks. There are two Wyes joining in a new through station on my layout.  I have opened a folder and uploaded some 4 files which I hope might illustrate the track plan and, with luck, prompt some illumination on my problem.  Due to physical constraints, the usual approach to having an AR in one leg of the Wye is not possible in that they would not be long enough to allow a full train length to enter.  Perhaps there is an approach that I can't see from being to close to the problem.  So if you have any suggestions as to how to address this issue, I'd be grateful. The Folder is titled 'PSX-AR Problem'.
Thanks in advance,
John

Re: PSX-AR Installation Query

Mark Cartwright <marcdecapri@...>
 

To me....
This is the topic.
I want a system that is easy to use and doesn't require a huge time sync earning process.
:)) Mark

Hence ....JMRI is off topic to such a reality.

Re: Converting to DCC

thomasmclae
 

If you have a computer next to the layout, SPROG is an option.
For about $90 plus PC or laptop, you are JMRI, WII Throttle, good programming options, etc.
This gets you started.
You can switch tot he more expensive systems later if needed, and you can still use SPROG and JMRI as programming station. (The Digitrax WiFi uses the same interface as JMRI, you just pay for it more)
Thomas
DeSoto, TX

Re: PSX-AR Installation Query

wirefordcc
 

Mark,

Stay on topic or be banned from this group.  This is your last warning.

Allan

Wiring For DCC

Re: Converting to DCC

Pete
 

I'll check out JMRI. 
I want a system that is easy to use and doesn't require a huge time sync earning process. I alao don't want to have to be logged onto the internet in order to run my layout. It would have to be a stand alone system that I download to a laptop once then I run it offline.
I'll see what JMRI has to offer,
Thanks, Pete

Re: PSX-AR Installation Query

Mark Cartwright <marcdecapri@...>
 

Mark Gurries is correct in this but I am not sure I got his Other Meaning....In that it won't work all the time, under all conditions.
Could be this is why or as I have learned to say WYE.
A funny thing happened on the way down from the Main Track and further onward to the Turntable and Roundhouse.
(Adding photos to this forum seems to be defunct so bear with me.)
I found I couldn't get there from here ...with anything much longer than a SD-90 Diesel.
N Scale Steam ? Good Luck with that !
Too many Slopes, inclines and switches for the likes of even a 2-8-8-2 to traverse. Bad enough over a #6 but It really brought out the issues in a #4.
This epiphany came after constructing 64 --- 18" x 24" modules....
Oops!
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Then it arrived one day...
in DCC with Sound.
A Hallmark 2-10-4 and it rocked my world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls-ulIjy3nU
I began to reconstruct my railroad around it.
Here's the thing...It's not just the size or length of your trucks.
It's the length of your electrified drivers and don't forget the freaking tender two ! 
Can you get the full length of your drivers through each and every turnout on your layout without shorting (or frying) your LokSound Decoder ?
Nor causing the sound chip to weaken with every pass over the frog as in reset ?
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And learn all over again with longer articulated or not locomotives such as a Cab Forwards. Some Cab Forwards don't articulate too well and then to be stiff along their longitudinal axis.
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So....
For now at least....Just how many turnouts are on my in progress layout to fit in an 26 feet by 24 foot room ?
Yes Boys and Girls...That's Feet not inches.
At first...?
None...
I am still working on the four corners with a radius of 28 to 71 inches and setting out the general topography.
The topography alone to depict Northern California when it was all prone to flooding is a daunting task on it's own.
However...back to the drawing board.
I have hand constructed #10's and #12's, along with testing Peco #8's and Atlas #10's while also reworking Kato #6's into #9's and larger.
I have yet to construct a #15 High Speed Rail Crossing which might be my next trick before proceeding.
However.......!?!?!
I am also experimenting with operating them via a servo for an ESU ECoS with Detector electronics as well.
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Do I know what I am doing for sure and for certain.....?
I have gone way back to the very basics.
See Forrest Gump and his friend Sheldon Cooper at six years old...play with trains....
I just want to see a Train go round and round...Not glitch, nor decouple with never a decoder reset.
I am getting too old to crawl around on top or under my layout like some 6 year old with his first layout.
To me for now...Switches are like the Electric Arming Switches on our Torpedoes at Midway.
http://www.avalanchepress.com/Midway6.php
Get them right or pull out and I mean every damn last one of them !
:)) Mark

Stockton Normal Articulated Freight and Urban (SNAFU)
Freight and Urban Basic Articulated Railway (FUBAR)

People on these forums tend to hint at a perfect and wonderful experience with their wannabe layouts as in Model Railroading is Fun.
Get Real !
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/12/californias-77-billion-high-speed-rail-project-is-in-trouble.html
Kind of reminds me of many a model railroading layout ...Lots and Lots of money yet never completed.

Run a Zig Zag Pattern commander....
But Sir....
There are no Japanese Submarines on my layout.
My layout plan for now.....
Just one big square-oval with wide curves in all four corners....
No Glitches, No Ditches No Uncle Sam. (I don't use NMRA Specifications)

Re: Converting to DCC

Jim Zarnick
 

I haven’t read the whole thread but have you looked at JMRI and running your layout from software on a laptop?  JMRI is free and will connect to you DCC controller through a USB port.

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------ Original Message ------

From: Pete via Groups.Io
To: w4dccqa@groups.io
Sent: January 28, 2020 at 1:07 PM
Subject: Re: [w4dccqa] Converting to DCC

Thanks Mark,
I'm seriously considering the ECoS. I really like being able to to see the picture of the engine I'm wanting to to control on the display in front of me.
The thing I question though, is it more system than I need for my small layout. My layout is only 8×13 and no room for growth beyond that.
I went to the train show last week, saw a layout bigger than mine running on Digitrax WiFi using cellphones for controllers. Really like that. I have four old cellphones I can put to use and it will save me from buying throttles.
So many options to consider..

Pete - Bellevue(Eastgate), Wa