Throttle Sneak Peak!

Throttle Sneak Peak!

Dead Rail, Shop News
Progress! Circuit boards for the new throttle kit have arrived at the Berrett Hill shops. We anticipate having units you can put your hands on at the upcoming Midwest Narrow Gauge Show later this month -- and we suspect they'll even be functional!
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The On30 Guy Dead Rail Throttle — UPDATE

Dead Rail, Shop News
I've been fielding questions from enough people about the status of the improved throttle kit that I mentioned back in November (and, I'm sure, several times prior) that I thought I probably ought to give you all an update. Early this week, I approved the design for the "motherboard" for my new, DelTang-compatible throttle kit. Yes, it's been months in the making, but frankly, with the investment involved in this project, both in time and money, we really wanted to get it right on the first attempt. I think we've succeeded on that score, and I now get to move on to the next phase of the project: finalizing the front panel layouts, and acquiring the various sub-assemblies that will go into the kit. [caption id="attachment_4197" align="alignright" width="180"] Really Cool…
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New Life for Tam Valley’s DRS Line

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As previously mentioned, Tam Valley Depot has indeed ceased sales of their DRS-1 dead rail system — and that was bad news for adoptees of that unique solution. Today, however, we have received word that the system will be exclusively handled by the folks at deadrailinstalls.com, and they expect to be shipping sometime next month. Full information is available at their site.
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Tam Valley Depot Drops Dead Rail

Tam Valley Depot Drops Dead Rail

Dead Rail, Shop News
I learned today that Tam Valley Depot has ceased sales and production of their DRS-1 dead rail system for use with NCE DCC systems. Obviously, DRS-1 was a competitor to the DelTang dead rail gear I sell, but I'm still sorry to see that they've made the decision to pull the plug (so to speak) on their product. DRS-1 offered what I thought was a fairly well thought out product for use with existing DCC systems that was actually small enough to fit into HO and small On30 locos -- of of their demo units was a Bachmann Forney, and all the electronics fit within the shell. Tam Valley will continue to produce and sell their lines of turnout control systems, Frog Juicers, and other DCC-related accessories.
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Setting up DelTang’s Rx102 Receiver

Setting up DelTang’s Rx102 Receiver

Dead Rail, Shop News
I've recently started to resell DelTang's Rx102 receiver, which is intended for use with live steam or large scale trains that have power requirements that go beyond the current handling capabilities of the Rx65 (by use of an external ESC and reversing switch). While the Rx102 is highly configurable, it deviates from many of the "standard" DelTang binding and setup procedures, instead relying on jumper plugs for setting most functions. We've set up a special page just for the Rx102 programming options, which you can view here. [gallery link="file" ids="4851,4868,4869"]
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DelTang Tx21 Throttle Kit Changes

Dead Rail, Shop News
It has come to my attention that DelTang have made a change to the Tx21 Throttle Kit which is causing some confusion. The latest kits include a newer version of the Tx2 transmitter module that does not include the large black capacitor shown in the assembly photographs. On the new boards, this capacitor has been replaced by a smaller surface-mount component of the same value. This does not change the way the kit is assembled in any way. Just be sure to reference the small sheet included in the bag with the Tx2 module when making connections to the board.
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Bachmann EZ-App / BlueRail Trains RS-3 First Impressions

Bachmann EZ-App / BlueRail Trains RS-3 First Impressions

Dead Rail, Reviews
I picked up one of the Bachmann EZ-App HO RS-3s to assess its suitability for a dead rail conversion. The plan, overall, is to use the mechanism and electronics to power an On30 "doodlebug." For my use, I didn't really care about the roadname, so my Bachmann pusher got me a Pennsy unit like the one shown here. My initial tests have been on powered track, using an MRC Tech III power pack. The pack has reasonably accurate meters for voltage and current, and can reliably deliver a couple of amps to the rails at up to about 14V, so it's a decent test supply for model trains. For my initial tests, I followed Bachmann's included instructions closely. I downloaded the app to my iPhone 6s, powered on the loco,…
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Choosing Your DelTang Throttle Kit

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While DelTang offer several throttle choices, I've found that the Tx21 and Tx22 throttles are by far the two most popular options, which is why I've only been carrying those two. The only difference between them is that the Tx21 is a "single loco" throttle, and the Tx22 offers "Selecta" control of 1 of 12 locos. However, just because the Tx21 doesn't have the Selecta feature, that doesn't mean that it can only control one locomotive, because it is possible to bind an unlimited number of locos to a single throttle -- the process of binding tells the receiver which throttle it can accept commands from. Any loco that has been bound to a Tx21 throttle will respond if it's turned on. So, if you're a lone wolf who only…
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