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franco330

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    TrainController Bronze
    Digitrax/ TCS/ Lenz/ Loksound

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  1. Thanks guys, good news, and the tips. Thanks again for the lightning responses.
  2. I have finally decided to upgrade from TC Bronze to Silver but am a bit concerned ease of the upgrade. After I download the 30 day version of Silver will it just work off of the old Bronze files with no intervention from me? ! I've been unable o find out so far and wonder if anyone has done it and could give me a steer. I assume as there is little data that I can find that all is easy. Thanks Yours optimistically Frank
  3. Last time I used my railway I was experimenting with routes etc etc. Coming back to it after several month I seem to be unable to control switches manually. Using the normal Digitrax controller they can be controlled fine. I guess I need to get the routes to release control. I think I have deleted them successfully but ....... I probably need to reset the TC system to enable manual control somehow - but I have not been able to discover how. Could anyone give me a steer please? I wish I could find my daybook! Thanks guys Frank
  4. Problem solved. I contacted [email protected] and received a response within the hour. The solution is shown in the image below and have posted it here for reference. George couldn't have been more helpful.
  5. Just wired the sub board for my grade crossing with NJ InternationalI lights, arms etc and FlashMaster controller and wondering how to trigger my external bell board - an ITT GL sound module. (I thought I knew, but ho-hum...) The issue I think I have is that the FlashMaster board has two outputs labelled as below. pin 8 and pin 9 labelled BELL+ve and BELL-ve external bell trigger, (I assume 'going' is a typo for gong) but the ITT sound board has only a simple pusbutton connection (in and out) to trigger the sound. There is a note on the sound board documentation which stresses 'Do not put any voltage in any switch input terminals'. I cannot see from the Flashmaster doc'n whether its pin 8 and pin 9 are just effectively a push button or applies a voltage and I'm reluctant to experiment and blow a board. An afterthought, where do I connect pin 6 GND? Has anyone used this configuration successfully or can anyone offer a steer please. I have searched RMWeb and I've not been able to find any NJI FAQs or 'owt else on Google. Any help or a steer to somewhere else would be great. Thanks guys. Frank
  6. Thanks to everyone for the advice. All sorted now. Now on to stop markers etc in Bronze Under lockdown, no excuses NOT to do it!
  7. Thanks Paul, I just had a quick look around based on yr installation and it doesn't too scary after all. Looks like a useful tool and there seems to be plenty of help available so thanks for the encouragement. Frank
  8. Would anyone feel able to lend me a copy of Loconet Checker for a couple of weeks just to diagnose my issues to avoid breaking any terms of Use. (I think I recall it was Freeware anyway) Frank
  9. That's really helpful and explains what I thought I had discovered. I shall have to search my laptop to see if I have a hidden old copy. JMRI always sound difficult, but I'l take yr advice and have a look. Frank
  10. Thanks Iain, yes I had, and found only this https://loconet-checker.software.informer.com/2.9/ Is this the one that yo are thinking of or did you see another. Stefan Trachsler seems to have retired Frank
  11. Hi guys, I am commissioning my extended layout and need to list the TrainController Bronze block assignments etc to diagnose a problem. Some time ago I used Loconet Checker which was the perfect tool for the job and lots of other stuff. Does anyone know if it is still available? All I can find is a site called 'software informer' which seems to be the only source and has indifferent feedback. Is there another source? , How could I get my hands on a copy? Has it been superseded by some other technique in Traincontroller or Digitrax for Windows? Any steer gratefully received.
  12. Like many other modellers, I wanted to upgrade my Bachmann 31-028 Class 166 FGW DMU to DCC with correctly operating front and rear lights. Upgrading the 3-car unit (centre) power car to DCC is straightforward and covered elsewhere. What is less straight forward is organising the front and rear lighting to change direction and to remain on when the DMU is stationary; to me this was important but is a personal judgement. This document illustrates the key decision points and builds on the body of general knowledge already available in this area but specifically for the Bachmann Class 166 and presumably is equally valid for similar DMU sets. Having searched around I found the best reference to be by Phil Dennison of Aliso Viejo, California which is lodged on the TCS website. http://www.tcsdcc.com/public_html/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/HO_Scale/Mehano/Thalys_T675/Thalys_T675.html Phil's article describes the integration of direction lighting to an HO Scale Mehano Thalys T675 but offers a very simple way of achieving the right result. I used Phil’s method and modified it to suit the class 166. His insight for me is essentially to splice in the decoder between track power and LED feeds, and with clever CV management has the lights stay on when the DMU is stationary, reverse with DMU direction, and to have control over brightness. Lights on/off is under F0. I followed his recommended CV settings and tuned CV133, but despite having researched what I can, I still have no idea how this bit of magic works. CV 61 and 133 are manufacturer specific as far as I could find out from the NMRA site. Method: I opted to re-use decoders in the centre car and for one end unit consequently I felt I could buy a new decoder for the other end unit. This overcomes the difficulties of wiring between cars at a reasonable cost. I re-used a TCSDP2X and bought a new DCS T1. Having proved the concept with the TCSDP2X and an 8 pins socket from www.petersspares.com I felt it safer to stay with TCS – see magic above. I would use wired decoders always in future because the final package is neater. There is some debate with respect to whether the DMU was ever fitted with incandescent lighting thankfully mine is LED see Fig 1. Steps Remove the chassis releasing two screws and unclip the body; disconnect the lighting connector. The feed from the track (blk/red) to the PCB can be seen and the to the LED cluster can be seen (blk/red). Cut the feeds from the track. Note the red/blk positions on the PCB I had to extend the wires to offer more work space. To do this remove the bogie (one screw) and extend using twisted wire/ solder/ heatshrink. Replace bogie. Take red/blk wires from the decoder and join to the red/blk from the track De-solder the red/blk ends from the PCB and replace with org/gry from the decoder respectively. See Fig2. and 3 Then: Reconnect the lighting connector and take the car to yr programming track. Program all three cars separately with the same address. I used Phil Dennison’s settings blindly: cv 61 to value 68, and cv133 (light intensity) to a value between 0-255, he chose 100, I settled on 50 for the class 166. Move to yr track. To complete the unit test select yr car address, make sure F0 is on and try changing loco direction, the lights will change. Magic. Put the DMU set together and check direction and lighting. You may need to turn the power car around to sync direction; the DMU runs all on the same address, not a consist. Note: Provided you are consistent with the mapping of wires through from track -> decoder -> PCB -> LEDs for both each end car I the lighting should work correctly - one end red when the other is white. If it doesn’t, I found the quickest way to correct this was to swap the orientation of the lighting connector. Apologies for large images,, better next post - good luck
  13. So it turns out to have been pilot error!. With the help of trawling the Freiwald forum and using LocoNet Checker from Stefan Trachsler I was able to watch the packets on my test track and see that the board IDs which I was confident that I had set - were wrong! All now corrected and off to the nxt steps of commissioning. For thos folks who havn't seen the diagnostic tool you can find it at http://homepage.swis...er/download.htm Highly recommended and thanks Stefan. Frank
  14. Greetings chaps, I have been tracking yr helpful thread for ages and found it really helpful, if a bit advanced for me yet!. Thanks a lot. I have hit a small snag with commisioning my BDL168 with TC Bronze and apologize for such a simple question but am stumped. I would appreciate a steer please. The occupancy blocks are wired OK and have been checked out with the LT5 on the BDL board. A loco will run OK and shows changing occupancy.. The connection to the laptop is by PR3. When setting up 2 test blocks in TC, I have completed the fields in the Contact Indicator window using values address 2 and inputs 9 and 10. These are the checked ID of the board and the slots on the board for use in the test. I have not installed a board 1 and do not use all of the slots on the board. The problem is that I get no reponse when testing with a loco in the block. The question is a simple one - have I used the right board addresses? Address = Board ID = '2' and Input '9' (based on the BDL card slots running from 1-16) If this is OK I will need to look further, but for now, thank you for yr accumulated wisdom Frank Evercreech
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