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    I checked google for a "PX-2" but only found...

    I checked google for a "PX-2" but only found "PSX-2" from DCC Specialities. If that's the one, check page 9 of the manual:



    So basically as long as J7-1 and J7-2 are connected, the PSX won't...
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    Don't I know that feeling :) As long as...

    Don't I know that feeling :)



    As long as you don't plan on operating both yards independently (as in: If one stupid operator runs into a misaligned turnout, it will shut down both yards instead...
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    I have got one, bought three-ish years ago... ...

    I have got one, bought three-ish years ago...

    Installed an SDN144PS in the tender, weathered her and ran her about ten-twenty hours in total at our modular meets. Runs very nice once I had the...
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    And things like "... Rose" or "... Star" or...

    And things like "... Rose" or "... Star" or "Southern ...", "Northern ..." etc. or "Golden ..." seem to be pretty common, too...

    Heiko
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    :) You do add feeders, then you connect...

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    You do add feeders, then you connect the feeder that is connected to the frog to the Frog Juicer (or slide switch or an AR1). Because as Intermodalman explained: When the turnout is set to...
  6. Well... DCC itself is the same everywhere (or...

    Well...

    DCC itself is the same everywhere (or lets say Digitrax is up with the best, regarding 128 speed steps, number of functions, programming decoders...).

    Digitrax has transponding, which...
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    This is a very subjective question, so it boils...

    This is a very subjective question, so it boils down to your preference. I can only give you a few pointers:

    - How long did it take you to build what you already have? Are you ready to trash it...
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    This is a question of opinion, not of fact, so...

    This is a question of opinion, not of fact, so don't take this personal, please: I prefer the optics of Code 55 American tie spacing track like Atlas or ME make. If you don't or don't care, Kato will...
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    That damn turnout just insulted me! Man, I had to...

    That damn turnout just insulted me! Man, I had to shoot it to Mars! (scnr, easily amused)

    To answer your question:

    Frog Juicers make sure the frog is always set to the correct polarity. Since...
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    The short answer absolutely is "Yes", as others...

    The short answer absolutely is "Yes", as others have shouted out already. Cars (that conform to certain rules) can travel the entire NA rail network as far as clearance (Plate B to Plate F in use...
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    I'd call that "chairial photography" :D ...

    I'd call that "chairial photography" :D

    Seriously, great work, Mark. When are you going to remove the "Mediocre" from your website? 2015 seems like just about the right time ;)

    I have something...
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    I use track planning software for that, namely...

    I use track planning software for that, namely xtrkcad...

    0) Create straight track
    1) Create parallel track using "Parallel track" tool
    2) Insert turnout into first track
    3) Join end of...
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    In most locos, the frame is too high for anything...

    In most locos, the frame is too high for anything to fit above the decoder. IMHO, the fuel tank is the way to go, or in some of those low rear end frames, between decoder and frame, above the rear...
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    I was going to go with 120570...

    I was going to go with 120570 :)

    (at least North-American ones... once done, there still are European boxcars...)

    Heiko
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    Also was the UP loco new or used? I don't know,...

    Also was the UP loco new or used? I don't know, but maybe the DCC decoder (if there is one) will also do "speed matching" when run on DC, and if someone slowed down the UP loco, that would explain...
  16. As always for the last few years: A stable...

    As always for the last few years:

    A stable supply of Code 55 track and turnouts. The product lineup isn't bad, with Atlas #5, #7, #10, curved, two wyes, and ME #6, but the availability...

    And...
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    I remember on (some) Digitrax decoders 1 actually...

    I remember on (some) Digitrax decoders 1 actually means mute, 0 means something else. Don't recall what...

    Also make sure you have the exact documentation for that decoder and sound project -...
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    Sorry, don't grab the LEDs in my link to replace...

    Sorry, don't grab the LEDs in my link to replace already installed LEDs. They are pre-wired with a resistor for 12V, but another resistor is already included in the decoder, so it will probably be...
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    Definitely a very good point. I had similar...

    Definitely a very good point. I had similar issues when digitizing my large Kato locos (C44-9, SD70MAC) with decoders made for the SD40-2. I used the original golden white 3mm LEDs from the DC light...
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    IMHO, there are two trends. One, as you found,...

    IMHO, there are two trends.

    One, as you found, is the trend towards track with roadbed - Kato Unitrack and apparently Tomix Fine Track are two well established quality product lines, both using...
  21. I drill holes in the substructure, remove a few...

    I drill holes in the substructure, remove a few ties and tin the underside of the rail before laying track, then lay the track, then push feeders up through the base and solder them to the bottom of...
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    Don't remember if it was Atlas, Scaletrains or...

    Don't remember if it was Atlas, Scaletrains or Intermountain or someone else I don't remember, but at our modular meet last weekend we found the manufacturer had turned the volume to 140% of what ESU...
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    Replacing red traffic lights with green? ;)

    Replacing red traffic lights with green? ;)
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    At $12 per turnout you could just use Tam Valley...

    At $12 per turnout you could just use Tam Valley Frog Juicers (or similar devices from other manufacturers, don't know if they exist) so contact the frog. No mechanical linkage required.

    I do know...
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    Well, there are steps between "non operational"...

    Well, there are steps between "non operational" (dark) and "automatic" (lit and changing according to turnouts and trains in the vicinity), at least as far as I understand the terms.

    Guess we need...
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