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Signature: 00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

Bio: 00 Gauge DCC system using Hornby Elite and RailMaster with Pro Pack. Mixture of Loco's with some models of Steam engines and some Diesel Electric.

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RDS

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Please note:

All posts that have been added to this thread recently, that do not contain just a date but are detailed discussions concerning LD, have been moved to a new thread I have created within the DCC section called:

 

Loco Detection - Different Methods and Systems.

 

Sorry, this thread is for dates only, as originally specified in the first post on page 1.  It makes it nearly impossible to find guesses within pages and pages of discussion.

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

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Whilst preparing some data to be posted in the RailMaster section of the Forum, I developed a technique that allows a Table, prepared in a Spreadsheet, to be posted on the Forum.  There may be other methods, but this one has worked well for me.

 

I use Microsoft Excel to prepare the data.  This can include Coloured Text, Centred Text, Bold, Underlined or in fact any other type of spreadsheet output.

 

First of all, the Final Table is prepared in a Spreadsheet and the whole Spreadsheet is selected and copied to the clipboard, in my case using CTRL-C.  Adobe Acrobat is then used to 'Create a pdf from the Clipboard'.  The resulting pdf is then Saved as a .jpg file.  This .jpg file can then be uploaded to the Forum via the 'Content' window, using the icon just to the left of the Smiley face.

 

I use Microsoft Windows 10, (previously it worked using XP).  I cannot comment on how, or if, this would work with any other system.

 

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

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No problem at all John.  That size of table would not have pasted well.  I am quite happy to post it for you. 

 

I have developed a technique for posting a spreadsheet and I will post the details under the General Discussion Section, of how it can be done.

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

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I hope I have got it right now John. 

If not, no problem, let me know and I will have another attempt and then I will remove all of this.

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

3816 posts


This is the information posted on the 11th December following experiments carried out by TrainDriverJohn

 

I think you guys have got it all figured out already but I did do a few experiments. 

Loco R3284TTS Railroad Flying Scotsman (no Carraiges)

Straight test track (cleaned with good connectors}

RailMaster Program. 75 seconds consisting of sound on/off use of function buttons (whistles) forward to shunt then acceleration and deceleration commands before stop. The programmed returned journey is exactly the same except the program is using reverse instead of forward.

On each iteration the loco was placed back on the start line.

The results are:

 

Conclusion

1. It is obvious that it is impossible to know where the loco will come to rest on any given journey.

 

2. The return distances are considerably shorter. I believe this to be due to pushing the tender rather than pulling it. The variations are the same though so on the return journey you could compensate for this by placing extra time in the return journey program to bring it back closer to the start line.

 

3. Even after doubling the journey the variation remains similar. It would therefore be reasonable to conclude that any distance would produce a similar result.

 

4. After trying 41 iterations it appears that you would have to have at least 44 mm from the buffer after having recorded your shortest distance.

 

5. Further experimentation is needed to establish if it is possible to have reasonable tolerances and therefore is a practicable use of this type of program when the loco is not returned to the start line on each iteration.

 

6. Further experimentation is needed to establish what would be the outcomes if a load was attached to the loco. This might just result in the conclusion in 2. This of course would mean that if you had a terminus to terminus journey you would have to stick to the same configuration or a change in the program times would result.

 

7. The loco running could be interrupted any time dirt on the track etc. this would almost invariably give a result outside of expected tolerances.

 

8. It is already looking like an alternative method to this may be a better idea. Nice try but no cigar.

 

9. Of course all the old hands knew all this and have already been there done that.

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

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The table referred to by John above, is now on the next page of this thread.

 

Happy Birthday John, hope you had a great day.

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

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Not more annoying that incorrect spelling of words. (No.3)

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

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@Paulali

Is it that really important how he says at ...

 

I agree.  We all have our own writing styles.

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

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You never know fishy, it may be time to unlock that 'bottom drawer', or polish up that door stop!

HaHa

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

RDS

3816 posts


Thanks John and John

I tried to log onto Aus eBay with my existing UK details and it would not let me in. 

I didn't want to try again, unless it locked me out completely.

00 Gauge. DCC. Elite (v1.43) with Select (v1.0) as Walkabout. RailMaster Pro running on a Windows 10 Laptop. 19 Loco's. 2nd copy of RailMaster (Not Pro) running on Windows 10 Desktop and Networked to the Laptop. Handheld RM running on Android Phone. 3rd copy of RailMaster, still unopened!

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