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  1. Why do you need to clean it? If it's working correctly I would leave it alone.
  2. RFS as you have probably gathered it seems to be a problem with v3.6 software. I am using an LZV100 for the main track bus and this is connected to an LV101 that through a separate control bus controls all accessories (point motors and decoders, detection units and signal decoders). I never upgraded to 3.6 and the two throttles I have are an LH30 and an LH200, neither throttle can work accessory decoders so I have to change all points from the RR&co screen. If I press the STOP button on either throttle the power to the track goes off (lights on any Pullman coaches go off), or indeed if I run into a wrongly set point the power to track goes off automatically. However from the RR&co screen I am still able to change points (and all signals stay illuminated). You say you are unable to change points from the LH100 after an emergency power off but can you change them from the RR&co screen?
  3. Like RFS and James I use Train Controller software and what RFS says is true: If none of your trains are longer than your shortest block then resistive wheel sets are not strictly required, especially as you can programme RR&co to reserve (lock) one or more blocks before and after the detected block the train is actually travelling in. However If by dodgy design your trains are longer than some of your blocks (it is possible on my layout for a long train to bridge three blocks , (strictly verboten in RR&co's rulebook ), but hey, I am where I am) then having resistive something on at least the last vehicle of a train is a good crash preventer. It also means if part of a train becomes uncoupled it will be detected and RR&co will stop any other train from entering the block. Using acronyms is the curse of information technology (IT?) and related electronics. I didn't realise I once owned a Rover 2000 with track circuits. I guess you live and learn .
  4. If you just want resistive wheel sets for block detection I found the simplest method was using the largest surface mount resistors (the largest of three available sizes). As Nigel mentioned these can be attached with superglue bridging the plastic axle to wheel insulation, then a dab of conductive paint ensures good conductivity and the job is done:
  5. To get back to the posters original question. I have several busses on my layout: Main track control bus, accessory control bus, accessory power bus, XpressNet bus and feed-back bus. The only one that is twisted is the feed back bus. From the Lenz LZV100 manual: "The feedback bus is used for advanced layout control functions. Via these wires, which also must be a twisted pair, the Command Station asks for the state of, for example, turnouts or track occupancy detectors." In the picture below the feed-back bus is the twisted pink and blue wires
  6. And what type and scale are the Peco points you have installed? And while frog juicers work on DCC (regardless of your opinion of their value compared to other solutions) they do not on DC so the poster requires another solution that will work on both. Hopefully with the minimum of disruption to the already laid points. What that solution may be I don't know
  7. I have similar problems with hidden storage sidings below the main layout. Using RailRoad & co software and detection blocks I can display the sidings and trains/locos occupying them as in the pic below. However if you are not interested in automation or interlocked computer controlled signalling it's probably a sledgehammer to crack a nut solution.
  8. Agree with RFS, I have four SL-90 (code 100 insulfrog double slips) on my layout with metal fishplates on all rails and no frog switching and they work very reliably. The advantage of the electrofrogs is an extra 2mm. of conductivity on the frog (always an advantage) however if the track on the SL-90 and loco wheels are kept clean even my Hornby 14XX (0-4-2 with traction tyres on the drive wheels) passes over the slips without stalling.
  9. Kenton, you should definitely go ahead with the tattoo; then post a 'photo so Andy can pin it to the DCC forum , the 'photo that is, although either would save the same purpose, however pinning the 3D version might be a bit gory.
  10. maybee u should volunteer to write the manual 4 them
  11. Andy, there is no problem. There is no commercially available bluetooth control system. If and when it arrives, if it offers no advantage to you, don't use it. There are some who still run clockwork layouts and have great fun doing so; no one is suggesting they should adopt any other form of control or traction. You use what you are happy with. End of.
  12. As a user of Railroad & Co. I could use bluetooth and DCC; all it would require is RR&co to support bluetooth in the same way as it does diverse DCC systems (ExpressNet, LocoNet, etc) and is able to communicate with them concurrently in real time. I could then send control commands to locos using bluetooth and Lenz (my current system) as required. Bluetooth equipped locos could be tracked by my current blocks as any other power drawing vehicle is. The advantage of bluetooth is it would be a much simpler communication chain: Control software = bluetooth encoding = bluetooth transmission = bluetooth decoding = accessory/ loco control compared to the current communication chain: Control software = computer interface = ExpressNet bus = DCC encoding = DCC bus transmission = DCC decoder = accessory/loco control. However the big advantage of DCC is it is available NOW complete with loco, point, signal, detection and many other modules. And despite it's more cumbersome architecture it works. If I had a couple of pounds for every car shown at motor shows that subsequently never goes on sale I would be able to fund my model rail habit from that alone. However I look forward to bluetooth as it does have many promising features, but am not holding my breath as I fear I would be bluefaced rather than bluetoothed.
  13. Andy, I think Nile is using that particularly British humour called sarcasm, hence the ".....Ha Ha!" at the end.
  14. Hello Eric, sorry for the slow reply, real life often gets in the way of our hobby. You're having a circle is not a problem; each signal is triggered in exactly the same way, and even a four aspect signal will only be referencing the signal in the next block. I created a basic oval track with seven blocks and signals. For the sake of simplicity and clarity the Block Signals (BS 81, BS 83, etc.) and flagmen are all on the same switchboard. The BS signals (on the inside of the track) will not appear on the layout, they are the logic only signals linked to the respective blocks. In the picture below the train is in Block 100, so signal S4/81 is triggered to go red, this in turn activates the yellow flagman for signal S4/93 and it therefore goes yellow, this activates the orange flagman for signal S4/89 and it goes double yellow. We can follow the train in the next four pictures as it trundles round to block 104 (bottom right) and see how the signals react. (I only bothered to define flagmen for four of the signals as the logic is identical) Looking at the flagmen in more detail (the example below is Signal S4/81) but each signal uses the same principal just referencing it's own Block Signal and the block and signal ahead it. The red flagman is triggered if the block (100) in front of the signal is occupied OR the BS 81 is red. The yellow flagman is triggered if BS 81 is green AND the block (100) in front of the signal is clear AND signal S4/83 is red. The Double yellow is triggered by the orange flagman if BS 81 is green AND block 100 is clear AND signal S4/83 is yellow. We require two green flagmen as there are two states where S4/81 can be green; BS 81 must be green AND block 100 must be clear AND S4/83 can be either double yellow or green. One of the limitations of V5.5 is triggers are either AND or OR, they cannot be mixed hence the two flagmen. I hope the above helps.
  15. If you are using RR&co layout automation software and have a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound card (or spare system) you can interface it with the RR&co sound system. See: http://www.freiwald.com/pages/sound.htm
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