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BEGINNERS

BLOCK DETECTION

BOOSTER NETWORKS

CD-ROM of WEBSITE

CLINCHFIELD RR

COMPUTER CONTROL

CUBICAL TRAIN
  HO
  G
  Timer

DECALS

DO IT YOURSELF

GARDEN DCC

GARDEN RR
  
Christmas & Snow
  FAQ's
  People Scenes
  Picture Set #1
  Picture Set #2

HEXADECIMAL

HO LAYOUT

INDEX (HOME)

JOKES

LIGHTING
 
Adding a Tender Headlight
 
Using Miniature Lamps

LINKS
 
Railfan
  Manufacturers

LOCOMOTIVES

LOCOMOTIVE INSTALLS
  
Athearn HO PA-1
  Atlas HO RS-1 or RS-3
  Atlas HO RS-3
  Atlas HO S-2
  Bachmann G American w/snd 
  Bachmann G Consolidation
  Bachmann HO Daylight
  Bachmann HO GS-4 w/snd
  Bachmann G Shay w/snd
  Bachmann HO F40
  Bachmann GP-30
  European Locomotives
    Fleischmann, Liliput, Lima,
    Maerklin, Piko, Rivarossi, Roco,
     Trix

  Generic G Sound
  IHC HO Consolidation
  IHC HO GG-1
  IHC HO Mikado
  IHC HO Mountain
  Kato N Mikado

  LGB C&S; Mogul
  LGB F-7A
  LGB Logging Mallets
  LGB G Track Cleaner
  Mantua HO Mikado
  Microtrains Z F7
  Opening a Rivarossi Tender
  Oriental Powerhouse 2-8-8-2
  Proto 2000 HO E7
  Proto 2000 HO GP-9
  Proto 1000 RS-2
  Proto 1000 RDC
  Rivarossi HO Bigboy
  Rivarossi HO Challenger
  Rivarossi HO Challenger w/snd
  Rivarossi HO FEF
  Stewart HO F3

PARTS

RUNAWAY

SCHEMATICS, READING

SIGNALING

SOLDERING

SOUND

TABLE OF CONTENTS, DCC

THROTTLE NETWORKS

TRACK WIRING
  
Track Part I
  Track Part II
  Track & Wire Resistance
  Common Wire - Avoid
  Track DCC Waveforms

TROUBLESHOOTING

TURNOUTS
  Drop Feeders and Bonds
  Atlas
  BK Enterprises
  Controlling Turnouts
  Elite/Pilz/Tillig
  Kato
  Micro Engineering
  Orr Traction
  Peco
  Roco
  Walthers New DCC Compatible
  Walthers Old Style

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Alphabetical Site Index

A   B   C   D  E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   Y   Z

- A -

Allied

Aluminum rail

Air operated

Asymmetrical DCC

Athearn - see Locomotive Installs
Atlas turnouts

Automatic
  Braking for signals
  Turnout control
- B -

Bachmann - see Locomotive Installs

  Back EMF

Batteries


BEGINNERS
   Basic components
  Blocks in DCC
  What is DCC?
  computer, using
  Existing layouts, using DCC
  Getting started
  How DCC works
  Interchanging DCC components
  Soldering joiners
 Locomotives
  Back EMF, speed compensation
  CVs, What are they?
   DC and DCC, using both at the same time
  DCC Ready
  Decoder, picking one
  Locos bought with decoders
  Long addressing
  Low speed control
  Momentum control
  Number of trains, throttle
   Selecting DCC systems
  Sound
  Speed steps
 Turnouts
  Controlling turnouts with DCC
  DCC friendly turnouts
  Wiring differences

BK Enterprises turnouts

Block wiring

BLOCK DETECTION
  Cheap block detectors
  Conductive paint
  DC Breaking
  Digitrax DS-54 block detection
  Easy block detection
  Locating block detectors
    Locating block detectors with twisted busses
  Resistor attachment to axle
  Resistors, gluing them on
  Resistor location
  Resistor value
  Resistive wheels, ready made
  Undetected blocks, equalizing

Booster districts, insulate between

BOOSTER NETWORKS
  Booster, resetting
  Common rail, avoid
  Location, physical
  Location, electrical
  Loconet wire function
  Networking
  Number boosters required, how many
  Transformer mounting
  Transformer sizing

  Transformer, 1 per booster
 Troubleshooting
  Booster, testing
  Bus runs, long
  Command station, booster mode
  Command station, spare
  Mysterious operation

Bus, generally: see Track Wiring
  Bus, routing
  Bus runs, long
  Bus terminator

  Bus, wire size

- C -

Cable ties
Capacitors

CD-ROM OF WEBSITE

Circuit board throwbars

CLINCHFIELD RR

COMPUTER CONTROL
  Do I need a computer for DCC?
  Does a computer make DCC easier?

  Ladder logic
  PLC, using
  Software suppliers
  Turnout control

  see also Turnout, Automatic control
see also Braking, Automatic

 

Command station
  Booster mode
  Command station, spare

Coils

Conductive paint

CUBICAL TRAIN
- D -

DC Breaking
DC mode, disable

DCC decoders, garden
  Back EMF
  Cooling
  Decoder selection
  Load Compensation
  Locked rotor, measuring current
  MTS decoders
  Speed Stabilization
  Why DCC?

Decoders
  Connector pinout
  Incremental installation
  Locked rotor, measuring current
  Problems, decoders
  Selecting decoders

  Speed Stabilization
  Wire Color Code, decoders
  Zimo decoders

Decoder installations into specific locomotives

Digikey

Digitrax
  Booster mode of command station
  DS-54 block detection
  DS-54, CVs
  DS-54, programming sequence

  DS-54, setup
  Loconet wire function
  Loosing control of a locomotive

Diodes

DO IT YOURSELF

Dogbone, passing siding

- E -
Edge card connectors Elite turnouts    
- F -
Feeders, garden
  Bonds, soldering
  Insulating
  Sizing
  Spacing
  Type
  Watertight heatshrink
Fleischmann  - see Locomotive Installs

Flux, liquid
   

- G -

GARDEN DCC
  Aluminum rail

  Lightning protection
  Live steam

  Wooden ties - bonus!
 DCC Decoders
  Back EMF
  Cooling
  Decoder selection
  Load Compensation
  Locked rotor, measuring current
  MTS decoders
  Speed Stabilization
  Why DCC?

Garden DCC cont'd
M U'ing
  Electronic gearing

  MU'ing locomotives
  
Sumpter Valley, MU'ing
   Unitah, MU'ing
 Feeders
  Bonds, soldering
  Insulating
  Sizing
  Spacing
  Type
  Watertight heatshrink

Garden DCC cont'd
 Sound
  Brackets, trigger
  Motorboating sound
  Sierra
  Triggering
 Turnout Control

  Air operated
  Turnout power
 Lighting
  Bulbs, 19V
  Lighted cars, non-DCC

GARDEN RR

- H -

Hare (Tortoise decoder)

Harness plugs
Heat shrink tubing

Headlight
Headlight, rear
HEXADECIMAL HO LAYOUT
- I -
IHC - see Locomotive Installs Inductors Insulation Displacement Connectors (IDCs)
 
- J -
Joiners, soldering
     
- K -
Kato - see Locomotive Installs
Kato turnouts    

- L -

Labels, wire

LGB - see Locomotive Installs

LIGHTING
  
Avoid LEDs
  General
  Tender Headlight

 
Miniature Lamps

  Flickering firebox, 1 to 4 lamps
  Flickering firebox with sound units
  Grain of Rice bulbs
  Grain of Wheat bulb
  Headlight
  Headlight, rear
  Resistors, locating
  Mars light
  Passenger cars, lighting
  Power supply, 12V
  Power supply, Grain of Rice
  Resistors, dropping
 Lighting, garden
  Bulbs, 19V
  Lighted cars, non-DCC

  LGB 19V bulbs

 Troubleshooting
  Headlight problems

Lightning protection

Lighted passenger trains, wiring wyes.

Liliput - see Locomotive Installs
Lima - see Locomotive Installs

 

LINKS
 
 Manufacturers
 
Railfan

Live steam

Load Compensation

LOCOMOTIVES
Beginners
  Back EMF, speed compensation
  CVs, What are they?
  DC and DCC, using both at the same time
  DCC Ready
  Decoder, picking one
  Locos bought with decoders
  Long addressing
  Low speed control
  Momentum control
  Number of trains, throttle
  Selecting DCC systems
  Sound
  Speed steps
 Decoders
  Connector pinout
  Incremental installation
  Problems, decoders
  Selecting decoders
  Wire Color Code, decoders
  Zimo decoders
 General

  Filters, locos with
  Loosing control of a locomotive
  Metal Chassis Locos

 Motors
  Isolation
  Stall current, measuring
 Lighting
  Grain of Wheat bulb

  Headlight
  Headlight problems
  LGB 19V bulbs

LOCOMOTIVE INSTALLS
  
Athearn HO PA-1
  Atlas HO RS-1 or RS-3
  Atlas HO RS-3
  Atlas HO S-2
  Bachmann G American w/snd 
  Bachmann G Consolidation
  Bachmann HO Daylight
  Bachmann HO GS-4 w/snd
  Bachmann G Shay w/snd
  Bachmann HO F40
  Bachmann GP-30
  European Locomotives

    Fleischmann, Liliput, Lima,
    Maerklin, Piko, Rivarossi, Roco,
     Trix

  Generic G Sound
  IHC HO Consolidation
  IHC HO GG-1
  IHC HO Mikado
  IHC HO Mountain
  Kato N Mikado
  LGB C&S; Mogul
  LGB F-7A
  LGB Logging Mallets
  LGB G Track Cleaner
  Mantua HO Mikado
  Microtrains Z F7
  Opening a Rivarossi Tender
  Oriental Powerhouse 2-8-8-2
  Proto 2000 HO E7
  Proto 2000 HO GP-9
  Proto 1000 RS-2
  Proto 1000 RDC
  Rivarossi HO Bigboy
  Rivarossi HO Challenger
  Rivarossi HO Challenger w/snd
  Rivarossi HO FEF
  Stewart HO F3

Long lash-ups, wiring wyes.

- M -

Maerklin - see Locomotive Installs

Magnetic sensors

Mantua - see Locomotive Installs

Micro Engineering

Microtrains - see Locomotive Installs

MU'ing, garden
  Electronic gearing
  MU'ing locomotives
  
Sumpter Valley
   Unitah

Motors
  Isolation
  Stall current, measuring

Mouser

- N -

       
- O -
Orr Traction turnouts      
- P -

PARTS
 Suppliers
  Allied
  Digikey
  Fry's
  Hosfelt
  Home Depot
  LGB
  Lowes
  Mouser
  Radio Shack

Parts cont'd
 Components, buying
  Batteries
  Cable ties
  Capacitors
  Circuit board throwbars
  Coils
  Conductive paint
  Diodes
  Edge card connectors
  Flux, liquid
  Harness plugs
  Heat shrink tubing
  Inductors
  Labels, wire

  Magnetic sensors
  Phone cables
  Phone jacks
  Phosphor bronze
  Relays
  Resistors
  Ribbon cable
  Slow motion motors
  Solder
  Speakers
  Surge suppressors
  Switches
  Tail light sockets
  Terminal strips
  Transformers
  Wire

Passenger trains,lighted, wiring wyes.

Passing siding, dogbone

Peco turnouts
Piko - see Locomotive Installs
Pilz turnouts

Phone cables
Phone jacks

Phosphor bronze

PLC, using

Proto 1000, 2000 - see Locomotive Installs

 
- Q -
       
- R -

 R/C terminator

Relays
Resistors

 Reversing
  Balloons
  Crossovers
  Dogbone, reversing
  Reverse loops, simple
  Reversing sections, insulate between
  Three-rail wiring
  Turntable wiring
  Wiring reversing sections
  Wye configurations
  Wyes, simple
  Wye,wiring for long, lighted passenger           trains or long lash-ups.

Ribbon cable

Rivarossi - see Locomotive Installs
Roco - see Locomotive Installs
Roco turnouts
RUNAWAY
  Avoid basic throttles
  Disable DC mode
  Loosing a locomotive
  Rescue a runaway
  Turn down throttle
 
- S -

SCHEMATICS, READING

Siding, dogbone

SIGNALING
  Reverse sections
  Turnout position

Slow motion motors

SOUND
 Garden
  Brackets, trigger
  Motorboating sound
  Sierra
  Triggering

Sound cont'd
 General
  Bass, better
  Bell, triggering
  Bell, trigger mounting
  Button assignment
  Chuff Sync
  Decoder location
  Flickering firebox
  Installation notes
  Locomotives, smooth runners
  Motorboat sound
  Sync disk preparation
  Through rail sound
  Wire, color caution
  Whistle, triggering
  Whistle, trigger mounting
 Speakers
  Speakers, buying
  Clearance, front
  Cutting to fit
  Holes
  HO, good
  Info general
  2 in parallel
  2 in series
  3 in parallel
  3 in series
  4
  Phasing

SOLDERING
 Soldering to:
  Dirty track
  Enameled wire
  Pre-weathered track
  Joiners
 Soldering tips:
  Cool, allow to
  Contact, good mechanical
  Good joint, knowing when
  Heat, right amount
  Heat, the work, not the solder
  Iron, solder, right size
  Liquid flux

  Metal MUST be clean
  Resistance soldering
  Tip must be clean
  Bonds, soldering

Speakers, buying

Stewart - see Locomotive Installs

Surge suppressors
Switches, electrical

 

- T -

Tail light sockets
Terminal strips


Track, Aluminum rail

TRACK WIRING
 Basic Wire
  Blocks
  Booster districts, insulate between
  Bus, routing
  Bus runs, long
  Bus, wire size
  Color code
  Common rail, avoid
  Dogbone, reversing, siding
  Insulation Displacement Connectors
  Joiners
  Push pins, colored
  Taillight bulbs
  Tortoise, reversing
  Track connection, good
  Track, connections
  Track DCC Waveforms
  Terminals, screw
  Wire, buying
  Wiring tips, WWW
  Wiring, overview
 Feeders
  Feeders, short blocks, placement
  Feeders, spacing
  Feeders, wire size
  Joiners, soldering
 Testing
  Beeper, short detecting
  Measuring DCC
  Track polarity, checking
  Track polarity, ID
  Wire adequacy, testing


Track Wiring cont'd
 Track and Wire Resistance
  General

  Stranded wire
  Solid wire
  Nickel-Silver track
  Brass track
  Taillight bulb

 Special Situations
  "Accept" yard signals

  Catenary wiring
  Dual gauge track wiring
 Reversing
  Balloons
  Crossovers
  Reverse loops, simple
  Reversing sections, insulate between
  Three-rail wiring
  Turntable wiring
  Wiring reversing sections
  Wye configurations
  Wyes, simple

THROTTLE NETWORKS
  Phone cables, modular
  Throttle nuts, tightening
  Track status light
  Troubleshooting

Tillig turnouts

Transformer
  Mounting
  Sizing

  1 per booster
  Transformers, buying

Trix - see Locomotive Installs

TURNOUTS
   Automatic control 
  DCC friendly turnouts
  Wiring difference
     Atlas
    BK Enterprises
    Controlling Turnouts
    Elite/Pilz/Tillig
    Kato
   Micro Engineering
    Orr Traction
    Peco
      #4 HO, #6 N
      #6 HO, #4 N
      #6 N Crossover

      Insulfrog
      Insulfrog shorts
      Electrofrog 100
      Electrofrog 75
      Double-slip Electrofrog
      Electrofrog crossing
   Roco
  Walthers New DCC Compatible
    #6 HO crossover
     3-Way turnout
    DCC friendly, availability
 Walthers Old Style
 Control
  Balloon track control
  Booster, use separate
  Control, methods
  Controlling turnouts with DCC
  DCC control, benefits
  DCC control, benefits to clubs
  Drop Feeders and Bonds
  Feedback
  Hidden bonds
  Jacks, handset, 4 wire
  Powering points
  Tortoise, reversing balloon track
  
Wiring

Turnouts cont'd
 General
  Connecting feeders
  Fixing bonds
 Slow motion
  Benefits
  Control, simple, low cost
  Digitrax DS-54, CVs
  Digitrax DS-54, programming sequence

  Digitrax DS-54, setup
  Hare (Tortoise decoder)
  Tortoise
  Tortoise, extra switch contacts
  Tortoise, reversing, balloon track
 C
ontrol, garden
  Air operated
  Turnout power

TROUBLESHOOTING
 Booster
  Booster, testing
  Command station, spare
  Command station, booster mode
  Mysterious operation of booster
 Bus
  Bus runs, long
 Decoders
  Problems, decoders
  Headlight problems
 General
  When nothing works
 Locomotive
  Headlight problems
 Sound
  Motorboating sound
 Throttle Networks
  Throttle Networks

 Wiring
  Bus runs, long
  Ohm meter, using
  Shorts, between districts
  Shorts, between rails
  Isolating problems


- U -
       

- V -

       
- W -
Walthers New DCC Compatible turnouts
 Walthers Old Style turnouts

Wire, buying
Wire Color Code, decoders
Wiring, track
Wiring, twisted

Wooden ties - bonus!

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Wye,wiring for long, lighted passenger   trains or long lash-ups.

- Z -
Zimo decoders      

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