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
To: WiringForDCC@...
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?




Greg Latiak

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