2 LargeScale trains run on 1 track, using only ONE reed switch, automatically controlled by an NCE DCC Mini-Panel. This operation is shown in this video on the Arizona Big Train Operators (ABTO) modules, set up at Falcon Field in Mesa AZ, March 2017.
THE LOGIC WHEN USING 1 REED SWITCH: The logic is to have the 1st train stopped in the “parking area” about 20 feet (or more) “downstream” of the single reed switch. The 2nd train is started “upstream” of the reed switch. When the 2nd moving train passes over the reed switch (and the magnet on the engine or front car momentarily closes the reed switch), the Mini-Panel (a) starts the 1st stopped train, (b) executes a 30-second (or more) delay command until the 2nd moving train reaches the “parking area”, then (c) sends a “Stop” command to stop the moving train. The process then repeats when the 1st train which is now out on the mainline passes over the reed switch.
ABOUT THE MINI-PANEL: The NCE “Mini-Panel” is a $49 off-the-shelf, approximately 3-1/2 inch-square component that plugs into the “control bus” (cab bus) of an NCE DCC system. It can be considered a simple “Programmable Controller for DCC Trains”.
Although this demonstration is shown in this video in LargeScale using LGB track, this same “Mini-Panel” and its “programming” could readily be used for N, HO, S, O gauge, largescale, or any other DCC trains that adhere to the NMRA standards for DCC.
B. ~~~~~~ CONTENTS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
Sect. 1 Intro 1: 0:00 min
Sect. 2 Intro 2 - The Modules: 1:22 min
Sect. 3 Intro 3 - Operations: 2:18
Sect. 4 Reed Switch Location: 2:59
Sect. 5 Logic: 3:26
Sect. 6 More Comments About Operation: 5:31
Sect. 7 Command Station: 6:54 min
Sect. 8 More Layout Comments: 7:45 min
Sect. 9 Small Backyard Layout: 9:19 min
. END: 13:06 min
C. ~~~~~~ RELATED LINKS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
* This Video #817 is viewable at vimeo.com/235247518 or youtu.be/G_YRZguv5gg
* Previous Video #815 showed this method in more DETAIL, controlling 2 HO trains on the same track w/1 reed switch: vimeo.com/187501147 or youtu.be/BsHgihvmJEA .
* The method was explained in GREATER DETAIL in previous Video #816 titled “Beginner Exercises NCE Mini-Panel”, Part 5, Demo #14: youtu.be/EvUOsjRFZiU?t=37m4s or vimeo.com/192941006#t=2224s .
* AutoControls.org "Video Index Page”: AutoControls.org
This iMovie video was recorded March 2017, edited Sept 2017 by JamesRobertIngram.com (aka AutoControls.org, aka Track2.com). This description was updated 9/26/2016.