Locomotives adding on Rocrail

After discovering Rocrail and saw its installation, we will immediately see how to declare a new locomotive. Once this is done, we will not be very far from what our ecos center can do ! First, you have to set the locomotive on your Ecos. From the menu “Object”, which contains a list of all network elements that we can declare we select “Locomotives.” A window with several tabs will open and we will inform each of these tabs to …
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Rocrail & Rocview configuration

For those who have followed the previous articles, you must have read that I want to do a digital network to be able to control it via a computer, a phone or a tablet. The interest is to have an interface as user friendly as possible and especially to overcome the limitations of a central (in my case to the ecos ESU). Eventually, my network must be fully automated or not. Either the computer controls the trains following a schedule …
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Work, wiring, landscape and tests

Some news about my layout. I have worked on several subjects. Ballast tests : Tortoise motor and turnouts wiring. The second curve is ready, I have still to set the Peco’s bretelle double, and the track 3 and 4. I have worked on the platform ; some passengers wait the train (the time can be long !).

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Platforms building

When you fix the platforms, you have to think to the position and the size of platforms. I have quickly defined the platforms that I want to use. Here you can find the normes (height, size, position, space…) – in alignement – in curve Now we can start the build… After a few time ; the first results :

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Buffer stops with leds

I continue my work about the track. The track curve is now installed. To avoid be boring, I have started an other subject ; the train station decoration with the buffers stop. At the N gauge, there are several models, but none with a led light. I have chosen the Peco’s buffers stop ; the painting step (Humbrol 130 & 174). Then I have fixed the buffer elements. And I have finally fixed a subminiature red led. The light will …
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Embed & WordPress & Mobile

A small post to say that now the video are readable from a mobile. Indeed, I have patched my mobile theme to add this feature. The plugin show the first image and a web link to acceed to youtube.

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Turnouts & Ecos

In the previous posts, I have shown how to use the Ecos to drive a train and use the S88 sensor. Now, I’m going to explain how to control the turnout. If you have read all my articles, I have installed tortoise engine to move the turnout. I have chosen a SwitchPilot from Esu. These modules, very interessant, can’t directly control the tortoise motor ! So, I use a little adaptator. A quick test with a lab permits to validate …
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Shuttle feature

To complete the retro-signalisation using, a post about the shuttle mode. This function is very simple ; it permits to do go and come back between two points. When the train has reached the A point, the ecos sends a stop order ; then after a timer, sends the reverse order. At the B point, we loop back. We can’t set the speed on the track. We can’t set an offset for the detect point.. Later, we try to do …
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Track installation

I continue to work on the project. I prepare the rail track installation. Before, I have to define the area where I have to dectect the train. We call this the retro-signalisation. It exists several technical solutions : power consumption detection infra detection magnetic detection The better and most reliable is the power consumption detection. We isolate a rail (one side is enough) and use an electronical module. I have chosen the modules RM-GB-8N de LDT. We have to be …
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Ecos installation

ESU - Ecos

I want to write this post, because I don’t find a lot of posts about the digital. I’ll try to describe each steps to control my train in 100% digital ! To plug the ESU’s Ecos, it’s rather easy. You have to be care full to set the alimentation on 14V. Then, I have installed a decoder (Esu Lokpilot v3) in my flirt model, and I have set it. At first, I have set the decoder address (by default, it’s …
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