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Contents below on this page:

A. ** INDEX ** [below]  of ALL Videos on this page, ordered by NUMBER

The Videos -- in
Suggested Viewing Order:

B. LargeScale Videos [below]
C. DCC Videos [below]
D. Previous LargeScale Videos [below]
E. LargeScale Photos [below]
F. S Gauge Videos & Photos [below]
G. Comments re YouTube, Vimeo, & Quicktime Formats [below]


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A. **INDEX** of ALL Videos On This Page, Ordered by NUMBER



The links in this list, take you to the video's description, below on this page
  • Video #602 [below] -- (1/2009) Subscribing To The Yahoo [AutoControls] Group 
  • Video #632 [below] -- (5/1992) Automatic Route Selection
  • Video #636 [below] -- (5/1992) How-It-Works -- 2-track Automatic Yard Demo 
  • Video #637 [below] -- (5/1992) 2-track Auto. Yard on Multi-Level Display
  • Video #644 [below] -- (6/1996) 4-track Zellner Yard
  • Video #653 [below] -- (10/2005) 4-track Zellner Yard Operating On Ingram's Basement Wall
  • Video #654 [below] -- (12/2006) 2-track Automatic Yard (Model 205, aka Model 165) [below]
  • Video #655 [below] -- (3/2007) 2-track Automatic Yard (Latest Design Model 206) 
  • Video #656 [below] -- (4/2007) Mark Anderman, April 2007, Susque. S Gaugers Steamup, Williamsport Pa
  • Video #658 [below] -- (4/2008) S Ga. Automatic Block Demo, Using RRC SIM
  • Video #659 [below] -- (3/2009) S Ga. Automatic Passing Siding, AF Switches & Automotive Relays
  • Video #660 [below] -- (5/2009) S Ga. Automatic Switching Block, AF Switches & Automotive Relays
  • Video #662 by Tim Heffernan [below] (2/2010) Shows Model 206 Automatic Yard (Latest Design) operating 3 trains on outdoor layout in Long Island NY
  • Video #663 [below] (4/2010) Shows Model 206 Automatic Yard operating at East Coast Large Scale Train Show
  • Video #664 [below] (10/2011) Demo of RR Concepts StationMaster
  • Video #665 [below] (11/2011) Anderman Flyer automatic passing side and associated display
  • Video #666 [below] (11/2013) ##Preliminary, UNEDITED ##: DC Point-To-Point, Push-Pull, Auto. Reversing Shuttle

    ~~~~~~DCC Videos:
  • Video #803 [below] -- (8/2009) An overview of DCC-Bitswitch and DCC by DCC-Bitswitch designer Fred Hughes
  • Video #804 [below] (12/2010) Demo of NCE Mini Panel doing auto. control of N & HO circles, and G ga point-to-point.
  • Video #805 [below] (11/2011) Demo of NCE Mini Panel controlling an S gauge train running point to point, using 1 turnout for alternate routes."
  • Video #806 [below] (7/2013) Demo of NCE Mini Panel controlling an S gauge train running point to point, using 2 turnouts for alternate routes.
  • Video #807 [below] (11/2013) #807: ##Preliminary, UNEDITED ##: Demo NMRA RP9.2.4 DCC Brake on Analog DC
  • Most Recently Uploaded Video, 11/9/2013 --> Video #808 [below] (11/2013) #808: ##Preliminary, UNEDITED ##: Demo of DCC-BitSwitch "Block BitSwitch".

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  • Video #8907 [below] (7/1989) From 1989 video tape.  Shows 6 trains operating one 1 mainline on small 12 foot square layout.
  • Video #9202-1 [below] (2/1992) The "Historic" INTRODUCTORY MODULE to what was the "V9202" 1992, 6-tape set of automatic controls videotapes.
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B. Suggested Viewing Order, LargeScale Videos


Videos are listed in suggested viewing order. On 1/8/09, videos were renunumbered to "600 series" numbers. Unused numbers are reserved for possible future conversions from VHS tape.
 
  1. Video #664 below demos the RR Concepts StationMaster in S gauge, but these units are actually made for Largescale.


  2. Video #602 Subscribing To The Yahoo [AutoControls] Group

    The "About The Listserver" web page has the details of the new [AutoControls] Yahoo Group we are trying to start. This two-part video covers the same information.

    Vimeo Pt 1/2 (14 min) - discusses the following topics: (1) Intro, (2) Subscribing, (2b) Moderator's Opinions, (2c) Reliability Issues, Smaller Scales, (3) Address, (4) Email Sorting, (5) Subjects Included, (6) Subjects Excluded .

    Vimeo Pt 2/2 (10 min) - discusses the following topics: (7) Navigating, (8) LstSrv Web Page, (9) Yahoo Grp Home Pg, (10) Links, (11) Attachments, (12) Photos.

    YouTube Pt 1/2 (truncated at 10 min) - discusses the following topics: (1) Intro, (2) Subscribing, (2b) Moderator's Opinions, (2c) Reliability Issues, Smaller Scales, (3) Address, (4) Email Sorting
    (Part 2 is only on Vimeo.)



  3. Video #666: ##Preliminary, UNEDITED ##: DC Point-To-Point, Push-Pull, Auto. Reversing Shuttle - Watch on Vimeo (11/2013, 25 min)

  4. Video #8907 Six Trains On 1 Track (From the 1987 #V8907 videotape:)

    This video shows a small 12-foot-square, LGB Largescale display layout that operates 6 trains on a single 120 foot mainline -- using 2 automatic blocks, and an automatic passing siding.

    It uses the standard LGB control system, which is the use of MAGNETS on the bottoms of the locomotives, which  activate LGB REED switches, which control the automatic blocks and the passing siding.

    Note that the siding operates as a simple "automatic passing siding" (1 train enters, the other train immediately exits) . . . . . . . and NOT as an "automatic switching block" (2 trains wait in yard until a 3rd train on mainline 'releases' one of the waiting trains) -- as is the 'theme' in Video #636 (2nd video below) and some of the later videos.

    Vimeo   Youtube  (6 min)      (view the track plan #006)




  5. "Historic" 1992 Video #9202-Module 1 Introduction, "Video Textbook for LGB Automatic Display Ideas"

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    This video was the INTRODUCTORY MODULE to the "V9202" (February 1992) 6-tape set of automatic controls videotapes.

      It shows 5 trains on 1 mainline, plus a handcar "bouncing" back and forth between 2 large trains on another mainline, plus the long-discontinued APS electric eye in operation -- which is not on the other videos.  

    Vimeo   Youtube  (18 min)



  6. Video #636 How-It-Works -- 2-track Automatic Yard Demo (Model 202)

    This shows a older 1992 design Model 202 (aka 163). It demonstrates in detail, the different ways a 2-track yard can be operated, and how it works. (Videotaped 1992)

     (The older Model 163 operates the same way as the newest Model 206. The parts are just arranged differently.)

    LOGIC Diagram for this 2-track yard

    Quicktime (25 min) -  (Complete video)


    YouTube Part 1/3  (9 min) - demonstrates 'Mode 1' de-powered and 'Mode 2' Automatic Passing Siding controlling 2 trains.

    YouTube Part 2/3  (10 min) - demonstrates 'Mode 3' Automatic Block controlling 2 trains, and 'Mode 4' Automatic Switching Block controlling 3 trains (NORMAL mode of operation).

    YouTube Part 3/3 (6 min) - demonstrates 'Mode 5' Automatic Switching Block controlling 5 trains (overloaded 'juggling' mode).



  7. Video #655 -- 2-track Automatic Yard (Latest Design Model 206)

    [ PLANS to build the Model 206 ]

    The first part of the video shows the Model 206 Control Unit (designed Feb 2007), and the 2nd part shows the Model 205 (aka Model 165) which was designed in 1994. Both are shown operating 3 trains on a LooseTies.com display layout. (Videotaped Mar 2007 & Dec 2006, 16 min, 23 MB)

    Quicktime (16 min) . . . . . YouTube (last 6 min cut off, due to 10 min limit)
    (This model 206 is almost the same as the earlier design Model 205, except a slightly different parts arrangement, and has a 2nd rheostat,)




  8. Video #663 --  -- 2-track Automatic Yard

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    This video shows the same Model 206 unit as shown in the previous video, operating March 2010 at East Coast Large Scale Train Show on Washington, Virginia, & Maryland GRS's display layout.

    The unit is shown operating 3 trains, PLUS a Lionel handcar which runs in front of one of the trains.  (The audio is all background music, no narration.) 

    YouTube Ver d
      (9 min)      Vimeo Ver c  (9 min)



  9. Video #644 -- 4-track Zellner Yard (Models 401 & Model 402)

    [ PLANS to build the Model 402 ]

    The 2-track control unit can be "extended" to a 3 or 4-track unit. This video shows the basic 2-track control unit, plus a "helper control unit", operating a 4-track yard. (Videotaped Feb 1996)
    ((Model 402 is the same as Model 401, except the control unit is one-piece instead of two separate pieces.))

    Quicktime   (22 min). . . . . YouTube (last 12 min cut off, due to 10 min limit)



  10. Video #632 -- Automatic Route Selection  (from the 1992 'V9202 videotape)

    This video demonstrates "Automatic Route Selection" on a display layout, using LGB magnets on the bottom of the locos which activate track contacts, which in turn operate track switches and relays, to send trains on two different routes.

    Quicktime (16 min) . . . . YouTube (10 min, last 6 min cut off, due to time limit)     
                        (view the track plan #008)




  11. Video #662 by Tim Heffernan, Long Island NY

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    This video demonstrates a  Model 206 Automatic Switching Block operating 3 largescale trains on a loop on an OUTDOOR layout. 

    This video may be the first-ever recorded video of a Bachmann 10-wheeler being SUCCESSFULLY operated on one of these 3-train automatic block systems.  We've tried them, but we have always had problems with Bachmann trains stalling and uncoupling.

     . . . . . YouTube  (3 min)



    C. DCC Videos

    Demos using primarily Digital Command Control (DCC)


  12. Video #803 -- DCC-BitSwitch Overview by Fred Hughes

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    This three-part YouTube video features DCC-BitSwitch designer and  owner Fred Hughes, giving an overview of both DCC-BitSwitch and DCC systems in general.

    logo-bitswitch  Fred talks about the 3 ways to automatically brake (stop) a DCC train: 1) analog DC, 2) set speed zero command, and 3) asymmetric DCC. Fred also discusses his experiences and reasons for preferring North Coast Engineering (NCE) DCC systems, and also talks about some advantages of Lenz and Zimo decoders. (Videotaped 2009)

    YouTube Part 1/3  (10 min) - (1) Introduction, (2) Overview of DCC-BitSwitch, and  (3) Fred's views on DCC systems.

    YouTube Part 2/3   (10 min) - covers (4) about the NCE cab, (5) DCC overview, (6) Automatic Braking-3 methods, (6) Method 1-Analog DCC, and (7) Method 2-Set Speed Zero.

    YouTube Part 3/3  (11 min) - covers (8) Method 3-Asymmetric DCC, (9) Lenz decoders for push/ pull operation, (10) custom track plans, (11) other DCC-BitSwitch videos, and (12) photos of installed DCC-BitSwitch layouts.

    Track2.com/info/661 (803)- This is a 'forwarding page' with links to all seven (7) DCC-BitSwitch-related videos referenced in the above video.



  13. Video #807: ##Preliminary, UNEDITED ##: Demo NMRA RP9.2.4 DCC Brake on Analog DC - Watch on Vimeo (11/2013, 32 min)

  14. Video #808: ##Preliminary, UNEDITED ##: Demo of DCC-BitSwitch "Block BitSwitch - Watch on Vimeo (11/2013, 53 min)

  15. Video #804, NCE Mini Panel Demo, with N, S, and Largescale

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    View on: Vimeo | YouTube  (42 min)

    View AutoControls PDF file that documents commands used

    Mark Schutzer's 3/4/2010 PDF file, annotated version of the NCE Mini Panel Tech. Ref. Manual

    This video shows a demo of an NCE (North Coast Engineering) DCC (Digital Command Control) Mini Panel, used for simple automatic control of a simple DCC model railroad display.

    The demo layout consists of a small loop of N gauge, a small loop of S gauge, a LargeScale train running point to point, plus a stationary HO engine with headlight and flashing rooftop strobe light.



  16. Video #805, NCE Mini Panel Point-To-Point, 1 turnout (2 spurs)

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    View on: Vimeo | YouTube  (28 min)

    This display can also be seen operating in
    Video 665 [below].

    View AutoControls PDF file that documents commands used

    This video shows an NCE (North Coast Engineering) DCC (Digital Command Control) Mini-Panel, controlling an S gauge train running point to point. Using 1 turnout, the train travels on 2 alternate routes.

    Note this video reviews the COMMANDS in DETAIL.
    The previous video #804 has more detail about the Mini-Panel itself.

    This little layout is intended to be part of a larger holiday display layout.


    Note:  Video #660 below in Section F ("S Gauge Auto. Switching Block") uses DCC track power & engines w/decoders, but uses the "old style" on/off blocks to stop the engines.
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  17. Video #806, NCE Mini Panel Point-To-Point, 2 turnouts (passing siding)

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    View on: Vimeo | YouTube  (27 min)

    View photos of Mark Anderman's 2012 display layout where system was used

    View AutoControls PDF command file
    that documents commands used

    View PDF file of wiring sketch

    This video shows an NCE (North Coast Engineering) DCC (Digital Command Control) Mini-Panel, controlling an S gauge train running point to point.

    Using 2 turnouts, the train travels on 2 alternate passing sidings.

    Note this video is very similar to the previous Video #805, except:
    (a) it uses the less-expensive 'Power Cab' instead of the 'Powerhouse Pro command station', and
    (b) it uses 2 turnouts instead of 1 turnout.



    ** Note:  Video #660 below in Section F ("S Gauge Auto. Switching Block") uses DCC track power & engines w/decoders, but uses the "old style" on/off blocks to stop the engines.


  18. D. Previous LargeScale Videos

    These are older videos, that have been partially superseded by the above videos.


  19. Video #637 -- 2-track Auto. Yard on Multi-Level Display (Model 202)

    This shows a Model 202 (aka 163), operating on a multi-level display layout.
    Video #655 more or less replaces this video. But this video shows LGB Moguls on an elevated loop, and shutting down the siding -- which Video #655 does not. (Videotaped 1992, 12 min, 18 MB)

    Quicktime  (12 min) . . . . YouTube  (last 2 min cut off, due to 10 min limit)



  20. Video #654 -- 2-track Automatic Yard (Model 205, aka Model 165)

    Video #655 more or less replaces this video. The newer Video #655 has this footage, plus footage of the new Model 206 design.

    This video shows a Model 205 (aka 165) operating 3 trains on a LooseTies.com display layout. (The model 205 is almost the same as the current Model 206, except a slightly different parts arrangement and has only a single rheostat,)   Video recorded Dec 2006
    Quicktime  (12 min)



  21. Video #653 -- 4-track Zellner Yard On Basement Wall (Models 401 & Model 402)

    This short video shows the 4-track yard operating on a basement TEST layout. Video #644 more or less replaces this video   (Video recorded Oct 2005)

    Quicktime  (3 min)



    E. LargeScale Photos




  22. Display Photos

    • Model 402 - 4-track Yard (as seen in Video #644)
    • Model 206  2-track Yard (as seen in Video #655)
    • Older version Model 205 (aka Model 165) 2-track Yard (as seen in Video #654)


  23. Other Photos

    Flat Rocks & Goose Creek RR,
    4-track Zellner Yard,
    Hendersonville NC,
    added 8/2005
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    Ted Ansley's Flickr Album - describes contruction of two control units for indoor layout


    F. S Gauge Videos & Photos




  24. Autocontrols Picasa Photo Album

  25. -Video #664 -- RR Concepts StationMaster

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    Use the link track2.com/info/664 for a screenshot from the iMovie editor -- showing the CONTENTS of this video. 

    This video shows the RR Concepts "StationMaster" in operation using S gauge trains, but it works with just about any gauge, as long as the current is DC current. 

    This video shows "automatic timed station stops" for 1 train, and "automatic block control" to control 2 trains on the same loop.  The stationmaster also does more advanced operations, not shown in this video

    YouTube Part 1/4  (8 min) - Demos of Automatic timed station stop, with no block; one and 2 station stops.

    YouTube Part 2/4  (20 min) - Overview of StationMaster, and programming procedure.

    YouTube Part 3/4  (18 min) - Demos station stopp using a block, 1 lap around, 2 laps around, and restarting train by pushing a button.

    YouTube Part 4/4  (11 min) - Demos 2-train operation.




  26. -Video #665 -- Anderman Flyer Auto. Passing Siding Display

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    This video shows the AndermanFlyer.com reed switch and relay system for controlling American Flyer S-gauge switches, to operate an automatic passing siding. 
    This layout was part of the 2011 Toy Train Expo in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  Notice the great scenery that Mark's wife Doris created for a layout that was operated just 2 days.

    YouTube  (9 min)

    The automatic point to point display operating in the center, is discussed in Video #805 above)




  27. Video #660 -- S Ga. Automatic Switching Block  (Project 242)

    Using AF Switches & Automotive Relays.

    This is the same 2-track unit as described below for Video #659, but it now has the DPDT relay added to control the 3rd train.

    * Watch this video first, then #658 for more details of the block, then #659 for more details of the passing siding. (Project 208, recorded April 2009)

    Vimeo Part 1/3    (13 min) - covers (1) Intro, (2) Principles of 3-train operation, (3) Why do this, (4) review of system, (5) Observing operation from rear of yard..

    Vimeo Part 2/3   (9 min) - covers (6) Attaching magnets to rolling stock, (7) Mode 2: Automatic block only (2 trains) (8) Mode 3: Automatic siding only (2 trains), (9) Mode 4: Block & siding both off (1 train) (operating like a simple piece of track).

    Vimeo Part 3/3   (11 min) - covers (10) Using DCC for this video, (11) Why blocks when using DCC, (12) Ramping up & down with DCC, (13) Possible changes for future units, (14) same system, using 3 diesels, (15) Bloopers.

    You can also download the original 640x480 Quicktime Video from this site. Use fullsize video directory-- look for "qvv660....." (may not work due to overloading).



  28. Video #658 -- S Ga. Single-Track Automatic Block (Project 142)

    Using RR-Concepts SIM (Switching Interface Module).

    Shows an S gauge automatic block, controlling 2 trains on the same track (recorded Apr 2008, 26 min, 41 MB) . . . Quicktime

    YouTube Part 1/3   (9 min) - covers (1) Switching Interface Module, (2) Reed Switches (sensors), and (3) Magnets.

    YouTube Part 2/3   (7 min) - covers (4) Sensor Activation, (5) Wiring Diagram, (6) Block Locations, (7) Sensor Locations, and (8) Operation with 2 can-motor engines.

    YouTube Part 3/3   (10 min) - covers (8 cont) Operation (continued), (9) Operation w/1 vintage Flyer engine and 1 can-motor engine, and (10 Operation w/2 vintage Flyer engines.



  29. Video #659 -- S Ga. Automatic Passing Siding (Project 242)

    Using AF Switches & Automotive Relays.

    Shows an S gauge, 2-track automatic passing siding. The system uses magnets on the bottom of the locos/cars to activate a reed switch, which activates an automotive relay, which then throws the American Flyer turnouts. Automotive relays are used to handle the large amounts of current (estimated about 6 amps) required to operate a pair of American Flyer switches. (Project 208, recorded Nov 2008)

    Vimeo Part 1/3   (13 min) - covers (1) Intro, (2) Overview: How It Operates, (3) More Detailed Overview, (4) Depower" switches to "park" train, (5) Swap Sidings.

    Vimeo Part 2/3   (13 min) - covers (6) How It's Constructed, (7) Automotive Relays, (8) Rectifiers for Auto. Relays, (9) Magnets & Reed Switches, (10) AF Locomotive Mods, (11) Construction Comments, (12) Auto. Block Comments, (13) AC/DC Power, (14) Rheostats.

    Vimeo Part 3/3   (11 min) - covers (15) Jumper Wire for Manual Override, (16) As Copied from LargeScale, (17) Gaps in Track, (18) Would Use RR-Concepts except for large currents.

    You can also download the original 640x480 Quicktime Video from this site. Use fullsize video directory-- look for "qvv659....." (may not work due to overloading).



  30. Video #656 -- S Ga. Automatic Passing Siding, (Project 241)

    Using AF Switches & AF Pressure Track Trips.

    Videotaped 4/1/07 by Chris Cooley and edited by Mark Anderman, at April 2007, Susque. S Gaugers Steamup, Williamsport Pa.


    This video shows 3 trains running automatically on the same circle of track, using an automatic control system wired up by Dennis & Corvin Oberholtzer and Mark Anderman, using stock Gilbert pressure-activated track trips & semaphore. (6 min)

    YouTube . . . . . .Quicktime   (7 min)

    Comments: We believe this system could probably be modified by removing the block in the mainline, and using just the 2 blocks in the sidings. The semaphore would control power to the sidings; i.e. at about 2/3 of the way around the loop, the train on the mainline would "release" one of the trains parked on the sidings, thus maintaining spacing between trains, but without using the 3rd block on the mainline. [===] This scheme is demonstrated in the largescale Video #1 "How It Works" which shows the same arrangement in largescale.



  31. S Ga Point to Point Computer Control  (Project 141)

    The project web page has several small Mpeg videos (page is on Track2 RailNet site)

  • More S gauge photos & videos are linked from Susquehanna S Gaugers MRC home page.
    •   Video 661 [above] 'DCC-BitSwitch Overview' applies to all scales.
    •   Video 805 [above] shows an NCE "Mini-Panel" controlling an S gauge train running point to point on 2 alternate routes.

      G. QuickTime, YouTube, Vimeo Formats




      Comments re The Video Formats
      You can view the videos on this page on the web. You need a broadband (high speed cable or DSL) connection.
      Formats: Videos may be in Quicktime format, YouTube, or Vimeo format, and some videos are in more than 1 format.
      • Quicktime: You need to have Apple's free Quicktime Player installed.
      • YouTube & Vimeo: These may require more bandwidth. But you can play these without having Quicktime. The YouTube & Vimeo videos (flash format) usually play in any late-version web browsers.
        • YouTube has a 10 minute maximum length limitation, so longer videos have been either cut off at 10 minutes, or else divided into 2 or more parts.

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    James R. Ingram , Williamsport Pa, Voice Mail 570-322-7597