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by BananaRepublic
Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: The usual question ... on DCC controllers but ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2584

Re: The usual question ... on DCC controllers but ...

Anyone considering buying the PowerCab starter system, with a definite intention to upgrade with a SmartBooster and other add-ons, should seriously consider forgetting that route and rather than purchase the PowerCab, should instead look at the full NCE PowerPro system. At current prices it works ou...
by BananaRepublic
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: The usual question ... on DCC controllers but ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2584

Re: The usual question ... on DCC controllers but ...

Another option which would save you some money, is the Roco/Fleischmann MultiMaus. This is a very user friendly system, with a simple, intuitive and robust handset. Particularly useful if your son is a youngster. The complete system can be bought brand new, from Germany or the UK on eBay. Cost of th...
by BananaRepublic
Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: The usual question ... on DCC controllers but ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2584

Re: The usual question ... on DCC controllers but ...

Geotux, it might be worth a drive down to DCC Supplies, who are just your side of Worcester.
They'll have a selection of DCC systems for you to look at and should be able to help you choose.

http://www.dccsupplies.com



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by BananaRepublic
Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

Hornby Elite and the Select (not sure of the eLink?) Prodigy Advance and the NCE PowerCab and some other well known DCC command stations do not remove rail power when the emergency stop command is sent. It is a data command (Broadcast) sent to all mobile Decoders to immediatly stop. Track power rem...
by BananaRepublic
Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

AustralisRico, in all due respect, I think you are seeing too many imaginary issues here. On the Z21 system there's a stop button which you hit and it sends the stop command to all chips. With no command station connected via cable there is no such backup on the Bluetooth system. In most cases, that...
by BananaRepublic
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

Bigmet wrote:I suppose the way to do it with the architecture proposed for the Bluetooth control method, is a DIY manual kill switch for track power.


Indeed.
All that is required, is a switch in the DC or DCC power supply to the track.


by BananaRepublic
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

I suppose the way to do it with the architecture proposed for the Bluetooth control method, is a DIY manual kill switch for track power. Surely killing the power suddenly isn't good for the DCC chip. Generally computers don't like their power being cut. That's how the global "emergency stop&qu...
by BananaRepublic
Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

I'm actually with Gordon on the point about tactile response and feel of hardware knobs and buttons, but I can equally see that lots of people are quite comfortable with a touch screen. Otherwise there wouldn't be all those people singing the praises of the Z21, TouchCab and the equivalent touch scr...
by BananaRepublic
Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

On cost, your considerations fail to take into account the price of such a smartphone or tablet, presumably assuming that everyone has one? I don't...... Then it's probably not for you? There is no need to consider the cost of a smartphone or tablet in the equation. You either have one (which tens ...
by BananaRepublic
Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

. So there is an equivalent trackside controller, just that it is not using DCC. Not much difference in the overall kit requirement then? And you still need a power supply for the track anyway and all that entails, so slightly more kit in fact in terms of the number of items involved. Sorry if I mi...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

Question, why do you want an on board battery? I can think of disadvantages but not many advantages...... Indeed. I must find the link to another forum (USA) where somebody gave a very well constructed and convincing argument that the idea of battery and dead rail as the future for "normal&quo...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

I think Tam Valley Dear Rail system using an existing DCC throttle (NCE Power Cab in the demo) is a great way forward... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w0niIUqA6I I mentioned this on page 1. It's a very interesting development for those looking for a Dead Rail solution and allows full access to t...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

...It was always very striking how different the tracks looked in these locations, and it just doesn't look as it should modelled with shiny rail tops. Have a look at Tillig Elite track. Comes pre-weathered, with darkened rails. If applying weathering or painting rust, it's a good foundation to wor...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Recent DCC advances?
Replies: 44
Views: 4231

Re: Recent DCC advances?

The main advantage I see is that no DCC controller is required. Power is supplied to the track and bluetooth does the rest. How does 'bluetooth' know what needs doing? Possibly via a controller of some kind? The controller is just software, in the form of an App. Therefore it can be as simple or as...
by BananaRepublic
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?
Replies: 58
Views: 8187

Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Ba

I've been using one for about 5 years and consider it well worth the cost. Don't baulk at the price. It's very well made out of solid brass and metal and worth its weight in Gold (figuratively speaking). After all, it only costs the price of a loco, but could be considered an essential purchase. It ...

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