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Twist67
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Posted - 07/08/2014 :  1:01:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Twist67's Homepage  Send Twist67 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,
that are very fine updates,thanks for the pics.Again,itīs a fantastic layout with a lot of love to details.Great work...

Regards,Chris



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Harsco
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Posted - 07/08/2014 :  8:01:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gentlemen....thanks for the comments. Chris C: being hopelessly electrically challenged, this whole "decoder/DCC/programming/bytes/electromagnetic pulse/V-tach starting voltage thing is most definitely NOT my bag, but it's something I needed to try, if not conquer. At least now I can assign an address, reverse direction, and make all the needed blinkies and woo-woos work....I think.


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chrisbconaway
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Posted - 07/09/2014 :  07:37:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I understand, thank goodness for decoder pro! It saved me a lot of phone calls to "Steam-Nut" to walk me thru programing.


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MarkF
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Posted - 07/09/2014 :  11:49:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Letting Rick loose on a computer and electronics? Next thing you know, he will want signals and CTC!

We were talking yesterday and he was explaining learning the JMRI software, something I have yet to get into but it is in my near future. It seems funny to look back when we used to just take an engine out of the box, put it on the track and watch it go. Now, we install decoders, program, tweaks settings, sync them with the computer to match settings, etc. And they say technology makes our life easier?


Mark

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sjconrail
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Posted - 07/09/2014 :  11:54:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit sjconrail's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MarkF

Letting Rick loose on a computer and electronics? Next thing you know, he will want signals and CTC!



I've got a plan …



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nhguy
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Posted - 07/09/2014 :  12:01:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit nhguy's Homepage  Send nhguy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
OH no! not that! CTC?!?!?!? Rick, I sent you a PM. Bill

Bill Shanaman
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in Colorado.

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Harsco
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Posted - 07/09/2014 :  4:03:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To answer the burning question, I'm not quite sure I'm ready to go down the rabbit hole of CTC/Signaling quite yet; Phil and I have been trading some interesting emails regarding a "virtual" signal system with operators using a small tablet that functions both as a throttle and (for lack of a better term) a cab signal viewer. Must admit it does sound intriguing....until I hear the cost!


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dlwrailfan1
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Posted - 07/09/2014 :  4:43:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit dlwrailfan1's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Harsco

To answer the burning question, I'm not quite sure I'm ready to go down the rabbit hole of CTC/Signaling quite yet; Phil and I have been trading some interesting emails regarding a "virtual" signal system with operators using a small tablet that functions both as a throttle and (for lack of a better term) a cab signal viewer. Must admit it does sound intriguing....until I hear the cost!


Cost sharing -- the crews bring their own tablets. JMRI is just about free and use a computer you already own. There could be a few other bits and gadgets you have to buy.



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LVRALPH
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Posted - 07/11/2014 :  05:33:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CTC signalling is a blast, but it is a lot of work and very expensive.


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vzjtothalo
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Posted - 07/12/2014 :  4:32:04 PM  Show Profile  Send vzjtothalo an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Rick:

Kudos on all the work, especially the fire house, although I thought it was supposed to be Lucknow Hose Co. No. 1.... :D

DecoderPro, by itself, is worth the investment into JMRI. With a detection system interlinked into your DCC system and using PanelPro, that will allow your operators to use the tablets, etc. A simple bare bones Android based tablet can be had for as little $49.99 per tablet.
(Edit to reflect what EngineDriver ver 2.9 can do.) I can't speak for what WiThrottle can do, as I only have an IPod Touch with iOS 4 on it.

The better use of PanelPro would be at your dispatcher station (a Windows XP desktop machine, MFD might have one of those laying around) and use that as your dispatcher panel, replete with block occupancy, etc.

This is not a bash of Digitrax, but this is where NCE's system shines. Their block detector can be connected into a device that plugs into their cab bus, and then it becomes a simple matter to translate that into a 'location' in PanelPro. The computer interface on NCE is built in and does not rewuire a seperate device. I haven't done this myself, but Bob Bucklew (found in the JMRI Yahoo group, and one of the heavy contributors to DecoderPro/PanelPro) did this on his layout and seemed like something I could do.


John Loesch

Edited by - vzjtothalo on 07/13/2014 6:33:43 PM

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chrisbconaway
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Posted - 07/21/2014 :  9:43:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it would be cheaper and easier to continue with having tower operators and a dispatcher.
They will usually work for Buffalo Chicken Bites, Chips and Dip.



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hokie_tech
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Posted - 07/21/2014 :  9:54:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick,
I just read through both volumes of your thread and didn't fall asleep once :).

I'm going to go through it again and pull out the wealth of information that is buried throughout both volumes and unashamedly use some of your methods. The SBS you have provided are so helpful. I even went to lowes and picked up some of the grouts.


Bill

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jbvb
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Posted - 07/26/2014 :  07:40:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
At the Cleveland train show, I spent several hours working with JMRI's 'CATS' CTC panel module. It's got some usability issues, but I talked to Rodney for a while and if I can find time, will try to address them.


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vzjtothalo
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Posted - 07/26/2014 :  7:42:59 PM  Show Profile  Send vzjtothalo an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chrisbconaway

I think it would be cheaper and easier to continue with having tower operators and a dispatcher.
They will usually work for Buffalo Chicken Bites, Chips and Dip.



Can't argue with that.....


John Loesch

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MarkF
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Posted - 07/26/2014 :  9:36:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick, I do believe you have opened a can of worms. And after dispatching at your last session, I can say that signals would be a great addition to an already great layout. The pressure mounts!

Mark

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