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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    You can also, if you perfer, you can reprogram CV29 so that it runs opposite.
    Oh, yeah, much easier than resoldering wires. CV29's total value for various functions is actually pretty straightforward to dial in, with just a wee bit (no pun intended) of study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Matt,
    Been there done that with the Cn and CN/GP boards.
    Not sure why, but several years ago I went through and got several of my RS-3's and my RS-1 converted using the CN's, same trouble here.
    At first i thought I revered the Orange and gray wires cause the first one ran backwards. So the second time I watched closely and knew I had the wires connected properly, but it too ran backwards.

    So what I did was to swap the Orange and Gray wires on the motor tabs. Worked perfectly.
    You can also, if you perfer, you can reprogram CV29 so that it runs opposite.

    Here is one CV29 calculator that's I've used which works pretty good.

    http://www.2mm.org.uk/articles/cv29%20calculator.htm
    I read one post on a DCC forum where you can change the CV's 38 and 39? I think?, to swap the NDOT of the lights, but I'll have to wait a week to try that.
    I swapped the orange and the gray on the decoder board solder points, which I'm sure would have worked, had I not already baked the decoder. TCS needs to correct that issue, or put out a separate instruction sheet to tell uysers how to correct that. I wonder how many they've had to warranty because of this single issue?

    Thanks for the link!!

    Matt

    **Allen, I just recalled something about the install I noticed and found really odd. On the "front" sides of the chassis, my "L" and "R" markings are one the wrong sides unless you're running it as a long nose. I wonder if yours are the same. My were made in 1999.
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    Introducing the latest addition to my locomotive herd! This is an early edition (almost impossible to find/rare) GNR EMD FT A/B set by Intermountain Railway Co., connected with a draw bar to run as a consist. EMD FT-A/B units were intended by EMD mainly for passenger service. Many Class I RR's used them only for passenger service, but the GNR used them for both Passenger and Freight. The FT-A 424A was placed in their freight roster. Finally got the decoders in today and installed them. I used a TCS IMFTA4 and a IMFTB4. This run of FT's by IM didn't have brush shoes on the light board like almost all IM F series, these instead have wires directly from the motor soldered to the board. So to use them, you have to de-solder the brush pins, and solder directly to the decoder. FYI on the A unit should you get a same set up. TCS's install instructions explicitly say the "green LED wire MUST be on the same side as the right contact or it will not work." Ummm... they WILL NOT work unless you do the opposite of the instructions. All the same, this is a great runner with amazing power! And absolutely silent like all the IM locos I have and have seen are. I found this one at one of the LHS on consignment... LUCKY find!!!

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    Your rail road looks great and I look forward to your progress. Given the area you are modeling I've been compelled to reply to this thread. My wife and I have grown to love vacation travel in and around the Glacier National Park area where you are modeling. I've stayed in Essex at the Walton Lodge and I think the railroad through that area is super interesting. It sounds like you've been there but if you need any photos of the small rail yard in Essex let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNMatz View Post
    Ummm... they WILL NOT work unless you do the opposite of the instructions.
    I found that out too, when I installed the TCS decoders several years ago. I sent them a email about it, and I'm surprised they haven't changed the instruction by now.

    I have 6 ABBA sets in WP paint. I had a couple that were coffee grinders till I tore them down and went through them and played around with switching trucks around till they were quiet. Had to do the same to the F3's & F7s too.

    I like the way you have them staged for the photos. beautiful photo BTW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKFengineer View Post
    Your rail road looks great and I look forward to your progress. Given the area you are modeling I've been compelled to reply to this thread. My wife and I have grown to love vacation travel in and around the Glacier National Park area where you are modeling. I've stayed in Essex at the Walton Lodge and I think the railroad through that area is super interesting. It sounds like you've been there but if you need any photos of the small rail yard in Essex let me know.
    Thanks! That area of Montana has a lot of significance to our family, and I still have family there. I do freelance photography, so next trip up, I'm going to photograph the appropriate sequences for separate areas on the layout, and what the mountains don't cover, in between them will be a photographic background of the locations actual scenery. I plan to stitch the photo sequences into long high res panoramic backdrops in their locations. I'll have to check with the printer I use to see how long of a panoramic they can do with a constant. They may be able to print it from a roll. It will be 20" high x whatever width I can get. Right now the total length will be about 24 running feet at 20" high. The scenery will blend into the photo series of shots all mashed together.

    I Love the Izaak Walton!! I have family near by, so we go there in the afternoons for beverages and their amazing fries!!

    Thanks for the offer, but I'll be up there several months in the coming year! Woohoo!!

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    A short make up of the Empire Builder came through Pitch Fork Pass on the mainline today, being led by a single E7A (Precision Craft w/LokSound, one of my favorites!). I need to put some trains away so I can get stuff done!



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    Looking good! Can't wait to see the next progress shots!!

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    'Ol Two Smokes is back inspecting new construction (since that avalanche thing he was in) sites along the GNR rails. He appears quite perplexed at the clear view he has of Never Laughs Mountain, all the way from Pitch Fork Pass. I think he needs more days off... he thought he was at Two Medicine. I've been spending some more time experimenting scaling the backdrop trees so the'll be truer to scale.

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    Run them trains! Run them trains!

    Did I say that twice? Yup, guess so, sometimes you just got to quit the scenery, trackwork, loco fixin, car building etc and just PLAY!

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    That's some horse! Though I've seen horses on TV and in the movies running alongside trains, I can't imagine any horse we've had getting that close to one of those noisy, horse-eating monsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    That's some horse! Though I've seen horses on TV and in the movies running alongside trains, I can't imagine any horse we've had getting that close to one of those noisy, horse-eating monsters.
    My parents (when they were dating) often rode their horses over Two Medicine bridge, mom says "If you heard a train horn, you needed to speed it up!" Their horses at the ranch and lodge in East Glacier were born alongside RR tracks, They were actually pretty hard to spook after a a century of being around Trains all their lives.

    Cheers

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    All work and no play. Taking a MOW train up the Pass to repair a turnout machine.

    One last trip and it's back to full-time MRRing!!

    Happy Holidays Everyone!


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