January, 2015 We have had several customers that have read somewhere on the
net that the current (amperage) load of a Soundtraxx Tsunami (or other sound
equipped engine) is 1/2 amp or 500 ma. I just hooked up a Tsunami
(TSU1000) to the DC bench power supply and the numbers are in.... 50 ma.
That's right, 1/10 what some people are publishing on the net. Please
don't take my word for this, test it yourself. Add a reasonable (150ma at
speed) motor and 8ohm rated speaker to your test.
ADDENDUM: The 50ma load is JUST for the Sound decoder. You must
add 150 to 250ma for the motor (running) and 20ma for each LED light.
If you are still using incandescent lights then add 100ma for each large
bulb and 15ma to 30ma for each small bulb. Most modern engines with
sound, LED's, skew-wound 5 pole motors will not pull more than 250ma total
at full speed. If you added sound to an engine from 15 years ago and
did not change out the lights then more like 350ma total load for each
engine at full speed. An engine without sound should be conservatively
estimated at a load of 250ma. This is full run speed with all the
lights on. If you are sitting in a siding with just lights AND sound:
90ma. Just LED's and no sound: 50ma. Lights off: 20ma for no
sound, 50ma for sound.
February, 2014 Want to run your railroad with your smart phone:
Want to run your railroad with a smart-phone
or tablet app?
Here’s what hardware you need:
2. PR3 or similar translator between your computer and the DCC system ($73.10)
3. smart-phone or Wi-Fi capable device (tablet, iPad)
(may already have)
4. PC/Laptop/Mac to act as a server
(may already have)
5. Wi-Fi router
(may already have)
Here’s what software you need:
And here is the video!
Same place, new shop!
We are still here but with a totally
different look. Come visit and see what is new.
11/24/13 Golden Spike and running trains again! Laying the track took
the longest but then again, I did it my way (hand spiking every 6 inches) and there are lots of easier
methods. Total time: 26 hours! [pictures]
11/20/13 the cork is laid and the track is next. I want to have it up
and running by the end of the week. 16 hours so far. See
11/18/13 The NEW HO Railroad is coming
along! More pictures!
P.S. This took approximately 12 1/2 hours to get this far. I'm keeping
10/19/13 The HO railroad is gone.
Norman Dean and his associates took it to Oxford.. Here are some
See the NEW
Train Buddy Youtube Channel!!
Train Control Systems (TCS)
decoders are now in production for Kato N engines. Also, new miniature
lighting options with their pre-wired sunny and golden white surface LED's
Also, Llagas Creek
products - Track, Ties, Joiners and Special Order Turnouts for G/#1 Scale.
Train Control Systems decoders
have the ultimate motor and LED control. See "Train Control Systems"
as manufacturer on our Order-Search page. [Note:
see our install of a TCS M1 decoder. Click
Since May, 2013 when Testors discontinued their railroad color lines of
paints there has been a large hole in the paint department shelves.
Now it is being restocked with a line of paints from Tru-Color. They have
been around since 2008. Who knew? I didn't. See their web
page at http://trucolorpaint.com.
I found it interesting that they are now ADDING colors, about two a month!
We are now stocking a line of aluminum extruded display shelves from
Their website is
We sold out of Digitrax Zephyrs at the September and November shows.
They are now back in stock and make a great gift for those who
have not yet ventured into DCC. With just the two wires to the track
they can power any railroad that is using straight DC (analog). It will
even run your analog/DC engines. See our prices. At $176.62 each
($225 MSRP and $270 retail) they are one of the best bargains for DCC on the
(While the Train Buddy deals with the major distributors like
Walthers [and four others by the way], we also are direct with manufacturers
like Digitrax, Soundtraxx, Bowser and others. This list
is about new
and exciting partnerships with our
manufacturing friends. For a full list of our direct dealerships see
the "Products" tab and then "Direct Dealerships".)
Alliance Locomotive Products (Helix
Nick and Nora Designs
DP Model Rail Products
Turner Model Works
Train Control Systems
Precision Scale Products
InterMountain Railway Co.
Crew Change Products
In Stock Products worth mentioning:
Products that we always keep in stock:
HO Code 100 and Code 83 flex track
HO cork roadbed
Walthers turnouts (Shinohara code 83)
turnouts, all sizes
Peco insulfrog turnouts in large,
medium and small
Atlas turnouts in #4, #6 and #8
Atlas rail joiners and insulated
gloss and dull over-sprays
Adhesives (Super glues and Styrene) and lubricants to
every modeling task
Full line of Digitrax products
Full line of Kadee products
Full line of Soundtraxx decoders,
speakers and accessories
DPDT, SPDT and momentary miniature switches
12 position compression style 3
Amp terminal blocks
10 pin connectors and ribbon cable for Digitrax signaling and block
White and Yellow LED's and
resistors to match
Tools and gauges that we use