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AutoControls.org #8907: 6 LGB Trains On 1 Track (1989)

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Published on Sep 9, 2012

1. OVERVIEW: This short "historic" video, originally recorded in 1989 (and distributed as Videotape #V8907), shows a small 12-foot-square, LGB Largescale display layout that operates 6 trains on 1 track (the part of the layout that's on the green carpet).




* The layout has 120 feet of mainline, 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.

This system can successfully control all these trains, because all 6 trains all run APPROXIMATELY the same speed. Therefore, the automatic blocks just have to make minor spacing adjustments between trains.

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2. PASSING SIDING: Regarding the passing siding at lower left:
If you observe the passing siding, you notice that the 4 steam engines stop (and the waiting train leaves), because they have MAGNETS on their undersides.

* The 2 diesels are faster. Therefore, they don't need magnets, and are being operated WITHOUT magnets. Therefore, they do NOT activate the automatic passing siding. Notice that the 2 diesels go through the passing siding without stopping.

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3. RELATED LINKS:
* Same video on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/48500077
* For other AutoControls videos, visit the "VIDEO INDEX PAGE" at http://AutoControls.org
* Also, use 'channel' vimeo.com/autocontrols.
* To view the track plan for this layout, use this link:
http://track2.com/ingram/trkplan/trkp...
* A similar 12x12 layout #8, configured for 2 diverging routes, can be seen operating here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bDQhB_4XE9Y (10 min), or full 16 minutes on Quicktime at http://track2.com/video/railvid/mv034...
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This iMovie video was assembled 9/7/2012 by http://JamesRobertIngram.com (aka AutoControls.org, aka Track2.com, aka RailVideos.org).
* The ORIGINAL video footage was recorded on Compact VHS tape, by Byron Fenton in July 1989 at the "TransFair" in Denver, Colorado; and is used here with his permission.

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