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by Erskine Tramway
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 7853

Re: Dimension Engineering controller question

Mike, I assume that the reverse switch is wired to S1. I will look at my set up and see what I have done wrong. Also, what is the resistor value for the battery level indicator ? I suppose I should have labled the connections on the board. I'll have to do that. The problem is that the Direction swi...
by Erskine Tramway
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 7853

Re: Dimension Engineering controller question

My battery motor 'Sparky' has a Dimension 'Syren50' controller. It has a reverse switch, and is set up in 'Manual' mode. My speed control is a 'pot' that I drive with the 'feather' on an old Centralab rotary switch. The rotary is just there to provide notches, for feel, and repeatability. Here's a p...
by Erskine Tramway
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: New builder
Replies: 8
Views: 2854

Re: New builder

Welcome, Rob.....

One thing you can do, is bore a hole up into the center of the spring block to fit a coil spring, in one pair of blocks. That will give you the three-point suspension you're looking for. You can then find an appropriate coil spring for the amount of movement you need.

Mike
by Erskine Tramway
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Erskine Tramway
Replies: 282
Views: 77115

Re: Erskine Tramway

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Mike
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by Erskine Tramway
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 26457

Re: Signal Complexity

Another question for the professionals.... In my neighborhood (Augusta, Ga) I have seen several mainline CSXT signal heads that have 4 lights; Green Amber Blue and Red. The lunar is used few and far between but when it is, it is used to indicate a main line switch (with throw detector) to an indust...
by Erskine Tramway
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 26457

Re: Signal Complexity

To expand a little on BDD's explanation, an Absolute signal is generally at a location (a Control Point, or OS) where there are remote controlled switches. They would include crossovers and junctions. The 'Absolute' part means that you Absolutely cannot pass a red signal until you have specific auth...
by Erskine Tramway
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 26457

Re: Signal Complexity

On the big ones. the 'fail' position is to red. The block is powered from the 'leaving' end, and as long as there is a circuit, the green/yellow signal relay is 'picked up'. As soon as anything interrupts the circuit, equipment occupying the block, a broken rail, or a Trainmaster with his 'shunt', t...
by Erskine Tramway
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 26457

Re: Signal Complexity

Well, my next question to the pro crews is: If sectioning is scheduling thing (1 logical train, but broken up into 1 or more physical trains), Does dispatch routinely allow more than one train in between the head blocks? I mean, what would be the point? All you would end up doing is stacking up and...
by Erskine Tramway
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 26457

Re: Signal Complexity

BDD is correct. When I hired out, the BN Alliance Division in the PRB was in the process of converting from 'Dark", i.e. Train Order Operation, to CTC. At first, there were no 'Permissive' Intermediate signals, the automatic signals between the controlled 'OS' signals. It wasn't too long before the ...
by Erskine Tramway
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 26457

Re: Signal Complexity

How does a automatic signal system handle multiple train sections within a block? If I understand you question correctly, the first train 'drops' the entering signal to Stop. Any following trains then 'Stop and Proceed' at the Red signal into the block behind it. On the 'Big Railroad', you Proceed ...
by Erskine Tramway
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 26457

Re: Signal Complexity

That's how it happens. The guy on double track didn't stop for the red. I worried about stuff like that, particularly after the Company started using the 'cruise control', aka 'Trip Optimizer'. I never used it, I wasn't about to let a computer run my train. The cruise control isn't PTC, it just know...
by Erskine Tramway
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Signal Complexity
Replies: 80
Views: 26457

Re: Signal Complexity

Standard three-aspect signaling (clear, approach, stop) would work well at EPRR. A lunar will confuse those who have not had full-sized railroad experience. As a former signal maintainer, I revel in complexity. However, most people who are in this hobby are interested in running trains, not studyin...