MTH DCS Question

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Grant Kerr, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. Grant Kerr

    Grant Kerr New Member

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    Posted this on the O scale forum as well.... I am looking for info from anyone who may have tried to get the bell and whistle to operate from using reed magnets on 2 rail MTH DCS systems rather than using the controller. Any and all options would be considered.
    Thanks in advance
    Grant
  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    What does the bell and whistle require to make it go? I momentary switch closure? Or does it need to be held closed for the duration of the whistle?
  3. Grant Kerr

    Grant Kerr New Member

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    I believe in DCS mode that the loco recieves AC power with a DC signal impressed on the rails. To activate the Bell or whistle it needs to be told to do so by pressing the apropriate button. What I am trying to do is have this function operate by reed switches used as track magnets. In essence I am trying to find out if any one has tried to do this and if succesful how they did it.
  4. Dave Farquhar

    Dave Farquhar Member

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    The old Lionel whistling tenders worked that way, adding a DC signal to the AC, in the 1950s. I don't know anything about DCS, unfortunately. I do have a suggestion though. On the Classic Toy Trains (http://www.trains.com), O Gauge Railroading (http://ogaugerr.infopop.cc/eve/ubb.x), and Model Train Journal (http://www.modeltrainjournal.com) forums there are a number of people with experience with MTH DCS, so you might try posting the question there.
  5. Grant Kerr

    Grant Kerr New Member

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    Thank you Dave. I will try these fora you have suggested and see how I go
    Grant