Brainstorm on going digital

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PolarExcess
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Re: Brainstorm on going digital

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I too am a fan of the decoder in the trailing car(s). Rationale: it's risky, cutting edge AND no one has done it before, or in the very least posted a youtube video of it. I run O Scale (3 Rail) locos via DCC & DCS and love the results.

Still waiting on my T-Gauge starter set to ship from tgauge.com to the USA. Might be 2014 before I get them; therefore I patiently wait.


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JoostV
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Re: Brainstorm on going digital

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Hi all,

To be honest, it's not about cost, but about the challenge- being able to control the layout from my computer. On my old H0 track I had custom software running on a windows PC and access to it from my tablet (remote desktop). Yes it had a custom UI to allow finger movement to select loco's, set switches etc. Would be interesting to go there again :)

Sure.. a long way to go.. Still have issues coupling my HST. Everything is soooo small :)

Btw I also started a topic on the dutch beneluxspoor forum as there's a lot of digital knowledge there as well... Will share the results :)

Slarge
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Re: Brainstorm on going digital

Post by Slarge »

JoostV
So in very simplistic terms am I correct in thinking you are looking to use your computer to control the train by way of a DCC decoder... In essence the decoder is translating the commands from the computer and the track is acting as the wired connection to the motor?
Thus creating a digital controller rather than traditional DCC?
If so I can see how a single loop would work, but for blocks my concerns would be the same as dkightley's.

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Re: Brainstorm on going digital

Post by mattd10 »

Im finding all this fascinating reading. Ive never done dcc in the larger scales but I think it'd be great for T!

I remember I posted a link to the smallest decoder I could find on the old forum....it was just small enough to squeeze into a trailing coach if I remember rightly! I'll try and find it again if I can.

Im sure theres a video on youtube of a 103 unit with a decoder fitted externally as a proof of concept...I'll see if I can find that too!

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Re: Brainstorm on going digital

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@Slarge

Exactly :) :)

Cheers,
Joost

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Re: Brainstorm on going digital

Post by mattd10 »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q4OmmoO85I

Video

http://www.digitrains.co.uk/ecommerce/l ... coder.aspx
http://www.digitrains.co.uk/ecommerce/l ... coder.aspx

at 6.9x6.1x1.7mm this thing is TINY! :shock: But you'd still struggle to squeeze one in an empty coach...even on a slant! Definitely do-able though!

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