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    • 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 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

    • August 2, 2020 5:32 PM EDT
    • What was this thread about again?

    • August 2, 2020 4:57 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:
      Bruce Chandler said:
      Don Sweet said:

      Jon, years ago you posted to me and prefaced it you are getting crotchety in your old age. But we still love ya!

      What's Jon's excuse for being crotchety  earlier?   It's not like he's old now

      Earlier - not sure. Sometimes I'm just crabby by nature!  Lately it's COVID Cabin Fever!  Werkin' on fixing that - bringing the camper on-line for a few quick trips.

      Just remember you are among friends!   After all, there is THIS:

      A favorite of mine!

       

    • August 2, 2020 4:27 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:
      Don Sweet said:

      Jon, years ago you posted to me and prefaced it you are getting crotchety in your old age. But we still love ya!

       

      What's Jon's excuse for being crotchety  earlier?   It's not like he's old now

       

      Earlier - not sure. Sometimes I'm just crabby by nature!  Lately it's COVID Cabin Fever!  Werkin' on fixing that - bringing the camper on-line for a few quick trips.

    • August 2, 2020 3:33 PM EDT
    • Don Sweet said:

      Jon, years ago you posted to me and prefaced it you are getting crotchety in your old age. But we still love ya!

       

      Three years ago I had to read the RailPro assistant manual to get started. It is very well written with step by step instructions and call outs for Tips. As of today I have installed over 600 engines with RailPro. I can offer you short cuts to enjoy using the entire system.

      As an installer there could be always an easier way to do things. But it becomes routine.

      The coolest RailPro Product is the Simulator. For $32 you can do anything the hand controller does on your PC. That is how I load sounds, photos, updates and set up engines. Then I load all the setting in the hand controller by pressing the find button. It takes about 1 minute. 

       

      Jon once you are comfortable with the software you can change the sounds based on what you desire. Not a programmed selection. I had a customer show me how to create a Trolley sound effect and load them into the RailPro. We are here to help each other.

      Don

      What's Jon's excuse for being crotchety  earlier?   It's not like he's old now

    • August 2, 2020 3:19 PM EDT
    • Jon, years ago you posted to me and prefaced it you are getting crotchety in your old age. But we still love ya!

       

      Three years ago I had to read the RailPro assistant manual to get started. It is very well written with step by step instructions and call outs for Tips. As of today I have installed over 600 engines with RailPro. I can offer you short cuts to enjoy using the entire system.

      As an installer there could be always an easier way to do things. But it becomes routine.

      The coolest RailPro Product is the Simulator. For $32 you can do anything the hand controller does on your PC. That is how I load sounds, photos, updates and set up engines. Then I load all the setting in the hand controller by pressing the find button. It takes about 1 minute. 

       

      Jon once you are comfortable with the software you can change the sounds based on what you desire. Not a programmed selection. I had a customer show me how to create a Trolley sound effect and load them into the RailPro. We are here to help each other.

      Don

    • August 2, 2020 3:05 PM EDT
    • Michael -  I was looking for the owner's manuals. After a fair bit of searching, I did find them.  They still didn't have the answer that Don gave above. There are absolutely no specs as to the load capabilities or voltage of the triggers. I can only guess from the diagram that they are ground sinks. Does not say if bulbs are supported and or what current the triggers can handle.  I know how to calculate the proper resistor for an LED. It requires knowing the specs of the LED.  I don't know of a loco manufacturer that will give you the technical specs, or manufacturer's part number, of an LED built into thier product.

       

      I just find it odd that a system that retails for several hundred dollars higher than, say Revo, is not better documented, nor has a website that isn't partially broken (sound samples missing).

       

      And Don - Thanks for chiming in.  I'm still not ruling it out, but I'm not sold yet   I'm in no hurry to change. I still have enough hardware to do one more loco using my current system. Problem is that I have 4 or more locos that I would like to bring on-line some day!

       

    • August 2, 2020 2:10 PM EDT
    • Thanks, Don.

       

      Jon, I have no problem whatsoever navigating the Ring Engineering site. Piece o' cake. What do you need to know? There's a handheld controller and a locomotive module (Direct Radio RF transceiver with sound). If you want track power there's a power supply or you install a 14.4V or 18V battery pack for battery power. A few other small accessories, but essentially all you need is the controller and loco module and you're up and running! I also downloaded a few sound files (EMD 567-16 ULT, Leslie RS5T-ULT, and Nathan P5 ULT) with no problems at all. I use Windows 10 and Google Chrome. One guy on the Railpro message board uses Firefox and has had no problems downloading sound files. 

       

      I was on the Railpro message/info board for quite a while last night gathering information. Not a lot of Large Scalers, but I think the concept is the same for all scales. Check out the Youtube instruction videos by 'Kpack'. You had a question about LED's. Search here and you should find an answer amongst the experts:

       

      https://rpug.pdc.ca/index.php?PHPSESSID=n71a3a71aijtauvhvj0ql6o3v2&