Author Archives: Dale

My Big Kludge power supply for G-gauge

The supply was originally a fixed 28V 8 amp regulated DC supply that I built in graduate school in 1970.  Since I didn’t have the proper transformer originally – only one with a 24V output – I had added a … Continue reading

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Limited quantity – Enhanced MANCO Legacy Base Booster

  Signal Booster for Lionel Legacy Serial Port – Now with “Earth-Ground” terminal! The chip Lionel chose for the RS-232 output on the Legacy Base will not power more than a very few hard-wired controllers  with optocoupler data inputs (Z-Stuff … Continue reading

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Magnetraction Zapper

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Lionel 71-4002-250 Add-On Meter for Postwar ZW Transformers

The Lionel 71-4002-250 Add-On Meter for Postwar ZW transformers provides digital readouts of voltages and currents for all four ZW channels. The unit attaches to the back of the ZW and utilizes the four “U” terminal posts as electrical returns. … Continue reading

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MANCO Contact Information

Dale Manquen 1694 Calle Zocalo Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 dmanquen@msn.com www.manquen.net Please do not ship to MANCO with “signature required”.

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TMCC Controller Repairs

Introducing a new service – Component-level repair of TMCC Controllers If any of your customer’s TMCC controllers fail, now you can offer your customer a solution! Lionel won’t fix or exchange out-of-warranty devices, and you certainly don’t want to troubleshoot … Continue reading

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Dale Manquen’s Control Panel

My layout is on the floor of an attic that is only 52” high at the peak. You might call it a “rug rat” layout since I must move around on my hands and knees on the carpet that covers … Continue reading

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Battery Replacements for MTH PS-1 Locomotives

(If you don’t like reading technical information with detailed explanations, I suggest you exit this page now and go to a website where you can buy a ready-made battery replacement.) I never have liked devices that are powered by rechargeable … Continue reading

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Passenger Car LED Lighting

This schematic is for driving multiple white LEDs for passenger car illumination. Values for the components have not been determined.

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Contact Information

Dale Manquen MANCO 1694 Calle Zocalo Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (805) 529-2496 dale@manquen.net

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