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  1. Last year the goal was to get a train running on one track in a full "circle" by Christmas Mission failed. Partly due to Real Life but also as a significant result of the upper boards warping. You may recall the lower boards are 50mm or 100mm extruded polystyrene and that's really never going anywhere. The upper level boards that traverse over most of the storage area need to be much thinner and are marine ply reinforced with aluminium channel. The channel is there to provide some rigidity but it was a big mistake to believe that I could glue aluminium chann
  2. That's OK. I get that, answers as expected it was just that Peco instructions say all track ends to use insulated which didnt and doesnt make sense. Thanks
  3. I see from the Peco instructions that they suggest connecting all track ends to adjacent rails using insulated joiners. I can't see why that is necessary. The two long outer rails will always be the same polarity and so clearly their ends would be joined via normal fishplates? I have a long ladder on my layout comprising several slips in a row. Each slip will be utilising an output from an ADS8 decoder with the frogs switched accordingly and the adjacent rails joined with a combination of insulated and normal fishplates per above. That should be fine? Or am
  4. Work inches forward. Including the measures to protect electronics from atmosphere : -) - am nearish the coast - and the evil long ladder of multiple slips on the North end of the station There's a prize (of kudos) for the person who guesses what the kitchen skewers are for
  5. Hi I have the points working on the basis above and a route set-up to fire two points that are in a Fast-Slow crossover. I have used a separate SWP output per point because I had an idea it wouldn't throw two points . The CV setting is because the SWP has the ability to activate a "pulse mode for PECO turnout devices . Reduces the sensitivity of the overload protection" My SWP also has a separate power supply from a laptop 19V 4.7A unit. So. It all works fine right now up to a point (hur hur) and the easy option is to just leave it. The consequence is needing
  6. I was also just looking at this : https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4344 Mid-way through per below. Seriously? To programme it the thing has to be on the programming track AND have a 180ohm resistor or lamp across outputs. Really? rgds " For those who do have a go with the SwitchPilot, I received this advice on how to program them. This may be of use to others so I will replicate it below. Dear Neil, I try to give you a short instruction how to get the CVs read and write: 1. if you are not a
  7. I'm going to use DCC Concept ADS8FX/SX for mot requirements but I'd initially bought a couple of switchpilots. I understand one ADS output can throw two solenoids so it should be possible to have two motors off one address for a slip or a two point crossing. But for the switchpilot I think not. Operating the points manually (ie no route) does reveal the need to leave some delay between each or you don't hear the characteristic click as the point is thrown. There does "appear" to be a delay function but I don't think it's long enough to achieve a result. But there is this CV to con
  8. Thanks but not sue that delay function is what it appears "Switching delay: Here you can define the delay until the first accessory is switched after having activated a route." I want to delay between first and second accessory. The above functionality seems pretty pointless ?
  9. Not entirely newbie but largely. I've had the ECoS for ages but not used it much due to layout building. Status in a nutshell - some locos run, one switchpilot is set-up and there is a little bit of the trackplan in the system. I have it networked and can reach it from a remote PC and a tablet as a mobile controller. The layout build is now progressed enough that I am looking again at the ECoS and all of the mysteries of the instructions - somehow thorough but at the same time not fully clear. Two things right now that I'm sure someone has already figured out : 1. I
  10. OK thanks None of that was apparent from a quickish scan of the enginedriver app or website info All do-able with an old PC ear-marked for the job (I hope....)
  11. OK well it all worked great using the tiny router in client mode. I can see the ECoS using VNC viewer on the tablet so to an extent job done. But engine driver? How do you set that up to connect to ECoS. It doesnt ask for IP address but server address and port. Instructions are sub-woeful
  12. I'll consider the acceptable coefficient of faffing I think quite likely to go down the wi-fi extender box route instead. Those routers are only about $40 and one of the other things I want to be able to do is use a tablet as a mobile controller using vnc and/or engine driver. It would be better to not have to turn the PC on to be able to achieve that
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