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Add more connections to your LocoNet system. UP5 Simplifies hook-up, maintenance & troubleshooting of LocoNet, add a few to make traditional tethered walk-around operation a snap.

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KB701 UP5 Layout Installation and LocoNet Connection

1. The UP5 Universal Panel is designed for mounting on the fascia board of the layout. Cut a hole approximately 2.5” W x 1.5” H in the fascia board. Insert the UP5 through the hole with the face plate on the front of the fascia board. Attach the UP5 face plate to the board with four small screws. Note: The UP5 uses the black screws to mount the front fascia plate.2. Connect the UP5 to LocoNet using pre-tested LocoNet cables. There are 2 LocoNet Jacks located at the back of the UP5 board for connecting LocoNet devices on your layout. The ...

KB118 PR3 - Connecting to UP5

Can the PR3 be connected to the "third" LocoNet port on the side of the UP5, or must it be connected to one of the ports on the rear of the UP5? PR3 probably cannot be connected to the side LocoNet jack of the UP5. The documentation for the UP5 includes this phrase: "There is an additional jack on the side of the UP5 that can be used for either an additional throttle or for a single LocoNet device that does not use Rail Sync." Please see the related article below.

KB702 UP5 Power Supply and Track Indicator Connections

Hooking up the UP5's Power Supply (Optional but highly recommended to make sure LocoNet voltage is adequate to control large layouts)The optional power supply (PS14) can be connected to one or more UP and/or UR panels to provide additional power for LocoNet operation and for battery saving power to any Digitrax throttle that is plugged into any of the powered panels.1. Plug the PS14 into the DC jack located on the side of the UP5 circuit board.2. Connect the +Common point on each additional board (located between the two LocoNet jacks) to the powered board with 22AWG wire (Figure 2). ...

KB703 UP5 Front Panel Installation

While it is possible to use RJ12 telco jacks as throttle jacks on LocoNet, the UP5 is much simpler to use and looks much more professional on the front of the layout. The UP5 is shipped as a kit that must be assembled.  You will need to attach the front panel to the circuit board using the screws provided as shown below before installing the entire unit on your layout.  If your front panel does not fit at a "perfedt" 90 degree angle to the circuit board, this is will not affect the functionality of the unit.Make sure to line up the Track ...

KB1017 LocoNet Accessory Power Requirements

  This document outlines the power requirements for Digitrax LocoNet accessories.  To simplify wiring, Digitrax recommends providing individual power supplies for like accessories.  For example a power supply or power buss which only powers the PM42s.  A power supply or power buss used solely to power multiple DS64s.  UR9x and UP5 panels can be daisy chained provided adequate current is provided to properly power all the panels.  Through the use of individual power supplies, the chance of Ground Loops or sneak paths back to ground is minimized.  Using individual power supplies will also make troubleshooting much easier.  Many Digitrax LocoNet ...

KB105 Super Empire Builder Quick Start Guide

These instructions will get you up and running quickly. A full description of all controls and technical reference information are included later in this section of the Tech Support Depot. This section assumes that you are using a new set straight out of the box. If your set is radio equipped, we recommend that you follow this quick start guide without using radio to learn the basics. When you are successfully running your radio throttle tethered to the system, then go to the DT400 series tetherless overview article to learn how to install the radio option. Connect the DB150 to the ...

KB554 Power supplies-Range of what works

  We need to re-write this to be general purpose describing how power supplies should be selected  -Z.Would a 12V, 500mA power supply work as a replacement for the 12V, 300mA power supply? Yes. It is much more power than the device needs, but it will work. The purpose of independent power for the UP5 is to serve as a “Battery Saver” for throttles connected to UP5.

KB277 Powering LNRP

I have purchased an LNRP, UR90, and 4 UP5s. I have noticed the LNRP seems to have a solder point between the two LocoNet jacks as the UR90 and UP5.Can all of these be connected to the same 12 volt power supply? No. It is important that each LNRP has its own power supply. As noted in the documentation that comes with the unit, "the LNRP drives the power and Railsync signals on the standard LocoNet cable segments, so each LNRP should have a DC input of +12V to +18V at up to 250mA supplied on the side DC power ...

KB790 Super Chief Overview

Super Chief superseded Chief II.Super Chief IncludedA DT400 throttleA DCS100 Command Station BoosterA UP5 Universal PanelInstruction Sets

KB791 Super Empire Builder Overview

Super Empire Builder superseded Empire Builder II Super Empire Builder Included A DT400 throttleA DB150 Command Station/BoosterA UP5 Universal PanelA Short LocoNet CableInstruction Manuals

KB996 Adding LocoNet throttles to your WTL12

Any LocoNet throttle can be used with your WTL12. Simply plug the LocoNet throttle into either LocoNet port on the back of your WTL12 or into any LocoNet or Throttle Jack anywhere on your LocoNet system. If you want to be able to plug in a throttle at a remote location, we recommend using a UP5 Universal Panel.   Your WTL12 can handle up to 6 LocoNet Throttles. If you need to run more than 6 throttles, you can move up to a Digitrax Command Station with additional capacity. You can continue to use your WTL12 as a throttle and ...

KB613 Throttle Jacks vs. LocoNet Jacks

The jacks on the front and sides of the UP5, UR92, UR91, UR90, and LNRP front panels are Throttle Jacks and should only be used for connecting throttles to LocoNet.  They should not be used to connect to other LocoNet devices.  The jacks on the back of these units are LocoNet Jacks that are used for connecting LocoNet devices to the network.  Technically speaking! These units were designed to have the FRONT jack's second Railsync differential signal run as a diode-or'ed power source (for throttles).  This means that some cable orientations and power loads could cause unexpected operations in downstream LocoNet devices ...

KB957 Equipment Recommendation: 4'x8' Layout Running 2 or 3 Trains

I have a 4x8 layout, I want to run 2 or 3 trains. I will operate the layout by myself or with possibly one other operator. It's a really basic operation. Which Digitrax set is best for me?The Zephyr Xtra Set will probably do what you want. You will need the Zephyr Set and mobile decoders for the locomotives. You can connect up to 20 throttles to your Zephyr Xtra Set so that adding another operator is as simple as plugging in another throttle. You can also use one or two smooth DC power packs as throttles for additional operators to run trains ...

KB361 Can I mix UP5s with UR92 Duplex, UR91 Simplex and UR90 Infrared panels?

  Q:  Can I mix UP-5s with Radio and IR panels? I want to upgrade slowly and still use the 400 throttles and the UT throttles while I mail them in to you one at a time for conversion to radio. A:  Yes, and you can continue to use the UP5's after conversion to radio; for instance, if you have visitors who bring their own Digitrax non-radio throttles. That's the real genius of LocoNet, since you can add to your railroad in any way. Note that you will need to plug in your throttle to LocoNet initially to select the locomotive before you ...

KB297 Keep Alive Power Jack For DT200 & BT2 on Big Boy Set

Keep Alive Power Jack (For DT200 & BT2) When the layout is powered down we recommend that you change the DT200 that is running as the Command Station to Advanced Throttle mode so it can power down and conserve its battery. Do this by pressing Run/Stop & Left Arrow keys together. All other Advanced Throttles on LocoNet will power down and show "idLE" when the LocoNet bus wires (pins 3 and 4 of the RJ12 plug) fall below +5Volts for more than 1/4 of a second. If the RailSync lines on LocoNet (pins 1 and 6 of the RJ12 plug) ...

KB106 Super Empire Builder Components

Your Super Empire Builder Starter Set contains: The DB150, which is the system’s DCC command station. It generates the DCC signals that control decoders and other devices on your layout. The DB150 is also a DCC booster. Boosters receive DCC signals from the command station, amplify them and put them on the track along with the power from the transformer to run the locomotives. You can have several boosters on your layout to provide additional power to run more locos. Depending upon the set, there is either a DT402 or DT402D (duplex radio throttle), which is the DCC throttle that ...

KB129 Recommendation For Small Starter Layout

I have a 4x8 H0 scale layout.  I'm 13 years old and REALLY thinking about switching to DCC, I need to know really fast because I want to ask my parents to get it for Christmas.You wouldn't know by looking at those who edit the Tech Support Depot, but there actually was a time when we too were thirteen, and just starting out in model railroading.  In many ways, we still are thirteen years old; we just can't move as fast.  Consider this photograph from our youth: This little bit of ancient model railroad history dates back to the 1950's, ...

KB313 250 Square Feet Layout

  I have an "M" shaped 250 square foot layout with 500 feet of track and twelve locomotives. What Digitrax equipment would I need? You don't say what scale this railroad will be modeled in, which is important since the locomotives in smaller scales draw less current than larger decoders. However, for purposes of estimation: Twelve Locomotives. Each locomotive is going to draw, at the very least, 5 MA for the decoder. If it has LED lights, then it will typically draw 15 MA more; conventional light bulbs will draw 50 MA. A typical H0 locomotive will draw 600 MA ...

KB416 Case Study: What do I need for a small layout in a 10' x 10' room?

I am a 'newbie' to model railroading.  I have a 10' x 10' room put aside for my layout which will be basically a U or horseshoe shape going around three of the walls.  I am using Atlas code 55 in N scale. Since I'm starting from scratch, I want to do it RIGHT and that is why I've decided to buy DCC straight away. I want to run a maximum of 4 trains at once. I would like the capability of having two users (drivers) operating at the same time, but I want to manually set turnouts. I will ...

KB415 DCS 100 & 200 Front panel

The 5 Amp DCS100 and the 8 Amp DCS200 share the same front panel layout. There is a variety of indicators, switches and connectors: Power Input The two POWER IN terminals on all Digitrax boosters & command stations are the power input connections. Power On Indicator This green LED indicates that the power to the DCS100 is on. Ground Terminal The terminal marked ground provides electrical safety features and an RF ground reference for minimum radiated noise. This should be the ONLY point of any DCS100 installation that is connected to the AC safety ground pin provided on most 3 ...

KB474 S-Scale Recommendations

Q:  I am not sure where to begin. Dabbled in O & HO over the years and am now starting into S but have no knowledge in DCC. My layout is drawn, Dog Bone, with an over size of approx 20' by 11'. As of now there will be 8 turnouts and perhaps a turn table will be added or more turnouts. My intent is to run maybe 3 or 4 engines max. My only purchase so far is a Showcase Western Maryland, scale, which includes DCC with sound. My next comment is HELP! I do have a 2006 Summer ...

KB189 Case Study: PUTRA Powering the Kelana Jaya Rail Line (Part 3 of 5)

The Kelana Jaya Rail Line model is a DCC intense layout, using many Digitrax command control components to achieve the goal of training operators of the actual rail line. The railroad was built in the 1990's and many of the Digitrax devices used for the Kelana Jaya Rail Line model have been superseded with improved units. Components used for the Kelana Jaya layout: 28 Mainline turnouts 11 Yard turnouts 39 Tortoise switch machines 84 Dwarf signals (yellow/green, red/green, red/yellow) 38 Mainline block signals 38 Heavy duty SPDT switch relays Digitrax Components Used for the Kelana Jaya layout: 1 DCS 100 ...

KB72 Cajon Pass, Salt Lake & Santa Fe RR

I am putting the finishing touches on my 10 x 20 foot H0 railroad. It is a copy of the Cajon Pass, Salt Lake & Santa Fe RR by John Armstrong (#86 in the 101 Track Plans by Linn Westcott) [Kalmbach Publishing, ISBN 0-89024-512-6; still in print]. I have decided to go with DCC and my local hobby store recommended Digitrax. The layout is in my basement, I will be the only operator, the plan has 54 track switches (34 NJ International twin coils and 20 Tortoise turnout motors). Can you give me an idea as to what equipment I ...

KB352 Powering your Digitrax Command Control Railroad

Digital Command Control (DCC) has specific electrical requirements that must be provided for your layout control system to operate properly.Input PowerAll DCC systems require an external power supply.  Digitrax manufactures several power supplies for our command stations and boosters: The 3 Amp PS415 (the Zephyr Xtra power supply) The 5 Amp PS515 for all Digitrax 5 amp command stations and boosters The powerful 20 Amp PS2012 can be used for multiple 5 and 8 amp command stations and boosters  Additionally, the PS14 is available to power various other devices for your railroad.  Digitrax strongly encourages you to use our power supplies to insure satisfactory ...

KB714 Loconet Overview

LocoNet is Digitrax's method of communication between LocoNet compatible devices on a model railroad layout.  LocoNet compatible devices are designed to work together on the network, and in some cases can also accept DCC commands from  the track, but often go beyond the scope of simple DCC train control.   LocoNet is a peer-to-peer Ethernet type multiple access network.  Because of its design architecture, it is very robust and powerful.  Layout implementation is simple and wiring is free form with minimal limits. LocoNet is designed to run an unshielded 6 conductor ribbon cable.  Digitrax recommends using flat, six-conductor telephone wire ...

KB18 Atlas Up & Over Dogbone

This Atlas Snap-Track layout appears in the Atlas Model Railroad Company's book "Beginner's Guide to HO Model Railroading". It includes a reversing section which can be controlled with a Digitrax AR1. DC Control For DC operation, Atlas specified an Atlas Controller (for the reverse loop), two Atlas Selectors (to control eight track segments) and seven controllers for the railroad's turnouts. DCC Makes Things Simple With DCC, the wiring of this railroad is considerably simpler. Because each locomotive has a unique address, the section insulated gaps and the two Selectors are not necessary. Likewise, the Controller is replaced with the AR1 ...

KB15 HO-Scale Transbay Interwoven Track Plan-Auto Reversing

This H0-scale railroad track plan first appeared in the Atlas Model Railroad Company's book "Six Railroads You Can Build", written by John Armstrong and illustrated by Tad Stepek. This book was first published in 1958 and has been reprinted several times. A classic bowl of spaghetti, the Transbay Interwoven has two reversing loops and a turntable. DC Control For DC operation, Atlas specified three Atlas Controllers (for the reverse loops and the turntable), two Atlas Selectors (to control eight track segments) and ten controllers for the railroad's turnouts. DCC Makes Things Simple With DCC, the wiring of this railroad is ...

KB993 UT4 Throttle Operating Cheat Sheet

  Digitrax UT4 Throttle Operating Instructions by Dan Bourque     Selecting a locomotive or consist 1.         Dial the 4-digit locomotive address into the “LOCO ADDRESS” dials             - For a consist, the address will normally be the lead locomotive             - For a 3-digit locomotive number, use “0” for the first digit 2.         Plug the throttle into any receptacle on the layout fascia (e.g. Digitrax UP5) 3.         Press the “SEL” key, the ST light on the throttle should turn green 4.         Move the direction selector on the throttle to either “R” or “F” 5.         Move the ...

KB987 General Command System Troubleshooting and Tools

This article stops in a strange place??  We need to find the rest of it and split it up into meaningful chunks.  Also needs meta stuff Troubleshooting in General:Regardless of the guides, manuals, tips, suggestions, experts or whatever, troubleshooting can occasionally degenerate into a vast chasm of darkness and confusion.  It would be impossible to cover all the areas that have, can or may cause problems. This is a general guide to identifying and resolving problems with Digitrax Complete Train Control.  Keep Good Records:Although it may seem to be a pain while setting up your Digitrax system, keeping layout records ...