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    • Note: This page lists only "automatic control" videos
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Contents below on this page:

This web page is divided into the following 8 major sections:

Section A. ** INDEX **
[below]  of ALL Videos on this page, ordered by NUMBER

The Videos -- in
Suggested Viewing Order:

Section B. LargeScale Videos- DC - Introduction [below]
Section C. LargeScale Videos- DC - Single-Track Units [below]
Section D. LargeScale Videos- DC - Multi-Track Units [below]
Section E. DCC Videos (LargeScale & S Ga.)
[below]

Section F. Previous LargeScale Videos [below]
Section G. LargeScale Photos [below]
Section H. S Gauge Videos & Photos (DC Power) [below]
Appendix I. 3-Rail Info
[below] (Lionel 3-rail block control w/no relay)
Appendix J. Comments re YouTube, Vimeo, & Quicktime Formats [below]

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A. **INDEX** of ALL Videos On This Page, Ordered by NUMBER



The links in this list, take you to the video's description, below on this page
  • Video #602 [below] -- (1/2009) Subscribing To The Yahoo [AutoControls] Group 
  • Video #653 [below] -- (10/2005) 4-track Zellner Yard Operating On Ingram's Basement Wall
  • Video #654 [below] -- (12/2006) 2-track Automatic Yard (Model 205, aka Model 165) [below]
  • Video #655 [below] -- (3/2007) 2-track Automatic Yard (Latest Design Model 206) 
  • Video #656 [below] -- (4/2007) 3 AF Trains on 1 track, video by Mark Anderman, April 2007, Susque. S Gaugers Steamup, Williamsport Pa
  • Video #658 [below] -- (4/2008) S Ga. Automatic Block Demo, Using RRC SIM
  • Video #659 [below] -- (3/2009) S Ga. Automatic Passing Siding, AF Switches & Automotive Relays
  • Video #660 [below] -- (5/2009) S Ga. Automatic Switching Block, AF Switches & Automotive Relays
  • Video #662 by Tim Heffernan [below] (2/2010) Shows Model 206 Automatic Yard (Latest Design) operating 3 trains on outdoor layout in Long Island NY
  • Video #663 [below] (4/2010) Shows Model 206 Automatic Yard operating at East Coast Large Scale Train Show
  • Video #664 [below] (10/2011) Demo of RR Concepts StationMaster
  • Video #665 [below] (11/2011) Anderman Flyer automatic passing side and associated display
  • Video #666 [below] (11/2013) DC Point-To-Point, Push-Pull, Auto. Reversing Shuttle

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  • Video #8907 [below] (7/1989) From 1989 video tape.  Shows 6 trains operating one
  • 1 mainline on small 12 foot square layout.
  • Video #9202 Module 1A [below] (2/1992) The "Historic" INTRODUCTORY MODULE 1A to the 1992 "V9202" "Video Textbook for LGB Automatic Display Ideas" -- 6-tape set of automatic controls videotapes.
  • Video #9202 Module 4D [below] - Living Room Demonstration of Automatic Block

  • Video #9202 Module 5D [below] - Living Room Demonstration of Automatic Block using the now-discontinued APS 'Eye Control' Electric Eye
  • Video #9202 Module 6 [below] - Simulating An Automaitc Block w/o Having One (using knife switch or just hands)
  • Video #9202 Module 9B [below] - Living Room Demonstration of Automatic Route Selection
  • Video #9202 Module 9C [below] 5/1992 - Automatic Route Selection on Displays
  • Video #9202 Module 10D [below] (5/1992) - Living Room Demonstration of Automatic 2-Track Automatic Yard
  • Video #9202 Module 10E [below] (5/1992) - 2-track Auto. Yard on Multi-Level Display

  • Video #9606 - [below] (6/1996) 4-track Zellner Yard
  • Video #APS1 [below] (9/2014) Tape made by John Aaron in 1991, to promote the APS Eye Control

  • ~~~~~~ DCC Videos: ~~~~~~

  • Video #803 [below] -- (8/2009) An overview of DCC-Bitswitch and DCC by DCC-Bitswitch designer Fred Hughes
      (The 4 Mini-Panel videos start at this point on the below page.)
  • Video #804 [below] (12/2010) Demo of NCE Mini Panel doing auto. control of N & HO circles, and G ga point-to-point.
  • Video #805 [below] (11/2011) Demo of NCE Mini Panel controlling an S gauge train running point to point, using 1 turnout for alternate routes."
  • Video #806 [below] (7/2013) Demo of NCE Mini Panel controlling an S gauge train running point to point, using 2 turnouts for alternate routes.
  • Video #807 [below] (re-uploaded 7/2014) Demo NMRA RP9.2.4 DCC Brake on Analog DC
  • Video #808 [below] (re-uploaded 7/2014) Largescale Demo of DCC-BitSwitch "Block BitSwitch".
  • Video #809 [below] S Gauge Demo of DCC-BitSwitch "Block BitSwitch".

  • Video #810 [below] (2/2015) Demo of NCE Mini Panel doing auto. control of S gauge and G ga, both point-to-point.

  • Video #811 [below] NCE Mini-Panel, Controlling 2 Trains Using a 2-Track DCC Automatic Passing Siding - Largescale

  • Video #812 [below] NCE Mini-Panel, Controlling 3 Trains Using a 3-Track DCC Automatic Passing Siding - Largescale

  • Video #813 [below] NCE Mini-Panel, Controlling a 2-Track DCC Automatic Passing Siding - S-Gauge

  • Most Recently Uploaded Video, 9/24/2015 --> Video #814 [below] NCE Mini-Panel, Controlling 3 Trains on 1 Mainline, using a 2-Track Siding - HO Gauge Kato track.
  • Video #815 [below] NCE Mini-Panel, Controlling 2 Trains on 1 Mainline, using just a single reed switch - HO Gauge Kato track.
  • Video #816 [below] NCE Mini-Panel, "“Getting-Started” Exercises for Automatic Train Control" - HO Gauge Kato track.


  • ~~~~~~ Videos By Other People: ~~~~~~

  • Video #HT1 [below] Demonstrates a Model 206 Automatic Switching Block operating 3 largescale trains on a loop on an OUTDOOR layout -- uploaded Jan 2010 by Tim Heffernan, Long Island NY
  • Video #HF1 [below] Demonstrates an NCE mini-panel operating an LGB railcar point-to-point -- uploaded Jan 2014 by Fred Hughes of DCC-Bitswitch.
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The Videos
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in Suggested Viewing Order

Washington-DC-Baltimore-MD-Fashion-Model-Train-Station
Photo from DaveMphotographics.com

B. Introduction

LargeScale Videos - DC Controls

• "Analog" videos are numbered with "600 series" numbers. 
• DCC videos are numbered with "800 series" numbers.
 
  • Note:  Video #664 below demos the RR Concepts StationMaster in S gauge, but these units are actually made for Largescale.

    1. Video #602 Subscribing To The Yahoo [AutoControls] Group

      The "About The Listserver" web page has the details of the new [AutoControls] Yahoo Group we are trying to start. This two-part video covers the same information.

      Vimeo Pt 1/2 (14 min) - discusses the following topics: (1) Intro, (2) Subscribing, (2b) Moderator's Opinions, (2c) Reliability Issues, Smaller Scales, (3) Address, (4) Email Sorting, (5) Subjects Included, (6) Subjects Excluded .

      Vimeo Pt 2/2 (10 min) - discusses the following topics: (7) Navigating, (8) LstSrv Web Page, (9) Yahoo Grp Home Pg, (10) Links, (11) Attachments, (12) Photos.

      YouTube Pt 1/2 (truncated at 10 min) - discusses the following topics: (1) Intro, (2) Subscribing, (2b) Moderator's Opinions, (2c) Reliability Issues, Smaller Scales, (3) Address, (4) Email Sorting
      (Part 2 is only on Vimeo.)



    2. Video #666: DC Point-To-Point, Push-Pull, Auto. Reversing Shuttle

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (30 min)
      * This video demonstrates a DC Point-To-Point, Push-Pull, Automatic Reversing Shuttle  -- using an S ga. and a Largescale train.  
      * This is for trains running on DC current (not AC, not DCC).
      * It uses a simple timer to reverse the polarity to the rails every 16 to 120 sections (adjustable).
      * Diode track sections are used at each end to stop the trains.
      * This is a simple circuit that needs ONLY TWO wires to the track.  
      * Although the unit demonstrated (PH Hobbies) is no longer made, these "polarity reversing timers" are fairly generic.



    3. Video #8907 Six Trains On 1 Track (From the 1987 #V8907 videotape:)

      This video shows a small 12-foot-square, LGB Largescale display layout that operates 6 trains on a single 120 foot mainline -- using 2 automatic blocks, and an automatic passing siding.

      Vimeo   Youtube  (6 min)      (view the track plan #006)

      It uses the standard LGB control system, which is the use of MAGNETS on the bottoms of the locomotives, which  activate LGB REED switches, which control the automatic blocks and the passing siding.

      Note that the siding operates as a simple "automatic passing siding" (1 train enters, the other train immediately exits) . . . . . . . and NOT as an "automatic switching block" (2 trains wait in yard until a 3rd train on mainline 'releases' one of the waiting trains) -- as is the 'theme' in Video #9201 Module 10D (below) and some of the later videos.



      NOTE:  Some of t
      he following videos are digitized from the 1992 six-tape 'V9202' videotape series "Video Textbook for LGB Automatic Display Ideas". The most interesting of these are probably the demonstrations.  (The others may be of interest to nobody but me.)

      ~~~~~~ Video #V9202 Module 1 - Introduction == (& 3 Hardware):

      * Module 1A Intro is BELOW
      * Module 1B - Verbal Introduction, Notes, Thanks, Contents (not converted)
      *
      Module 2 - Drawings Available (not converted)
    4. Video V9202 Module 3 - LGB 1700 Track Contacts & Related Hardware: Vimeo | Youtube (32 min)


    5. Video #V9202 Module 1A - "Historic" 1992 Introduction, "Video Textbook for LGB Automatic Display Ideas"

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      This video was the INTRODUCTORY MODULE to the "V9202" (February 1992) 6-tape set of automatic controls videotapes.

        It shows 5 trains on 1 mainline, plus a handcar "bouncing" back and forth between 2 large trains on another mainline, plus the long-discontinued APS electric eye in operation -- which is not on the other videos.

      Vimeo   Youtube  (18 min)



      C. Single-Track Units

      LargeScale Videos - DC Controls




      ~~~~~~ Video #V9202 Module 4 'Automatic Block':

    6. Module 4A - Overview of Magnetic Block: Vimeo, 11 min
    7. Module 4B - Checkout of Magnetic Block: Vimeo, 8 min
    8. Module 4C - Installation of Magnetic Block: Vimeo, 7 min
      *
      Module 4D - Living Room demo is BELOW
      * Module 4E - Magnetic Block Operating On Display Layouts - not
      converted.  See 'Module 1A Intro', at about the 3 minute point "Section 3, "A Closer Look" to see the automatic block in operation.
    9. Module 4F - Design Details of Magnetic Block: Vimeo, 29 min
    10. Module 4G - Drawings of Magnetic Block: Vimeo, 15 min

    11. Video #9202 Module 4D - Living Room DEMONSTRATION of Automatic Block

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (32 min)

      This DEMONSTRATION video shows an automatic block running 2 trains, then running 3 trains, then running 4 trains on the same loop.

      At about the 21 minute point, the video shows the block separating 4 trains running "nose-to-nose" (shown in thumbnail at left).




      ~~~~~~ Video #V9202 Module 5 'Electric Eye Automatic Block':

    12. Module 5A - Overview of Optical Block: Vimeo, 18 min
    13. Module 5B - Checkout of Optical Block: Vimeo, 9 min
    14. Module 5C - Installation of Optical Block: Vimeo, 6 min
      * Module 5D - Living Room demo is
      BELOW
    15. Module 5E - Optical Block Operating on Two Displays: Vimeo, 10 min
    16. Module 5F - Design Details of Optical Block: Vimeo, 5 min
    17. Module 5G - Drawings of Optical Block: Vimeo, 15 min
    18. . . . . .     Video #APS1 - From the APS Eye Control Inventors:  John Aaron & Robert Gamble's 1991 Demonstration tape, "Take Command of Your Railroad with Eye Control" (has many interesting demonstrations): Vimeo | Youtube (1 hr 43 min)


    19. Video #9202 Module 5D - Living Room DEMONSTRATION of "Electric Eye" Block

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (24 min)

      This DEMONSTRATION video shows an "electric eye" automatic block in operation, using the long-discontinued APS Eye Control.

      At about the 10 minute point, the video shows the "electric eye" block separating 4 trains running "nose-to-nose" (shown in thumbnail at left).




    20. Video #9202 Module 6 - Simulating An Auto. Block w/o Having One (using knife switch or just hands)

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (11 min

      This DEMONSTRATION video shows how to simulate an automatic block -- using just your hands to stop a train (simulating a block without creating one in the track), or using a simple block and a knife-switch to control it (simulating a relay with your hand controlling the knife switch).


      At about the 5:50 point, the video shows the knife switch version operating 4 trains on the same loop.




      D. Multi-Track Units

      LargeScale Videos - DC Controls





      ~~~~~~ Video #V9292 Module 10 'Automatic Switching Block'

    21. Module 10A - Overview of Automatic Switching Block: Vimeo, 9 min
    22. Module 10B - Checkout of Automatic Switching Block: Vimeo, 18 min
    23. Module 10C - Installation of Automatic Switching Block: Vimeo, 5 min
      - Module 10D 'how-it-works' demo is BELOW
      - Module 10E demo on display layout is BELOW
    24. Module 10F - Design Details of Automatic Switching Block: Vimeo, 13 min
    25. Module 10G - Drawings of Automatic Switching Block: Vimeo, 12 min

    26. Video #9202 Module 10D - DEMONSTRATION, How-It-Works -- 2-track Automatic Yard Demo (Model 202)(was #636)

      This DEMONSTRATION shows a older 1992 design Model 202 (aka 163). It demonstrates in detail, the different ways a 2-track yard can be operated, and how it works. (Videotaped in 1992)

       (The older Model 163 operates the same way as the newest Model 206. The parts are just arranged differently.)

      LOGIC Diagram for this 2-track yard

      Vimeo | Youtube (32 min) - Added 9/2014, this is BETTER quality than the earlier Youtube versions.

      MORE videos about this unit (10A overview /10B checkout/ 10C installation/ 10E operating on display/ 10F details/ 10G drawings)  were added 9/2014 below in  Section G 'V9202' near the bottom

      ~~~~~~~~~~ Older Youtube Videos:

      • YouTube Part 1/3  (9 min) - demonstrates 'Mode 1' de-powered and 'Mode 2' Automatic Passing Siding controlling 2 trains.
      • YouTube Part 2/3  (10 min)
      • - demonstrates 'Mode 3' Automatic Block controlling 2 trains, and 'Mode 4' Automatic Switching Block controlling 3 trains (NORMAL mode of operation).

      • YouTube Part 3/3 (6 min) //   Quicktime (25 min)


    27. Video #9202 Module 10E - Automatic Switching Block Operating On Multi-Level Display Layout

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (19 min)
      This video shows the older 1992 design Model 202 (aka 163) operating on a multi-level display layout, controlling 3 LGB Moguls.

      It basically demonstrates the same operating modes as the previous video Module 10D -- but on a large display layout instead of in my old living room.

      At about the 8:00 point, it shows 5 trains running on the same loop.

      At the 10:28 point, it shows operation with the left siding shut down with a train parked on it, still controlling the other 4 trains.

      Older versions of this video: Quicktime  (12 min) YouTube  (last 2 min cut off, 10 min limit)



      NOTE:  The following two videos #655 & #663 are essentially REDUNDANT to the previous 2 videos, except that they show the newer design (arrangement of parts).  But the operation is the same for the 1992 Model 202, the 1994 Model 205, & 2007 Model 206.

    28. Video #655 -- 2-track Automatic Yard (Latest Design Model 206)

      [ PLANS to build the Model 206 ]

      The first part of the video shows the Model 206 Control Unit (designed Feb 2007), and the 2nd part shows the Model 205 (aka Model 165) which was designed in 1994. Both are shown operating 3 trains on a LooseTies.com display layout. (Videotaped Mar 2007 & Dec 2006, 16 min, 23 MB)

      Quicktime (16 min) . . . . . YouTube (last 6 min cut off, due to 10 min limit)
      (This model 206 is almost the same as the earlier design Model 205, except a slightly different parts arrangement, and has a 2nd rheostat,)




    29. Video #663 --  -- 2-track Automatic Yard

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      This video shows the same Model 206 unit as shown in the previous video, operating March 2010 at East Coast Large Scale Train Show on Washington, Virginia, & Maryland GRS's display layout.

      The unit is shown operating 3 trains, PLUS a Lionel handcar which runs in front of one of the trains.  (The audio is all background music, no narration.) 

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        (9 min)      Vimeo Ver c  (9 min)



    30. Video #9606 -- 4-track Zellner Yard (Models 401 & Model 402) (was #644)

      [ PLANS to build the Model 402 ]

      The 2-track control unit can be "extended" to a 3 or 4-track unit. This video shows the basic 2-track control unit, plus a "helper control unit", operating a 4-track yard. (Videotaped Feb 1996)
      ((Model 402 is the same as Model 401, except the control unit is one-piece instead of two separate pieces.))

      Better quality version #V9606 (9/2014):  Vimeo | Youtube  (34 min)


      Older 2007 versions:

      Quicktime   (22 min). . . . . YouTube (last 12 min cut off, due to 10 min limit)



       
      ~~~~~~ Video #V9202 Modules 7, 8 & 9 - Automatic Switching System & Auto. Route Selection

    31. Module 7A - Overview of Automatic Switching System: Vimeo, 19 min
    32. Module 7B - Checkout of Automatic Switching System: Vimeo, 10 min
      * Module 8 - Automatic Passing Siding on Displays - not
      converted.  See 'Module 1A Introduction  above, at about the 8:00 point, "Automatic Passing Siding".
    33. Module 9A - Overview of Automatic Route Selection: Vimeo, 9 min
      *
      Module 9B - Living Room Demo is BELOW
      * Module 9C - Automatic Route Selection on Displays is BELOW


    34. Video #9202 Module 9B - Living Room Demonstration of Automatic Route Selection

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (27 min)

      This video shows 2 trains running on 2 different routes, that have a comment section.


      It demonstrates trains alternating routes, then each train staying on it's own route.

      At about the 18 minute point, it shows FOUR trains running on the same 2 alternating routes (shown in thumbnail at left).


    35. Video #9202 Module 9C - Automatic Route Selection on Display Layout  (from the 1992 'V9202 videotape) (was #632)

      This video demonstrates "Automatic Route Selection" on a display layout, using LGB magnets on the bottom of the locos which activate track contacts, which in turn operate track switches and relays, to send trains on two different routes.

      Quicktime (16 min) . . . . YouTube (10 min, last 6 min cut off, due to time limit)     
                          (view the track plan #008)



    36. Video #HT1: 'James Ingram's AutoControls' by Tim Heffernan, Long Island NY

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      This video demonstrates a  Model 206 Automatic Switching Block operating 3 largescale trains on a loop on an OUTDOOR layout. 

      This video may be the first-ever recorded video of a Bachmann 10-wheeler being SUCCESSFULLY operated on one of these 3-train automatic block systems.  We've tried them, but we have always had problems with Bachmann trains stalling and uncoupling.

       . . . . . YouTube  (3 min)


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      E. DCC Videos

      Demos using primarily Digital Command Control (DCC),
      done with Large Scale, S, and HO Gauge

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    37. Video #803 -- DCC-BitSwitch Overview by Fred Hughes

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      This three-part YouTube video features DCC-BitSwitch designer and  owner Fred Hughes, giving an overview of both DCC-BitSwitch and DCC systems in general.

      logo-bitswitch  Fred talks about the 3 ways to automatically brake (stop) a DCC train: 1) analog DC, 2) set speed zero command, and 3) asymmetric DCC. Fred also discusses his experiences and reasons for preferring North Coast Engineering (NCE) DCC systems, and also talks about some advantages of Lenz and Zimo decoders. (Videotaped 2009)

      YouTube Part 1/3  (10 min) - (1) Introduction, (2) Overview of DCC-BitSwitch, and  (3) Fred's views on DCC systems.

      YouTube Part 2/3   (10 min) - covers (4) about the NCE cab, (5) DCC overview, (6) Automatic Braking-3 methods, (6) Method 1-Analog DCC, and (7) Method 2-Set Speed Zero.

      YouTube Part 3/3  (11 min) - covers (8) Method 3-Asymmetric DCC, (9) Lenz decoders for push/ pull operation, (10) custom track plans, (11) other DCC-BitSwitch videos, and (12) photos of installed DCC-BitSwitch layouts.

      Track2.com/info/dccbitswitch - AutoControls.org reference page "Partial list of DCC-Bitswitch Videos" -- with links to all seven (7) DCC-BitSwitch-related videos referenced in the above video.



    38. Video #807: Demo NMRA RP9.2.4 DCC Brake on Analog DC

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (34 min)

      This video demonstrates National Model RR Assoc. (NMRA) RP 9.2.4.  This RP requires a DCC locomotive running on normal DCC track power, upon encountering (reverse) polarity DC - to slow to a stop with normal CV4 deceleration.  When DCC is restored, it should accelerate with normal CV3 acceleration.

      The test layout uses a DCC-Bitswitch "DC Brake Signal Generator" to suddenly change the track current from DCC to DC, demonstrated with several different locomotives in HO, S, & G scales.


    39. Video #808: Largescale Demo of DCC-BitSwitch "Block BitSwitch

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (53 min)
      This video demonstrates the connection and operation of a DCC-Bitswitch 'Block Bitswitch' -- automatically controlling two Largescale trains, operating on a loop with a 30 degree crossover.
    40. Video #809: S Gauge Demo of DCC-BitSwitch "Block BitSwitch

      dcc-bitswitch block bitswitch demo

      Vimeo | YouTube  (40 min)
      This video demonstrates the connection and operation of a DCC-Bitswitch 'Block Bitswitch', automatically controlling two S gauge trains on a 'dogbone' loop of track.

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    41. Video #HF1: Mini-Panel demo by Fred Hughes of DCC-Bitswitch.

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       YouTube  (3 min)

      This video Demonstrates a Mini-Panel operating an LGB railcar point-to-point, with an intermediate stop. 


      (Video made by Fred Hughes of DCC-Bitswitch.)


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    42. Video #810: NCE Mini-Panel running S ga. and Largescale pnt-to-pnt (2015)

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      Vimeo Youtube (8 min)

      This video shows a Mini-Panel controlling an S gauge and a LargeScale train -- both running point-to-point (plus an HO engine idling on a side track).

      (For a more detailed explanation, see the longer Video #804 (below) which is very similar.)


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    43. Video #804: NCE Mini-Panel Demo, with N, S, and Largescale (2011)

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      View on: Vimeo | YouTube  (42 min)

      View AutoControls PDF file that documents commands used

      Mark Schutzer's 3/4/2010 PDF file, annotated version of the NCE Mini Panel Tech. Ref. Manual

      This video shows a Mini-Panel controlling a small loop of N gauge, a small loop of S gauge, a LargeScale train running point to point, plus a stationary HO engine with headlight and flashing rooftop strobe light.

      (For a briefer explanation, see the shorter Video #810 (above).)


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    44. Video #805, NCE Mini-Panel Point-To-Point, 1 turnout, 2 spurs (S gauge)

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      View on: Vimeo | YouTube  (28 min)

      This display can also be seen operating in
      Video 665 [below].

      View AutoControls PDF file that documents commands used

      This video shows a Mini-Panel controlling an S gauge train running point to point. Using 1 turnout, the train travels on 2 alternate routes.

      Note this video reviews the COMMANDS in DETAIL.
      The previous video #804 has more detail about the Mini-Panel itself.

      This little layout is intended to be part of a larger holiday display layout.

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      Note:  Video #660 below in Section F ("S Gauge Auto. Switching Block") uses DCC track power & engines w/decoders, but uses the "old style" on/off blocks to stop the engines.
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    45. Video #806, NCE Mini-Panel Point-To-Point, 2 turnout Passing Siding (S gauge)

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      View on: Vimeo | YouTube  (27 min)

      View photos of Mark Anderman's 2012 display layout where system was used

      View AutoControls PDF command file
      that documents commands used

      View PDF file of wiring sketch

      This video shows a Mini-Panel controlling an S gauge train running point to point.

      Using 2 turnouts, the train travels on 2 alternate passing sidings.

      Note this video is very similar to the previous Video #805, except:
      (a) it uses the less-expensive 'Power Cab' instead of the 'Powerhouse Pro command station', and
      (b) it uses 2 turnouts instead of 1 turnout.


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    46. Video #811, NCE Mini-Panel- 2-Track Automatic Passing Siding (Largescale)

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      Vimeo | YouTube  (61 min)

      CLICK HERE to open the directory containing PDF of command file and wiring diagram.

      This video shows an NCE DCC Mini-Panel, controlling a Largescale DCC 2-track Automatic Passing Siding.

      The 2 trains can be operated both the SAME direction, or operated in OPPOSITE directions.

      By adjusting the length of the two "Delay" statements, either or both trains can be made to operate MULTIPLE LAPS before stopping for the other train.

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      FYI:  There's also a related video "Track2.com #256: Reindeer Pass Hartland Mack DCC Tsunami Sound (Largescale)"


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    47.  Video #812, NCE Mini-Panel Operating DCC 3-Track Auto. Passing Siding (Largescale)


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      Vimeo | YouTube  (74 min)

      CLICK HERE to open the directory containing PDF of command file and wiring diagram for 3-track operation.

      This video shows an NCE DCC "Mini-Panel" and "Power Cab" controlling a 3-Track DCC Automatic Passing Siding, that’s controlling 3 largescale trains.


      Please note that the 3 “delay” statements in the commands for the 3 trains, can be individually adjusted to cause any or all of the 3 trains to travel  MULTIPLE LAPS  around the loop


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    49. Video #813, NCE Mini-Panel, S-Gauge DCC Automatic Passing Siding


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      Vimeo | YouTube  (96 min)

      CLICK HERE to open the directory containing PDFs of the command file & wiring diagram

      This video shows an NCE DCC Mini-Panel,controlling an S-gauge DCC 2-track Automatic Passing Siding  (similar to above Video 311, except S-gauge  instead of  Largescale).

      By adjusting the length of the two "Delay" statements, either or both trains can be made to operate MULTIPLE LAPS before stopping for the other train.

      This video also demonstrates "automatic route selection" using just one 1 train, where the Mini-Panel sends the train on 2 different routes.


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    50. Video #814, NCE Mini Panel, HO Gauge Automatic Yard Controls 3 Trains


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      Part 1: Vimeo | YouTube  (83 min)
      Part 2: Vimeo | YouTube  (81 min)
      Part 3: Vimeo | YouTube  (37 min)

      CLICK HERE to open the directory containing PDFs of the command file & wiring diagram

      This video shows a demo of an NCE (North Coast Engineering) DCC (Digital Command Control) controlling 3 HO trains on 1 mainline using a 2-Track yard and Kato track.

      Part 1, the main demonstration, shows 3-train operation in "busy" and "casual" modes, 2-train operation in both "Automatic Block" mode and "Automatic Passing Siding" mode, and single-train "Automatic Station Stop".

      Part 2 discusses the logic and commands used.

      Part 3 demonstrates the "enhanced" version where we can change "on-the-fly" between "busy" and "casual" modes, by using a SPST switch connnected to Input 9.

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    51. Video #815 - NCE DCC Mini-Panel Controls 2 HO Trains with only ONE Reed Switch (61 min) -
      Vimeo | Youtube
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    52. Video #816 - NCE DCC Mini-Panel “Getting-Started” Exercises for Automatic Train Control -- 5 parts -- links are on the Mini-Panel page at mp.autocontrols.org .
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      F. Previous LargeScale Videos

      (Older videos, that have been superseded by the above videos)



    53. Video #654 -- 2-track Automatic Yard (Model 205, aka Model 165)

      Video #655 more or less replaces this video. The newer Video #655 has this footage, plus footage of the new Model 206 design.

      This video shows a Model 205 (aka 165) operating 3 trains on a LooseTies.com display layout. (The model 205 is almost the same as the current Model 206, except a slightly different parts arrangement and has only a single rheostat,)   Video recorded Dec 2006
      Quicktime  (12 min)



    54. Video #653 -- 4-track Zellner Yard On Basement Wall (Models 401 & Model 402)

      This short video shows the 4-track yard operating on a basement TEST layout. Video #644 more or less replaces this video   (Video recorded Oct 2005)

      Quicktime  (3 min)



      G. LargeScale Photos



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    55. Display Photos

      • Model 402 - 4-track Yard (as seen in Video #644)
      • Model 206  2-track Yard (as seen in Video #655)
      • Older version Model 205 (aka Model 165) 2-track Yard (as seen in Video #654)


    56. Other Photos

      Flat Rocks & Goose Creek RR,
      4-track Zellner Yard,
      Hendersonville NC,
      added 8/2005
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      Ted Ansley's Flickr Album - describes contruction of two control units for indoor layout


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      H. S Gauge Videos & Photos

      (using DC Track Power)

      NOTE: The S Ga. Videos that are DCC, are ABOVE in the DCC section.



    57. Autocontrols Picasa Photo Album

    58. -Video #664 -- RR Concepts StationMaster

      stationmaster

      Use the link track2.com/info/664 for a screenshot from the iMovie editor -- showing the CONTENTS of this video. 

      This video shows the RR Concepts "StationMaster" in operation using S gauge trains, but it works with just about any gauge, as long as the current is DC current. 

      This video shows "automatic timed station stops" for 1 train, and "automatic block control" to control 2 trains on the same loop.  The stationmaster also does more advanced operations, not shown in this video

      YouTube Part 1/4  (8 min) - Demos of Automatic timed station stop, with no block; one and 2 station stops.

      YouTube Part 2/4  (20 min) - Overview of StationMaster, and programming procedure.

      YouTube Part 3/4  (18 min) - Demos station stopp using a block, 1 lap around, 2 laps around, and restarting train by pushing a button.

      YouTube Part 4/4  (11 min) - Demos 2-train operation.




    59. -Video #665 -- Anderman Flyer Auto. Passing Siding Display

      stationmaster
      This video shows the AndermanFlyer.com reed switch and relay system for controlling American Flyer S-gauge switches, to operate an automatic passing siding. 
      This layout was part of the 2011 Toy Train Expo in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  Notice the great scenery that Mark's wife Doris created for a layout that was operated just 2 days.

      YouTube  (9 min)

      The automatic point to point display operating in the center, is discussed in Video #805 above)



    60. Video #660 -- S Ga. Automatic Switching Block  (Project 242)

      Using AF Switches & Automotive Relays.

      This is the same 2-track unit as described below for Video #659, but it now has the DPDT relay added to control the 3rd train.

      * Watch this video first, then #658 for more details of the block, then #659 for more details of the passing siding. (Project 208, recorded April 2009)

      Part 1/3: Vimeo | Youtube    (13 min) - covers (1) Intro, (2) Principles of 3-train operation, (3) Why do this, (4) review of system, (5) Observing operation from rear of yard..

      Part 2/3: Vimeo | Youtube   (9 min) - covers (6) Attaching magnets to rolling stock, (7) Mode 2: Automatic block only (2 trains) (8) Mode 3: Automatic siding only (2 trains), (9) Mode 4: Block & siding both off (1 train) (operating like a simple piece of track).

      Part 3/3: Vimeo | Youtube   (11 min) - covers (10) Using DCC for this video, (11) Why blocks when using DCC, (12) Ramping up & down with DCC, (13) Possible changes for future units, (14) same system, using 3 diesels, (15) Bloopers.

      You can also download the original 640x480 Quicktime Video from this site. Use fullsize video directory-- look for "qvv660....." (may not work due to overloading).



    61. Video #658 -- S Ga. Single-Track Automatic Block (Project 142)

      Using RR-Concepts SIM (Switching Interface Module).

      Shows an S gauge automatic block, controlling 2 trains on the same track (recorded Apr 2008, 26 min, 41 MB) . . . Quicktime

      YouTube Part 1/3   (9 min) - covers (1) Switching Interface Module, (2) Reed Switches (sensors), and (3) Magnets.

      YouTube Part 2/3   (7 min) - covers (4) Sensor Activation, (5) Wiring Diagram, (6) Block Locations, (7) Sensor Locations, and (8) Operation with 2 can-motor engines.

      YouTube Part 3/3   (10 min) - covers (8 cont) Operation (continued), (9) Operation w/1 vintage Flyer engine and 1 can-motor engine, and (10 Operation w/2 vintage Flyer engines.



    62. Video #659 -- S Ga. Automatic Passing Siding (Project 242)

      Using AF Switches & Automotive Relays.

      Shows an S gauge, 2-track automatic passing siding. The system uses magnets on the bottom of the locos/cars to activate a reed switch, which activates an automotive relay, which then throws the American Flyer turnouts. Automotive relays are used to handle the large amounts of current (estimated about 6 amps) required to operate a pair of American Flyer switches. (Project 208, recorded Nov 2008)

      Part 1/3: Vimeo | Youtube   (13 min) - covers (1) Intro, (2) Overview: How It Operates, (3) More Detailed Overview, (4) Depower" switches to "park" train, (5) Swap Sidings.

      Part 2/3: Vimeo | Youtube   (13 min) - covers (6) How It's Constructed, (7) Automotive Relays, (8) Rectifiers for Auto. Relays, (9) Magnets & Reed Switches, (10) AF Locomotive Mods, (11) Construction Comments, (12) Auto. Block Comments, (13) AC/DC Power, (14) Rheostats.

      Part 3/3: Vimeo | Youtube   (11 min) - covers (15) Jumper Wire for Manual Override, (16) As Copied from LargeScale, (17) Gaps in Track, (18) Would Use RR-Concepts except for large currents.

      You can also download the original 640x480 Quicktime Video from this site. Use fullsize video directory-- look for "qvv659....." (may not work due to overloading).



    63. Video #656 -- S Ga. Automatic Passing Siding, (Project 241)

      Using AF Switches & AF Pressure Track Trips.

      Videotaped 4/1/07 by Chris Cooley and edited by Mark Anderman, at April 2007, Susque. S Gaugers Steamup, Williamsport Pa.


      This video shows 3 trains running automatically on the same circle of track, using an automatic control system wired up by Dennis & Corvin Oberholtzer and Mark Anderman, using stock Gilbert pressure-activated track trips & semaphore. (6 min)

      YouTube . . . . . .Quicktime   (7 min)

      Comments: We believe this system could probably be modified by removing the block in the mainline, and using just the 2 blocks in the sidings. The semaphore would control power to the sidings; i.e. at about 2/3 of the way around the loop, the train on the mainline would "release" one of the trains parked on the sidings, thus maintaining spacing between trains, but without using the 3rd block on the mainline. [===] This scheme is demonstrated in the largescale Video #1 "How It Works" which shows the same arrangement in largescale.



    64. S Ga Point to Point Computer Control  (Project 141)

      The project web page has several small Mpeg videos (page is on Track2 RailNet site



    65. More S gauge photos & videos (non-automatic controls) are linked from Susquehanna S Gaugers MRC home page.

      • Video 803 [above] 'DCC-BitSwitch Overview' applies to all scales.
      • Videos 804, 805 & 806 [above] show an NCE "Mini-Panel" controlling an S gauge train running point to point on 2 alternate routes (805 & 806; 804 is a circle).
      • Video 809 [above] shows a DCC-Bitswitch 'Block Bitswitch' automatically controlling two S gauge trains on a 'dogbone' loop of track



      Appendix I. 3-Rail Info

      (Lionel 3-rail O Gauge)

    66. Project 216 - The Wordpress page at 216.AutoControls.org shows diagram and links to videos, showing how to operate 2 Lionel 3-rail trains on 1 track, using 2 blocks with just 1 wire and no relays.


      Reference Notes





    67. Ref: Previous list of V9202 videos, that was at bottom of page
    68. Ref: Directory of video lists (text files, containing partial lists of videos by number & URLS)
      * note thumbnails are now 250 pixels wide



        Appendix J. QuickTime, YouTube, Vimeo Formats




        Comments re The Video Formats
        You can view the videos on this page on the web. You need a broadband (high speed cable or DSL) connection.
        Formats: Videos may be in Quicktime format, YouTube, or Vimeo format, and some videos are in more than 1 format.
        • Quicktime: You need to have Apple's free Quicktime Player installed.
        • YouTube & Vimeo: These may require more bandwidth. But you can play these without having Quicktime. The YouTube & Vimeo videos (flash format) usually play in any late-version web browsers.
          • YouTube has a 10 minute maximum length limitation, so longer videos have been either cut off at 10 minutes, or else divided into 2 or more parts.

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