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  1. We (Bridgewerks) signed up for, and paid for the show last year. When we signed up, it was listed as being on March 29 and 30th. We made arrangements to ship our booth, air and hotel reservatons etc, and found out that the date had been changed when we got the latest issue of Garden Railways Magazine. We assumed that the date was a misprint, and called to find out what was going on, and were told that the date had been moved, and that they were attempting to call all of the vendors. The organizers told us that they had been trying to get a hold of all of the vendors, but we had heard nothing. We will not be at the show this year - we hope that we will see our payment for booth space refunded. The ECLSTS is one of the last Large Scale train shows that is still active - it is a huge benefit to the hobby, but they need to be better organized for those of us for whom it is more than a hobby. Mark Sauerwald Bridgewerks
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    USA Train Power 10 and DCS

    Larry You can also check out information on the Bridgewerks stuff on our site: www.bridgewerks.com About a year ago, we updated the design for the MAG-15 so that they all have regulated DC outputs which makes them more friendly when operating with DCS systems. If you are going to be in Tulsa in July for the National show - We will be there and you can check out our power supplies in person, as well as getting some good ideas for your layout from the other folk who will be there. Mark Bridgewerks
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    Polk closing

    You can get them direct from Jerry at www,railclamp.com Reindeer Pass also usually have them in stock.
  4. There is some risk, the seller has an option of setting a reserve price, in which case he is not obligated to sell below the reserve, but e-bay charges extra for this. By setting a low starting bid, when the price is low as it is now, lots of people will see the item, and tend to click on the 'Add to Watchlist' button, in which case they will get e-mails when the auction is getting near the end to remind them to look in on the item, so it can help to stir up the bidding. I personally am not a fan of the way e-bay does their auctions with a fixed, hard end time. It encourages people to wait until the last moment before putting in their bid, which results in lower prices to sellers, and more disappointed buyers who are sniped out at the last moment. I have sold through an auction site where there was an end date/time for the auction, but if a bid came in just before the end, the deadline was extended by a few hours to give the previous high bidder a chance to reconsider his bid.
  5. Bridgewerks will have a vendor booth in Santa Clara at the 2016 NGRC. If any of you are going to be there, please stop by to say hello - it would be great to put some faces with the names that I see in here! Mark
  6. Would any of these parts work for you? http://www.accucraftestore.com/index.php?categoryID=93&offset=36
  7. RGKing I think that MicroEngineering make code 205 in nickel silver, you may be able to purchase a couple of pieces either directly from them or from a dealer. Their track comes in 6' sections. Mark
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    ECLSTS 2016

    The ECLSTS in York PA will be on March 25 and 26 this year. I am wondering how many of the GSTF denizens will be there. I will be there with Bridgewerks, along with my Dad, and my wife Sharon. Stop by and say hello!
  9. You might try this: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/30-00419/T1309-5-ND/5638246
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    2015 NGRC

    Hello I can't comment for the others, but I can for Bridgewerks - we were planning on attending, and we plan on attending in Santa Clara next year, but a personal conflict is keeping us away from Denver. We will be in Ontario at the Big Train Show (https://bigtrainshow.com/) and we will be in Portland for the NMRA convention. Mark
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    installed meters in the power mag!

    Although EBay is probably less expensive, a good source for meters is Digikey (www.digikey.com) - they have almost 400 different volt meters available there. http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?pv183=7018&FV=fff4002d%2Cfff80344&k=Meter&mnonly=0&newproducts=0&ColumnSort=0&page=1&quantity=0&ptm=0&fid=0&pageSize=25 will take you to a page where they have their voltmeters, you can sort by LED or LCD, number of digits, size etc... Meters are always a good idea!
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    No MTH at ECLTS

    The show went very well for us - for the past few months, we have seen a big increase in our business level. The only new (sort of) product that we brought with us to the ECLSTS was the new version of our Mag 15 power supply. It looks identical to the old version, except that there is a '-R' after the MAG 15 name. The difference is that the output voltage is now regulated - on the old version, the output voltage could be quite high when there was no load, but once the unit was loaded, the voltage would drop to ~24V, now the output voltage is set at 20V where it remains regardless of load. You can also request that the output voltage be set to 18V. The other change was a current limit set on the output so that the supply will not be damaged by short circuiting the output. - There is probably not enough new exciting stuff to warrant a new thread.
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    No MTH at ECLTS

    I was there with Bridgewerks - Polksgenerationnext had booth space across from us, Scott was there on Friday, with a few things, but folded his tent Friday afternoon and wasn't seen afterwards. I found the show to be well attended and well worth our time and cost to attend.
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    new bridge werks

    I believe that all of the current Bridgewerks controllers have a current limiter which shuts off power to the track and can be reset manually. The two most common causes for this being tripped are a short circuit across the track - often caused by laying a tool or something on the track, or in a system with block switching, managing to get two power controllers switched onto the same block of track. One of the challenges that we face is walking the line between making the controllers simple enough for an inexperienced user to take out of the box and have a good experience, and flexible enough to meet the demands of the more experienced users. The issues with shorts across the tracks are one of the reasons that Dave no longer offers some of the really high power units. When you short a 25 Amp or bigger supply things can get really exciting.
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    new bridge werks

    Hello Chuck, Rayman Bridgewerks is my dad's company, and I am starting to become familiar with it and it's products with the thought of taking a more active role in the company. I am also an electronic engineer, and will probably be designing many of the products moving forward. I would not consider myself to be an expert of G-Scale, although I do have a simple layout in my back yard that the grand-kids and neighborhood kids like to play with so I know a little bit - I just joined this forum to get a better idea of the hobby and what is going on. Chuck mentions regulated supplies with adjustable current and voltage - many bench power supplies have adjustable voltage and also allow you to set a current limit. The bridgewerks controllers have a built in current limit which is pre-set, and you (the user) doesn't have control over it. Would it be a valuable feature to add a current limit to the controllers? - The major place where I could see it having value is on the multi-track units which share one power transformer - this way you could allow for less interruption of one track if disaster (a short or something) struck the other track. On bench supplies, the current limit is generally used to protect the device under test from damage - if I expect my circuit to draw 1A, I might set the current limit to 1.5A, that way if there is a short or something, the power available to do damage is limited. Mark
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