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    I like to say there are two parts to operations:...

    I like to say there are two parts to operations:
    1) getting trains from point A to point B.
    2) getting cars from shipper to consignee.

    You can design a layout so, either by design or by...
  2. Theoretically that should work. Are you also...

    Theoretically that should work.

    Are you also going to be using the module network connection for NCE throttles?

    Except for the power cab, when used as a command station, NCE’s cab bus doesn’t...
  3. RS232 is limited to two devices. RS485 can...

    RS232 is limited to two devices.

    RS485 can have up to 128 devices. RS485 is actually pretty common in industrial applications. In model railroading, it is the physical layer communication...
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    NCE does not use LocoNet. NCE’s command bus...

    NCE does not use LocoNet.

    NCE’s command bus is called Cabbus. It is based on RS485.

    Paul
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    OpenLCB ( which has been adopted by the NMRA as...

    OpenLCB ( which has been adopted by the NMRA as LCC - see https://openlcb.org/ ) is mostly implemented using CAN bus.

    Rr-cirkits has a few nice OpenLCB nodes built using CAN. See...
  6. Oops, yes, I got it backwards.... but... the...

    Oops, yes, I got it backwards.... but... the wiring is almost the same.

    NCE recommends adding a few resistor to the cable to connect to a Digitrax booster:
    ...
  7. True, but the LocoNet panels on the protected...

    True, but the LocoNet panels on the protected side are optional... and you aren’t going to be daisy chaining other devices on the protected side after the booster because the NCE booster doesn’t have...
  8. Heiko, I think the LNRP is less of an issue. ...

    Heiko,

    I think the LNRP is less of an issue.

    When you are connecting an NCE booster to a LocoNet system, you are only connecting the booster input signals ( Railsync in Digitrax terminology )...
  9. Glen, What booster do you use with your NCE...

    Glen,

    What booster do you use with your NCE system?

    Most NCE booster manuals include the wiring diagram for the cable you need to create to connect an NCE booster to a Digitrax system. The...
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    12th Ohio N-scale weekend (2021 Edition)

    Hello All,

    It is now one month until the 12th Ohio N-scale weekend (2021 Edition).

    As in years past, the event will take place at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard, OH. Setup on...
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    I see no mention of lighting in the listing on...

    I see no mention of lighting in the listing on the Atlas web page.
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    I don’t have mine in front of me at the moment,...

    I don’t have mine in front of me at the moment, but here are three things I know for sure:

    The Atlas version has window glass.

    The Atlas version has knuckle couplers ( accumates, but that is...
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    I just bought myself two BN plows... one from the...

    I just bought myself two BN plows... one from the last run and one from Walthers.

    Atlas made some great additions to these.

    I don’t like seeing the price increase either, but I also don’t...
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    It is called the LokSound 5 FX ...

    It is called the LokSound 5 FX

    http://www.esu.eu/en/products/loksound/loksound-5-fx/
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    Similarly, I can do the software part of all this...

    Similarly, I can do the software part of all this any day... the hardware is sometimes beyond me, but I can usually follow a circuit once some draws it up for me.
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    Yes, there are several motor shields out there. ...

    Yes, there are several motor shields out there. Here is on example:

    https://store.arduino.cc/usa/arduino-motor-shield-rev3

    These types of shields can be used as the booster for DCC++ system,...
  17. I have a smaller touch screen I use with JMRI on...

    I have a smaller touch screen I use with JMRI on a RaspberryPi. It works pretty well.

    For small control panels, you set the zoom so the panel fills the whole screen. If done right, this makes...
  18. I don’t know about track plans that might have...

    I don’t know about track plans that might have what you’re looking for, but for prototype inspiration, I would look for an interurban line that had freight service and interchanged with a...
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    I will second what Spookshow says about the wheel...

    I will second what Spookshow says about the wheel gauge. I took a risk and bought a pair off e-bay that the seller said was having pickup issues. I regauged every single one of the wheel sets, and...
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    Unless it is a new design, I don’t think that...

    Unless it is a new design, I don’t think that “Flexible Track Conversion Track” is even new tooling. Kato has had one of these as part of the product line for a LONG time.

    Paul
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    It is possible me the decoder is bad, but before...

    It is possible me the decoder is bad, but before going to that conclusion:
    1) have you tried programming any other values into the decoder? In particular, make sure CV29 is set as you would expect...
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    Did you pull the motor tabs through the slots in...

    Did you pull the motor tabs through the slots in the decoder?

    This sounds like a classic case of poor ( or non existent) contact between the atlas motor tabs and the light board decoder. The...
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    North American N-scale Publishing is actually the...

    North American N-scale Publishing is actually the name of Kirk's company, and N-Scale Railroading is the name of the publication.

    The North American N-scale Publishing name predates the magazine....
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    I actually am excited for these. While I have...

    I actually am excited for these.

    While I have hand laid track, and I have a couple of Fasttracks turnout jigs, crossings are harder to get right because of the frogs.

    In true code 55 ( i.e. not...
  25. Impressive. I drove under that building more...

    Impressive.

    I drove under that building more than once the last time I was in Chicago. We stayed at the Hilton Downtown and I was going to the N-scale convention in Rosemont.

    When the...
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