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General Discussion / Re: Throttle Holders
« on: December 05, 2019, 07:32:00 PM »
Those are neat. It would also be nice to have a tab molded into the bottom of the HC, to attach a lanyard. Lee Nicolas uses lanyards on his layout.

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RailPro Installations / Re: Intermountain F3 install
« on: December 04, 2019, 02:52:03 PM »
Thanks for that, maybe someone will benefit from my experience. I'll add that I shrouded the headlight in heatshrink, cuts down on light leaks. The Intermountain chassis also includes spaces for bulbs/LEDs to illuminate the class lights and numberboards, when the time comes. I'll likely add a backup light, since my railroad had them on F units, over the rear door. I had to email Intermountain for the programming on the lightboard pins, Lee Ryan was most helpful.

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RailPro Installations / Intermountain F3 install
« on: December 04, 2019, 09:32:52 AM »
Sharing this, an LM-3S in an HO 8-pin DCC-ready Intermountain F3. I first tore down and cleaned up the drive components, a process which is essential for most efficient performance, since I acquired this loco second-hand. Stiff pickup wires caused the original trucks to derail -- a known issue -- Intermountain provided replacements. I retained the factory light board for plug-in convenience and added a Yelo-Glo Miniatronics LED headlight, mounted on a styrene base that will also support crew figures. The LM is at the rear, with an iPhone 4S mounted on top, and both fit with no frame or shell modifications. I downloaded a generic diesel sound which offers more bass rumble than the ULT 567-16. An older model that's nicely-detailed and a good runner with RailPro.

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RailPro Installations / Proto BL2 install
« on: November 17, 2019, 04:49:36 PM »
My second install, pulled the light board and hard-wired an original late-issue BL2 with an LM-2. I left in the plastic board to mount the module and lights. The headlight and rear light are Miniatronics 3mm YeloGlo LED with resistors, shrouded in heatshrink. I added heatshrink tubing to cover solder joints and other bare wire. For neatness, I removed unused wires from the JST plug. The crew figures got some detail paint, as well. Still have some work to do to seal light leaks in the cab, and to add phosphor wire pickups to the trucks. Interestingly, this loco runs better in a consist than alone.

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RailPro Installations / Atlas GP7 install
« on: November 14, 2019, 11:14:56 PM »
Thought I'd show my install -- my first sound and light job for any loco. I retained the factory light board for plug-in convenience of the LM-S3, with the board's protruding pegs clipped off. I wired a pair of shortened iPhone 4s speakers in series, for greater amplitude, mounted on .030 styrene super-glued to the chassis towers. I got the speakers from Kaylee Zheng of Tom's Trains in Connecticut (www.tomstrains.com). The lights are Miniatronics YeloGlo LEDs, shrouded with shrink tubing, mounted near the stock lightbars with the tube extension clipped off. I use masking tape to hold things down, easier to manipulate than Kapton tape.

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Model Railroad Planning and RP
« on: November 14, 2019, 09:24:23 PM »
Large O scale layout featured in MRP, noting in the Table of Contents and high up in the story that it runs deadrail on battery. Only later in the text does it briefly mention RailPro installed by Remote Control Systems of New England. All well and good, but this is one reason why, when I tell other hobbyists I am using RP, they say, "Oh yes, that's a battery system." Only when I demo and explain that it runs on constant voltage like DCC do they warm to the subject.

RailPro is (and is perceived as) a fringe system, and that's a shame for the all good things it brings to the table. 

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: lighting adjustment
« on: November 11, 2019, 03:35:03 PM »
To conclude: Updated the LM and light functions, all's good now. Thanks to all who chimed in.

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: lighting adjustment
« on: November 10, 2019, 11:25:52 AM »
So...LM updated, HCb updated, but still can't save adjusted dim function.

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: lighting adjustment
« on: November 07, 2019, 08:46:59 PM »
I'm having the same issue -- updated the LM2S, but when I tried to adjust the headlight brightness and return to the button setup page, the indicator returns to full brightness, so only saves at full brightness. This occurred no matter what brightness I tried to set it at. Also, I lost the existing dimmed setting when I attempted to adjust.

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General Discussion / Re: New dealer for RailPro
« on: November 05, 2019, 05:55:20 PM »

Micro-Mark.

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Atlas/Kato GP-7
« on: November 05, 2019, 03:47:44 PM »
Your talking about an approximately 30 year old design engine.  Kato drives are great.  There are those that complain about some the performance in DCC, but I'm convinced that that is just module related problems.
I just finished an install on an Atlas/Kato unit.  I Put in a LM-3s, an iPhone speaker and LED's.  It was a fun effort.  Ran and sounded good.  Fell respectfully in the data base of Atlas/Kato engines.

What vintage Athearn GP7 are you talking about.  I would be interested to hear more of what you shout was the problems.
Larry

Larry--Could you post a photo of your install with the shell off? It would be instructive. Thanks!

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: LM2S behavior
« on: November 01, 2019, 04:00:08 PM »
Just to report, upgraded the LM2 and the loco ran better, thanks to all who commented. Per the keep-alive comment, I will add that Tony Koester uses miniature slide switches to power some frogs (mostly non-mainline) on his NKP layout.  But, like other aspects of this hobby, you can spend as much as you want on frog juices and similar circuitry.

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: LM2S behavior
« on: October 31, 2019, 04:29:13 PM »
It should fix a lot of issues, but if you continue to have stalls at frogs you may have a pickup problem. If you are using un-powered frogs, you may need a keep-alive in the locomotive.

On my shopping list!

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: LM2S behavior
« on: October 31, 2019, 03:48:00 PM »
Have you updated the module and your HC to the current software?

No, I haven't. Thanks for that. I suppose that will also eliminate the motor buzzing even when the throttle is at zero?

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RailPro Discussion & Help / LM2S behavior
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:00:19 PM »
Hello board,

I hard-wired an LM2S in a Life-Like Proto BL2. It runs fine except for occasional stalls on dead spots, such as frogs, which causes the module to switch direction and I have to change it back. Also, a stall will sometimes unlink a consist, forcing a re-linking. Is this normal behavior for the module? I am using Atlas metal frog C100 and 83 switches without supplementary feeds. Thanks!

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