Z Progress Report
- Hey Guys,
Its been a long week but I did get a chance to do some more work on
the layout, and I took some quick pix.
I have built a small test layout that is hooked up to my laptop.
Here's the test bench:
The layout is being run by a Digitrax DCS100. The turnouts are
connected to the rails by a Marklin k83. There is a DT400 Throttle
hooked up to the DCS100, and the laptop is also hooked up with a USB
LocoBuffer. The laptop is running Rocrail,
I can run the layout from the DT400, or from Rocrail on the laptop.
If you examine the laptop screen, you'll see I have a diagram of the
layout up, as well as windows letting me control the 2 Geep locs.
Here is a very fuzzy screen shot:
Its easier to use Rocrail than it is to use the Digitrax DT400 as a
controller, although there is nothing wrong with the DT400. With
Rocrail, I just click on a turnout or slide the loc's throttle bar up
and down instead of having to press button after button after button
and then turn a knob or something on the DT400.
Note that the computer is acting as nothing more than another Throttle
on the layout right now. There are no sensors in the layout to give
the computer "eyes" so it knows where the locs and cars are. My next
step will be to solder some track and create some current detection
sensors so I can set up a simple "back and forth" layout with isolated
track and blocks.
BTW, I want to thank all of you for your posts, and apologize for not
always replying to them. Particulary Alan Cox, all your valuable
advice has been noted.
And, as a result of some of the track work I've had to do, I'll make
some other posts this week about servicing turnouts and spacing rails
for expansion/compression due to temperature and humidity changes.
Mark Z Newb
- Nice work Mark! I have never heard of that software before, but the
screen shots look alot like Panel Pro. Where did you find that software?
<http://www.rocrail.net/> is the URL for the software.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Robert Ray" <pray59@...> wrote:
> Nice work Mark! I have never heard of that software before, but the
> screen shots look alot like Panel Pro. Where did you find that
> -Robert Ray
I've been working with them for over a year now.