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  1. The DCC80 is for DCC only and will not work on DC. If you want a DC switch then the alternative is the Gaugemaster GM500. And for anyone wanting the same function on a DCC layout where the turnouts are DCC-operated, the GM500D ("DCC-friendly") can be used instead of the DCC80.
  2. Yes - now twigged! sorry for the confusion and have updated my post!
  3. Just re-read the OP's post - realized he's bought the bogie and not the complete 2-BIL. Apologies for the confusion!
  4. The DCC socket is in the compartment at the inner end of the motor coach which is where the pickup wires go to. If it doesn't have a decoder, does it have a blanking plug fitted?
  5. Had the same experience, especially once the turnouts had been ballasted and painted. But replacing the steel operating wire is very simple. Just go to Ebay and scan for "piano wire". A couple of metres (0.032", .825mm, size 14) will easily do a dozen or more Tortoises. The instructions have a template to bend them to shape. Unless you want to operate these via DCC then a simple DPDT switch on your control panel is all you need.
  6. The only issue I appeared to have with the PSX was that the red warning LED on my control panel was on all the time, although dimly, when Railcom was activated. If I hadn't bothered with that LED I would not have known, as otherwise everything appeared normal. Not good that the PSX was in fact repeatedly power-cycling. So I'll run without. I'm happy that the LZV200's internal breaker works faultlessly, and of course Traincontroller knows immediately. My NCE Switch-8s, which do not work at all with Railcom active, are now on the LZV100 with Railcom disabled there. I've now added a flagman to TC whose trigger is "continue after stop or freeze" and whose operations are "lock all blocks", "lock all schedules" and "stop clock" (ie stop further schedules starting). So once I've dealt with the short (almost always a derailment) and restart, this flagman is triggered and existing schedules will only continue as far as their blocks have already been allocated, which allows me to make sure all is OK before resuming full automatic operation.
  7. Eventually today got this reply from Larry Maier of DCC Specialties (the designer of the PSX) about the issue with the PSX and Railcom - "Railcom removes power from the track to allow the reverse data transmission. The PSX derives its power from the track DCC. Essentially, every time Railcom cuts the track power, it removes power from the PSX which is therefore turning on and off. That is why you see a dim indication in your LED since it comes on every time track power is turned off by Railcom. You may be able to adjust the Railcom parameters such that the PSX is able to retain operation during the "power outage". The only other solution is to turn off Railcom or not use the PSX." I don't wish to disable Railcom, so looks like I have no further usage for the PSX.
  8. When you change a point with the LH100, the pulse duration is for as long as you hold down the button. When you change the turnout with JMRI, I assume the duration is the default set in the LS100 as it is with the LS150. Is this perhaps too short?
  9. According to "Locomotives in Detail: The Schools Class" by Peter Swift, the only 4 were 30900, 30914, 30919 and 30932. Well worth obtaining a copy. When considering renumbering you need to bear in mind the first 10 had noticeable differences from the remainder, in particular the position of the cab side windows which Hornby have faithfully reproduced. Also original vs. Lemaitre chimneys.
  10. 30919 was one of those members of the class which never received green livery and was black to the end.
  11. Re-wiring as Chamby has done is quite possible with these turnouts. But it looks as though the forthcoming slips and crossings may have the same problem, and will be nothing like as easy to bodge ....
  12. It's earlier in this thread starting here -
  13. I believe CV8=33 was the first implementation but the firmware has since been updated, probably on the '+' range of decoders. Just tried myself to reset a Lenz Standard+ decoder that's at the current firmware level (13) and it resets with CV8 via either 8 or 33.
  14. On the 3.6 documentation for the LZV100, there's an option called "E-Line Configuration" which allows you to do that , ie "Configuring the E line lets you select whether the system or single power district shuts down after a short. Write CV7=50, CV7=90: E-line to the LZ is activated (default) or CV7=50, CV7=91 E-line to the LZ is deactivated" With the E-line deactivated, only the booster suffering the short is shut down, not the command station. But the later documentation for the LZV100 no longer describes this although it still worked. No mention on the LZV200 either although it seemed to work, but the LZV200 did not return to normal when the short was corrected. However I was concerned about the way power seemed to be repeatedly being tested until the short was fixed. Perhaps that's why it's been dropped by Lenz. With the PSX I did not allow it to restart after 2 seconds automatically: once you've had a short with TC - even an intermittent one - you need time to deal with it, so I had a reset toggle switch wired up so when I was ready I could restart it. Usually this meant locking all blocks and schedules in TC so that once all trains had stopped I could make sure all were correctly positioned (eg not left straddling blocks). The E and M terminals also provide the emergency stop facility. I have several push-to-make red buttons wired to it, and a push-to-break button under the lift-up flap.
  15. Thanks. I've emailed them and I'll see what they come up with.
  16. If you ping dccspecialties.com it responds fine and says the IP address is But if you try to access that, or www. dccspecialties.com, it just hangs. This what I got this afternoon from an email sent yesterday Delivery has failed to these recipients or groups: [email protected] Your message wasn't delivered. Despite repeated attempts to deliver your message, the recipient's email system refused to accept a connection from your email system. Could simply be their server is down or in some sort of failed state?
  17. Decided this afternoon to carry out some more tests. With Railcom enabled (and hence the LED glowing) started a full TC automated schedule. Although everything seemed to be OK at first, I soon noticed nearly all trains were stopping 2-3 inches beyond their stop marker. Most noticeable were long trains that draw up to the end of the platform. So I disabled Railcom on the LZV200 and re-ran some of the affected schedules. All trains now stopped correctly. Seemed I had a decide whether to keep the PSX and disable Railcom, and only enable Railcom when I needed to make some changes. The LZV200 has a Global Railcom Detector, which means I can both read and write all CVs on any loco on the layout regardless of location. But then tried running a full schedule with Railcom disabled, and every now and again the PSX was tripping for its usual 2 seconds and restarting. I'm sure there was no overload despite the railway room being quite hot. It's not done that before. So I've decided there's no point in persevering with it at this stage. I have emailed DCC Specialties and will await what they say. The PSX is quite old - it's revision H from 2008. EDIT: the email has been bounced as undeliverable. I copy-and-pasted it from their documentation so I don't where they have gone.
  18. The two digital systems are not physically connected in any way. TC supports more than one digital system: on my layout engines and trains are defined to the LZV200, and feedback indicators and turnouts to the LZV100. I would have thought the same applies to your layout where your feedback indicators are on the LZV100 and everything else on the Z21. I did manage for a while with one LH100 handset, but have subsequently bought an LH101
  19. My suggestion was simply to use the switch on the Seep for the signal, so long as you were not using it for frog polarity.
  20. The LED is connected to the PSX, as the PSX is mounted out of sight. It is on terminals J5. When TC sees the LZV200 trip it appears to send a stop to the LZV100. The LH100 connected to the LZV100 flashes STOP when this happens. The E terminal is for connecting the LZV200 to a booster such as LV102/3. There is no connection between the two command stations. If I close TC and trip the LZV200 then the LZV100 does not get stopped.
  21. For many years I used a PSX-1 CB along with my Lenz LZV100 so that I could have both a track bus protected by the PSX, and an accessory bus that bypassed it. I mounted a 12v LED on the layout fascia so that I could see when it had tripped. Recently I upgraded to a Lenz LZV200 for a dedicated track bus, and used the LZV100 for turnouts, accessories and feedback. I use Traincontroller which takes care of that. In the process I decided not to continue with the PSX and disconnected it. Having the LZV100 for the turnouts meant I could enable Railcom on the LZV200, and also if I encountered a short when running manually, I could still change turnouts via the LZV100. Sadly that doesn't work, as when the LZV200 trips, TC sees that and kindly stops the LZV100 too. So I decided today to re-instate the PSX for the LZV200. Although it seems to work, the 12v LED is on all the time, but only about 50% brightness. If a short occurs, it illuminates fully. It was never partially lit before. My bus is a U-shape so I tried disconnecting one half and the LED goes out and the remaining half works fine. But disconnecting the other half does the same so it's not a track fault. But then I realized I had enabled Railcom on the LZV200, and when I disabled it the LED went out. I am at a loss to understand whether I have a problem or not. Trains seem to run OK. Anyone else with a PSX seen this?
  22. Are you using its polarity switch? If not you can use that. I followed the same principle but with the second built-in switch on my Tortoise motors. When I set the signal to green, the output goes direct to the green connection, and also to the route indicator but via the switch on the Tortoise. Thus the indicator only comes on if the signal is green and the diverging route is set. You could use the Seep switch to do the same thing.
  23. Is this model of a loco in original or rebuilt condition? Perhaps it would be useful if you could post the photo of it.
  24. To measure DCC voltage and load correctly you need something like the RRAmpmeter from DCC Specialities. Quite a few retailers have it available.
  25. I think the guy at Hornby has got it wrong. If you look at the R8249 manual where it lists supported CVs, it makes no mention of CV 19. EDIT: beaten to it by Nigel by a few seconds!
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