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Modular Railroading at its Best
Because our club is a modular club, it is necessary to have our DCC equipment portable. Several of the guys have devised their own system for transportability, but I liked the carrier Bill used and copied his design. However, mine looks better (he he he). My carrier is trimmed in the Classic Blue, Black, Gray and Gold of the B&O. Take a look.
The picture does not do the carrier justice. It took me just about a week to do
this well. Each color was painted on a different evening.
Check out the 'screen' covers and the gold stripping.
I used fiberglass drywall joint tape on a 45 degree angle to accomplish this. I wasn't extremely happy with the results but you are your own worst critic too.
This is the carrier with NCE's Power House Pro DCC System installed in it. On the right is the PHP. The left unit is a PB205 dual 5 amp booster. The two white boxes on the left are the transformers. I highly recommend the system. It is powerful and simple to use. I had no DCC understanding before joining the club but the directions were easy to follow and I believe I can pretty much do anything I want to do with programing of the decoders. It is a little hard to see in this photo, but there is a programming track behind the carriers handle.
On the right hand side of the carrier we rout all of our power. This helps keep the wiring clean and understandable. The lower barrier strip is where I brought the transformer power and then fed it to the PHP system. The upper barrier strip is coming from the boosters and is fed to the appropriate track for power. The toggle switch is for the program track. One side of the toggle switch is set for program track power and the other is for track power. That way, after you program your locomotive, you do not have to pick up the loco, take it to the layout, put it on the track, blah, blah, blah. You can do it all on the program track from program to testing. Great idea Bill.