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    You're spot on with your last paragraph. Just...

    You're spot on with your last paragraph. Just need to make sure the maximum output voltage is higher than the LEDs in series need (or they won't light) and - as you say - make sure the LED driver...
  2. Well... I guess if you want a switch with...

    Well...

    I guess if you want a switch with integrated switch motor like the one you have in the pic, and you don't want more than 2.5" straight between the curve and the turnout, then you'll always...
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    Please head over to the NMRA and check the...

    Please head over to the NMRA and check the appropriate standard at https://www.nmra.org/sites/default/files/standards/sandrp/pdf/s-9.1.1_connectors_2015.05.22.pdf - the first page has a table of wire...
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    The little black boxes with numbers actually are...

    The little black boxes with numbers actually are resistors, the numbers telling the value (471 -> 47, add 1 zero -> 470 Ohms, 152 -> 15, add 2 zeros -> 1500 Ohms = 1.5kOhms). Guess the loco has LED...
  5. Thread: Going Modular

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    And it won't be long until that merges to PITA -...

    And it won't be long until that merges to PITA - kind of the job description for the next decades :) Congratulations!

    Heiko
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    You are spot on about Digitrax designing Loconet...

    You are spot on about Digitrax designing Loconet so Pins 2 and 5 as well as 3 and 4 can and will be connected (or the cable flipped). Pins 1 and 6 carry railsync on the regular Loconet, but on...
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    That's the same tune I was going to take: Drink...

    That's the same tune I was going to take: Drink the stuff with caffeine and the beer, use the Diet Chemicals to weigh down the track ;)

    Heiko
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    Supposedly, here in Germany some engineers used...

    Supposedly, here in Germany some engineers used to very critically watch the engine behind them to make sure they didn't shut down and let the lead engine (and fireman) do all the work ;)

    But yes,...
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    And what a nice hat, really helps to blend you...

    And what a nice hat, really helps to blend you into the summer scenery ;)

    Thanks for investing the time to make the video and for the courage to share it with us,
    Heiko
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    Good luck with that heater mess and the wet walls...

    Good luck with that heater mess and the wet walls and ceiling - these are the times I'm really happy to live in an apartment building with the heater located deep in the basement. Because we had a...
  11. Before you fix those Eurostar plans, wait and see...

    Before you fix those Eurostar plans, wait and see how Britain does with the Brexit - might make travel between the EU and GB complicated/cumbersome for a certain period. I do hope they get this...
  12. What's that, a forum meetup less than a day from...

    What's that, a forum meetup less than a day from here? And in 2021, so I have ample time to prepare? Set a date yet?

    Heiko
  13. On a personal note: I'm replacing everything with...

    On a personal note: I'm replacing everything with MTL (1015 or 2004, because of the reduced slinky effect compared to the "old standard" MTLs - the spring is in the pushing stage, not in the pulling...
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    Since I'm running modular railroads with very...

    Since I'm running modular railroads with very little track and very easy electrical connections, the wiring also ends up pretty simple...

    I use two bare solid copper wires (made from cheap house...
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    I'm with TD on this. Don't reinvent the wheels,...

    I'm with TD on this. Don't reinvent the wheels, when JMRI gives you the opportunity to have it all already. Plus you can always attach a big screen and a keyboard to the Pi and do some proper...
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    This is made even easier by Steve Todd, who...

    This is made even easier by Steve Todd, who prepares an SD card image with everything already setup: https://mstevetodd.com/rpi

    I haven't tried it, since I don't have a leftover Pi but I'm using...
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    Definitely looking good :) Not too sure about...

    Definitely looking good :)

    Not too sure about the yellow color, but if you like it (or it's prototypical), go!

    Heiko
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    Yes, that I would consider normal :) and yes, I...

    Yes, that I would consider normal :) and yes, I was talking about that switch in the Digitrax schematic.

    Now everything properly muddied up? ;)

    Best,
    Heiko
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    When the switch is set to RUN, the bulbs should...

    When the switch is set to RUN, the bulbs should NOT glow. Not even when the loco bridges the gap. Try reversing the wires between the switch and the brake district.

    When the switch is set to...
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    Yes, that's the timing I expected, anything else...

    Yes, that's the timing I expected, anything else would be real strange (that is, unless there are lit passenger cars or similar).

    But I was wondering more about the intensity than the timing.
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    I'm not fully aware how the Digitrax Brake...

    I'm not fully aware how the Digitrax Brake Booster is supposed to work, so it may be normal to see the bulbs glow due to different voltage levels or changes in the DCC signal (they need to be there,...
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    It's just like the late 80s/90s all over again,...

    It's just like the late 80s/90s all over again, when everyone and their dog were called something with "2000" (and later "3000") in their name. These days everything has a #hashtag. And some people...
  23. Congrats, looks like a great haul! Even the...

    Congrats, looks like a great haul! Even the loco-to-car ratio is somewhat reasonable ;)

    Heiko
  24. Sorry, my (single so far) switch looks pretty...

    Sorry, my (single so far) switch looks pretty similar. I may get a paintbrush and spread the paint from the pen a little more, and I hope ballasting will help as well (but haven't tried that on...
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    In my experience, the orange insert on the 11-212...

    In my experience, the orange insert on the 11-212 does not change anything. I tried, but ended up leaving those inserts out when I installed the set in my Excursion Train. Lights are pretty white,...
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