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Re: Virtual Springfield show

Geoff Dunn
 

Sorry, it's not next week, it's at the end of the month. Not sure how I screwed that up.

Geoff

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 02:25 PM, Geoff Dunn wrote:


The Amherst Railroad Society is going to have a virtual show this year.
http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/attendingtheshow.php
It's free and it may be worth every penny. More details are supposedly
coming. FYI, FWIW, BYOB.

Geoff


Virtual Springfield show next week

Geoff Dunn
 

The Amherst Railroad Society is going to have a virtual show this year.
http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/attendingtheshow.php
It's free and it may be worth every penny. More details are supposedly coming. FYI, FWIW, BYOB.

Geoff


Virtual convention next week

Geoff Dunn
 

The NorthEast Region of the NMRA is holding a virtual convention next week, December 1-4, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. It is free to watch. The list of "events" is at:
http://millcity2020.org/NERX%20master%20schedule.pdf
The full description and the links to see it are at:
http://www.millcity2020.org/
Doug will be giving two clinics. One is "Basic Scenery Tips" on Wednesday, 12/2, at 6:30, and the other is a tour of his layout on Thursday, 12/3, at 10:15 (I hope it's more than 15 minutes!). There are other interesting clinics scheduled as well.

Geoff


Re: Albany NTrak web site updated with new cancellations

Michael Romanowski
 

Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving
Michael Romanowski
Vice President
Upstate Model Railroaders
www.upstatemodelrailroaders.com
518-423-7519

On Nov 25, 2020, at 11:34 AM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I updated our website, http://albanyntrak.org/ . It reflects events that I know of through December 2021. Note that the NSE convention in June has already been cancelled. I'm sure the Vegas oddsmakers are (safely and remotely and maybe with inside information) taking bets on when the next in-person train show will happen.

In the meantime:
NTrak has monthly Zoom events (three of us and maybe a former member watched all or part of the last one). You have to be an NTrak member to get the links. https://ntrak.org/
The NMRA has numerous videos on YouTube (NMRAX?), which were originally live-streamed. I think these are free to watch.
The NorthEast Region of the NMRA has Zoomed a couple of monthly meetings, and they are having a free virtual convention from Dec. 1-4 in the evenings. http://www.millcity2020.org/
Speedwitch Media has hosted several "20/20 Hindsight" livestreams if you're interested in 1940s-50s information. http://speedwitchmedia.com/
And I'm sure there are others, and there's always YouTube, and paid entertainment (MRH, MRVP, etc.).

Stay safe, stay distant, but stay involved!

Geoff





Albany NTrak web site updated with new cancellations

Geoff Dunn
 

I updated our website, http://albanyntrak.org/ . It reflects events that I know of through December 2021. Note that the NSE convention in June has already been cancelled. I'm sure the Vegas oddsmakers are (safely and remotely and maybe with inside information) taking bets on when the next in-person train show will happen.

In the meantime:
NTrak has monthly Zoom events (three of us and maybe a former member watched all or part of the last one). You have to be an NTrak member to get the links. https://ntrak.org/
The NMRA has numerous videos on YouTube (NMRAX?), which were originally live-streamed. I think these are free to watch.
The NorthEast Region of the NMRA has Zoomed a couple of monthly meetings, and they are having a free virtual convention from Dec. 1-4 in the evenings. http://www.millcity2020.org/
Speedwitch Media has hosted several "20/20 Hindsight" livestreams if you're interested in 1940s-50s information. http://speedwitchmedia.com/
And I'm sure there are others, and there's always YouTube, and paid entertainment (MRH, MRVP, etc.).

Stay safe, stay distant, but stay involved!

Geoff


Re: DCC recommendations

Geoff Dunn
 

Thanks for the update, Matt. What do you want to do with JMRI? If it's just for the WiFi throttle, the LNWI works just as well, albeit with a four connection limit. There are other benefits to JMRI if you get into the DCC weeds, like setting CV values. But you don't NEED JMRI to do those things. And I personally try not to do too many of those things - I want to run trains, not play with the software.

I have run JMRI on a Raspberry Pi, some years ago (like on a Pi 2??). It worked fine. Steve Todd (he also wrote Engine Driver for Android) has an image available for the Pi which will save you a LOT of work (https://mstevetodd.com/rpi). I haven't tried it but several clinics and articles have recommended it.

Geoff


Re: DCC recommendations

Michael Romanowski
 

Congratulations Matt! Im still trying to get JRMI to run on my MacBook Pro.
Michael Romanowski
Vice President
Upstate Model Railroaders
www.upstatemodelrailroaders.com
518-423-7519

On Nov 18, 2020, at 10:08 PM, Matt Rossman <sweakyboot@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey everyone,

I figured I’d give an update on my adventure so far...

I bought a Digitrax EvoX system with the DT602 throttle for my current modular layout and eventual change to a fixed layout.

I got the WIFI unit for it so I can connect my phone to it to use WiThrottle. John Henry convinced me that I want to go the JMRI route, so I will be doing that and hopefully configuring Raspberry Pi to run it all.

I had trains up and running in 15 minutes once I figured out my electrical problem.

Now I have to upgrade my old fleet.

-Matt





Re: DCC recommendations

Matt Rossman
 

Hey everyone,

I figured I’d give an update on my adventure so far...

I bought a Digitrax EvoX system with the DT602 throttle for my current modular layout and eventual change to a fixed layout.

I got the WIFI unit for it so I can connect my phone to it to use WiThrottle. John Henry convinced me that I want to go the JMRI route, so I will be doing that and hopefully configuring Raspberry Pi to run it all.

I had trains up and running in 15 minutes once I figured out my electrical problem.

Now I have to upgrade my old fleet.

-Matt


Re: DCC recommendations

Matt Rossman
 

Thank you everyone for the great info. I guess I have some more research to do; as I read about the systems the more I find I need to learn.

It’s all really good info.

I’m planning a small layout to start, less than 100 sq.ft. But I plan to expand with a helix to a ceiling layout in the basement.


Re: DCC recommendations

Michael Romanowski
 

I have been with Digitrax since it began. I find it easy to use and I find that most clubs around here use it. I just bought the new DT 600 throttle and it is amazing!


Michael Romanowski
Vice President
Upstate Model Railroaders
www.upstatemodelrailroaders.com
518-423-7519

On Oct 31, 2020, at 10:14 AM, Matt Rossman <sweakyboot@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi all,

I’m finally looking at getting into DCC, it only took 10+ years to finally decide to do it.

I’m looking for recommendations and guidance on what everyone uses and some advice on selection.

I’m partial to digitrax as that what everyone seemed to have when it got popular, and I’ve found the advanced starter set they make now appealing.

https://www.digitrax.com/products/starter-sets/evox/

Ive also been looking at getting one of the new Kato sets, the CN transcontinental set, and I was wondering if the ESU Loksound DCC system also controls the engine or if it’s just the sound portion of it, and if I would have to add to it. I’m assuming that it would be compatible with any major DCC setup that I would choose.

I’ve done a little bit of reading up on some of this stuff, but articles only get you so far.

-Matt





Re: DCC recommendations

Rod Mason
 

Hi Matt,

I first got into DCC about 7 years ago soon after joining the club. I started with a Digitrax Zephyr DCS50 and later upgraded to a Zephyr Xtra DSC551 (I moved the DSC550 from my main layout to an 18-module Ttrak layout that I keep set- up in my basement). Both command stations have LNWI's attached that allow me to run trains using a cell phone with the Engine Driver (Android) free app as a throttle. There's also an app for Apple devices called WiThrottle (WiThrottle Lite is free but only runs one train; the full version is $10 and can serve as a throttle for two trains). I haven't had any problems with either the DSC50 or DSC51, although I only use them to run trains, not other equipment (e.g. turnouts). I haven't any experience with other brands of DCC command stations, therefore, I don't have any basis for comparison. Hope this helps.

Rod Mason

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Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:14 AM
To: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io
Subject: [AlbanyNTrak] DCC recommendations

Hi all,

I’m finally looking at getting into DCC, it only took 10+ years to finally decide to do it.

I’m looking for recommendations and guidance on what everyone uses and some advice on selection.

I’m partial to digitrax as that what everyone seemed to have when it got popular, and I’ve found the advanced starter set they make now appealing.

https://www.digitrax.com/products/starter-sets/evox/

Ive also been looking at getting one of the new Kato sets, the CN transcontinental set, and I was wondering if the ESU Loksound DCC system also controls the engine or if it’s just the sound portion of it, and if I would have to add to it. I’m assuming that it would be compatible with any major DCC setup that I would choose.

I’ve done a little bit of reading up on some of this stuff, but articles only get you so far.

-Matt


Re: DCC recommendations

john valachovic
 

Three letters NCESent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------From: Matt Rossman <sweakyboot@gmail.com> Date: 10/31/20 10:14 AM (GMT-05:00) To: AlbanyNTrak@groups.io Subject: [AlbanyNTrak] DCC recommendations Hi all,I’m finally looking at getting into DCC, it only took 10+ years to finally decide to do it.I’m looking for recommendations and guidance on what everyone uses and some advice on selection.I’m partial to digitrax as that what everyone seemed to have when it got popular, and I’ve found the advanced starter set they make now appealing.https://www.digitrax.com/products/starter-sets/evox/Ive also been looking at getting one of the new Kato sets, the CN transcontinental set, and I was wondering if the ESU Loksound DCC system also controls the engine or if it’s just the sound portion of it, and if I would have to add to it. I’m assuming that it would be compatible with any major DCC setup that I would choose.I’ve done a little bit of reading up on some of this stuff, but articles only get you so far.-Matt


Re: DCC recommendations

Geoff Dunn
 

Hi Matt. A lot of us have NCE at home, and are quite happy with it. NCE is substantially easier to use, in my opinion. The club got into Digitrax for shows because it had the only practical wireless option (NCE actually didn't recommend their wireless option for multiple layout events). Digitrax does have the LNWI, if you want to use a wi-fi device to run trains (personally, I prefer a real knob over a touch-screen slider). You can make a similar device for NCE but it's a bit less clean (it involves a Raspberry Pi computer and JMRI). The club has throttles for people to use at shows, so you don't have to buy your own throttle just to run with us. Digitrax makes some things more complicated than necessary, but there's nothing wrong with their starter systems, or probably other manufacturers' systems. I have a DCS51 Zephyr which I use for testing Free-mo modules and as a show backup.

Pre-installed decoders have motor control and sometimes sound. Thanks to the NMRA standards (admittedly mostly borrowed from Lenz), the Kato set will work with any NMRA compatible DCC system, even my 20+ year old MRC Command 2000 system.

Geoff


DCC recommendations

Matt Rossman
 

Hi all,

I’m finally looking at getting into DCC, it only took 10+ years to finally decide to do it.

I’m looking for recommendations and guidance on what everyone uses and some advice on selection.

I’m partial to digitrax as that what everyone seemed to have when it got popular, and I’ve found the advanced starter set they make now appealing.

https://www.digitrax.com/products/starter-sets/evox/

Ive also been looking at getting one of the new Kato sets, the CN transcontinental set, and I was wondering if the ESU Loksound DCC system also controls the engine or if it’s just the sound portion of it, and if I would have to add to it. I’m assuming that it would be compatible with any major DCC setup that I would choose.

I’ve done a little bit of reading up on some of this stuff, but articles only get you so far.

-Matt


Re: Springfield 2021 show has been cancelled

lacasse
 

Thanks for the update Geoff, no surprise that it is cancelled, Mike L.

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Springfield 2021 show has been cancelled

Geoff Dunn
 

No show in January. http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/

Geoff


Annual meeting 2020 wrapup

Geoff Dunn
 

We had our annual meeting today via zoom. Six members attended.
The treasurer report was given. We have money in the bank.
Elections were held. The current officers were re-elected.
Dues will be $5 for the coming year. Send it to Rod before the next show, perhaps in March. Rod will email members his address.
Shows - Poughkeepsie is cancelled, PCC is unknown, Springfield is tentatively still on, and nobody knows beyond that.
T-Trak bridge - Brian completed it and displayed it to us.
Club modules - the general feeling was to hang onto them. John Henry offered to provide storage for some modules. Doug has one corner, I have several modules, Mike Lacasse has one, and I believe John has a corner.
We chatted a bit about what different members are doing with their time. All in all, I thought it was a good meeting, if less personal than previous ones. Hopefully we can get together in person sometime in 2021.
Thanks to Mark for hosting on his Zoom account.

Geoff


Re: Annual Albany N-Trak meeting

Geoff Dunn
 

All, I hope, of the paid up members should have received an invitation to a Zoom meeting on Sunday from my private email account. Mark is hosting the meeting. My preferred email account is limited to ten recipients per email, so there were two emails. If you're a paid up member and haven't gotten an invitation, let me know.

The agenda is elections, dues, shows, and general BS.

Geoff


Re: Annual Albany N-Trak meeting

Mark Fleischhauer
 

Geoff,

I have a Zoom account.

Mark

On Sep 22, 2020, at 10:18 PM, Geoff Dunn via groups.io <geoffdunnsoccer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I've heard from a couple of people, but not most of the members, about our annual meeting. So, I'd like to hold it Sunday afternoon, at 4:00, virtually. Does anyone have a subscription or membership on a platform that can hold 10-15 people for a two hour meeting? I can set up a Zoom meeting but it will cut off abruptly at 40 minutes.

Geoff





Re: Annual Albany N-Trak meeting

Geoff Dunn
 

I've heard from a couple of people, but not most of the members, about our annual meeting. So, I'd like to hold it Sunday afternoon, at 4:00, virtually. Does anyone have a subscription or membership on a platform that can hold 10-15 people for a two hour meeting? I can set up a Zoom meeting but it will cut off abruptly at 40 minutes.

Geoff

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