New Dead Rail Society Web Page

The Dead Rail Society has launched their new web site, and you can find it at The new DRS site is a wealth of information regarding dead rail systems, especially those from Tam Valley (DRS founder Duncan McRee is the owner of Tam Valley Depot). Most other systems are also represented.

Deltang R/C Equipment to be Available From The On30 Guy™

The details are still being hammered out, but in the near future you'll be able to order your Deltang transmitters and receivers through The On30 Guy, along with some common accessories such as switches, batteries and connectors. I'm also working with my friends at Berrett Hill to develop a few specialized accessories to ease installation and operation. … Continue reading Deltang R/C Equipment to be Available From The On30 Guy™

The Dead Rail Primer

As many of you have noticed, I've started work on a primer for those interested in switching to Dead Rail operation, with a concentration on the Deltang series of 2.4GHz DSM2 radio control modules. For folks who don't care about sound and want the simplest setup possible, I think this system represents the best value … Continue reading The Dead Rail Primer

C&S Forney #6 Is Now Dead Rail!

[embedplusvideo height="265" width="474" editlink="" standard="" vars="ytid=8-K7i5cRYJ4&width=474&height=265&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=" id="ep4653" /] Today, I converted C&S Forney #6 to dead rail operation using a Deltang Rx60-1 receiver. I completely removed the Bachmann electronics to make room for a two-cell LiPo pack and other required electronics. The receiver itself is about 10mm X 15mm X 2mm, but the batteries, charge … Continue reading C&S Forney #6 Is Now Dead Rail!

Battery Power It Is

Back in June of last year, I commented that I was considering getting rid of DCC and sound in my locos, and going with battery-powered radio-control. Yesterday, I was again at Steve Fisher's layout for an operating session. Many of Steve's locos have now been converted to battery power, and operations were vastly improved over … Continue reading Battery Power It Is