Re: DCC Operation from PC
I am using Digitrax DCC. I selected Digitrax for the DZ121 decoder for
Z scale and all the other advanced functions that you can think of in
DCC and it is only available in Digitrax. I also selected Railroad &
Co because it supports other external hardware while talking with
loconet. You can use it as a link from digitrax loconet to I/O cards.
I am using Oaktree hardware for switches, crossing gate flashers,
lighting etc etc much cheaper than using DS54
If I get full transponding setup done than I can set a higher
priority to the Ludwig train than the goods train, so when a goods
train comes to a signal crossing the goods will be stopped for the
Ludwig train to pass, the possibilities for automation are endless and
you dont need to learn to program.....
I have not used the software extensively, since my layout is still in
progress but I belive using RR&co all train settings can be saved, you
can automate the layout, you can also tell the software to randomely
automate the layout, you can also program to customize to any level
you want including custom graphics.
You can post any questions on RR&co in this group, the folks here are
very friendly too.
Feel free to post any more questions you have to this group, we like
to encourage DCC in Z scale and we can also help you by sharing our
experience in DCC esp. installing decoders.
--- In z_scale@y..., "Graham Starkey" <squeak@o...> wrote:
> A further question about the various types of DCC operation of Z. Do
> any/all/some of them provide a way (as does the Märklin HO system)
> operation from a PC via a serial interface (or any other interface)?
> My dream is to be able to operate totally from a PC and even
> the aid of IRDOT or equivalent train sensors. Each train would have
> defined and its progress would be governed by availability of the
> it goes. Similarly, leading up to a signal or station would be a
> sensors which would be able to monitor speed for the purpose of
> braking. The down sides of course are the amount of sensors and
> required for a reasonable layout, and the amount of programming
> The former is a challenge for an electronics-illiterate klutz like
> as an IT consultant/developer by profession, the latter is fun as
> Graham Starkey
> Canberra, Australia
> Phone: 0411147711
> Fax: 0411147011