New The simplest and easiest way to run a DCC Locomotive back and forth on a piece of track
Any DCC locomotive with an address between 1 and 99 can be run. No other command station or power supply needed.
Skill Level: Intermediate - requires knowledge of gapping track and soldering feeders.
Front bezel by Jimmy at monstermodelworks.com
Use the Train Shuttle to automatically run a train back and forth for demos, breaking in locomotives or just for fun. Also makes a really simple way to run a DCC locomotive with its speed and direction controls.
The train shuttle is a DCC command station/throttle with built-in detectors that can automatically reverse direction and simulate a station stop. It works with any locomotive with the address range 1-99. No need to program the locomotive - just take it out of the box and put it on the track.
End detection - the Train Shuttle has built in current detectors that use a gap in the rail to isolate a detection section. One rail, the common rail is ungapped. The other rail uses gaps (either cut a gap or use an insulated rail joiner) to make isolated detection sections at both ends. When the train reaches the end it crosses the gap and the Train Shuttle sends it a DCC command to stop and then to reverse direction. Knobs on the front panel adjust the stop time from 0 to 60 seconds.
Station Stop - The Train Shuttle can also simulate a station stop by putting gaps in the middle. When the train crosses in to this section, the Train Shuttle sends the DCC commands to stop, waits for the delay time set by a knob, and then proceeds on in the same direction as before.
Accessory Commands - the Train Shuttle sends DCC accessory commands (also called stationary decoder commands or switch commands) when the ends are reached. This allows you to throw turnouts so you can have a more complicated pattern. For instance with a single turnout you can make a fork arrangement and have the train alternate which fork it goes down.
The Train Shuttle works as it comes with short, 2-digit addresses in the range 1-99 as it comes. It will also work decoders that have a consist address in this range. Almost all locomotives come programmed to the default short address 3 and will work straight away with Train Shuttle. This programming adapter allows the programming of up to 16 long or 4-digit addresses in to the Train Shuttle. In some cases you may it more expedient to add 4-digit addresses with this adapter than to reprogram the locomotive decoder. The adapter plugs in to a 3-pin plug on the back. You can then use the 4 dials to set a 4-digit address. The address will be saved when the power is turned off.
Note: This item is a NewHaven Displays serial LCD module with a 12" servo extension soldered on. You can get these from a number of sources inclusing Digi-Key (part # NHD-0216S3Z-FL-GBW-V3-ND). Unfortuneately, the command set of other brands of serial display differ so you cannot use serial LCDs from Sparkfun and some others.