Convention Bound!

Convention Bound!

Shop News, Shows and Events
All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go. I'm standing here ... well, you know the song. You're welcome for the ear-worm. You can holler at me about it in Maine tomorrow, if you'd like. While, I won't have a table of my own, I am taking a few items of stock with me, and I'll be within a cellphone call of the Berrett Hill table in the dealer room. I should have enough product with me that I could sell up to four starter sets, two of which could be our new "Super Starters". These will be the versions with 180mAh batteries, and with no wires on the receivers. And, they'll be at special prices (for cash, exact change sales): $90 for the standard kit and $115 for…
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New SUPER Dead Rail Starter Set

Shop News
We happy to announce our new, SUPER Dead Rail Starter Set! The new set includes everything that comes with the very popular Dead Rail Starter Set, PLUS our new Turnigy E3 LiPo Charger. The Turnigy E3 Compact LiPo charger is a very simple to use charger for 2S and 3S battery packs. No need for additional power supplies, as this little unit has its own built in power supply. The E3 charger is capable of charging a single 2S or 3S LiPo pack automatically. Like the Turnigy P403 LiPo Charger, the E3 is designed to work with all Turnigy NanoTech LiPo 2S or 3S battery packs for fully automatic battery charging. Unlike the advance P403 LiPo Charger, it's not possible to alter the charging rate, nor can you charge two 7.4V…
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Laser Experimentation

Laser Experimentation

Miscellaneous, Shop News
In my last post, I briefly mentioned that I had ordered a lower-power laser engraver/cutter. While waiting for mine arrive, I've been experimenting with an even lower-powered model that belongs to Kevin over at Berrett Hill Trains. One of the ideas I had was to use the laser to "drill" the holes for the controls in the throttle kits. Using the laser for this requires moving the top controls to the front face. While cutting the first one, I thought I'd make this little video: https://youtu.be/ztT4AXtLu8g The software that's included with the laser is pretty basic, and has more than a few quirks. However, there's a pretty active community developing some excellent tools for controlling these low-powered machines. Unfortunately, Kevin's machine doesn't support these upgrades, so I've had to test…
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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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Kimberton 2016 Meet “Report”

Kimberton 2016 Meet “Report”

Locomotives and Rolling Stock, Shows and Events, Structures and Scenery
I've just returned home from this year's Mid-Atlantic Narrow Gauge Guild Module Meet (affectionately know as "Kimberton"), and thought some of you might want to know how the meet went. I enjoyed seeing many long-time friends, and shooting the breeze, both at the fairgrounds and on the porch at the French Creek Inn. Attendance was down a little over last year, which was disappointing, and most dealers reported slow sales. As usual, since I go into a show with no expectations, I consider that I did quite well -- I was able to go to the show and sell or barter off a number of items that I'll never use, come home with a few items of higher value that I will use, and also bring home the same amount…
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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

Dead Rail
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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All in Another Day’s Work

All in Another Day’s Work

Design and Construction
More work today! There's roadbed now all the way around to the Searsport yard throat, and track has been laid or filled in all the way up to that weird, tricky little corner. What's more, a train can run and stay on the track the whole way -- when it doesn't run into a tool... https://youtu.be/SVutF3vBH4M   Sorry about the wonderful hand-held iPhone video. But hey, it is HD! Here's another slideshow. I could've sworn I took more stills. Ah, well. Tomorrow... [gallery type="slideshow" ids="4071,4072,4073,4074"] Tomorrow sometime, we're going to go see the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie again, but I'll also try to get track in as far as I can. I should be able to finish the run all the way to Searsport. That's when things…
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