This article describes what it takes to make an automated reverse loop for an A.F. layout. Includes a parts list and diagrams.
The author describes his efforts into getting into battery-powered S-scale locomotives. It includes an interior photo of his S-Helper Service NW2 converted.
Diagrams accompany this article about how to build this throttle that has been in use with members of the Central New Jersey S Scalers.
The author provides a detailed guide for how to add exterior lighting to structures, to liven up the scenes.
This is an in-depth article describing what command control is, which the major systems are on the market at the time of the writing, how these systems works, and how to wire them to your layout.
The author describes how he used a diode to have a DC locomotive run on half-wave AC output from a Lionel transformer. The article also covers full-wave (bridge rectifier) usage with AF steam locomotives, and converting AC AF locomotives to DC.
This installment covers the system components needed for a complete DCC system.
The author introduces DCC, what it means, what it allows the layout operator to do, and how it works.
How to determine wheel-slip current draw and stall current, so that you can find the appropriate DCC decoder, is described in this article.
Breaking a storage yard into small blocks allows the controlled movement of just one engine in the yard, without the others moving as well.
How to install these throttles to operate A.F. AC equipment with DC throttles and track.
The author describes how he was able to install the Onboard system by Keller into an AF PA-1 and a Rex Mogul. Includes diagrams and an installation photo.
The author describes how he installed a Soundtraxx Econami DCC sound decoder into a Rex Suburban locomotive. Includes installation photos.
The author describes how he installed command control into an American Model FP7.
This installment covers installing the Keller Engineering system into an American Models GP, which proved to be difficult due to the lack of interior space.
This installment covers how to provide flicker-free lighting. Several engine installations are covered in the article.
More about the flicker-free circuitry introduced in the previous issue, specifically covering the Rex engines.
The article starts off with a preface by the editor Bob Jackson, correcting a number of mistakes in his previous introductory article on command control in the February 1992 issue. The series continues with a description of install the Onboard system in Omnicon F7 A and B units, and in an American Model GP9.
Continuing with the series of how command-control can be implemented in S-scale, the authors cover the ability to plug in the controller at various points along the layout and how to wire that with the Keller Engineering Onboard system, and how to wire the layout for the system.
The author describes how he takes audio speakers, dresses them up as buildings, and places them around his layout.
The author describes that A.C. Gilbert A.F. locomotives can run on DC track power just fine, and that using walk-around throttles is a good alternative to increasing the power of your power pack.
The days of the large control panels are done. The author is building his layout with DCC and radio-frequency throttle.
This half-page drawing-with-notes shows how to add a mars light to a passenger car.
The author shares his method for automatic control for American Flyer reverse loops.
The author describes his light-duty home-made resistance soldering tool.
The author describes a solution he has come up with to throw a Tortoise-driven turnout by simply using a 9V battery.
Detailed information about how trains have been controlled, what "dead rail" is, and how to convert your engines to battery power. The article is continued on page 33 of the PDF version.
A good explanation of how our locomotives have been powered from the 1950s (AC, DC) to now (DCC).
This article covers how to wire your layout's single-ended or double-ended yard, including an automatic stopping section. Several diagrams are included to clarify the text.
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