About

A. ORGANIZATION OF THE 3 AUTOCONTROLS.ORG WEBSITES:

The AutoControls.org library of information is actually spread across 3 websites:

  1. Home1” is this WordPress.org “entry page”,
  2. Home2” is the original track2.com website where the video list and plans are located,
  3. Home3” is the WordPress.com “satellite” website containing recent additions.

B. CONTENTS OF THE AUTOCONTROLS.ORG WEBSITES:

  • These websites contain videos, plans, and other information for automatically controlling multiple trains on the same track — information created over the past 29 years starting in 1988.
  • Demonstrations are done mostly in Largescale and S gauge, with some HO gauge and 1 video including N gauge.
  • Some demonstrations are done in DC, and some are done using NMRA DCC.

C. PAGES OF POSSIBLE INTEREST

D. ABOUT AUTOMATIC CONTROLS:

  • This control task consists of 2 parts: 1) the Logic and 2) the Hardware; and both are discussed.
  • This includes control of AC trains, DC trains, and DCC trains — the latter using the NMRA-compatible NCE “Mini-Panel” automatic DCC train controller, and also “DCC-Bitswitch”. This includes both single-track layouts (no turnouts), and use of “automatic passing sidings” where a pair of turnouts are used.

  • Discussion of sensors includes magnets & reed switches, and electric eyes. The Anderman method of using automotive relays to operate the current-hungry original American Flyer turnouts is demonstrated.
  • Automated push-pull shuttle operation (point-to-point) is also demonstrated, both for DC and DCC.

E. MY OPINION:

  • In my humble opinion, the simplest method for controlling 2 DCC trains on 1 mainline (no turnouts), is to use the NCE DCC “Mini-Panel”.  This can be done with just 1 reed switch and no blocks — as demonstrated in Video #815 , “Getting Started with NCE Mini-Panel Automatic Train Control”.

F. ABOUT THE BELOW IMAGES

  • Below are two ‘screen captures’ from the videos (can be accessed from the VIDEOS page).
Video #660
Video #813, NCE Mini-Panel, S-Gauge DCC Automatic Passing Siding