for quite a couple of days, I have been following the discussion about
"Digital Z" with great interest - no "grin" !
Did anyone think of "SELECTRIX 2000" by TRIX, which has not been an invention
for the next century - it has been existing for about 10 to 15 years ...
If you are fast enough with typing in the different numbers for
forward/backward, the no./address and speed of each loco - no problem
(grin...) at all to run and manoeuver 3 locos on ONE flextrack of 60 cm !!! -
And this is nothing but the truth !
The decoder has the following dimensions: 14 x 9 x 2,5 mm. A very similar
discussion was going on on the mailing list of the Z-Club 92 not too long
ago. Below, you can find pasted, what I wrote at that time - I believe,
Anders Lattermann, was involved there, too (?)
Hereafter, the email address of Heiko Schroeter who as well has/had an own
project running. I have sent him an email, too, in order to know how far he
has gone and to "prepare" him that he might get some emails and questions
TRIX offers this system already for years - "Selectrix 2000" from TRIX, which
has been evaluated over the years. Smallest decoder measures 14 x 9 x 2,5 mm
!!! Get yourself a prospectus and you will see.... and start dreaming......
To my mind this system is simply fantastic ! - I have tried it out already
myself by installing it under the roof of a cheese loco....- the problem one
will face is the heat produced by the decoder, which is able to turn the
housing a the cheese loco into a Swiss Fondue.....- but installing it in the
tender of a steamer, like 8899, 8891/2/3 for example, can eliminate this
danger, because one can install enough metal in the right place to take away
the heat. By doing this, you will face another problem: 4 cables have to
connect the decoder in the tender with the motor in the loco. But, to my
mind, this problem, too can be solved rather easily.
I remember that Mr. Harald Freudenreich from "FR", once equipped a brown
e-loco of the type "8851" with this system and even designed a very small PCB
for it !
Ok, that's what I had to say !
Have a great analogue Sunday evening still !