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Offline GSRR  
#1 Posted : 17 September 2010 20:20:55(UTC)
GSRR

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Although it does not reflect this information on the current marklin.com webpage there is a current offer available to new subscribers for Dr. Tom Catherall's digital newsletter. Below is the quote. If you do not know a current recipient of the newsletter just PM me and I will contact Brenda or Michelle.


Regards,

Thomas

............................................................

https://www.marklin.com/forms/club-app.html


"FREE CD
Get a free CD with all the Digital Newsletters on it from the past 21 years in PDF
format. Simply sign up a friend as a member of The Digital Club for $12 domestic, $20
foreign and Canada or $8.00 Email delivery for domestic or foreign. Then e-mail your name and postal address to Tom Catherall at (Tom @ marklin.com) and he will send you the FREE CD. To sign up a new member, either do it on Märklin’s web page
(http://www.marklin.com/club/digital.html)
or send their name, address and check payable to Märklin, Inc.
(or credit card number) to Michelle (club@marklin.com)at:
Märklin, Inc./Digital Club
PO Box 510559
New Berlin WI 53151-0559"




Phone: + 1 262-522-7080




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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#2 Posted : 18 September 2010 01:07:37(UTC)
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And Dr Tom (like all the Tom's around here) is very helpful and will respond to any questions asked.

If you are into all things Marklin Digital, the newsletter is worth getting, as you can find tips and tricks there you may not have otherwise known.

Plus, if you ask Michelle nicely, she will email the newsletter to you in pdf format.

Edited by user 19 September 2010 01:02:57(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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Offline Loadmaster  
#3 Posted : 19 September 2010 00:02:02(UTC)
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Here is a picture of Dr. Tom at the ETE EuroWest 2010 ithis past July.

http://picasaweb.google....V2gE#5499173751030285650

He is very compitent and a wonderful guy. Wolfie is also very helpful and you reach him on his Eisenbahn.com website. He lives in California and a member of the SF Chapter.

Robert
HOac and Z scale running SBB/BLS Era IV-V
Offline GSRR  
#4 Posted : 21 September 2010 19:31:48(UTC)
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Marklin Digital Club Newsletter 5-10 Vol 22.5 is out.



r/Thomas


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Offline GSRR  
#5 Posted : 03 November 2010 18:22:05(UTC)
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Marklin Digital Club Newsletter 6-10 Vol 22.6 is out.



r/Thomas




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Offline rschaffr  
#6 Posted : 05 November 2010 05:01:10(UTC)
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I did not renew my subscription to this letter. I found that it deals almost entirely with the CS2, which I guess makes some sense, but does me no good since I run my trains with a computer through an IB.
-Ron
Digital, Epoch IV-V(K-track/IB), Epoch III(C-track/6021/6036/6051)
http://www.sem-co.com/~rschaffr/trains/trains.html
Offline GSRR  
#7 Posted : 08 February 2011 23:45:29(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rschaffr Go to Quoted Post
I did not renew my subscription to this letter. I found that it deals almost entirely with the CS2, which I guess makes some sense, but does me no good since I run my trains with a computer through an IB.



True, last few issues have dealt extensively with the CS2 and MS2. He also is responsive and recently had a review of the iTrain software. It's cheap, and it's in English.


r/Thomas

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Offline GSRR  
#8 Posted : 16 May 2011 21:16:34(UTC)
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Marklin Digital Club Newsletter 3-11 Vol 23.3 is out.




r/Thomas


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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#9 Posted : 16 May 2011 22:58:20(UTC)
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Sure is, just received it this morning!
Offline GSRR  
#10 Posted : 20 July 2011 21:30:09(UTC)
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Marklin Digital Club Newsletter 4-11 Vol 23.4 is out.

Interesting information concerning adding a new lok with MFX to the CS2.

r/Thomas
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Offline kbvrod  
#11 Posted : 21 July 2011 02:30:31(UTC)
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Hi all,
Dr Tom rocks!ThumpUp period.

Dr Dirt
Offline kiwiAlan  
#12 Posted : 19 December 2014 18:04:34(UTC)
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Hi all,

Does anyone have the CD mentioned in this thread? I am attempting to find a copy of an article that was in Volume 6 No. 4 (July-Aug 1994) covering the conversion of primex 3017 and 3185 models to digital.

I have been attempting to get a 3185 that I bought from the Warwick & Warwick auction running, and there is just no life in it. I am suspicious the decoder may be dead. It was supposed to have been 'professionally fitted' by the dealer in Towcester, but I don't know that he did a terribly good job.

The motor is free, and I have put a tiny drop of oil in it. I can rotate the armature by turning the wheels with my thumbs, so believe it is mechanically happy, but would really like to get a beeter feel for how the conversion has been done.

Part of the problem is that there is a small PCB with a handful of components on it, which appears to have been an original fitting to drive the LED headlights. I haven't worked out just how this is supposed to deal with things yet, but assume it is an original Marklin item as there are no makers markings on it, but it does look like a professional item.

TIA

Alan
Offline Nigel Packer  
#13 Posted : 19 December 2014 18:19:00(UTC)
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Hi Alan,

I haven't got the CD, but I thought I would be able to help, but my copies of Tom's newsletters start with Volume 7!!! Typical!

And my 3185 is in an unopened Primex box, so I can't look at it for you, either!

Sorry about that!

Best wishes,

Nigel
Märklin collector since age 5.
H0 Collection from 1935 to today.
Offline kiwiAlan  
#14 Posted : 19 December 2014 18:29:50(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Nigel Packer Go to Quoted Post
Hi Alan,

I haven't got the CD, but I thought I would be able to help, but my copies of Tom's newsletters start with Volume 7!!! Typical!

And my 3185 is in an unopened Primex box, so I can't look at it for you, either!

Sorry about that!

Best wishes,

Nigel


Oh, that's a shame, when I saw you had replied, I thought you would probably be one to have it Sad

Still, I can always hope someone has it.

Thanks for looking, anyway.

P.S. thanks for card, parcel in post tomorrow.

Regards

Alan
Offline graafjp  
#15 Posted : 19 December 2014 22:50:07(UTC)
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Hi Alan,

I found my Digital newsletter 6.4 and this indeed has a 1.5 page article about converting the 3185 railbus.
If you send me a PM with you're e-mail address I can sent you the 2 pages.
Regards,
Jos
Offline Oliver nagel  
#16 Posted : 19 December 2014 23:37:56(UTC)
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This is the only thing I got from Marklin U.S.A.

Dear Club Member:

Märklin Germany sent the e-mail below to their Web News list. We are forwarding this message on to you for your information. Please scroll down below the German text for the English text translation of the message.

Digital Club Members: We are still in the process of looking for Dr. Tom Catherall’s replacement. We hope to have an announcement in the first part of the new year. Thank you very much for your patience.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, and all the best in 2015.

Best regards,
Märklin, Inc.



Begin forwarded message:

Subject: ACHTUNG - RÜCKRUF / Recall Software-Programm - PC-Version für Märklin Central Station CS2
Date: December 17, 2014 at 9:21:47 AM PST
From: Maerklin WebNews <noreply@webnews.maerklin.de>
Reply-To: noreply@webnews.maerklin.de
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Offline kiwiAlan  
#17 Posted : 19 December 2014 23:47:53(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: graafjp Go to Quoted Post
Hi Alan,

I found my Digital newsletter 6.4 and this indeed has a 1.5 page article about converting the 3185 railbus.
If you send me a PM with you're e-mail address I can sent you the 2 pages.


Much appreciated. PM on way BigGrin

Offline kiwiAlan  
#18 Posted : 20 December 2014 16:42:52(UTC)
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Thanks to Jos I now have the article I was looking for.

The article describes how Primex 3017 S-Bahn and 3185 Zugspitzbahn railcars have LED head and tail lights which have one connection permanently connected to chassis, which requires a little adapter board to connect to the digital decoder. Tom Catheralls article gives the circuit diagram, and how to manufacture it if needed, to convert these railcars to digital.

Took me a bit of an internet search to find the information, and I found it listed in a surprising place, a patent lodged by Katzer - he of fighting the JMRI software project over claims of patent infringement. Why he listed it in the patent I don't know, as it didn't have anything to do with the patent that came up, but it gave me the pointer to the article.
Offline DaleSchultz  
#19 Posted : 18 August 2017 23:08:28(UTC)
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I have the Primex Berlin S-Bahn train and intend converting it to digital too...

could someone send me the information by email? I can be reached via dale (at) m ix mox . com (without the spaces)

I used to subscribe to the Digital newsletter in the late 1980s and got to meet the famous Dr. Tom in Nuremberg in 1991
Dale
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Offline PJMärklin  
#20 Posted : 19 August 2017 03:05:03(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DaleSchultz Go to Quoted Post
I have the Primex Berlin S-Bahn train and intend converting it to digital too...

could someone send me the information by email? I can be reached via dale (at) m ix mox . com (without the spaces)

I used to subscribe to the Digital newsletter in the late 1980s and got to meet the famous Dr. Tom in Nuremberg in 1991



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