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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But Wait, There’s More (February, 2018 edition)

But Wait, There’s More (February, 2018 edition)

Shop News
They say it never rains, it pours, and that's certainly the case here at The On30 Guy! As I mentioned a few days back, I've joined forces with Kevin at Berrett Hill Trains and John at The Peterboro Railroad to take over the Light Iron Turnout Company, and over this past weekend, we picked up the majority of the hardware and materials to start ramping up that operation. At the same time, work is progressing very rapidly on the new throttle. And while all that was going on, we visited the big Amherst Railway Society Model Train Show in Springfield, and the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium. Yes, it's been a busy time around here! But wait, there's more! Over this past weekend, I finally got serious about…
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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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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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New Dead Rail Society Web Page

Dead Rail
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.
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Just Playin’ With Trains…

Community, Operations
I've gotten into a little round-robin group with some fellow narrow-gaugers -- Chris McChesney, Gary White, my old friend Matt Matthews, and myself. Of the four of us, three are Maine modelers. We get together on Tuesday nights for dinner, and then work on each others' layouts, shoot the breeze, or just plain play trains. Last night, we were at Matt's house, and the evening was spent talking about future plans, and a little impromptu operating session on a nifty little switching layout Matt had built for his son. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="331"] Matt's N-scale "Keeney Creek Lookout" module/switching layout under construction. Photo: Matt Matthews.[/caption] The layout is similar to the classic Inglenook Sidings arrangement that's a whole 1 foot by 4 feet in N-scale. (Yes, last night was old farts switching in…
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