Ok, so I don’t expect every railroad to use this technique to run their staging yard, this railroad is SO big and expects to have SO many locos on the track at the same time that it makes sense to power down those sidings that are not in service. The alternatives to this include separate relays to power down each siding. You could do this without the assistance of a smart stationary decoder like the DS64’s but you would still need to push at least two buttons in order to power down the other sidings and power up the one you needed. While we (there are many buddies working on this railroad) are closer to finishing this monumental railroad, things have changed, even from this video. More to come, enjoy.
So, this is as hard as it gets. While this is one of the best designed and manufactured models in the business it leaves little room to add a DCC (Digital Command Control) microprocessor decoder.
There are times when the decision process takes as long or longer than the installation. This is one of those times. The first part of this series deals with those options and a discussion of the alternatives.
This is about as simple as it gets. Even the shell removal was quick. The Train Buddy shows how easy it is to install of a DCC (Digital Command Control) decoder (microprocessor) in an HO scale (1:87) working model of a Baldwin VO-1000 series railroad locomotive manufactured by Stewart Hobbies. Notice that, sometimes you have to use some common sense, even with the true “plug in” decoders for placement. Sometimes the “decoder selector” is not quite right as sometimes the manufacturer has multiple runs of the same engine type.
The Train Buddy installs another decoder but this time it is “full wire”. No plugs, no connectors, no room for error as the decoder does not have any plugs. This is one of the more difficult installs and is usually scheduled for 1 hour of work. Spoiler: it doesn’t always go as planned, even for the simpler ones. There is another engine very similar, the EMD E7 by Life Like Proto 2000 that is available on this channel just a few short months ago. Similar but it was a sound decoder install with more intricate lighting.
This is a saga about troubleshooting and fixing an engine that has had an issue with picking up electricity from the rails through the wheels and eventually to the electronics. While this is a common problem, as the trucks are in constant motion while running and the wires are being flexed and eventually break, the solutions are not always simple. This series deals with a reputable manufacture, a new engine and a new design that may, or may not be the best solution to this common problem.