train engineer help

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  • From: woodstock, Georgia
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Posted by JoeMascitti on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 9:28 PM
instead of going through all the trouble of wiring up the blocks and insulators...did you think about installing the receivers in the locos so you could operate them seperate from 1 controller?[8D]...It's not that difficult and think it will be easier to maintain and operate.....

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Posted by lechee on Monday, February 2, 2004 10:15 AM
Thank for your reply.
I think I see what you mean. Run my train on to the connecting track with receiver A ,stop, throw the DPDT switch and continue on with receiver B. I'm just using one power supply which has ample amperage for all my track needs. Since all the train control is done in the train engineers I thought this would be the best way to go.
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Posted by Marty Cozad on Sunday, February 1, 2004 11:16 PM
Mr lechee
I read this 3 times, I think what your asking is like what we did in the HO days of using two power packs for two lines then making sure they are both set on one direction and speed so the train can come over to the other loop???Is this right? I personaly would suggest using DPDT switches on each block (section of track) so you can switch them from cab A to cabB when going from loop to loop.
I wish I could post a wiring drawing for you.
Checking the speed would be the hard part w/o seeing the engine moving.
i have 5 TE and use them as onboard units running different trains on the same track. others put TE in each unit and have one power pack to the track then control how much power each unit takes from the track.
its hard to put this info into words.
Come on over and we'll chat about it.

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train engineer help
Posted by lechee on Sunday, February 1, 2004 8:41 PM
I want to use one receiver in my switch yard and the other on my main line. Is there anything special I have to do to the connecting track besides insulate them? I'm using the receivers in the liner mode. Can I use just one insulator and let the other track be common to both receivers or do I have to insulate both rails and receivers? Is there any problem going from one section to another? How do you adjust your speed in both sections to get a smooth crossing?

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