One of the big benefits of the cut-rail method if done well is that when the tram gets onto said cut section the other tram starts up and they both run at a slightly slower speed till the original one stops thus giving a feel of proper acceleration/deceleration before a stop/start.I still have hopes of using on board battery power with wireless control for the tram fleet (when finally built)! The only other alternative would be the Cut-Rail method of semi automatic control of trams from the UK.
Nice slow running on this setup. So good to see that on a smallish layout, I found it difficult to do on my portable layout.I enjoy driving trains "hands-on" but I also enjoy watching my automated layout while I'm doing other things in the shed. Nothing too unspeakable.
The video clip below shows an example. Forgive the strange mixture of motive power, and the minimalist scenery courtesy of Playmobil. And my feeble attempt at a rollwagen.
The software driving this is Rocrail which is freeware with voluntary contributions.
Below is a screenshot while in operation:
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Left hand panel shows the status of the locos, and right hand the track occupancy; red is occupied and yellow is reserved or locked. The green and red circles are the track sensors.
BTW music playing in the background is Billy Joel, greatest living rock singer songwriter of late 20th century.
If custard is conductive, can we use it as an alternative to graphite paste....?
Life Tip: don't mix them up. The grey stuff tastes terrible and ruins a rhubarb crumble.
Arthur,How long you got!
From the early 80's, running a form of digital automation, using Sinclair ZX 80, 81, Spectrum 128, 128 plus, Acorn Electron from the serial port or joystick port.
Introduction of IBM PC, printer port was bi-directional, sort went on from there.
Oh! nearly forgot, IBM System 36 main frame, and "borrowed" the use of a Cray Supercomputer!
Like what they use to tell the weather, whilst it was being moved from Bracknell to Exeter!
Under no circumstances was tinkering with Commodore 64's permitted, formed part of the defence of the realm against impending missile attacks!
Present day more into, Raspberry Pi, Arduino based DCC++ Central Stn , SPROG 3, PC Windows 10, Android Phone, PC converted to use X86 version of Android, Massoth, PIKO, LGB.
Massoth and / or LGB Feedback Modules, Massoth Train Detection, homebrew detection sensors, reed switches, infrared, light sensors. WiFi, 433MhZ etc...etc...
JMRI, Processing 3, LGB MTS PC, Stellwerk Easy, Arduino, Massoth in built Automatic Control.
And, that's just for starters!
John,I have been using Stellwerks Software (Direct from Herr Schwartz) and an MTS III central station. I am ready to give up on it because I cannot get consistent reads from track sensors. They work 75-90% of the time and that is too unreliable.
I am considering trying an Arduino with a Motor Shield as the controller and DCC++ and JMRI with the hope that this will allow for more reliable reads from the track sensors.
Question: Everything I see suggests that you supply DC voltage to the Motor Shield which I assume will be supplying DC to the track. My understanding of the LGB MTS III system is that it supplies AC to the Track for power and signals. Do you have any insight as to whether or not the Arduino/Motor Shield setup will work with LGB MTS Decoders?
Do I supply DC input to the Motor Shield and then the Arduino converts that to an AC power and signal to talk to the the decoders?