Ditch lights and beacon in N scale

jhn_plsn Jan 22, 2012

  1. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have some SD45's on the way and was wondering if I could add both Ditch lights and an operating beacon using the TCS K1D4 decoder. There are two additional pads available, but would each pad be used for one function? I was thinking of using the ditch light board from Ngineering, but am not sure about the beacon.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Gats

    Gats Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    John, I think you need two functions for the ditch lights if you want them to alternatively flash. Otherwise, those two functions will do steady ditch lights on one and the beacon on the other. Note the beacon flash can be customised through CV's 118-122.
     
  3. mfm_37

    mfm_37 TrainBoard Member

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    If you are using the ditch light simulator board from Ngineering, Then only one function is needed to feed their board. The other function (F2) could be used for the beacon.

    If you want to save yourself the cost of the Ngineering board, use a 6 function Digitrax decoder. You'll have enough functions for the directional headlights, ditch lights, beacon , and one left over.
     
  4. jpwisc

    jpwisc TrainBoard Member

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    What are the preferred LED ditch light bulbs for use with that board?
     
  5. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks.

    I would like to know this too so I could add them to my -9's without the addition of the Ngineering board.
     
  6. mfm_37

    mfm_37 TrainBoard Member

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    Do you want to use LED's or bulbs. There's a big difference. The Digitrax decoder manual has specs for both.
     
  7. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

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    LED's, with the TCS decoder.
     

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