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  1. I would start watching them ---- now You will go back to them several times (probably, most people do!)
  2. There is whole series of videos for iTrain that Bob Fuller and I have created for iTrain. you will find them listed here New iTrain Tutorial Video Series - iTrain forum (berros.eu) It is also the best place to ask questions about iTrain. with respect to the specific question, do you mean that 2 feedbacks can be combined into 1 block? If so then the answer is yes.
  3. Railcom doesn't cause me any issues programming the DR4018 and I have 7 of them set up at the moment.
  4. I don't know of any accessory decoders that are common negative Sorry, perhaps someone hand provide a way of solving the issue.
  5. You can use most accessory decoders - assuming the lamps are wired with a common positive, or are all individual, a good one that is cost effective and should meet you needs is a DR4018.
  6. Nope, you can do that with Railcom+ and an ECoS but not with a DR5000 and the Z21 Application
  7. Can you summarise the 75 mins into a few points that we need to be wary off?
  8. The circuit schematic that I have used is here. I used a 12v supply as I had one available. Just use whatever is required by the signals.
  9. I can assure you 100% that they do work and you do not need relays or anything else when used with the appropriate decoder or even a switch. You simply connect the DC positive line into the centre and switch the negative from side to side using the frog polarity switch. the will cause the out to swap over pos/neg to neg/pos which is what you need for the ground signal. If your decoder outputs neg/pos/neg and is configurable to constant output e.g. for LED signal then you can simply connect directly to it.
  10. This is what you need DCC Decoder Converter 3 Wire to 2 Wire (3 Pack) (dccconcepts.com) You change the polarity using the frog and this will change the signals
  11. John this has always been there and if you are always using feedbacks, or accessory decoders, in the same groupings then it is a handy way to keep track of wiring - especially useful for fault finding. I place all my feedbacks with addresses below 100 is blocks of 16 which gives me 96 (6 x 16). I place single feedbacks above 101. I do similar with turnouts using blocks of 8 below 56 and single cobalt motor at above 64
  12. They destroy the DCC signal, or at best severely attenuate it and loco running will be very poor. It depends on the age of the model you are converting as to whether it just has a capacitor or it also has the coil fitted. It is obvious especially as what you need to do is connect the red and black leads to the pickups and the orange and grey to the brushes with nothing in between :)
  13. Only thing I would suggest are that you make sure you remove the choke (inductor) and capacitor or you will have issues when running. A Zimo MX617 fits nicely onto the cab roof, but as I said a fairly easy job.
  14. yes, I have done it several times, not a difficult task.
  15. To achieve what you want you are looking at a computer programme, and that then means you need to have a system of detection and occupation which then means you need a communication bus to get that information back to the command station. Once at the command station you then need an interface to tell the computer that something is in block A or Block B. The DCC system will control the trains but it will be the computer with all the rest of the stuff that will tell you what train is where. This will still allow you to drive the trains manually and you can still change t
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