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    The only thing wrong with that NW2 is it has 'radio equipped' on the left end of the hood. you should change it to 'DCC equipped'
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    Damn, your right - I bought the wrong one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    @richfiles, sounds as if you are describing Astrac, which GE introduced in the 1960s, an analog command control system for model railroads. Used FM on fixed frequencies to one of five receivers.
    It never quite caught on commercially, but it inspired the ideas that brought us eventually to DCC.
    THANK YOU!!!
    I'd remembered reading about that AGES ago, but with DCC having entirely taken over as a massive success, Google just refused to even suggest anything besides modern DCC results (not to mention, it far pre-dates the internet and DCC already had it's foothold when the internet came to be). I'd forgotten the name, but not how it worked. At the time (around 1992), I had read about digital control, but also realized it was far beyond my financial capability, as a mere teen. As someone who often tinkered with electronics, I had piles of old radio electronics sitting in the basement and a shed. When I'd read about that system, I'd though about building a DIY version of it, using modern, and even smaller parts. What was cutting edge back then, were commodity components in the then present day. I had tried for some time to see if there was any form of service information on the units, a schematic, anything. Never found it. I always figured I could salvage the tuning coils from old radio boards, and buy the SCRs. Everything else could also be salvaged from old radios. Never happened, like so many projects.

    Of course, now a days, if a person is TRULY modeling on a tight budget, China will ship a basic DCC decoder for as little as $11. I bought one a while back with some other parts for work once, just to mess around with. I doubt I'd ever mix it in with any of my locomotives. I want a uniform DCC brand across the board, for consistency and reliability, and I'm pretty sold on ESU. Maybe I'll use it for something more static. Could be a fair option for the younger modeler with train set grade stuff, just getting started.

    I read that one of the reasons it was so short lived, was that motors would heat up when running the system. That makes sense, cause even though the power driven to the motor is one polarity or the other, the use of SCRs and AC carrier is no different than if the motor was driven with AC. It's the exact same reason why DC locomotive's motors can heat up, and why coreless motors can even burn out, if placed on a DCC track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    The only thing wrong with that NW2 is it has 'radio equipped' on the left end of the hood. you should change it to 'DCC equipped'
    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Damn, your right - I bought the wrong one
    Well if he's running Digitrax Simplex or Duplex or the NCE equivalent he is technically running it with radio.

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    Atlas stuff arrived today:

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    Styrene brick sheets
    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bremner View Post
    Styrene brick sheets
    I just got sandstone printed sheets for a structure project I'm about to start. Also a pack of 10 mini servo motors for future use....photos to follow

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    Thumb included as size comparison


    The servos. There are 9 others lurking just out of the photo
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    Just received the Atlas MP-15 Switcher from Charles (zosimas) and it looks great:







    Unfortunately, I broke the front guard rails off when I took it out of the box, nothing a drop of glue wont fix though. Want to thank Charles for the engine and for being so quick to get it to me, much appreciate mate.
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    nice looking lil guy its pertiful hahah

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    Wombat, aren't those rails just snap/plug in? So you really didn't break anything per se. You just dislodged them.

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    ^^^
    Agreed, I think is just a press fit, maybe some dots of Elmer's white glue if you feel you must.

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    Went fishing in the bay last Sunday and caught this good deal. NIB complete with NCE decoder. It took me 4 years to buy a new loco because life can be ugly in the form of divorce. This little model give positive changes, but its really all in a positive mind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodtoo View Post
    life can be ugly in the form of divorce. This little model give positive changes, but its really all in a positive mind.
    Very true but it's the small things (N scale mostly) that can lift you out of the doldrums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    Very true but it's the small things (N scale mostly) that can lift you out of the doldrums.
    Good on you mate!
    Thanks! I’m with you mate. We have a brotherhood here in more ways than model trains. It’s good to see you active here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Wombat, aren't those rails just snap/plug in? So you really didn't break anything per se. You just dislodged them.
    Quote Originally Posted by donzi View Post
    ^^^
    Agreed, I think is just a press fit, maybe some dots of Elmer's white glue if you feel you must.
    Thanks gents, I just assume I snapped them off. I'll take an actual look and see.
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    I bought this used, assembled IHC coaling tower for a mere $15 at the train show last weekend. It will solve a problem for me, namely that I need a way to disguise the hole in the backdrop where my Archibald Creek branch line heads into the helix. I had always figured I would have some sort of building spanning over the track, but was having trouble visualizing what that should be. The tan walls are from a Walthers Superior Paper kit that I bought solely to have kitbash fodder (I've already used other parts from this kit for several other buildings) but I hadn't taken it any further than just this rough massing. The new coaling tower will be made to look like it is an older tipple no longer used for primary loading, but maybe still used for trucks.

    It's not quite in its intended position in this photo, as I want it to be snug up to the curving backdrop which means I need to cut a corner of it off, and the right end will also get cut off so that it can mate up to the back side of the tan building. I will carve into the landform foam a bit so that it can sit down lower, too.


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    As I try to narrow the timeline of my layout, in part to reduce the amount of stuff I buy, I've discovered I need to buy more items to fit my timeline. So I picked up some rolling stock and a DVD.


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    Found a site online posted these for sale for about $20 than what they normally go for. Of course after I buy them I find another site that had them for $5 cheaper than that...oh well.


    Gives me something to run with the BNSF locos I bought not long ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimRacin14 View Post
    Found a site online posted these for sale for about $20 than what they normally go for. Of course after I buy them I find another site that had them for $5 cheaper than that...oh well.
    That's sounds to me like a good enough reason to get even more!

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    I just bought one of these from a member here!

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