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St1ngr4y

Signature: DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

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St1ngr4y

2301 posts

You are quite right Chris, and it shows my lack of knowledge of the Select, being an Elite/eLink user. The only thing I would add to your great post on programming TT signals is the following. When you have the signal in "learn" mode, the direction key which you then use on the Select will determine which key is used thereafter to change the signal to green so if you're programming several different signals, then it will pay to be consistent in the key used.

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

Hi Phil,

 

When you say you connected your signals to the Select, how did you do this - did you plug them into the track?

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

Hello Petera,

 

Welcome to the Forum.

 

As Chris has said, there are a few files which are created by Railmaster in the RM folder, which are text files but they are encrypted. Among these encrypted files are Layout files (suffix .PLN) and Program files (suffix .PRG). A year or two ago, I created some Excel spreadsheets which were capable of reading such files, and displaying their contents in the form of a worksheet. They are available to download (free) from my OneDrive cloud storage are using this Railmaster Spreadsheets link. One of these spreadsheets allows you to select a layout file and display its contents in a worksheet.

 

Included is a usage guide in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats.

 

If you don't have access to Microsoft Excel, then let me know what you would like to display/print, and I'll see if I can add it to my Railmaster Utility program, which is also available for free download.

 

Ray

 

 

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

@RAFT

 

Hello,

 

May I suggest a way of achieving your goal of synchronising the Railmaster clock to that shown on the TT SmartScreen ?

 

It can be done by using a program or a number of programs, each setting both clocks to a pre-determined time. Here are two programs which I have created which set the clocks to 12:34 and 13:00 respectively. You could have a button on your Raimaster Track Diagram for each program you create, and one click at the start of your RM session is all that is needed ....

 

 

These programs are dependent on there being a locomotive defined for the TTSS Clock Set address of 0056, with functions F0 thru F9 being set up with descriptions of "Fn on/off". Make sure the function commands are spaced at least two seconds apart as shown - anything quicker may not work.

 

I hope you might find this useful.

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

I have a DCC sniffer, as described by Chris, which was built for me by a friend, and it works fine. I have often thought that it would be possible to extend its usage as, for example, an accessory decoder. On my layout, I have 10 hidden sidings each of which has an isolated section of rail which can be switched on and off to provide a "stopping" area for trains arriving in the hidden siding. At the moment, I have implemented these by using 10 Peco point motors, each having a frog switcher unit mounted on top. These are operated by a couple of ADS accessory decoders - the older ones which don't have frog switching in-built. When a train is to depart from a hidden siding, its section is switched on by the program and when the loco is clear of the isolated section, the section is switched off again, ready for the return of the train. The only problem I have is that in a small percentage of times, the switch on does not work. Although the Peco point motor has thrown, the physical contact inside the switch fails. 

 

What I would like to do is replace these switches by micro relays activated by something like an Arduino. The relay, ideally, would be one which has the target switched off when no power is applied, and on when power is applied.

 

My main question about such a device is ....

 

Does the Arduino need to be connected to a computer via a USB cable for its operating power, or can it use the power coming in from the DCC supply like any other accessory decoder would?

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

Hi Bob,

 

I've drawn some lines on your photos to try to explain it, but I've used the rear wheel in the example.....

 

As you have summised, the crank pin attachs the coupling rod to the wheel, and it is the line between the centre of the crank pin and the centre of the wheel itself which concerns us. This (blue) line on the first photo goes from (roughly) NE to SW. I have transposed this blue line to the second photo, but looking at it from the other side of the loco is going NW to SE. The red line shows this angle for the wheel on this side of the loco (roughly) NE to SW, thereby making an angle (roughly) of 90 degrees (quarter of a revolution) where they intersect. I have used the word "roughly" several times in the paragraph above, but I think the angle is near enough to 90 degrees so that it shouldn't cause any problems when the wheels rotate.

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

Could you provide more details of the conversion you have done, in particular which decoder wires you connected to what. Also, which DCC controller are you using and how you configured the address of the decoder.

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

As an addendum to Chris's excellent summary of the 2-controller scenario, I would just like to mention specifically Traintech colour light signals. From purchase, these signals are primarily designed with legs which slot into the track under the rails, and when used like this, pick up their power and commands from Controller A via the track. However, it is possible, if desired, to remove these legs and replace them with a pair of "dropper" wires in order to connect them to seperate accessory bus, in turn connected to controller B. There is no great advantage in doing this, however, other than having the signals staying illuminated if there is a short circuit on Controller A.

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

@Jacov

 

Another alternative is to run your shuttle using a Railmaster program, assuming you are using Railmaster.

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

St1ngr4y

2301 posts

What about the track leading onto your TT from the rest of your layout? If the bridge is lined up to this track, you can drive a loco onto the bridge, no problem. However, as soon as the TT starts to rotate, it is possible for the left rail of the bridge to make contact with the right rail of the inlet track (or vice versa depending on direction of rotation) causing the DCC to short out. This is why the solution is to remove the brass contacts from the end of the bridge rails.

 

Ray

DCC Elite & eLink + Railmaster+ProPack, Windows 10 desktop

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