Re: Address management for DCC device addresses
Vollrath, Don <dvollrath@...>
Like the original railroads, it is up to the builder/user to keep it all straight. Organized documentation becomes more important with growth and changes. Since my personal RR has outlasted several versions of PCs, program apps and decoders I still use a master layout drawing showing all turnout and signal locations with their assigned addresses. Then there is also a master list of turnout, loco and signaling equipment addresses on an Excel spreadsheet with a back-up e-file and paper copy secured away for redundancy. Each turnout, loco and signaling device must have a unique address. Simply checking and updating the listings avoids duplication when changes or additions are made. Unfortunately all manufacturers seem to have their own way to make things work.
I use DecoderPro to manipulate and hold all decoder programming, including macros for an NCE command station.
I also use a spiral notebook or two to document ideas, sketches and notes in chronological order so that I can refer to them later. Having it all together in a notebook keeps key information together and organized. Pencils and pens still work.
From: WiringForDCC@... [mailto:WiringForDCC@...]
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8:58 AM
Subject: [WiringForDCC] Address management for DCC device addresses
I am just finishing up the physical wiring of my small Digitrax layout and am in the process of design/build for a control panel and signalling scheme. It hit me, while contemplating the rules for the signal addresses, that my layout is starting to look very much like a primitive network, like the early days of the Internet when one maintained and edited name/network address lists. Only with DCC there appears to be no management layer for the addresses or any logical name scheme either. But plenty of vendor-specific rules about address blocks and relationships.
While I recognize that for something like JMRI or Trainmaster to function all the addresses must be collected and embedded in its configuration. I refer of course to locos, stationary decoders for turnouts and other device control, signal systems and so forth.
Any software tools out there to help beyond yet another spreadsheet?