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by Erskine Tramway
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 9080

Re: Dimension Engineering controller question

Mike, Looks good and should work as you want. Another thing to consider. If you want to safely freewheel the loco with the controller not powered up you can place a diode across the controller power switch to sink the regen power to the battery to prevent controller damage. Thanks, Bob... I hadn't ...
by Erskine Tramway
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 9080

Re: Dimension Engineering controller question

Let's do it like this, C.P.: This way, everybody can see what I'm talking about and offer suggestions, if they have any. Here's the relevant page from the Syren50 'Owner's Manual', showing the various DIP switch positions for 'Analog' mode. That's opposed to a computer control of the board. I'm pret...
by Erskine Tramway
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 9080

Re: Dimension Engineering controller question

Bob, was not running, just hooking up my throttle. Must have been a short somewhere. I use a DIN connector on the back of the locomotive. It wouldn't have been the first MU cable that was bad order :D I've been looking at the manual, and it looks to me like all I'll have to do, after I change the D...
by Erskine Tramway
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 9080

Re: Dimension Engineering controller question

You can use the same switch. Wiring may need to be changed. A signal on S1 of 0v corresponds to the motor being fully stopped. 5v corresponds to full power. A second signal is fed to S2. If the signal on S2 is greater than 2.5 volts, the SyRen will drive the motor forward. If the signal on S2 is le...
by Erskine Tramway
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 9080

Re: Dimension Engineering controller question

Mike, Do you have your controller dip switches set for option 3, analog one dir throt, for/rev S2 input? That uses Ov as motor stop. I would think this is fairly good failsafe. There is no mention of this option on my Sabretooth 2x60. I don't know if it is an omission or not supported. Bob No, Bob,...
by Erskine Tramway
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 9080

Re: Dimension Engineering controller question

Here's the wiring diagram with the Syren50 board terminals labeled. control board wiring.jpg I was wrong about the reverse switch, it is an SPDT switch. One side goes to the black (Ground) wire and the other to the red (Power) wire. The center green wire goes to terminal S2, to control the direction...
by Erskine Tramway
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Dimension Engineering controller question
Replies: 34
Views: 9080

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: 9080

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: 3204

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: 289
Views: 86463

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: 82
Views: 32769

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: 82
Views: 32769

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...