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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: MU Problem
« on: May 30, 2020, 01:36:55 PM »
I would try reversing the position of the engines, then MU them again. If the front engine is still hunting, check its maximum current setting.

RailPro Installations / Re: RP Install help
« on: May 06, 2020, 06:12:57 PM »
Bill, I have not seen that setup in a steamer, but there must be at least two wires coming from the wheels to the motor. It sounds like the tender is out of the equation as far as pickups go. If you have room in the locomotive for the LM, you will have to find the two track pickup wires, cut them midway between the wheels and the motor, and connect them to the red and black wires on the LM harness. Then connect the orange and black harness wires to the loose ends of the motor wires.

The white and blue harness wires connect to those long, stiff wires that go to the bulb.

I doubt there will be room for a speaker in the loco, but if you want sound, you can mount the speaker in the tender and run the brown harness wires to it.

If there is not enough room for the module in the loco, you could put it in the tender, but you would have all the wires running between the loco and tender, which might not look too good and may cause the tender to derail frequently.

If you are able to pull it off, please post some pics.  :)

RailPro Installations / Re: RP Install help
« on: May 06, 2020, 03:59:53 PM »
I can't see the picture too well, so I can't tell what that is, but is there room in the tender, and wires going to it from the locomotive? I have always installed LMs in the tender and have installed several Spectrum locos. If the engine has a headlight there should be 4 wires, and it should be easy to figure which ones go to the light or the pickups. Yours does not look like a Spectrum, and may be different.

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Railpro/DCC video
« on: April 30, 2020, 01:30:12 PM »
Nicely done, Kevin. Although I can see occasions where you pointed out that this feature would be helpful, I doubt I would ever use it, but that's just me. If RP hadn't come along my trains would still be in boxes on a shelf.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Proto Throttle
« on: April 23, 2020, 05:13:04 PM »
I get it, Tim. It might be a good idea for you to make a short list of improvements you would like to see in RPA and send it to TR. The worst thing that could happen is that he says he can't make those changes, but I would think he would at least try to work out some of them. I know you had some issues with him in the past but hopefully, that's behind you both. Can't hurt to try.

General Discussion / Re: Proto Throttle
« on: April 23, 2020, 08:50:35 AM »
I think most model railroaders are over 60 years old. From my club experience, most of those, including me, don't want to be programmers. It would be nice to have the technical and electronic knowledge that some of the members here have, but I don't. If I wanted absolute control over every operational feature of my locomotives, I could switch to DCC and JMRI, which is, from what I've seen, a nightmare to use. I don't have enough knowhow nor the inclination to do programming. Rather, I just want to push a button and have something happen. For those who want to program, it's good that companies like ESU and software like JMRI make that possible. Guys like me want someone else to do the programming so we can just enjoy running our trains. RailPro and RPA fill that requirement nicely. Could it be better? Sure, but the support I've gotten from TR over the years has been outstanding, and that in itself would be enough to keep me happy. When I hand a controller to my 5 year-old grandson, he too can just push a button and have a good time with the trains. Perhaps he will have a continuing interest if he someday inherits my trains, and helps perpetuate a dying hobby.

General Discussion / Re: Proto Throttle
« on: April 22, 2020, 12:13:08 PM »
RPA is the worst. While RailPro is the best, by leaps and bounds, RPA is a D- afterthought. It's an embarrassment to sell someone on RailPro and then have to bring up the RPA caveat. As dysfunctional as DCC and JMRI are (and you're absolutely right about JRMI Kevin) Rings RPA is equally as bad. In my opinion, RPA offsets almost all the benefits about the ease of use in RailPro.
I don't see RPA as being bad at all. The download and transfer speed is extremely slow depending on the file, but the interface works perfectly. There are minor things that could use improvement, but for free software it does the job well.

The Proto Throttle may be an improvement over some of the DCC controllers I've seen, but the tactile feedback would never be enough for me to switch to DCC. In fact, with my limited club experience with DCC, nothing they could design would be a good reason to go there. Hence, my User name. LoL!

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: One-handed soldering
« on: April 15, 2020, 01:17:12 PM »
Cool tool. Alan, you should get one and review it for us.  ;D

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: PWR56 Question
« on: April 15, 2020, 08:02:53 AM »
32' is pretty close to Ring's specs. I would say try it with one PWR56 centered on the layout and check the voltage at the ends of the run. If it is low you can get another power supply and adjust the location of the first one.

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Speaker Wiring
« on: March 26, 2020, 10:54:23 AM »
I haven't done it, and I wasn't sure. Thanks for the correction, Tim.

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Speaker Wiring
« on: March 26, 2020, 09:53:13 AM »
If you are using LED's in both front and rear you would need a resistor on both hot wires. If you place the resistor in the blue wire I believe you can get away with just one.

Go into your settings and make sure you have the correct light files on the appropriate buttons. If not, you will have to either copy them from the controller to the module or download them to the HC and then copy them over.

General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« on: March 20, 2020, 05:24:37 PM »
Our illustrious governor just ordered all non-essential businesses to close and all non-essential workers to stay home. I stocked up on food earlier in the week. It's been either too cold or too wet to work outside so I've been splitting my time on the computer or running trains. It's been surreal.  :o

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Speaker Wiring
« on: March 15, 2020, 02:11:05 PM »
When you are wiring the speakers, why not try both ways before you put the shell back on and see which you prefer? It's just two solder connections.

New Users Start Here / Re: Introduce Yourself...
« on: March 15, 2020, 09:17:54 AM »
Welcome, Stephen. I also had boxes of locomotives and cars I started collecting in the 70's. About eight years ago I decided to build a small HO layout in the basement. After much research I decided to go with RailPro. It was fun unpacking everything, and RP was definitely a good choice.

You should definitely set up a test track and pick up a CI-1 USB interface while you are waiting. I have a small test track right in front of my computer where I can test everything I work on while sitting down, without even needing a controller.

New Users Start Here / Re: Introduce Yourself...
« on: March 06, 2020, 01:00:05 PM »
Welcome Glenn, and thank you for your service.

If you are used to running DCC then you will love RailPro. It is much easier to use. Read through the threads on here when you have time. There is a lot of good information that will answer most of your questions including pictures, diagrams and installation tips.

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