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  1. Good afternoon, I too have a Lenz LZV 200 v3.8 connected to TC via the original LiUSB (23150) connected to the Expressnet Face plate (LA152). My original attempt was rushed and did not connect, but with a measured approach everything worked as it all did with the LZV 100. There is one minor issue in that the middle LED in the 23150 (Data) now flashes at a seriously fast rate . However this does not seem to cause any problems. Of course the new internal USB link was not used which seems to be source of many problems at the moment, which we hope will be rectified soon. The main train detection is by using two DCC4PC Railcom Readers. There are a few track sections which are detected by Lenz occupancy detectors LR101, and also a few Turnout position detectors LS150 which feed back via a RS bus (LR101s). Turnout control is by Tortoise on the main lines and a mixture of Seep and Peco motors in the fiddleyard. When TC is turned on all turnouts are in exactly the same state as when previously turned off, without any issues. There are settings in TC to control this. Peter.
  2. Keith Just so you do not feel all alone, I downloaded the update on the 14th and everything still runs as it is set up to do with no apparent loss of data. The updates seem to be much more robust than a few years ago when they sometimes felt like a game of chance. Good to see you being positive about Lenz equipment on another forum. Regards Peter
  3. Hi "RFS". Thanks for comment. I had picked up on that but was not so optimistic about it happening within a month.
  4. Good evening , I guess we are getting V8 running the way we want after all the little hiccups earlier on. However I cannot see a way round the fact that it is no longer possible to open up a layout in V8 on a remote computer in order to try out a little bit of programming that has just come to mind. Frustrating as I will not be carrying the USB stick around with me, it stays permanently with the layout. Just for reference I still use the Lenz 100 system with all loco/occupancy detection via DCC4PC Railcom Readers.
  5. I had some problems using V8 A1 with stopping distances, but with A2 all is running to the same standard as before with V7. I use "inches" for measurements for no reason other than I always have. One minor issue is that "Dr Railroad" reports possible conflict with Norton 360 and advises turning it off which did make a difference with A1 but not currently discernable with A2. Now to explore all the new possibilities.
  6. Good afternoon I use Lenz Mini Gold or Silver only, and have no experience with other de-coders.
  7. Just a little up-date for those who may be interested. As you may recall I had installed two "DCC4PC Railcom Reader" boards connected to 32 separate blocks on the layout. Over the past three months or so I have tried to replicate as many different operating scenarios as possible and this has thrown up the occasional glitch. However the "makers" Ray and Nick have been very approachable and fixes have been sent through, so that by the beginning of June I was very pleased with the operation of the system And then! RR&Co release version F7 and what was a good system became probably the very best train detection system currently available. Right from placing a Railcom equipped loco on a detected section, the loco address is instantly displayed, and whether it is manually controlled or operating a schedule it remains displayed correctly. (The on screen orientation may need adjusting). Whilst disliking the phrase, the system might be described as "plug and play" as it is so easy to install.and great value.
  8. Good morning. I had the same problem and used the same fix. One big improvement is in train detection, especially for those using Railcom Reader by DCC4PC. The Tams ID that is needed to display the full loco number/name etc., on screen, was a number generated by TC and was sometimes problematic to acquire. Version F7 now has the Tams ID the same as the loco address which is just that bit more easy to work with. There may be other detection improvements but I have yet to identify them.
  9. Dave I use a LENZ Set 100 and do not have any separate power districts.
  10. God afternoon, Just a little update. I now have 31 detected sections using the "Railcom Reader",so that when the system turns on all report back correctly. i admit that it has been a steep learning curve, but the simplicity of it all with it's integration with "RR&Co Traincontroller" has made the exercise worthwhile. I have taken the opportunity to completely re-design the switchboard without loosing any schedules, except for those routes where I now use on screen connectors, which was a simple task to run through all the schedule adding the new routes ie to and from a connector.. So tongue in cheek I would consider the most sophisticated, efficient and cost efficient way to achieve realistic operation of a model railway is to use a basic DCC system that supports Railcom, with the "Railcom Reader" and ""Traincontroller" to handle all the data. A totally gimmick free set up, unless of course you consider it a sort of neurosis to want to achieve this in the first place.
  11. An update, and I hope an answer to some of the queries. 1. The Railcom Reader will detect two locomotives, however with the Tams link in to "Train Controller" each block will only show details for the 1st loco to arrive, however when that loco leaves the remaining loco is correctly displayed. 2. Each of the 16 outputs is connected to a physically isolated section of track with the same rail cut in each section. In my case each section was already connected to a Lenz occupancy detector. 3. All stock with Railcom decoders will be detected and the correct details will be displayed. Non Railcom equipped will only show occupancy.Modelling in "N" scale and almost entirely modern image the display will for example show "170 504 LM". I have incidentally taken the opportunity to to totally rearrange the the on-screen switch board in TC with no loss of schedules etc, which was most pleasing as I had always put off the the job for fear of loosing too much data. Welsh hills and a good internet connection do not go hand in hand, hence the delays in responding. Could blame the cold weather I suppose.
  12. In respect of the last two replies to this topic, I apologise for the delay in getting back to you, work has intervened. I am still testing with all the operations I currently run, and have not had time to to test the two locos in one detection section. I hope to do this later this week and report back. I have noted that where, for example a DMU with lights at both ends, but power in one, with decoders set to the same address in each unit, the display reverts to a Tams ID of 255, whereas if each car is moved separately to the detector zone then the correct Tams ID is shown..However the text identifies the correct train in either case. Both Ray and Malcolm of DCC4PC have been most supportive with some of the issues I had in installing the system, one of which was incompatability with Windows XP, which was quickly resolved once identified.
  13. I have not seen any other follow up to this topic, so I thought it was worthwhile to mention that I have just recently installed the DCC4PC Railcom Reader and PC interface. With 16 blocks connected it does exactly what I wanted in that with a single wire connection to the track I get not only full occupation detection but also a read out of the loco number (address /Tams ID). I work to UK "N" scale using Lenz equipment and Train Controller by RR&Co and operate a layout with manually set routes and an extensive fully timetabled set of schedules, run automatically by TC, all of which interlock with each other. There is now no need to "assign a train" as you just move a loco , generally with the Lenz handset, to a block and it is picked up by RR&Co. With no sign yet of the Lenz Railcom Plus system this has been a very cost effective way of achieving the same basic effects..
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