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The New Features have officially been announced and are now available...

Posted today on Ring Engineering Website:  (


DCC support Added to LM-3(S) and LM-2(S) modules

RailPro locomotive modules are now Dual Mode! They can be controlled by typical DCC DCC systems or by Direct Radio!

New Video - DCC + Radio Control

New Ultimate Series Sounds!
We have new sound technology for RailPro! Our new sound technology is powered by full digital recordings of real locomotives, precision mixing, and when coupled with our new motion technology truly creates the ultimate in sounds experience. One of the many new features in our new sound solution, is a feature that eliminates the annoying looping effect that exists in even high-end DCC offerings.

New Ultimate Series Sound Files  Only sound files that end in ULT are Ultimate Series Sounds.
Alco 251 ULT
EMD 645 Turbo ULT

New True Motion Technology!
Our new True Motion Technology uses a mathematical model that simulates static friction, dynamic friction, and more to make your locomotive run with more realism than ever before! And this technology is real easy to use. Just set the amount of user load and crank up the throttle. Hear and see your locomotive pound out the horsepower and smoothly break away from a dead stop. Feel the effects of the inertia as you drop off the throttle!

New Light Effects and Light Effect Editor!

RailPro has now added a light effect editor to its easy to use RailPro Assistant Software. You can create almost any imaginable light effect that you want. The light effect editor allows you to make custom light effect files for your locomotives and Accessory projects.
New light effect capabilities include new natural fade on off light effects!


I'm sure the Beta testers will have lots to say about these new features in the coming days.

RailPro Discussion & Help / RailPro HC Holster
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:05:48 PM »
There have been some discussions in the past about modifying your HC to attach a lanyard. The lanyard idea is great and it is easy to add, but a recent discussion among the beta testers has reminded me that Tim Ring strongly cautions people not to open their HC's up.

This past week I received a wonderful gift from one of my clients. A pair of Hip Holsters that fit the HC perfectly! My customer got them surplus from his place of work. He thought I would appreciate them - and I DO! It's a very generous gift. Thank you!!

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The Holster is mounted on a strap that is meant to go around your waist. It holds the HC securely and snugly.

These are so awesome that I figured others would be interested in them too, so I set about researching where others could get them at retail. It turns out these holsters are for a handheld Motorola Scanner and are only available directly from the manufacturer of the holster unless you want to by a $1500 barcode scanner. Retail Price on the holster is north of $75 US.  Yikes!

It also turns out that I can buy them wholesale, but they are still quite pricey. My cost is $45.75 US plus shipping.

If anybody is interested in these, I am willing to get them for you at cost. There is no minimum order.


RailPro Discussion & Help / Brake Sounds?
« on: September 07, 2017, 08:58:55 PM »
Can somebody explain what these Brake Sounds are supposed to represent and how they should be used?

Brake Automatic Release
Brake Automatic Set
Brake SafeSet Release
Brake SafeSet Set

I've always wondered.

RailPro Discussion & Help / Choosing LED's
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:31:54 PM »
Hi everyone,

I have a New DCC Ready Kato SD45 that I want to finish up and weather. I've installed an LM-3S into it using an 8 to 9 pin TCS wiring harness. The LM-3S is not driving the lights. The existing LED's do still work under DC.

I'm not sure why they don't work with the LM.

I figure I'm ready to pull the board from this unit and do a complete hard wire, and I thought I might try my first LED install, but I'm new at working with LED's. I've pretty much ignored lighting until now.

Kevin P indicates that he uses SMD LED's from Evans Design.

My questions are:
Which voltage?
What resistors?

Any tips or suggestions?

General Discussion / Moderation
« on: July 23, 2017, 03:21:21 PM »
Dear Members,

Today I had to put on the moderator's hat and remove a series of comment for the first time in the RPUG's history.

I removed the first comment because it was no longer useful and I removed the replies because they were no longer relevant.

If you have an issue with something somebody has posted, please feel free to contact me to deal with it, there is no benefit in publicly chastising another member because of a poor choice of words. It only turns people off and may even drive people away from our group.

I'm proud to say that this kind of thing isn't a regular occurrence here.
I hope we can keep it that way.

Please refrain from posting inflammatory comments.

Thank you everyone, you are all valued members here.

General Discussion / Any Memebers in Minneapolis?
« on: July 06, 2017, 06:24:39 AM »
I'll be in Minneapolis MN on July 12th and I'm arranging a modelers meetup for supper around 5 or 6 pm.

Anybody interested in getting together?

RailPro Software Updates / RailPro Assistant Software v3.10
« on: June 28, 2017, 05:55:46 PM »
RailPro Assistant Software v3.10 has been released today. (June 28, 2017)

From the What's new Page on Rings Website:

"New RailPro Assistant Program Revision 3.10
IMPORTANT:  The new RailPro Assistant Software uses a new server.  The old server will be taken out of service.  Therefore to continue using the RailPro Assistant you must update to the new Revision.  Go to the RailPro Assistant Software Page and start the down load. The new revision of the RailPro Assistant Program has improved Internet file transfer speed.  It is also more dependable across poor quality internet connections and wireless internet connections with poor signal strength."

Download from here:

I know this sounds just like the post from Feb 4, but this time, it seems to be significantly faster. I loaded a bell sound that I had never loaded before in mere seconds, and downloaded a prime mover to the HC sim in 13 minutes with no hicups on my wifi connection.

Today I have confirmed that you can install a TCS KA3 or KA4 Keep Alive on the LM-3S without a bridge rectifier.

  • This only applies to RailPro LM3 modules. Older Modules need a Bridge Rectifier to install a Keep Alive

Wire the Keep Alive as follows:

Module 9 Pin Blue (Common Wire) to KA3/4 Blue +12v Wire
Module 6 Pin Yellow (Negative Wire) to KA3/4 Black/White Ground Wire

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Forum Tips and Help / Membership has it's benefits...
« on: April 02, 2017, 09:45:20 AM »
Are you lurking on this forum without becoming a member?

If so, you're missing some great resources; The Files Board, the Bug Board, and the Classifieds!

Become a member of the the RPUG by registering today

RailPro Discussion & Help / Making a Lanyard for your RailPro HC
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:33:25 PM »
**WARNING** This might void your warranty.

One thing the physical HC design is missing is a spot to attach a lanyard.

Thanks to a recent suggestion by fellow RailPro user Lee Nicholas, I added a lanyard to my HC’s!

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Tools Required:
  • Small Phillips Screwdriver
  • Soldering Iron
  • 9/64” Drill Bit & Drill
  • 5/16” Wrench

Parts List:
  • 2x - #6 Black Oxide Flat Washer (Zoro No. G3412227)
  • 1x - 1.25” Black Oxide Eyebolt & 6-32 Nut (Zoro No. G3472585)
  • 1x - 6-32 Silver Nut (purchased from local hardware store)
  • 1x – Lanyard of your choice (I got mine on eBay)

I mounted the eye bolt on the bottom housing piece so it would sit closer to my body.
Mounting it on the bottom of the front plate would have been easier, but I think it would tend to hang funny then.

Assembly was easy, here’s how I did it:
  • Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the 4 screws on the back of HC.

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  • Set the HC on its back and lift the front off. Gently pressing on the screen will get it to release from the plastic bezel. This will leave the HC innards intact with the back plate of the body. Set the front plate aside for reassembly later.

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  • I used a hot soldering iron to make a pilot dimple in the bottom of the HC.

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  • Use the 9/64” drill bit to make the hole for the eye bolt.

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  • Thread the black nut onto the eye bolt as far as it will go until it locks at the end of the thread.

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  • Place a washer on the eye bolt over the nut.
  • Insert the eyebolt into the hole in the HC.
  • Place the next washer onto the eye bolt.
  • Thread the silver nut onto the eye bolt.
  • Tighten up the silver nut with the wrench, making sure to keep the eye bold aligned.

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  • Replace the front plate being careful to align the screen and power button as you go.
  • Pick up the HC, turn it over, and replace the 4 screws on the back.
  • Attach your lanyard and Highball!

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- Bill

RailPro Discussion & Help / TCS Keep Alives for RailPro
« on: March 18, 2017, 02:28:29 PM »
I am pleased to announce that TCS KA3's and KA4's are now available from PDC.CA

The Keep Alive's are $20.50 US each including free shipping in the US or Canada.
You can also add Bridge Rectifiers for $0.35 each.

These products are available now on my RailPro and accessories page:

Forum Management / Updates to RPUG
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:35:34 AM »
The RPUG forum software has been updated to the latest version this weekend.

I have also enabled SSL for the site to eliminate scary security warnings and secure your interactions with the Forum.

If you notice any issues with how the forum is working please let me know by email at

General Discussion / MOVED: Need Help Writing Program for AM-1S
« on: February 28, 2017, 10:46:31 PM »

Hi everyone,

I updated my Genesis GP38-2's with TCS Keep-Alives yesterday.

These units are DCC ready and my LM install consists of simply plugging the Module into the socket on the locomotive's internal circuit board.

To install the Keep-Alive, I simply spliced my DF04S Bridge Rectifier into the wiring harness on the board.

I snipped the black and red wires, and installed the DF04S so the positive terminal was on the red wire leading into the module.

I soldered the positive (blue) wire for the KA3 to the positive terminal and the black/white wire to the negative terminal.

I like this package for the DF04S because it has a fair bit of room to work with it and fits this situation nicely.

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Wiring Diagrams:

RailPro Software Updates / New Light Effects
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:47:05 PM »
Ring Engineerings What's New Page lists the following new light effects as of today:

New Light Effects
- Dual Mars Sync
- Dual Double Strobe Sync

The Sync (Synchronized) light effects control two light output with light effects that occur at the same time on both outputs. On the regular versions of these light effects, the light effects occur at opposite times.

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