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Conventional Whistle/Horn Control

The Whistle/Horn button on a Lionel “Multi-Control” transformers is a two-stage switch.  The purpose of the two stages is to first generate a large DC component in the track voltage to pull in the Whistle/Horn relay in the locomotive or … Continue reading

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An Under Shelf Novelty Layout

This video shows Joe O’Loughlin’s Novelty Layout using components furnished by MANCO.  The Beep automatically shuttles from end to end on the underside of the plate shelf in his living room.  The display is a favorite with visitors!  Thanks, Joe!

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TMCC Signal Basics

The following discussion will cover the actual transmission of train control information over wireless links for the Lionel TMCC and Legacy control systems. There are four types of communication: Wireless CAB-1 to TMCC Command Base and Powermaster (and Bridge to … Continue reading

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Lionel TMCC Command Base 7/29/11

Features The Lionel TMCC Command Base (Base) receives, interprets and retransmits commands from a TMCC CAB-1 handheld controller. The Base outputs include a signal that transmits through the outer rails of the layout at 455 KHz to locomotives and accessory … Continue reading

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CAB-1 Technical Description & Schematics

The CAB-1 controller provides handheld operation of Lionel TMCC Command Control layouts. The pushbuttons and rotary knob provide addressing and control of trains, switches and accessories. A jack on the top end of the unit provides a connection for an … Continue reading

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Train Racing Technology Spawns Novelty Layouts

Part 1 A New Kid on the Block It all started very innocently. In the Fall of 1987 I was attending a monthly meeting of the San Fernando Valley Toy Train Club when one of the members wanted to show … Continue reading

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More MANCO Novelty Layout Videos

This is the original prototype of the MANCO rotisserie layout.  In the background on the left is another rotating layout, but this one is built on a sheet of Masonite.  When finished, this layout will have a summer scene on … Continue reading

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MANCO Autonomous Layout Mapper (ALaM)

The MANCO Autonomous Layout Mapper (ALaM) provides the capability of generating a 3-dimensional map of an 0-gauge 3-rail train layout. The device is rolled around the layout manually or with a pushing locomotive to sample all of the available trackage. … Continue reading

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SwitchMaster Switch Controller

Current Lionel TMCC products are aimed at new TMCC layouts that distribute the ‘intelligence’ around the layout in small bundles. Controllers such as the SC1 and SC2 can be placed near a cluster of switches. The disadvantage of this TMCC-only … Continue reading

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Lionel Powermaster Power Controller

Features The Lionel Powermaster provides wireless remote control of the output of a fixed-voltage transformer from a TMCC CAB1 handheld controller. The voltage range from OFF to Full Throttle is broken into 32 steps. Additional features include Whistle/Horn and Bell … Continue reading

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