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JimF Posted - 12/23/2016 : 4:22:20 PM
Has this subject been abandoned, or has discussion moved eleswhere?

Jim F
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psteinmetz Posted - 12/21/2020 : 12:23:34 PM
There is plenty of Dead Rail activity at deadrailsociety on groups.io and on Dead Rail Society on facebook.

Don't know why there is so little here?

Pete Steinmetz
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/23/2020 : 08:54:12 AM
https://www.modelrectifier.com/locogenie-s/125.htm
Michael M Posted - 11/22/2020 : 7:25:20 PM
It would be nice to see more discussion going on about battery power.

For those looking for a simple way of doing things check out MRC's Loco Genie. With a little searching you can find them for about $50. The only other thing you'll need is a battery instead of hooking up the leads for track power.
Bernd Posted - 04/21/2020 : 06:55:52 AM
quote:
Originally posted by lemkerailroad1
Bernd

i know this is about a year old but how is the encyclopedia wright up coming along, i am another gentleman who needs a dummies book as well?



Hi Dave.

Unfortunately I believe Dave passed away a little over a year ago from the best I can gather. I have lost interest in totally going with battery power. Plus the Deltang R/C product seems like it's getting harder to purchase. I'm more in to model building at the moment. Sorry to disappoint on the subject.

Bernd
lemkerailroad1 Posted - 04/19/2020 : 8:03:08 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Bernd

quote:
Originally posted by eaglehook159

I hope you can keep this topic going. In my case, I need a manual titled Dead Rail For Dummies. Electrical has never been a strong part of my skill set. Along with failing eyesight and shaking hands I hope someone comes along and offers installation services. I am getting ready to start a new layout and am not too warm to the idea of wiring for DC block control or DCC, which has me intimidated. Dead Rail seems to be the direction in which I should go. So please don't forget those of us who are electrically challenged. Dave



Hi Dave. I hope this topic will keep going also. I've already have done some R/C and have posted on forums. I guess it's time I gather all my experience and projects and post in this section of the forum.

Stay tuned. I've got some items to put together on using the Deltang R/C system, both track power and battery power. Hopefully DanT and others interested will add to the conversation ideas and opinions.

Bernd



Bernd

i know this is about a year old but how is the encyclopedia wright up coming along, i am another gentleman who needs a dummies book as well?
psteinmetz Posted - 05/25/2019 : 5:36:23 PM
There is an active Dead Rail group on Facebook. Dead Rail Society.

Pete Steinmetz
Bernd Posted - 06/08/2018 : 12:51:05 PM
quote:
Originally posted by eaglehook159

I hope you can keep this topic going. In my case, I need a manual titled Dead Rail For Dummies. Electrical has never been a strong part of my skill set. Along with failing eyesight and shaking hands I hope someone comes along and offers installation services. I am getting ready to start a new layout and am not too warm to the idea of wiring for DC block control or DCC, which has me intimidated. Dead Rail seems to be the direction in which I should go. So please don't forget those of us who are electrically challenged. Dave



Hi Dave. I hope this topic will keep going also. I've already have done some R/C and have posted on forums. I guess it's time I gather all my experience and projects and post in this section of the forum.

Stay tuned. I've got some items to put together on using the Deltang R/C system, both track power and battery power. Hopefully DanT and others interested will add to the conversation ideas and opinions.

Bernd
eaglehook159 Posted - 06/08/2018 : 12:18:55 PM
I hope you can keep this topic going. In my case, I need a manual titled Dead Rail For Dummies. Electrical has never been a strong part of my skill set. Along with failing eyesight and shaking hands I hope someone comes along and offers installation services. I am getting ready to start a new layout and am not too warm to the idea of wiring for DC block control or DCC, which has me intimidated. Dead Rail seems to be the direction in which I should go. So please don't forget those of us who are electrically challenged. Dave
DanT Posted - 06/07/2018 : 11:01:11 PM

I reviewed many of the DEAD RAIL FORUM posts this morning and I'm having second thoughts. Seems many important subject areas have already been discussed and I have neither the time or desire to "beat a dead horse". I see many truths, some half-truths, and a few untruths, IMO of course. I mean this in a nice way.

So, how to be helpful to the confused, would-be dead rail enthusiast is the question. Maybe the answer is to address the issues as they come up, and respond accordingly. Hopefully they will appear under the proper topic, creating new topics only when needed. New and better ways of doing things keep expanding the quagmire of dead rail information. Tough staying ahead in this game.

Dan


Bernd Posted - 06/07/2018 : 07:16:29 AM
quote:
Originally posted by DanT

Hi Bernd,

This subject can be complicated. I know, I was there. I think the best way I can help others, and myself, is to break down any discussion into sub-topics like general arrangements and concepts, mechanical drives, motors, receivers and (sound) decoders, transmitters, batteries and charging, etc.


That's a good idea breaking the subject into sub-topics.

quote:
Otherwise, there's a tendency to go off-topic in a discussion after many posts, and difficulty in going back to a topic for re-reference. I've often abandoned further reading on other forums when faced with looking up something important that was mentioned a month or a year ago.


That seems to be the problem on many sites with subjects that get discussed over a period of time. Would a website or blog be the answer to lessen that problem?

quote:
Maybe someday there will be a manual on the subject we could all read...including Standards and RP's for BPRC Operation!


Sounds like an NMRA standards type idea.

Bernd
DanT Posted - 06/06/2018 : 2:44:37 PM
Hi Bernd,

This subject can be complicated. I know, I was there. I think the best way I can help others, and myself, is to break down any discussion into sub-topics like general arrangements and concepts, mechanical drives, motors, receivers and (sound) decoders, transmitters, batteries and charging, etc.

Otherwise, there's a tendency to go off-topic in a discussion after many posts, and difficulty in going back to a topic for re-reference. I've often abandoned further reading on other forums when faced with looking up something important that was mentioned a month or a year ago.

Maybe someday there will be a manual on the subject we could all read...including Standards and RP's for BPRC Operation!

Comments?

Dan
Bernd Posted - 06/06/2018 : 1:39:27 PM
Hi Dan,

That's good news all around. Here's to a speedy recovery from you surgery.

Since the new guy took over the forum doesn't seem to be working right so I have ceased to post there. I was going to take over the forum and Herb let me try it for a while. It took to much of my time, plus not knowing that much on how to administer a forum I decided after nearly a year that I did not want to take over the forum.

I'm very interested in any new info you care to share. I'm going to have to make the trek to the Springfield show some time so we can meet and discuss this subject.

One thing I'm a bit concerned about is David's business. Since I believe it's a one man show I'm concerned about product availability in the future. It would be great if there was a way to manufacture them over here. Since he doesn't seem to sell from his website anymore I sort of backed off a bit. I have found one source over here but he only sells certain R/C boards and not the full compliment that David has on his website.

I also believe that R/C and battery power is the future in model railroading. I've also discovered a unique drive system using eddy current tech from a British forum. It took me a year to realize how it worked I've posted on this forum and MRH forum about it. Seems modelers aren't that interested. Come to think of it lot's of modelers don't seem interested if it isn't plug-n-play.

If you want to discuss something that's not for public consumption you can e-mail me at protolancer(at)kingstonemodelworks(dot)com.

Bernd
DanT Posted - 06/06/2018 : 1:13:04 PM
Hi Bernd. Although I still contribute, what bothered me most was terminating the DelTang discussion, not only once, but twice, due to a "computer glitch".

I've been slow to make progress for a year due to health reasons. I had 7 hrs of surgery 12 days ago, but all is good and recovery is coming along nicely.

So I'm trying to double my efforts on BPRC. Met a major supplier at the Springfield show who is willing to sell locomotives to me w/o electronics. He tried it, and liked it.

After 6 years of experimenting, building and operating, I'm still convinced this, or some form of wireless-dead rail operation is the future for model railroading. I look back to the days when we had telephone booths everywhere, vs the smart phones we use today. Amazing progress!

I'll get back and summarize where I'm at and what I'm using and any constructive comments anyone might have.

Dan
Bernd Posted - 06/06/2018 : 07:43:55 AM
quote:
Originally posted by DanT

I think Bernd knows what I am talking about.

Dan



Hi Dan. Glad you joined up. I do know what you're talking about. I left that other forum due to a change in ownership and I wasn't very pleased with the out come.

Hope we can get a good dialog going here on BPRC. I have a project under way that has stalled out at the moment due to family commitments and many 1:1 projects.

Again glad you've come aboard. Hope we can make this topic come alive again.

Bernd
DanT Posted - 06/05/2018 : 11:17:52 PM
Just wanted to mention I'm close to having a BPRC model that will allow battery charging on-board (magnetic induction) without having to rely on track or wiring. This includes balance charging for two or more batteries. I've been operating for about five years using DelTang receivers alone or in combination with DC sound decoders. I usually post on another forum, but I wanted to mention here that IMO the method is superior and gaining momentum and worthy of continued development. I think Bernd knows what I am talking about.

Dan

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