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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2016, 08:11:30 PM »
 :thankyousign: for all the replies - something else to file in the 'for the future' box.  :beers:
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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2016, 10:44:34 PM »
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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2016, 09:41:07 AM »
I'd hope not for the cost!

Personally I want to see more attempts at software oneupmanship between Only Me and pctrainman! How long before 'my dad's bigger than your dad!'?

Personally I've played with JMRI (because you can and its free), and it seems quite good. I just want it to do signals, but obviously you end up needing to provide feedback on train location and state of points etc to do it properly, at which point I wonder if something else may be easier. 

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2016, 11:46:29 AM »
I'd hope not for the cost!

Personally I want to see more attempts at software oneupmanship between Only Me and pctrainman! How long before 'my dad's bigger than your dad!'?

Personally I've played with JMRI (because you can and its free), and it seems quite good. I just want it to do signals, but obviously you end up needing to provide feedback on train location and state of points etc to do it properly, at which point I wonder if something else may be easier.

Well, yes it costs, but you get what you pay for.....as the saying goes....

Not sure what the piece about oneupmanship is meant to bring to the table...

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2016, 01:05:44 PM »
Sorry sir. Normal austere practices to be resumed with immediate effect. I shall cease enjoyment.

Ps, you only need one full stop, or 3 for ellipsis.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2016, 01:06:59 PM by njee20 »

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2016, 01:26:16 PM »
I'd hope not for the cost!

Personally I want to see more attempts at software oneupmanship between Only Me and pctrainman! How long before 'my dad's bigger than your dad!'?

Personally I've played with JMRI (because you can and its free), and it seems quite good. I just want it to do signals, but obviously you end up needing to provide feedback on train location and state of points etc to do it properly, at which point I wonder if something else may be easier.

Stick with JMRI for your requirements.  It does signalling extremely well once you've got your head around how to make it work. 


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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2016, 01:36:20 PM »
Good to know, thanks Nigel! That was my experience, I don't actually want any automation, so many of the other solutions seemed like overkill.

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2016, 05:45:04 PM »
I'd hope not for the cost!

Personally I want to see more attempts at software oneupmanship between Only Me and pctrainman! How long before 'my dad's bigger than your dad!'?

Personally I've played with JMRI (because you can and its free), and it seems quite good. I just want it to do signals, but obviously you end up needing to provide feedback on train location and state of points etc to do it properly, at which point I wonder if something else may be easier.

Well, yes it costs, but you get what you pay for.....as the saying goes....

Not sure what the piece about oneupmanship is meant to bring to the table...

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2016, 07:09:36 PM »
I would like to endorse earlier comments : Avoid Hornby's Railmaster. It's a dog in Windows 7, a pain in the bum in Windows 8, worse in Windows 8.1 and I haven't tried in Windows 10 because of results in the other three versions !

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2016, 09:43:34 AM »
Njee , my dad is long dead so I don't reckon he's bigger than anyones , as for one upmanship ? we were having a discussion as to the merits of 2 different systems and I personally thought that was what a forum was for .

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2016, 10:04:13 AM »
I was just amused at the tone of the exchange; "yeah, but can it do this?". No offence was intended.

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2016, 10:07:05 AM »
We don't want to have to lock an informative thread like this so lets all do what Pengi suggested and get back on the thread and no more back biting please.

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2016, 12:35:34 PM »
No offence taken Njee , it's far too easy to misinterprate peoples words when they are written it's a fact of life that we all have to live with , getting back to what this thread is actually about I for one just wanted to show one side of the coin with Digitrax being the other , at the end of the day whatever system you go for it's mostly a matter of personal choice ,  :beers:

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #28 on: June 28, 2016, 08:40:30 PM »
I use JMRI to programme my trains, using the Digitrax PR3 programmer. The other device I heard you can use is the Sprog

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Re: Which computer programme for DCC?
« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2017, 03:14:30 AM »
A new project to be started very soon has led me here initially as I am starting with a completely clean slate.

With the continuing advance of technology what today (October 2017) would be the proprietary software to consider?

If I wish to run between two and four N gauge locos on an End to End twin track layout under full automation what do I need?

The layout will be 14 feet * 6 Feet (4.2m * 1.8m) track will be ‘folded’ around a backscene so that end to end the total ‘run’ is approx 28 feet (8m).
All trains will be Push/pull or DMU, so no need to turn them around.
Two fiddle yards to accommodate two trains, therefore two running and two waiting.

A planning and build thread will follow shortly depicting era and location.

I assume that I need at the minimum to know the following

1)   Automation Software.
2)   PC Operating System.
3)   DCC controller.
4)   Interface between 1 & 3.
5)   Loco Decoders.
6)   Block Detectors.
7)   Track/Turnouts.

My initial leaning would be:

1)   Automation software: Railroad & Co Silver v9.
2)   PC: A laptop running between Windows XP to W10.
3)   DCC Controller: Digitrax.
4)   Interface: ?? Loconet (not in the least bit sure where this fits in).
5)   Decoders: Digitrax because they have transponders built in.
6)   Block Detectors: There are many on the market but with N gauge are some more ‘Sensitive’ to small motor loads than others? Thereby offering more reliable detection.
7)   Track: The only fixed factor is that the track will be Kato, this therefore defines the turnout motor accessory decoders required.

Within the realms of normality cost is not a factor so I do not need to fiddle about to make freeware work as I am not trying to save money and I want to be able leave the layout in the hands of anyone such that their only involvement in the event of a mishap is to hit the ‘Panic Button’.

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