Monthly Archives: July 2011

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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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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The Magic Portal

Gaelon and Micah Manquen were romping through the house, looking for new hiding places for Hide And Seek. They had already explored behind the couch, the bathroom shower, and under all the beds in the house. Next stop was the … 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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