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    • July 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT
    • I'm using DCC, and DCC-controlled switch machines from Train Li. As a winter project a few years back, I went whole hog in making up a wireless panel system to control them.

       

      There are three of these boxes. They're laid out on the philosophy of pressing a button and lining up turnouts for a loco in that position.

       

       

      The buttons pigtail into an old parallel printer cable...

       

       

      Which plugs into a transmitter for a radio-controlled relay. 

       

       

      The relay board can be used for whatever. Mine are mounted on a panel, wired into an NCE Mini-Panel to run scripts that thrown sets of turnouts according to which button is pressed. 

       

       

      This panel is in another watertight box.

       

      OK, there are drawbacks to this approach. The script-writing involved a fairly puzzling spreadsheet, and it wasn't easy to get everything right. If I had to reprogram everything, it wouldn't be easy. Main problem though is that I've had consistent issues with the Train Li switch motors. Sometimes they decide to work in the opposite direction, and when you're using a script for a route, the whole route brakes down, and you have to override individual switch machines via their DCC address. I have my own switch drive design, and am planning on building those as replacements.

       

      Anyway, to control solenoid valves, you can route the relays directly to them and use the buttons to toggle the relays (and therefore the sv's) on or off. Or you could use a DCC solenoid valve controller, Greg uses something from Digitrax as I recall. 

       

       

       

      Cliff

    • July 20, 2019 3:30 PM EDT
    • I made mine with masonite and toggle switches.  It is moble and plugs into the layout with two 24-pin military-spec connectors and into the 120 with an extension cord on the patio.  It is set up with 24 blocks using three "cabs" with AristoCraft Train Engineers that plug into it and has reversers built into it so I can run several engines simultaneously through point-to-point settings.

       

      LEDs indicate which way the trains are headed (clockwise/counterclockwise) and there is a built-in voltmeter.

       

      Each of the three cabs can be set to either direction or turned off completely with the flip of a toggle switch.  I find this to be extremely necessary!  When a train derails, has an accident, etc. (will happen eventually), it is nice to stop all the action with a single flip of a switch, that you can even ask your guest/wife to flip without learning a bunch of controls or looking for a remote.

       

      It is also set up with a diode matrix that throws groups of turnouts (as many as 20 at a time) with the toggle of a single switch.

       

    • July 20, 2019 8:27 AM EDT
    • I stumbled upon this Australian company when I was searching for iPad panel options, and I'm intrigued.  I am working on a yard with a dozen turnouts, and am contemplating pneumatic control with solenoids and an iPad panel of some sort.  These guys have an app that looks to be really elegant.  

      http://controlpaneldesigns.com

      The other option, of course, is JMRI.

      Anyone have experience with Control Panel Designs?

    • October 22, 2018 5:46 PM EDT
    •    Well shucks you guys!

    • October 22, 2018 1:54 PM EDT
    • Trainz is a simulator program..   The program also allows you to develop/build your our own layout if one so desires.. 

       

      I have Trainz 10, Trainz 12 and Trainz A New Era...   They have just come out with  Trainz 2019

    • October 22, 2018 12:46 PM EDT
    • Doug that software looks more like a game than a program to run operations on your layout.

       

      But apparently you can design your own layout, but I would think you want switch lists, etc.

       

      Greg

    • October 21, 2018 11:06 PM EDT
    • Hi Doug,

       

      That’s funny. I have Trainz Simulator 2 on my iPads but I had forgotten I had it.

       

      i also have WiThrottle but they have both been on the iPads a long time and I can’t remember if I’ve ever even tried them - or what they do.

       

      Thanks for starting the topic.

       

      Jerry

       

    • October 21, 2018 7:31 PM EDT
    • I MAY HAVE JUST FOUND SOMETHING.

         TAKE A LOOK AT

      https://www.trainzportal.com/product/view/trainz-simulator-2-mac

       

      I DON'T HAVE TIME TO STUDY IT TODAY BUT IT IS WORTH A LOOK!

       

       

    • October 21, 2018 7:06 PM EDT
    • I too would be interested in software for MacBooks, Mini’s etc. including OS & IOS. I do have MS Office both for OS & IOS but something like RR-Track or operational software would be nice.

       

      in reality, I don’t know if I would use it but I would like to know if it was available.

       

      Currently I would have to dig out old Windows PC’s for RR-Track and MTS.

    • October 21, 2018 6:56 PM EDT
    • Doug Arnold said:

         I have been away from the list for awhile but getting back into everything.

         Has any operations software been developed for a Mac? I know none had been a few years ago.

         I use a Mac Ipad and Mac Mini.

       

    • August 14, 2018 8:45 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      It seems this "Thread", might not be a clear picture of the forum, that Jean had in mind when she got talked into being a co-sponsor.

        To almost immediately allow barnyard animules to give the impression that they have found a home, might keep them away from continuously interfering in the rest of the web page, which is supposedly devoted to Large Scale Model Railroading.

           This might just be a brilliant way of cleaning up an otherwise fine and possibly, intelligent web page...!!

        Or... quite possibly, it was Jean's idea right from the start.

       It might be rather polite to invite Jean to give her side of the agreement, and explain why she signed the cheque...and her hopes for the future of this new forum.

            BTW; as an admirer of "The Life of Brian" (The film) I suggest that it might be worthwhile to open a link to the full film, for those with constricting religions, that would not allow a screening.

          Fred Mills

      The "Life Of Brian" is supposedly devoted to Large Scale Model Railroading in what way?

    • August 14, 2018 4:03 PM EDT
    • Since I check my blood sugar four times a day I figure my numbers tell me I am still moving! And I know I'm ok when I feel the insulin shot!

    • August 14, 2018 2:29 PM EDT
    • No Sean; none of us seem dead at present, but 15 minutes from now or even less could be a different story. It seems the scavengers of dead bodies can arrive at any time.

         ...so the job of the living, is to continuously prove that we are alive, and operating our railroads.

       

            As a side note, towards "Forum Sponsorship";  where can a person find factual information, on this sponsorship program ?

       At one time several moons ago; I did drop the management a note on the subject, but I never received a reply, and he has never visited our railroad since.

        I guess there must be a secret handshake, wink of the eye, or political maneuver required for such actions...perhaps pretending to be a barnyard fowl is one of the requirements.!!!!

          Fred Mills

    • August 14, 2018 8:19 AM EDT
    • But I'm not Dead yet !

    • August 14, 2018 7:54 AM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:

      I will not answer your “just you” (even though it appears to be) assertion, as I now have finally figured out your meaning!   Jean and I are the new sponsors of this very forum.  Just trying to drum up some posts, I guess

      Ah! I see the light!!

      (Now that I turned off my adblocker...)

      Sorry about that Bruce. And good for you and Jean, thanks!!

    • August 13, 2018 11:56 PM EDT
    • It seems this "Thread", might not be a clear picture of the forum, that Jean had in mind when she got talked into being a co-sponsor.

        To almost immediately allow barnyard animules to give the impression that they have found a home, might keep them away from continuously interfering in the rest of the web page, which is supposedly devoted to Large Scale Model Railroading.

           This might just be a brilliant way of cleaning up an otherwise fine and possibly, intelligent web page...!!

        Or... quite possibly, it was Jean's idea right from the start.

       It might be rather polite to invite Jean to give her side of the agreement, and explain why she signed the cheque...and her hopes for the future of this new forum.

            BTW; as an admirer of "The Life of Brian" (The film) I suggest that it might be worthwhile to open a link to the full film, for those with constricting religions, that would not allow a screening.

          Fred Mills

    • August 13, 2018 9:50 PM EDT
    • I will not answer your “just you” (even though it appears to be) assertion, as I now have finally figured out your meaning!   Jean and I are the new sponsors of this very forum.  Just trying to drum up some posts, I guess

    • August 13, 2018 8:45 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:

      So, it's time to bring this one back to the top - especially since it has a great new sponsor!

      Bring out your questions!

       

      Still waiting patiently for Bruce to trot out his antecedent(s) for that sentence, thereby explaining what he believes to have a new sponsor...

       

      Is it just me?

      OK, don't answer that...

       

       

       

       

    • August 12, 2018 10:43 PM EDT
    • Wow! Way to go!

      Sponsors!

       

    • August 14, 2018 12:14 AM EDT
    • It has been over two years since "RailOps" was mentioned on these pages.

          To bring everyone up-to-date;

                                      ...we are still successfully using the program on the IPP&W, without problems; operating EVERY Saturday, weather permitting.

        Fred Mills