AG 440 output distortion due to VU meter

The output distortion is improved by dropping the closed-loop gain by 10 dB, thereby lowering the output source impedance. The feedback shunt resistor is raised from 510 ohms to 1500 ohms, and 470 uF capacitor was added across the 390 … 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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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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This Novelty Layout Breaks All the Rules of Physics!

I bet you only think of trains on stationary tracks, running right-side up.  Well, there are exceptions to the rules.  These two O-Gauge trains run on track that is revolving in space.  For more details, visit the Novelty Layout tab … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree with Upside-Down Train

This MANCO Novelty Layout features a rotating inverted Christmas tree with an O-gauge train running around the “base” of the tree on the ceiling.  Another O-gauge train runs around a loop on the floor.  The venue is the November 2009 … Continue reading

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INSIDE LOOP Novelty Layout

This MANCO Novelty Layout Inside Loop was displayed at the TTOS Cal Stewart Train Show in Pasadena, CA in November of 2010. The 5 1/2 foot diameter loop of track can rotate in either direction, and the Snowman Train can … Continue reading

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Lionel CW-80 Transformer General Description “Original Version”

Also consult the Lionel Owner’s Manual at http://www.lionel.com/media/servicedocuments/71-4198-251.pdf This description covers the “original” version of the CW-80 transformer. This version had several problems that were subsequently modified in the “revised” version covered elsewhere. Some photos used here are from a … Continue reading

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MANCO Novelty Layouts

Are you looking for something to add a bit of zest to your train room? Let your trains and track slip the bonds of gravity to create exciting new possibilities for track layouts and train operation: A train running on … Continue reading

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