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ntbn1 Feb 19, 2016

  1. ntbn1

    ntbn1 TrainBoard Member

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    I am out of my comfort zone as an avid N-Scaler and am in need of some MTH help. Our club is building a small three rail layout with 2 loops for children to have a chance to operate a train as part of the National Train Day in Normal, IL. We have 2 MTH starter sets and additional track to complete the two loops. What we need are ideas on how to put some kind of throttle control on the MTH radio control throttles. We know the kids will go for full speed. Is there a good way to limit the speed to maintain some control and to avoid trains leaving the tracks? We will be using the Amtrak Intercity Express set and the CSX ES44AC Freight sets.

    Dave Gentry
    Cache Valley & Northern RR
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'm not familiar with their R/C stuff. I kind of stuck in the post-War era three rail. :(
     
  3. country joe

    country joe TrainBoard Member

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    Reduce the voltage going to the track. Lower voltage means lower top speed.
     
  4. ntbn1

    ntbn1 TrainBoard Member

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    I get that reduced voltage will slow the trains, but the wall transformer is a constant voltage and I do not see a way to put a limit on the radio controlled throttle. Could we mount a rheostat between the wall and the layout?

    Dave Gentry
     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'd look for something which you could place between that throttle and the track. Not between the wall wart and throttle.
     
  6. Keith

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  7. country joe

    country joe TrainBoard Member

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    Sorry Dave, I forgot that the starter sets come with a constant voltage wall transformer. You can't program the top speed with the wireless controller supplied with the sets. If one of your members has a DCS system they can program the top speed of each loco. If you have a hobby shop that sells MTH they may be able to program the top speed for you. Other than that I can't think of an easy way to limit the speed.
     
  8. ntbn1

    ntbn1 TrainBoard Member

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    Keith, you were on target. That is exactly what we were looking for. Thanks.

    Dave Gentry
     

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