With the fall come many activities that keep me busy and away from the model railroad. However, I have had time to keep pushing forward on a few more decoder installations as well as some other 'below the layout' items.
The biggest news is that I have three separate cabs now for my DCC operations - the NCE controller (PowerCab) that came with my PowerPro 5-amp system, an NCE Cab 04ER, and the most recent addition, an NCE Cab 06R. All are full radio controlled and can work simultaneously, which will be a lot of fun as we begin to do some operating sessions on the railroad!
For a backup, I also installed three separate plug-in UTP ports around the layout. Each radio cab is battery-powered, and all have worked very well so far. However, should the batteries fade during a session, or should the radio have issues for any reason, I wanted a hard-wired backup so that trains could be controlled either way.
So, operating sessions will begin soon - informally at first, taking some notes and making things up as we go along, and then more formally soon with regular symbol freights working specific tasks during a session. Exciting! Photos to come soon!
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