Here is a modification to Williams Trains Reverse Boards to allow Forward Only Operation


Corner unit
This plan is provided on the Williams by Bachmann site.
A friend of mine has a large O-Scale layout. I helped build it. One level has a long continuous loop. I divided it up into electrical blocks and added a board full of relays to allow automated operation of two trains. As a train enters a block, it trips a relay to cut power to the block behind it and activate the signals. If the following train gets to that block, it stops. When the front train moves beyond the control block, power is restored. The train that had been paused resumes its journey. That all requires locos to be locked in forward only running. He has a Williams Amtrak loco which does not have the lock out. So, I found this information on the Williams by Bachmann site. It is delicate soldering work to lift the end of one resistor and attach three wires to a SPDT slide switch. Easy if we are careful. Works like a champ. Slide the switch one way, the trains runs forward only. The other way and the 4-step reverse unit works normally.
Reverse Control Board
Two circuit boards tied together in the Williams loco
Switch mounted in the roof
The switch is mounted in the roof of the loco shell
The Williams original installation has two circuit boards that are tied together with double-sided foam tape and secured with a cable tie. The assembly is further insulated from the metal chassis with a piece of clear plastic. Then, there is a screw through the bottom board (reverse unit) to the chassis. Nip the tie. Gently pry the two boards apart. Remove the screw. Have some two-sided foam tape and a new cable tie ready for reassembly. A simple way to mount the switch is to grind out a rectangular hole in the top of the loco shell as seen here. The switch is secured to the shell with super glue and some blobs of hot glue. If you have a 3D pen that writes with PLA filament. That would be stronger than the hot glue. It might be better to grind the hole in the metal chassis facing the bottom. When train manufacturers do this sort of thing, the holes are punches as a part of the normal fabrication process. Very neat. Not so easily done as a hobbyist modification. In this case, I aligned the switch so that when it is in the forward position, the loco will only run forward. In the rearward position, the normal revese unit, 4-step sequence works.
Relay Board
Relay Board
Block Control Video
Block Control Video
This picture shows the relay boards. There are three of these, one for each set of electrical blocks. The graphic is printed from a spreadsheet program. The cells in that spreadsheet are sized to match the spacing on the terminal strip. Power for the relay is passed through a typical accessory arrangement. One outside rail is cut at both ends of teh control block. The power for the relay passes through that rail, back to the ground on the other rail when a wheelset enters the block. Since the relay I used is DC, you can see the bridge rectifier and voltage regulator (mounted on a heat sink) parts as well as the relay. When a set of wheels is in the control block, the relay is activated. That disconnects the center(hot) rail in the controlled block and tells the signal to turn red. If the following train enters that controlled block, it stops. When all of the wheels in the leading train leave the control block, the relay is deactived, power returns to the controlled block, the signal is set to green. Any stopped train restarts. That is why the locos must be set to run in forward only.
This link takes you to a short video on YouTube. It shows the block control in action. Use the Back button on your browser to return here.


Site and Pages Copyright 2011-9 - William P. Porter --- Some content belongs to the indicated provider.