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  1. gregc
    03-30-2017 11:36 AM
    would it be of any interest to you to have a thread discussing a higher level application that utilizes the locomotives that can move specific distances?

    i think a useful perspective is from that of a conductor who is not interested in how far to move a locomotive but to couple to a car or uncouple a car at a particular location.

    this isn't trivial. I think know using 2-way communication with a central system that knows current car positions and destination positions would be helpful and having a way to know where exactly a loco is on a particular track are necessary
  2. RT_Coker
    11-26-2015 03:16 PM
    Actually I have to find someone to successfully build the decoder hardware. Had a manufacturer that came very close but just couldn’t (or didn’t) get the motor direction control circuit working. I have about given up on anybody currently in the DCC business. Apparently a simple inexpensive approach to train automation is too big a threat to the current way of doing DCC business.

    Apparently the BlueRail/Bachmann product will never be open-interface, so I am defiantly not interested in having one. My main interest is in doing the decoder firmware. I believe the firmware in the present decoders leaves a lot of room for improvement.
  3. gregc
    11-26-2015 04:36 AM
    i was curious about your interests in bluetooth decoders.

    You appear to be a strong proponent for them but you also appear to be a hands on guy who likes developing their own technology.

    i'm not interested in model railroading because I can buy everything i need to build a layout and then just add some scenery. I'm interested in applying my engineering skills.

    given your interests in building your own bluetooth decoder, I wonder if you're going to be one of the first users of the bluerail system?

    or for you, will it take some of the fun out of the hobby?

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