Petersville Railway

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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    That a great demo of what can be achieved interesting to see how the computer managed to prevent long periods off stopping even when it stacked the trains in the top loops then seemed to switch the way it was routing the reverse loop running :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
    Lots of work has obviously gone into getting detection and stop points set up right Great work :tophat::tophat::tophat:
     
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    Computer controlled MR is fun.
     
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    Trains are running well.
     
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    Nice video Peter
    nice to see it all working
    I’d like to do some automation for exhibitions on my new layout
    So there is always something moving within the scene
    Won’t be for the Rosehill show but after may look into what hardware I need to get started with basics train movements
    It’s single line 3 loops out the front 2 in the fiddle yard that take 2 trains each so basics compared to your set up
    Thanks for posting the video
     
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    Running trains under computer control is fun.
     
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    Running trains has come along way in the last few years
    The technology has just evolved so fast from stuff that was just dreams a few years ago is now reality.
    It’s great to see the operation
    A couple of questions
    How many detection sections are in the railway now??
    Next to achieve reliable ?? Reliable automation how involved was the Programing side of operations?
    Do you have to give each train a set of parameters or is it totally random, where you select a loco and add it to the computers list of locos for automated running and it just adds it randomly into the session.

    The mind is boggling on the possibility’s great work in getting it all working so well
     
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    Trains are going well.
     
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    Very impressive
     
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    Hi Chris,

    The TrainController Product has been on the market for over 10 years. Nothing new.

    Freiwald Software makes the best Train Control Software by far. The sky is the limit by what you can do with it.

    Sydney N Scale Model Railway Club uses TrainController V5.8 for triggering all the Signals on their fixed club layout Blackfoot and New Meadows Railroad.

    You can try the product before deciding to purchase. It runs for 15 minutes or so then exits the program. Just save your work.

    It may co$t, but is say 1000 time better than JMRI and all GUI interfaced.

    As much fun are computers in building them, and applying them to do tasks ~ Apps, using them for Model Railway Layout Control is the future. The fun factor is 10/10. DC/DCC System Cab Control is all old stuff. The future is computer control. Kids like computers and when they can be intergrated into model railway the interest in MR control of layout/trains is by far much more interesting.

    Using the simulator in the program, you can actually make trains [not real] move around as if it were controlling a layout.

    Refer to Petersville Layout Diagram for Detectable Blocks and Sections.

    The programming side getting trains to move, stop at Stop markers etc is easy as 1, 2, 3..

    Once a train is created and dragged if you like into a Block, you can then call up Auto Running, Spontaneous Runs, or just run manually using Screen Cabs.

    The program has very good train tracking and knows where the end of a train is.

    Schedule running is just as easy.

    It's worth downloading the program if you haven't done so already and practically try something.

    Even some shunting back & forth you'll find easy.

    The documentation is very good.
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    "in the last few days, the Railroad & Co.'s forum has become the largest public forum worldwide in terms of the number of officially registered participants, which deals broadly with the digital control of model railroads. Before it has already been the largest forum for model railroad computer control for a long time.

    So far, the Digitrax forum at Yahoo in the U.S. was still a bit greater. But a few days ago it was passed by the Freiwald forum.

    Of course there are some other model railroad forums with more participants. They deal with all the themes of the model train hobby, however.

    Railroad & Co
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    Regards,
    Peter
     
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    Hi Toto,

    I'm glad you like it..

    So what Thread section in the forum does train-cams fall under..?? :scratchchin:

    With the cheapnest and smallnest in drone HD cameras now, viewing one's train layout by a driver's eye view adds another dimension if you like to the railway/railroad.

    When paired with line side photography for PiP video editing, the total experience is great. :tophat:

    Another mod would be to have a servo to rotate the camera whilst moving.

    Maybe some VR down the track a bit making the whole experience life-like.

    Cheers,
    Peter
     
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    Good question. I'll need to think about that one. :scratchchin: may need a new section ....... leave it with me. :thumbs:
     
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