1. This O-gauge, 3-train, 3-rail system built by Talley Ober uses the "insulated rail" method to automatically control 3 "Thomas the Tank Engine" locos running on the SAME loop of track -- using NO relays nor electronics. It just uses 2 simple "insulated rail" type "Control Blocks", which control 2 "Stop Blocks".

    A. ~~~~~~ CONTENTS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|

    * NOTE: You should be able to “JUMP” to ANY SECTION of the video, by clicking the below minute:sec numbers.

    * Pt 1: Introduction: 1:11 min
    * Pt 2: Layout Overview: 3:21 min
    * Pt 3: View Operation-SLOW Motion: 7:30 min
    * Pt 4: View Operation-Normal Spd: 11:20 min
    * Pt 5: View Operation-Other Side: 14:15 min
    * Pt 6: Viewing Drawings on the Web: 16:24 min
    * Pt 7: Discuss Layout & Sequence Drawings: 18:06 min
    (need to change image to match)
    * Pt 8: Discuss Joe Rampolla Wiring Drawing: 23:27 min
    * Pt 9: Discuss Joe Rampolla Control Block Drawing: 26:35 min
    * Pt 10: Discuss Joe Rampolla Stop Block Drawing: 28:21 min
    * Pt 11: Excerpts from 4 Related Videos: 30:05 min
    * Pt 11A: Excerpt 1 from Joseph Rampolla's video "Insulated Rail Control of Lionel Handcars": 30:09 min
    * Pt 11B: Excerpt 2 from Rob Mueller's insulated rail control demo of 2 trains: 31:15 min
    * Pt 11C: Excerpt 3 from “Automated Start Stop Block Control” by Steve Eastman: 35:07 min
    * Pt 11D: Excerpt 4 from “Auto Stop Trolly Layout” by Steve Eastman: 35:45 min
    * Pt 12: Insulated Rail Auto. Passing Siding (On Other Side of Talley's Layout): 36:33 min
    End: 38:08 min

    B. ~~~~~~ RELATED VIDEOS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|

    *1. There is a short PART 2, 37-second-long video clip that shows a point-to-point single track, with reverse loops on each end. Using insulated rail sections in the reverse loop at each end, they run 3 locos on the track: vimeo.com/285437286
    *2. Joseph Rampolla's video "Insulated Rail Control of Lionel Handcars" (2:26 min); this video has the above 3 images: youtu.be/Cx2x2kJ22IY
    *3. Rob Mueller's insulated rail control demo of 2 trains, in “Pine Summit 1/3: O Ga. High-Action w/Animations Home Layout” starts at 4:35. **NOTE**: You will have to manually "drag" the slider to the 4:35 point (time part of link does not work): youtu.be/B8BWaO3Y9gA?t=4m35s
    *4. “Automated Start Stop Block Control” (1:23 min) by Steve Eastman. This shows 2 trolleys, being controlled by the insulated-rail method: youtu.be/H9q4kx3vjuk
    *5. “Auto Stop Trolly Layout” (0:34 min) by Steve Eastman. This shows 3 trolleys being controlled. (Note there’s a red, white, & yellow trolley on that loop): youtu.be/N221UffUbAc
    * Please note that MORE videos and articles are at the BOTTOM of the web page at autocontrols.wordpress.com/insulated-rail-3-train-3-rail-o-ga-automatic-control-system

    C. ~~~~ WEB PAGE LINKS:

    * This video #667 (Part 1) is on both Youtube and Vimeo: youtu.be/1v_yhwUtwco and vimeo.com/283900932 . Note that you can DOWNLOAD the video from the Vimeo site.
    * Drawings seen in video are here: autocontrols.wordpress.com/insulated-rail-3-train-3-rail-o-ga-automatic-control-system
    * Talley Ober's model railroad home page: EagleLineRailroad.com
    * Home page for automatic controls info: autocontrols.org
    * There is an O Gauge RR Forum thread for this video at: ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/youtube-video-talley-ober-s-insulated-rail-3-train-3-rail-o-gauge-automatic-control-system-uses-no-relays-nor-electronics

    D. ~~~~ BACKGROUND MUSIC TRACKS:

    * Morning Walk by JinglePunks from Youtube Audio Library
    * Happiness by "Royalty Free Music from Bensound.com"

    ~~~~~~~
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  2. * This Part 1 (recommended method) shows a Z-Stuff DZ-1012v Infrared Block Signal Detector and Z-Stuff DZ-1008 Relay automatically controlling two 3-rail O-gauge trains on the same track -- using the "delay from the front" method.
    * This is probably one of the SIMPLEST methods you can use to control two non-DCC trains running on the same track, and it works for both 2-rail and 3-rail trains.

    * Part 3/3 (better alternate method DZ-1012 "release from rear") is at youtu.be/CiwxULos5IM or vimeo.com/342719732 .
    * Part 2/3 (alternate method DZ-1011) is at youtu.be/LMSptSSnkcw or vimeo.com/300124648 .
    * Part 1 (that you are now watching): youtu.be/LMnjJLROMQc or vimeo.com/300117722 .

    A. ~~~~~~ CONTENTS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * NOTE: You should be able to SKIP to ANY SECTION of this video, by clicking the below minute:sec numbers.

    Fast-forwarded Overview: 0:08 min
    A Introduction: 5:44 min
    B Demo 1, Run Using 10 Sec. Delay: 9:24 min
    C Demo 2, Run Using 23 Sec. Delay: 16:00 min
    D Demo 3, Run Using 2-8-0 Loco: 21:31 min
    E Demo 4: Monitoring Track Voltage: 23:55 min
    F Review Track Block & Detector Assy.: 26:10 min
    G Demo 5: Detector Operation: 28:16 min
    H Demo 6: Adjusting Time Delay: 31:49 min
    I Demo 7: Pushbutton Capability (not used): 34:25 min
    J Demo 8: Lighted Pass. Cars Pushes Loco In Block: 36:45 min
    K Discuss Adding Rheostat: 39:12 min
    L Demo 9: Operation w/Rheostat: 40:46 min
    M First Hookup-DZ-1011 & DZ-1012v: 44:31 min
    N Demo 10: Verify Resistance Across Output Terminals: 46:16 min
    O Demo 11: One-Train Operation: 48:27 min
    P Demo 12: One-Train, Station Stop: 49:47 min
    Q Wiring Diagrams on the Web: 53:23 min
    R Wiring Diagram 1-Connecting Signal to Relay: 54:41 min
    S Wiring Diagram 2-Connecting DZ-1012 to Track: 56:45 min
    T Adding the Rheostat: 1:03:10
    The END: 1:05:41

    B. ~~~~~~ LINKS TO DRAWINGS & OTHER INFO: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * DRAWINGS: autocontrols.wordpress.com/z-stuff-dz-1012v-block-detector-automatically-controls-two-o-gauge-trains .
    * The O Ga. RR Forum discussion:  ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/video-z-stuff-dz-1012-block-detector-controls-two-o-gauge-trains-on-1-mainline .
    * Home page for automatic controls info: AutoControls.org
    * Z-Stuff website: z-stuff.net/dz1012.html

    |===========================================================
    | . . . . . . . SYNOPSIS OF THE 3 VIDEOS:
    |===========================================================

    C. ~~~~~~ PART 1 "DELAY FROM FRONT" (BEST METHOD) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * PART 1 demonstrates using a Z-Stuff DZ-1012v Infrared Block Signal Detector, positioned at the "downstream" END of an isolated "Stop Block" in the center-rail.
    * The "normally-closed" contacts of the relay are connected to the "Stop Block".
    * HOW IT WORKS: The Detector's time delay is used to cut off the power to the "Stop Block" just after a train passes through it -- which will STOP AND DELAY a train that is following too closely.
    * WHY IT'S PREFERRED: (1) The relay is wired "normally-closed", so the detector's green light indicates "Go" (relay closed), and the detector's red light indicates "Stop" (relay open). (2) It operates fine with just 1 train on the track. On a big loop with loco that run similar speeds, you may be able to run MORE than 2 trains.

    D. ~~~~~~ PART 3 "RELEASE FROM REAR" (BEST ALTERNATE METHOD) ~~~~~~~~~

    * PART 3 demonstrates using a Z-Stuff DZ-1012v Infrared Block Signal Detector, positioned UPSTREAM of an isolated "Stop Block".
    * The "normally-open" contacts of the relay are connected to the "Stop Block".
    * HOW IT WORKS: The "front" train gets "trapped" in the "dead" Stop Block, and has to wait until a train following from the rear activates the Detector and closes the relay, and changes the block to "powered".

    * In some cases, this "Release From The Rear" method as demonstrated in Parts 2 & 3 may work better -- for example, if the track loop is really LONG, or you want the stopped train to remain stationary until the moving train completes MOST of the loop.
    * DISADVANTAGES: (1) To run just 1 train, you have to "jumper" across the stop block. (2) The detector light's colors are "counter-intuitive"; "red" means "block powered", "green" means "block dead".

    E. ~~~~~~ PART 2 "RELEASE FROM REAR" USING DZ-1011 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * Part 2 is the same as Part 3, except we're using the DZ-1011 (fixed 1-second time delay) instead of the DZ-1012 (adjustable time delay, 2-55 seconds).

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    F. BACKGROUND MUSIC:
    * 1st Track: Simple Minds - "Don't you forget about me" (instrumental version) — uploaded by Youtube user 'Ranker001': youtu.be/Efbrhiqnqf4 .
    * 2nd Track: Unknown title.
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  3. * This Part 2 shows a Z-Stuff DZ-1011 Infrared Block Signal Detector and Relay automatically controlling two 3-rail O-gauge trains on the same track -- using the "release from the rear" method. For more info, see COMMENTS below in Section E.

    * Part 1 (recommended method, "delay from the front"): youtu.be/LMnjJLROMQc or vimeo.com/300117722 .
    * Part 3/3 ("release from rear", better alternate method using DZ-1012): youtu.be/CiwxULos5IM or vimeo.com/342719732 .
    * Part 2/3 (that you are now watching) ("release from rear", alternate method using older DZ-1011): youtu.be/LMSptSSnkcw or vimeo.com/300124648 .

    A. ~~~~~~ CONTENTS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * NOTE: You can SKIP to ANY SECTION, by clicking the below minute:sec numbers.

    Introduction: 0:08 min
    U Demo 13, "Release From The Rear": 2:36 min
    V Demo 14, Move Detector Further "Upstream": 6:04
    W Demo 15, DZ-1011 Detector Operation: 8:14 min
    X Drawing: Connecting DZ-1011 to Track: 10:35 min

    PART 2B - EXCERPTS FROM RELATED VIDEOS: 16:03 min

    * aco667: Talley Ober's O-Gauge Insulated Rail Control of 3-Trains: 16:47 min
    * aco9202-5D: 1992 Demo, APS Electric Eye Controls 4 LGB Trains: 18:18 min
    * aco9202-5H: John Aaron's 1991 APS Eye Controls 2 O Gauge Trains: 19:46
    * Joseph Rampolla's web page, Using Reed Switches in 3-Rail Track: 20:56
    * aco9202-4D: 1992, Reed Switch Auto. Block Controls 4 LGB Trains: 22:15
    * aco9202-6: 1992 Demo, Simulate an Auto. Block, w/Knife Switch: 24:10
    . 1992 Demo, Simulate an Auto. Block, w/just your hand: 26:06

    * aco664-4/4: RR Concepts 'StationMaster' Auto. Control 2 S. Ga. Trains: 29:03
    * aco819-1/2: NCE DCC Mini-Panel Controls 3 Trains, NO Blocks Needed: 31:11
    * Toy Train Revue Web Page for Hooking Up O Gauge Automatic Blocks: 33:23
    The END: 34:57

    C. ~~~~~~ LINKS FOR "RELATED VIDEOS", SHOWN IN THE LAST 19 MINUTES: ~~~~

    * aco667: Talley Ober's O-Gauge Insulated Rail Control of 3-Trains: youtu.be/1v_yhwUtwco or vimeo.com/283900932 .
    * aco9202-5D: 1992 Demo, APS Electric Eye Controls 4 LGB Trains: youtu.be/bvPwAuzoQaY
    * aco9202-5H: John Aaron's 1991 APS Eye Controls 2 O Gauge Trains: youtu.be/Sjg-4yYegHo

    * Joseph Rampolla's web page, Using Reed Switches in 3-Rail Track: josephrampolla.com/45cross.html , video at youtu.be/fFRZaD8-iLo
    * aco9202-4D: 1992, Reed Switch Auto. Block Controls 4 LGB Trains: youtu.be/Q4PNUsiiqRI
    * aco9202-6: 1992 Demo, Simulate an Auto. Block, w/Knife Switch: youtu.be/awRl7yvZQQg

    * aco664-4/4: RR Concepts 'StationMaster' Auto. Control 2 S. Ga. Trains: youtu.be/o7kC1z1TwFI

    * aco819-1/2: NCE DCC Mini-Panel Controls 3 Trains, NO Blocks Needed: youtu.be/qKgHVn5kCo4

    * (Shown in last 60 seconds) The Toy Train Revue DVD that contains the excerpt shown is described at tmbv.com/How-to-Build-an-O-Gauge-Layoutbr-Beginner-Advanced/productinfo/HOW2 . (As of Nov. 2018, you can also view it on Amazon Prime on your television.)
    * The Toy Train Revue Web Page has diagrams for Hooking Up O Gauge Automatic Blocks: toytrainrevue.com/block-relay.htm .

    D. ~~~~~~ LINKS TO DRAWINGS & OTHER INFO: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * DRAWINGS: autocontrols.wordpress.com/z-stuff-dz-1012v-block-detector-automatically-controls-two-o-gauge-trains .
    * The O Ga. RR Forum discussion:  ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/video-z-stuff-dz-1012-block-detector-controls-two-o-gauge-trains-on-1-mainline .
    * Home page for automatic controls info: AutoControls.org
    * Z-Stuff website: z-stuff.net/dz1012.html

    E. ~~~~~~ COMMENTS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * The DZ-1011 Detector was used for this Part 2 demo. The newer DZ-1012v Detector as demonstrated in Part 3 is RECOMMENDED.

    * This PART 2 demonstrates using a Z-Stuff DZ-1011 Infrared Block Signal Detector, positioned UPSTREAM of an isolated "Stop Block".
    * The "normally-open" contacts of the relay are connected to the "Stop Block".
    * HOW IT WORKS: The "front" train gets "trapped" in the "dead" Stop Block, and has to wait until a train following from the rear activates the Detector and closes the relay, and changes the block to "powered".

    * In some cases, this "Release From The Rear" method as demonstrated in Parts 2 & 3 may work BETTER than Part 1 -- for example:
    (a) if the track loop is really LONG (and the DZ-1012's maximum adjustable time delay of 60 seconds is not enough to keep the two trains separated) or
    (b) you want the stopped train to remain stationary until the moving train completes MOST of the loop.

    * DISADVANTAGES: (1) To run just 1 train, you have to "jumper" across the stop block. (2) The detector light's colors are "counter-intuitive"; "red" means "block powered", "green" means "block dead".

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  4. * This Part 3 shows a Z-Stuff DZ-1012v Infrared Block Signal Detector and Z-Stuff DZ-1008 Relay automatically controlling two 3-rail O-gauge trains on the same track -- using the "release from the rear" method. (Part 1 showed the same DZ-1012v Detector controlling two trains, using the preferred "delay from the front" method.)

    * Part 1 (recommended method, "delay from the front") is on Youtube and Vimeo here: youtu.be/LMnjJLROMQc or vimeo.com/300117722 .
    * Part 3 ("release from rear", better alternate method, that you are now watching): youtu.be/CiwxULos5IM or vimeo.com/342719732 .
    * Part 2 ("release from rear", alternate method using older DZ-1011) is on Youtube and Vimeo here: youtu.be/LMSptSSnkcw or vimeo.com/300124648 .

    A. ~~~~~~ CONTENTS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * NOTE: You should be able to SKIP to ANY SECTION of the video, by clicking the below minute:sec numbers.

    - Introduction: 0:18 min
    Y Demo 16, Release From Rear Using DZ-1012: 0:41 min
    Z1 Demo 17, Release From Rear Using SHORT Train: 2:55
    Z2 Demo 18, Increase DZ-1012's Time Delay: 4:20 min
    Z3 Drawing: Chg Relay from NC to NO: 6:21 min
    Z4 Discuss LOGIC, this Layout: 9:25 min
    Z5 Discuss Logic, LARGER Layout: 11:38 min
    Z6 LIMITS of Detector Location: 13:28 min
    The END: 15:21

    B. ~~~~~~ LINKS TO DRAWINGS & OTHER INFO: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    * DRAWINGS: autocontrols.wordpress.com/z-stuff-dz-1012v-block-detector-automatically-controls-two-o-gauge-trains .
    * The O Ga. RR Forum discussion:  ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/video-z-stuff-dz-1012-block-detector-controls-two-o-gauge-trains-on-1-mainline .
    * Home page for automatic controls info: AutoControls.org
    * Z-Stuff website: z-stuff.net/dz1012.html
    * RELATED Video: The earlier Video #667 "Talley Ober's O-Gauge Insulated-Rail Automatic Control of 3-trains, No Relays No Electronics" shows a layout controlling 3 trains using the INSULATED RAIL method: youtu.be/1v_yhwUtwco or vimeo.com/283900932 .

    C. ~~~~~~ COMMENTS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|

    * This PART 3 demonstrates using a Z-Stuff DZ-1012v Infrared Block Signal Detector, positioned UPSTREAM of an isolated "Stop Block".
    * The "normally-open" contacts of the relay are connected to the "Stop Block".
    * HOW IT WORKS: The "front" train gets "trapped" in the "dead" Stop Block, and has to wait until a train following from the rear activates the Detector and closes the relay, and changes the block to "powered".

    * In some cases, this "Release From The Rear" method as demonstrated in Parts 2 & 3 may work BETTER than Part 1 -- for example:
    (a) if the track loop is really LONG (and the DZ-1012's maximum adjustable time delay of 60 seconds is not enough to keep the two trains separated) or
    (b) you want the stopped train to remain stationary until the moving train completes MOST of the loop.

    * DISADVANTAGES: (1) To run just 1 train, you have to "jumper" across the stop block. (2) The detector light's colors are "counter-intuitive"; "red" means "block powered", "green" means "block dead".

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  5. If you want to skip the Introduction, and go directly to the 1st demonstration, start at Part 3 at 11:53 min; or skip to the really interesting Part 16 'Multi-Tasking' at 54:27 min.)

    A. CONTENTS:

    1 Introduction: 0:29 min
    2 Meet The Inventors: 1:01 min
    3 Switch Machines: 11:53 min
    4 Install Eye in Track: 16:45 min
    5 Operating Accessories: 21:29 min
    6 Adding Signals: 24:54 min
    7 Station Stop (O ga): 26:47 min
    8 Add Auto. Gateman: 29:16 min
    9 Double Station Stop: 30:56 min
    10 Add Accessories: 35:35 min
    11 Bell & Whistle: 37:48 min
    12 Operating Reverse: 40:38 min
    13 N Scale Demo: 41:10 min
    14 X Cross Track (G): 42:51 min
    15 Super Signal One: 46:13 min
    16 Multi-tasking (O ga): 54:27 min
    17 Waterproof Signal: 56:08 min
    18 Contactors (Marx): 58:06 min
    19 Station Stop Outdoors: 1:07:06 hr
    20 Block Signals (G): 1:10:00 hr
    21 2 Trains, 1 Track: 1:12:38 hr
    22 Reverse Master (G): 1:14:23 hr
    23 Yard Detective: 1:18:22 hr
    24 Super Signal Two: 1:22:18 hr
    25 Installation Demo.: 1:24:20 hr
    26 Electronic Station: 1:37:41 hr
    End: 1:43:19 hr

    B. ~~~~~~ DESCRIPTION: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|

    * This is probably one of the most unique, clever and entertaining model railroading videos you will ever see. It was made from the 1991 demonstration videotape, made by John Aaron, titled "Take Command of Your Railroad With . . . Eye Control.
    * As was printed on the videotape's cover, "In this video John will spend over an hour and a half teaching you how to use the Eye Control with all types of trains, N scale to G, indoors and out."
    * The Eye Control is long out-of-production (last produced 1992), but this video may give you ideas how similar devices could be made and used today.
    * This tape has been uploaded with John Aaron's permission.
    * To keep up with John's current writings, visit his blogs at JohnAaronStories.blogspot.com, HoboJackOfHearts.blogspot.com -- plus 2 more blogs accessible via his profile page at blogger.com/profile/17279318794718541824 .

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
    * Please see AutoControls.org for other model railroad automatic control videos.
    * You can view 7 AutoControls.org videos using the APS Eye Control to operate a Largescale automatic block here: track2.com/ingram/pic+vid/pic+vid.shtml#9202 (view Modules 5A through 5G).
    * This iMovie11 video was uploaded 9/26/2014, by JamesRobertIngram.com .

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