EMD Trainman's G scale News & Reviews

EMD trainman Nov 4, 2008

  1. DragonFyreGT

    DragonFyreGT TrainBoard Member

    I looked into digitrax. I was actually going to use them for G-Scale (going to use them on my HO Scale sets) until I saw AristoCraft demonstrate the TE Revolution system at East Coast Spring 2009. I'm not here to compare products, especially since I'll be using both for 2 different scales. I just found for the Outdoor layout I'm building, and even the indoor layout of which I run 2 locomotives at once, I felt AC's Multiple unit system worked best for my analog units. That and the Revolution reciever will be powered by about 120 amps of power supplies. I'm wired into our garage circuit. Even with ComEd installing a 200Amp power line, and redoing the interior electrical (yeah we did this a few months ago), the garage circuit is all by itself. No one uses the circuit there anymore since I run the outdoor cords to the house's outside outlet, so I figure that I'd tap right into the garage circuit. The outlet down in the basement is wired right to the garage. The outdoor plan is to keep that outlet. Since it's going to be track powered wireless, I can keep everything inside the house and not worry about anything. Staging tracks will be leading outside so I can keep the track connectors and electrical wiring inside the house.

    Again Digitraxx is a nice system as well. I've worked with it before and I'm happy with it for smaller scales.
  2. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    I tried the Digitrax on the G Scale, after I destroyed my T9000 throttle, by throwing it on the ground. Had to, because it didn't work properly. Didn't program as it should, didn't respond at times, and just didn't work as the instructions stated.

    Although, the Digitrax is primarily used on my N Scale collection.
    For either home use, or occasional club use, during shows.

    Before, a 22 volt, 5 amp MTH Z-4000 powered the G scale track outside.
    Able to run both GP40's and lighted cabooses with no problems.
    And it could run all day without problems. Although, the Z-4000 also has an internal cooling fan.

    Once layout expansion is done, I'll think about upgrading to a larger power supply.
    Which may be sometime next year! Depending on how long construction takes.

    Happy with what I have right now, as I can still run something when the mood strikes.
  3. jonathan_huse

    jonathan_huse TrainBoard Member

    sd 45 help

    i need some help. i have been looking for over a year now for a specific engine. i just found the engine but it turns out that its an SD-45. is there a way to find out if it has the plastic gears that you are talking about, b4 i buy it?


  4. EMD trainman

    EMD trainman TrainBoard Member

    I don't remember which particular road names had the plastic gearing, but I do remember it was the first production run which had about 5 or 6 road numbers in that batch. Then the 2nd batch run came out which had the brass gearing updates doen to them at the factory, but those were different road names.

    Sorry, can't help any further, I lost track of Aristocraft after I lost interest in thier trains.

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