Hallo from Germany -> using DCC++EX

Michael Rupprecht Mar 11, 2021

  1. Michael Rupprecht

    Michael Rupprecht TrainBoard Member

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    Hi,

    I joint the forum a few days ago, but I started it using today and want to introduce myself shortly.

    Hello to everyone :).

    I guess I am not a typical model railroad builder. I am more into the electronic issus related to model trains. We have here a team of a few people running a public LGB track G in a Pub (at a former railway station), that collect donations for charity. The train has a live camera transfered to a TV in the pub and is running with light and sound, but so far it is operated with analog DC. I am trying to make that a bit more attractive by adding a bit more functionality including interactive functions using DCC++EX and a digital loc decoder. I have the basic setup running including automatically start, stop, signals and some noise and lights on my test track at home.
     
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  2. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Hello Michael, welcome. That is a nice application with the pub's train. I wish you well with adding your desired functions. Unfortunately, I cannot help you. I am a DC Dinosaur who would not know where to start with DCC++EX.

    If possible, please share photos of the former train station, now pub, and its train. Thanks.
     
  3. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Welcome to Trainboard. Wow, sounds like my kind of place, an old railway station with beer and model trains.[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  4. Michael Rupprecht

    Michael Rupprecht TrainBoard Member

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    of course, I can provide a few links .....just in case you ever manage to come close to Aachen ....dont miss the opportunity.

    https://www.facebook.com/Bahnhofsvision-1407855909434521/ ....scroll down a bit to see a few photos
    https://www.bahnhofsvision.de/ ....Pub's Homepage ...... currently closed due to Corona :-(.

    The sponsors of course add to the donations for charity:
    https://www.aixfoam.de/view/bahnhofsvision
    https://www.aachener-zeitung.de/lokales/aachen/die-eisenbahn-kreist-in-luftiger-hoehe_aid-45655837

    Unfortunatly everything only in German language ......
     
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  5. Helitac

    Helitac TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to Trainboard. Aachen is really nice, I'd like to visit it again.
     
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  6. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard Michael! Sounds like a great set up.
     
  7. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Thank you for the links. Do not worry about German language, The Trainboard site translates it all to English. The menus appear delicious. I wish I could be closer to Aachen to enjoy daily.

    I am surprised to see the train overhead. I had imagined that it would traverse the bar and tables so patrons would add money as it passed. :D
     
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  8. Michael Rupprecht

    Michael Rupprecht TrainBoard Member

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    That was discussed extensively, but we where afraid of all the maintenance work ......beer, food, soft drinks ....and rails and trains mixed together is kind of not a perfect combination. And for some reason no one was prepared to sit there every evening for cleaning :barefoot:. So ...you have to insert a coin and then it goes one round over heads ....

    Hey ..... yes ... nice town in the heart of Europe.

    And hey ..... I have here also my first technical issue I would like to discuss :D:
    https://www.trainboard.com/highball...-trottle-and-locdeocder-how-to-allign.136845/
     
  9. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard, Michael.
     
  10. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!
     
  11. Michael Rupprecht

    Michael Rupprecht TrainBoard Member

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    by the way .... I am not very enthusiastic about DCC (which was new to me 1-2 month ago as well). I just need it to control some functions in the Loc .... and for this it is nearly the only option. And very likely it is a great help to manage complex model railroads .... . But if you ever want to start with it then use DCC++EX and JRMI ....amazing what quality and features are possible for little money.
     
  12. Chris Hall

    Chris Hall TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Michael and welcome!

    In the grand scheme of things I'm not that far from you, just down in Geneva, Switzerland.

    I'm fairly new to DCC++ as well. Big learning curve as I have very little programming experience but slowly getting there.

    The idea you have for the pub train is an interesting one and I am keen to follow its progress. I've often toyed with the idea of mounting a webcam to a train and then having some form of webthrottle so people can log in and drive it around the layout. So far its just been an idea floating around my brain but your efforts might just be the kick start I need to explore it further!
     
  13. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to TrainBoard.
     

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