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    • August 14, 2020 8:05 AM EDT
    • The 10 volt source is tied to the internel computer and a current surge can cause a problem.  You could try using the LM7809 tied to V+ for a voltage source for the smoke heater element.  I use the engine weight for a heat sink.

    • August 13, 2020 11:32 AM EDT
    • The smoke is programmed to the above parameters that you suggested.  They work fine. I can definitely see a difference in smoke volume, especially at idle vs acceleration.  It is more difficult to tell when the engine is going full speed as the wind is blowing it.  But it looks good.  I believe the values set are 75. 100 and 130 respectively.  

      I can see that possibly the smoke is causing a too high current draw with the 10v, though my other engines have no issues.  But I cant believe that one light bulb would cause such a fuss.  

       

    • August 13, 2020 7:40 AM EDT
    • This may not be part of the problem, however it could change your issue.

      How did you program the smoke unit?

      I tell the function key to ignore voltage dropping on smoke and then control the heater with cv 137-139.  Also if using function 6 for smoke, I set cv114 to 128 to ignore voltage dropping on F6 plus i set CV 132 to 72 for steam smoke.  Now you get 3 different heats for the smoke unit.  Do remember to start with low values for cv 137-139 as no values would give 10 volts (read max volts from the wired power source).

      CV137 is idle smoke, no fan if using a fan driven unit

      CV138 is cruising smoke

      CV139 is heavy load accelerating smoke

       

    • August 11, 2020 8:51 PM EDT
    • OK, I got her back together and ran it.  Figured out that the problem only exists if I have the headlight/taillight and/or the smoke generator on.  If the lights and smoke are off, it stops as it is supposed to.  I know I have the wires wired correctly as they work in the correct direction with the lamp button on and the smoke works with F6 on.   So what would cause this?  The lamps are tied to the 10v using the CVs to drop the voltage.  

      thanks,
      Dan

    • August 10, 2020 10:17 AM EDT
    • two Zimo 696s in the Forney and older Mogul.  699lv in the Mikado.  

      Its almost as if there is an intermittent short in this engine. The engine slows down when it enters the block, then sometimes it seems as if it is getting a full track power signal for a second, overriding the ABC.  Other times, it slows down but does not stop.  Rarely it comes to a complete stop as it is supposed to. 

      I would suspect the diode array but the other 3 engines NEVER have an issue.  Plus, it does this on both blocks which each have their own diode array.  

      I will take it apart one last time and triple check my wiring and add yet another layer of liquid tape to all the connections.  If that doesn't work, I will send the board back to be tested and reprogrammed.  

      it is supposed to rain all week so maybe I will be able to get to it. 

    • August 10, 2020 8:04 AM EDT
    • What type decoders are in the working engines?

       

       

    • August 9, 2020 9:07 PM EDT
    • I finally got around to removing the supercaps and running the train.  The ABC seems to be working fine now.  My other 3 engines are using the same supercaps with no issue.  Could I be using the wrong ground wire?

      Spoke too soon.  Its still doing it.  I guess I will have to take it apart again and cross fingers. 

    • August 13, 2020 7:28 AM EDT
    • Free free to contact me about how you want to customize the decoder, I have been doing Zimo decoders for over 10 years for Trainli.

       

    • August 13, 2020 7:28 AM EDT
    • I use the Zimo MX645 on my LGB rail truck, and I pull several cars.  Wire version is $85 (1.2 amps) and P22 version is $100 (1.8 amps).

      I added a Kadee coupler and 'chained' it to a servo and can do remote uncoupling.

      Remote volume control is also on these decoders.

      Specs are 3 watt audio, can operate 2 servos, can witstand 2.5 amp surge, more than 40 volt surge. 

      This is an HO decoder but has specs that exceed G scale standards.  (NMRA is 22 volts DCC and 27 volts DC, Zimo spec is 30 volts)

      There is a free software download for the sound (Oliver zoffi), and there is a 'lode Code' at $25 for the decoder to load the different galloping goose sounds from H. Dappen.

      I used the free sound and it runs through the gears  and has a motor startup sound and 'floating' valve sound.

      I even use the P22 version on the LGB stainz locos.

      My only issue is there is only 1 input sensor on this decoder, but I find the motor speed via Bemf works great.  THe newer but not yet available MS decoder should have 2 inputs.

       

    • August 11, 2020 10:24 PM EDT
    • I have a Bachmann Spectrum 1:20.3 Rail truck and i want to know what decoder others are using.  i would  like one that can power it as well as provide sound.  I am using the CVP products Easy DCC 10 amp system.  Since the rail truck will not be pulling anything but its self on level track, ( No Grades on layout) can i use a HO scale decoder?  

       

      Dan Stuettgen

      Colorado & Rio Grande Southern

      http://www.danstrains.net

    • August 6, 2020 2:57 PM EDT
    • The download speed takes about 30 minutes on the on new ULT engine files. The bell, whistles & photos anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes for the ULT files.

      To make this easier get the USB Simulator for $32. No need to use the hand controller. Just your PC. You can do all the programming then operate the engine.

       

      I use a Husky 25' Tape holder as an holster for the RailPro controller. $8 at Home Depot.

       

    • August 6, 2020 2:31 PM EDT
    • So you like the Railpro, Ken? Any down-sides at all?

       

      I understand that the Railpro Assistant download transfer speed is very slow depending on the file, otherwise the interface works fine.

       

      I will be considering battery power, but I understand that the PWR-56 Power Supply (with radio) used to run track power isn't hefty enough to run more than two G-scale engines at one time.

       

      Meanwhile, here's a Railpro throttle holder for those who don't want to carry it around:

      https://www.ebay.com/itm/RailPro-Throttle-Holder-By-Wrought-iron-Express-/274129264384

    • August 6, 2020 9:32 AM EDT
    • Another fun day of running trains on the Rio Grande Southern RR.

       

      Thanks, Ken.

    • August 5, 2020 7:24 PM EDT
    • From the Ring Engineering website (of course they're not going to state any negatives):

       

      Is the Handheld Controller comfortable to hold?

       

      "YES. The handheld controller has a rounded back and corners to feel comfortable in your hand. Since the handheld controller only weighs about 4 ounces more than the typical cell phone, it is heavy enough that you know it is built well, yet light enough and easy to hold for all day fun."

       

      To be fair, the controller has to accommodate a radio, an easy-to-view color graphics touchscreen, a large control knob, rechargeable batteries, and USB port There are up to 10+ pages to navigate through, and I'm sure the intention was to have the graphics (locomotives/settings/buttons) easy enough to view on the display at a +/- arms length distance.

       

      But I think if one has arthritis or other affliction that affects holding the controller for a long period of time, then all bets may be off with this one..... 

    • August 5, 2020 5:27 PM EDT
    • Michael Kirrene said:
      Richard said:

      Jon no one else has said anything about size of the railpro I have one and found it hard to load but the size of the hand held got to me it just to big for me to hold for to long.

      Richard

      So 6.1 long x 3.4 wide x 1.5 inches thick is too big for you?  I know it's a little bigger than a Revo or Airwire transmitter, but you must have small hands. Using a laptop or iPad as an alternate would probably be out of the question                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't have gorilla hands but I do have arthritis in my lt. that size is the size of a 2x4 and I don't like walking around with a 2x4

      Richard

    • August 5, 2020 3:35 PM EDT
    • I've recently got a lanyard for one of my controllers and I really like it.   Do you think something like that might help?

    • August 5, 2020 3:23 PM EDT
    • Richard said:

      Jon no one else has said anything about size of the railpro I have one and found it hard to load but the size of the hand held got to me it just to big for me to hold for to long.

      Richard

      So 6.1 long x 3.4 wide x 1.5 inches thick is too big for you?  I know it's a little bigger than a Revo or Airwire transmitter, but you must have small hands. Using a laptop or iPad as an alternate would probably be out of the question for you. 

    • August 5, 2020 2:31 PM EDT
    • Jon no one else has said anything about size of the railpro I have one and found it hard to load but the size of the hand held got to me it just to big for me to hold for to long.

      Richard