What electronics do I need?

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  1. rob164

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    I am making a layout and I need to know what kind of electronics I need. Can someone tell me what I need? Thanks
  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Hi Rob, Welcome to The Gauge.

    Could you be a little more specific....electronics is a broad term when it comes to model railroads. Please elaborate on what you want to do and we'll be glad to help.
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    First of all you will need a good music source to recover from different heavy problems occured during the construction.



    :) :) :) :)
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    :D :D :D :D that's right on, krok!

    Rob,

    Need: a power pack

    Want: ???
    Remote switch controls
    Automatic signals
    Block reversing
    DCC????? :D :D
    Computerised control
    The possibilities are endless!!
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    I would suggest starting out with an inexpensive DC power pack that will later be used on a test loop, a cheap low wattage soldering iron, and a $10 digital multi-meter.

    LOL! OK, to fulfill this, you will need the following:

    A big stereo in the layout room
    A PC with MP3 ripping software, and either a sound card with the output piped to the above stereo, or a CD burner and an MP3 capable CD unit in above stereo.
    If you have vinyl, a turntable connected to the stereo and the stereo piped to the line in on the sound card.
    A portable MP3 player for when the above fails to sooth the nerves and you need to go for a walk :D

    :wave: :wave: :wave: Welcome to the-gauge Rob! :wave: :wave: :wave:
  7. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Maybe I'm visual, but I would buy a 32 inch TV and DVD player that says MP3 and CDR on the cover. FRED
  8. rob164

    rob164 Member

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    thanks
    can someone give me the electrical requirements i need just to make it run? thanks in advance
    rob
  9. rob164

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  10. Fred_M

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    Yes, that would be fine to run 1 or 2 locos in HO and several in N. It's also a good brand and I've never had a problem with MRC items. Good luck in you modelling. FRED
  11. rob164

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    O, thanks Fred
  12. rob164

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    Does anyone know if the flex track by atlas is any good?
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    o cool thanks
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    Trainworld is fantastic, they sell $80 locos for $30, no strings attached.

    Glad you pointed out the tech 4. Great price!
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    Yeah, Trainworld not only have good prices but they are great on delivery too. I called them about 4 PM their time and they said the order would still go out that day... and it did. I've ordered from others and had to wait almost a week for them to ship.

    BTW Rob, if you are looking for basics on wiring and other stuff, try the MNRA site, there is a lot of good tutorials and other data there click here .
    I printed almost everything they had there to use as a reference and it cost you nothing but the paper and ink.