TMCC Video Switcher

I wanted to have a way of remotely switching between the multiple video cameras that I have on my layout using the TMCC/Legacy remotes.  I decided to try using an Accessory/Switch Controller as the switching device.  I figured that the … Continue reading

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Magnetraction Zapper

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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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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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TPC 300/400 Failures

Although the TPC 300/400 design is quite robust regarding track current surges through the power-control Triac during derailments, the unit’s power supply has an Achilles heel. This photo shows the damage that results from a voltage surge on the power … Continue reading

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