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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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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Choosing Your DelTang Throttle Kit

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

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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. Keep your eyes on the site for more details as they develop.   
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The Dead Rail Primer

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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 currently available. While Dead Rail is far from being "plug-and-play," there are some interesting things on the way that will go a long way to easing the transition. As I get more locomotives converted, I'll show the steps involved in each one that I have. In the mean time, enjoy the information that's in the primer already, and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to use the Dead Rail FAQ section to ask them.
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Battery Power It Is

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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 previous sessions. While there are several reasons for the improvement, the battery power is a significant contributor to the improved operational reliability. On this visit to Steve's, I was running trains instead of dispatching. Steve Sherrill, who was the yard master and who is also a major proponent of battery operations, made sure that all of the trains I ran were battery powered. It was  so much fun! Here are some of the pluses to going…
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Radio Control v. DCC/Sound for the Corrina & Searsport

DCC, Dead Rail, Locomotives and Rolling Stock
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. [caption id="attachment_2294" align="alignright" width="180"] Deltang Tx21 Transmitter[/caption] I'm contemplating this after seeing first-hand the performance of the radio throttles and receivers from Deltang at an operating session on Steve Fisher's layout this past weekend. A few locos had been stripped of most of the electronics supplied by the manufacturer to make room for the receiver and batteries. With the exception of one transmitter battery going dead, they ran all day! No stopping for shorts or mystery DCC problems (which did occur). [caption id="attachment_2293"…
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