Running trains without requiring electricity in the rails.

Battery powered radio control for N to O scale - The Dead Rail Society


Pete Steinmetz and members of the Dead Rail Society will be discussing all aspects of operating trains with battery power and radio control. We are not scale specific, but will concentrate on O Scale down to N Scale. We will discuss locomotive conversions, sound or no sound, choice of equipment and components, companies that supply parts used in Dead Rail, companies that do conversions, batteries, charging, and safety concerns.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Three Sisters

Adventures in Dead Railing the HO/HOn3 Donner Summit


I have been a member of the Dead Rail Society for several years, a group in San Diego area devoted to running trains by wireless DCC and battery power. The availability of lithium-polymer batteries and smaller radios has made this method of running trains, common for many years in larger scales, available in the smaller scales. I recently converted my Donner Summit HO/HOn3 layout completely to Dead Rail and removed all the track feeders so there is no power on the rails. In this clinic I will discuss the pros and cons of this move and how it has effected operations both positively and negatively. I will also discuss the design and construction of the layout which is based on an HO version of the Southern Pacific and an HOn3 representation of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. Disclaimer: I am the owner of Tam Valley Depot which manufactures and sells the DRS1 radio system discussed in the clinic.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Hood
Wednesday, Aug 26 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
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