Check your engines and rolling stock before you place them on the
layout. This means couplers AND clean wheels for your engines and
rolling stock. Dirty wheels cause dirty tracks and DCC problems. If
you have operating issues, please remove your equipment so
others can continue operating while you use the work bench to
correct your problem.
The last car in a consist should have an EOT indicator, a lighted
car, or resistance wheels so that our track detection will see it.
To avoid loco address conflicts,
check the Engine Dispatch Board located in the workbench area to
ensure that your loco’s address is not being used. Then list your
name and your loco’s address. Before leaving, remove your
information from the board.
No food or drinks inside the layout. Spills do happen which cause
problems. Please keep the layout clean.
Before placing your train on
or removing it from the layout, make certain that the yard’s
lead-track power is off. With power on, a system short can
occur. No big deal. However, that short could also foul up your
engine’s decoder. Very big deal!
Casey Jones is watching. Be
aware of the trains ahead of and behind you. If you use a
turnout, return it to the original position when clear. If you
inadvertently stop on the mainline, advise those behind you.
Use the spring-loaded,
three-position toggle switches for turnout control whenever
available, but use momentary contact only. Holding a switch
against the return spring will burnout the motor. Never flick
the turnouts with a finger in order to move them. Our turnout
motors are being replaced. and they will be controlled by two
position, unsprung switches that will eliminate this problem.
So, if you feel spring pressure when you move a toggle switch,
let go when it reaches the fully displaced position.
If you inadvertently break
something on the layout and cannot fix it yourself, tell a board
member so that it can be fixed. No harm, no foul, it does
If your train has a problem,
take it to the work bench and fix it or reprogram it. If you
need help, it’s free for the asking.
When you’ve finished running a
train, it’s important that you dispatch it (remove it from the
system’s command station). While the loco’s address and speed is
displayed, set the speed to zero and press the EXIT key to
remove the address from your throttle and the system. Ref:
Digitrax DT 402 throttle instruction sheet—Digitrax.com
has the latest version of all their instruction sheets and
If your drink cup contains
liquid and/or ice, please don’t empty it into our trash bins.
The liquid will seep out make a mess. Pour liquid and/or ice
into our sink or outside on the grass before you throw your cup
Wheel cleaning stations are
located at the workbench.
Coupler standards - Kadee type
couplers set to NMRA standards.
Wheel standards - All metal
Consists - Lightweight cars
should always follow heavy cars, not precede them. When on
curves, the drag from heavy cars may cause the light cars to
derail and/or break couplers.
Passing and yard tracks - No
parking on a passing track when taking a break. Leave your train
on a yard track.
When several members are
operating trains—an open house or the fair—be considerate of
others and do not set out more than one train so that yard
tracks are available to other members when needed.
DCC frustration: Someone sets
up his train on a yard track, but when the throttle is
activated, the engine does not move nor do the lights, horn or
whistle work. He asks for help and is told to put his loco on
the work bench’s programming track and reset the decoder to the
factory default address, 03. Now it works, but he must reprogram
the loco’s address and customized CVs, a time consuming task. I
hope he kept a record of his CV settings.
In the preceding situation,
the operator didn’t hear someone yell, “Short,” during his
setup. Yep, that was his train, and it happened because he did
not ensure that the yard track’s power was off. That short
confused his loco’s decoder, which immediately played dead. DCC
can play wicked tricks when proper operating procedures are not
During the fair, run your
train when scheduled to do so. You can visit the fair grounds
when not scheduled at the club. If taking a food break, use the
table and chairs on the upper balcony.
Have fun. It’s the world’s
greatest hobby, and we are truly fortunate to have this