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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Shop Update for November 22, 2017

Shop News, Uncategorized
Just a quick update from The On30 Guy TM shop: All outstanding orders have been shipped! Folks who are waiting on shipments should have them by or before next Monday. There are a limited number of DelTang Throttles and Receivers IN STOCK! I have a number of Turnigy 180mAh battery packs IN STOCK! Yes, it appears that the 180mAh battery packs are back in production, at least for now. 260mAh and 300mAh battery packs with the connectors I sell are still not available. Significant progress is being made on the improved throttle for use with DelTang receivers that we've been working on for the past 18 months or so. The new throttle kits will be manufactured for The On30 Guy and The Dead Rail Guy by Berrett Hill Trains, maker of…
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New Life for Tam Valley’s DRS Line

Dead Rail
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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Some Assembly Required….

Some Assembly Required….

Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Almost two-and-a-half years ago, I started on a project to make some 28-foot, WW&F-inspired box cars. The idea was to create an easy-to-build "kit of parts" that would allow me to turn out a fair number of good-looking cars quickly. My first idea was to make the kits similar to the old Sandy River Car Shops kits, which consisted of a milled floor and roof, a couple of end blocks, skins, and a few details. Well, that's not what happened. Instead, after a good bit of discussion and work with Rich Brungard (Marsh Creek Miniatures), a master for a resin cast floor was designed. After a number of holds and waits, I finally got a test shot and my master. The test shot made its debut on the railroad a…
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Updates to Dead Rail Primer, Site Additions and Changes, News, and … PMS?

Miscellaneous, Shop News
Dead Rail Primer A lot has happened in the world of Dead Rail (or Power On Board, as some prefer to call it) in the last couple of years, and that means that it's time to update the Dead Rail Primer. I'm doing it a little at a time, but expect to have most of the changes I'm going to make done within the next 10 days or so. When it's done, it will be available for download through the store, free of charge. New To The Site Let's face it. The FAQ system is ugly, it takes a long time to update, and it's not very interactive. So, today I've rolled out an interesting looking discussion system. It combines the functionality of a traditional FAQ with that of a…
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Back From the Convention

Back From the Convention

Shows and Events
I'm back from the 36th National Narrow Gauge Convention up in Augusta, Maine, and I had a blast -- although I still managed to run out of time and not see everything -- for instance, I completely ran out of time to see the models in the contest room. But I did get to meet, after all these decades, Bob Hayden and Dave Frary (who inspired my interest in Maine narrow gauge when I was a kid) and Bob Brown, who publishes the best magazine for narrow gauge modelers, The Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. I also helped out Kevin at his tables, and helped showed off the DelTang dead rail gear. Other highlights of the convention were a visit to the WW&F Railway Museum -- my third visit, and Kevin's…
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