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10/10/2017

This website was brought to our attention.  Are you looking for a lighted drumhead for your passenger observation coach?  This website might be the answer.  Tomar Industries in Pasco, WA has extremely larger selection.  Download or print.

7/8/2017

Addendum to the DCS WiFi Companion 1st Edition

The new premium version of the DCS application includes control of both TMCC and Legacy engines.  However, some of the hardware requirements have changed from what was required to operate only TMCC engines using the DCS remote.  There are a few caveats regarding TMCC and Legacy engines operation using MTH's Premium version of the DCS application that may not be readily apparent.  The free 12 page PDF document includes:

     •  Specific hardware and cables required to operate TMCC and Legacy engines or

        both MTH's DCS application, depending upon which command bases are being

        used and how the operator desires to operate these engines.

     •  Wiring diagrams for each of the possible connection configurations.

     •  Other caveats and consideration regarding operation of TMCC and Legacy

        engines using the DCS application.

You don't have to purchase anything to download this free PDF document.  While it includes some information not readily available anywhere else, its use requires no additional support.

Post from the O Gauge Forum by Barry Broskowitz.  Download or print.

4/18/2017

MTH has release their v6.00 and new DCS Loader Program v5.00.  The document outlines their recommendations for upgrading your DCS sortware suite and links are included.  Be sure to review the document before executing these updates.  East Texas-Model Trains provides this information.  We have not tested or verified this information.  Viewers should do their own research before upgrading their DCS software.  Download or print.

12/1/2016

PDF document listing Amtrak's 2016 ridership figures.  Download or print.

11/30/2016

Information about the Lionel TrainMaster Command Control Command Base DV-9 plug.  PDF document defines the pin numbers and each pin function.  There is a ground pin that needs to be used when the Lionel wall transformer fails.  This document outlines a temporary work around solution in a pinch.

The part number for a replacement wall transformer for the Command Base is 610-2911-010.  The output seems to be 12VAC at 100mA, however the ground pin is critical for proper TMCC Command operation.  Download or print.

4/14/2016

PDF document outlines the construction of Fastrack modules, wiring, part numbers and vendors.  Download or print.

2/3/2016

Website link for Marx Train Collectors to a long list of Marx Parts you can order online.

1/23/2016

Website link for Atlas O Parts There's exploded diagrams and part numbers on the drawings.

1/23/2016

The only MTH Service Center in East Tesas has closed effective 1/1/2016

1/15/2016

This 27mm PS-2 Flywheel Tac Tape can be printed to replace bad tac tape or add to 3rd party locomotives.  To order from MTH ask for part number BE-0000151 flywheel tac tape.  Both 27mm and 30mm are on the same sheet.  Download and print.

1/15/2016

This 30mm PS-2 Flywheel Tac Tape can be printed to replace bad tac tape or add to 3rd party locomotives.  To order from MTH ask for part number BE-000151 flywheel tac tape.  Both 27mm and 30mm are on the same sheet.  Download and print.

1/15/2016

PDF document recommended guidelines for retrofitting DCS to modular layouts.

1/15/2016

PDF document list the MTH rubber traction tires by part number with inside and outside diameter.  Some motorunits are listed under each traction tire part number.  Download or print.  (2009)

1/15/2016

PDF document list the MTH rubber traction tires by part number with inside and outside diameter.  Some motor units are listed under each traction tire part number.  Download or print.  (2013)

1/8/2016

The new MTH WiFi remote control system is out and if you need a copy of the User's Guide. Download and print.

11/30/2015

PDF document refers to the R2LC and LCRU2 circuit board to restore TMCC functions.  Download or print.

11/25/2015

Need a wheel puller?  This CTT article on how to make your own wheel puller might be what you need.  Download or print

11/25/2015

PDF document offers advise on how to wire your layout for DCS operation.

Download or print.

11/15/2015

PDF document provides a list of the DCS hand held remote soft key functions and descriptions.  Download or print

11/15/2015

PDF document of the 5th edition of the DCS User's Manual.  Download or print.

11/15/2015

PDF document provides some insight into replacing TIU's on your layout.

Download or print.

11/15/2015

PDF document of for the Z4000 transformer's remote control user manual.

Download or print.

9/9/2015

Normally we don't offer personal websites for our viewers, but this website come to our attention with some techical information that was interesting.  We have not validated or researched this information, so reader consider the source.  There is information about MTH DCS, PS-2 upgrades, transformer phasing, layout wiring, circuit protection that our readers might find helpful.  Remember, we are not endorsing this information.

8/27/2015

PDF document of commonly used whistles used on the railroad.  Download or print.

7/15/2015

Plasticville is a small piece of Americana that has become a traditional favorite of collectors world wide.  Bachmann Bros. began production of Plasticville structures and accessories in 1947 with a humble fence designed to be used underneath a Christmas tree.  In the following years they would produce many other Plasticville items that were designed to be used with the most popular electric trains of the period like Lionel, American Flyer and Marx.  (2 separate links)

2/15/2015

PDF document refers to the R2LC command module and how to program the operation of the locomotive features.  Listed are the 5 general purpose outputs.

     • Headlamps

     • Strobe Light

     • Cab Light

     • Smoke

     • Coupler

2/15/2015

PDF document address stall speed settings for one or multiple Lionel locomotives.  This function is key to locomotive lash ups.  Download or print

2/15/2015

PDF document refers to the TMCC Command Base and how you might be able to tune your Command Base.  Download or print.

2/15/2015

PDF document on settings for DCS and TMCC remotes.  DCS functions and sequences to operate TMCC locomotives.  Cab-1 remote commands for Lionel locomotives.  DCS tuning your locomotive's chuff intensity and performance instructions.  Listed are the Railsounds 5.0 features under TMCC.

2/15/2015

Should you have the MTH Digital Command System (DCS) track interface unit (TIU), you should review this document. PDF document is dated December 2010 and conveys information about the TIU Rev L Unit.  The download link embedded in the document may not be the most current executable file.  You should refer to the MTH website for the most current version or call MTH Electric Trains for more information (410.381.2580).  This document should be used as a reference document only.  Download or print.

2/15/2015

PDF document refers to the R2LC and LCRU2 circuit boards to restore sound, lights, motion and smoke operation.  Download or print

2/15/2015

PDF document refers to the R2LC and LCRU2 circuit boards to restore sound, lights, motion and smoke operation.  Download or print.

2/1/2015

We honor the memory of those railroaders who have gone before us.  Should you have a remembrance, wo would be honored to include them on our In Memoriam gallery.  Contact Us!

2/1/2015

PDF files of the Lionel Supplements 1 thru 47.  The index files will assist you in locating the supplement for your item number.  These exploded diagrams and part numbers are a value for the modelers who like to repair their own locomotives and rolling stock.  Download or print.

1/15/2015

PDF document of the remuneration chart for 1957 - 1958.  On Lionel letterhead out of Irvington, NH, this chart list catalog numbers, adjustments required, maximum time allowed and maximum charges for Lionel Service Centers.  Download or print.

10/25/2017

DCS Tips & Techniques

Article 1

Article 2

Article 3

Series of DCS tips & techniques to add to your enjoyment of the MTH Digital Command System.  Download or print.

10-26-2017

Need some K-Line Electric Trains parts?  Brasseur Electric Trains may have the part or parts you are looking for.  Click over to their website to review their list of parts.

11-1-2017

PDF File - How the New York Central RR set the U.S. speed record for a passenger train in July 1966.  Download or print.

2-15-2017

Had questions about the Royal Gorge Incline Railroad and about the restoration plans after the fires in that area.  We reached out the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park folks and received this reply.

"Thank you for your interest in the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. We are in the research stages as to what type of ride will replace the incline as we are unable to duplicate the funicular railway that we had pre-fire. We hope to have access to the bottom of the gorge in the next few years.  We will keep everyone posted through Facebook and our website when this takes place."

Gail

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

PO Box  549

Canon City, CO 81215

888-333-5597

12-20-2017

Received an email from a viewer with a link to some old and older Lionel Electric Train catalogs.  They thought it might be interesting for our viewer, who are Lionel operators, to look at.  They are PDF files that could be saved off to your computer or printed out.  The oldest catalog is 1902, then jumps to some 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, 1950's and two 1960's catalogs.  Download or print.

Western Pacific Snow Plow

Photo by: G. Ellis

2-1-2018

History of Railroads in

Dallas, TX

St. Louis San Francisco Railway " Frisco"

Tulsa Texas - 1936 - 1938 Passenger service from Tulsa to Dallas

Black Gold - Trains 507 & 508  1938 - 1959 Passenger service from

          Tulsa to Dallas

Texas Flash - Trains 117 & 118  1946 - 1947 Passenger service from

          Kansas City -      Tulsa - Dallas

The Bluebonnet - Train 7 & 8  1927 - 1948 Passenger Service from St. Louis - Dallas

2-1-2018

History of Railroads in

Dallas, TX

Missouri-Kansas-Texas "Kathy"

The Bluebonnet - Trains 27 & 28  1927 - 1957  Passenger service from     

          St Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, San Antonio

Katy Flyer - 1893, 1895 - 1896 - 1899 - 1965  Passenger service from

          St Louis, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio

Texas Special - Trains 1 & 2  1915 - 1964  Passenger service from

          St Louis, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio (joint with Frisco)