Christmas Eve, one of my presents to myself arrived via USPS priority mail: GML Enterprises (Model Railroad Electronic Controls) Fast Clock System.
From the website: "This system design is for one (1) clock controller unit (Model #FC-6) and up to eight (8) remote analog clock units (Model #CLK-x). This CONTROLLER/REMOTE approach allows the installation of the controller in your dispatch panel and placement of a minimum of 2 and up to 8 remote units anywhere on your layout."
My friend Ted Pamperin Has used this system for awhile on his C&O layout so I know it works well.
|I chose the 2:1 through 6:1 time ratios when I had this unit built. The slow pace of operations on my layout will mean I'll probably be operating between 2:1 and 4:1.|
All in all the whole system cost me $176 (controller, 2 clocks, optional time ratios). I think that's a good price for a well built system. Hopefully I'll get it installed this week while I'm off for Christmas break.
After publishing this post I went down to the basement and decided on trying to install the fast clock. 1 1/2 hours later it was done!
|One clock installed in the layout area.|
|Control unit installed and working.|
|I decided to install the control unit in the main layout area.|
|The second clock is installed inside the helix where it's everybody's favorite place to be a dispatcher. OK, maybe it's not, but the clock can be easily moved if I move the dispatcher to another location.|
The installation couldn't have been any easier and the system works great! I'm very pleased. :)