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 … Continue reading Bachmann EZ-App / BlueRail Trains RS-3 First Impressions
The Dead Rail Society has launched their new web site, and you can find it at http://www.deadrailsociety.com/ 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.
I spent a good chunk of the day at an ops session on Stephen Fisher's Deep Run Railroad. I took #6 down with me to give it a thorough workout, and was extremely pleased with the results. The loco was in powered up for nearly five hours, and was in motion for much of that … Continue reading C&S #6’s Visit to the Deep Run Railroad
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™
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
[embedplusvideo height="265" width="474" editlink="http://bit.ly/MhbNY8" standard="http://www.youtube.com/v/8-K7i5cRYJ4?fs=1" 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!
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
This is going to come a a shock, and I almost can't believe that I'm actually contemplating this: the removal of most, if not all, of the electrical wiring from my layout, and switching to battery-operated radio control. I'd probably also lose the servo-controlled turnouts in favor of hand-throws. I'm contemplating this after seeing first-hand … Continue reading Radio Control v. DCC/Sound for the Corrina & Searsport