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Martijn Meerts

Actually forgot a couple of things, it was getting late yesterday ūüėČ

 

There has been mention of things like Loconet and Railcom, so a quick note on that.

 

Loconet is basically a way to connect handheld controllers, accessory decoders and occupancy detectors and the like to the command station. It's originally a Digitrax thing, and I believe it's still a closed system, as in, other manufacturers need to pay a license fee to implement Loconet. Alternatives are ECoSLink (ESU), XpressNet (Lenz), Sx bus (Selectrix) and S88 (Marklin, occupancy detection only I believe). Since not all command stations support Loconet, this is something you want to keep in mind when picking one. Some command stations that don't have Loconet built in do have adapters, like for example ESU's "L.Net converter", which allows you to connect Loconet devices to the ECoSLink bus,

 

Railcom is a bi-directional communication protocol, which means the decoder can talk to the command station without the command station first asking the decoder for info. You could add this to occupancy detection, so that you're certain which train is entering a block considering the train will pass on its address along with the detection. This does require some additional hardware though. Railcom was originally developed by Lenz, and these days is built into many decoders. There's also Railcom Plus, which automatically detects when a new train is placed on the track, and registers it automatically in the command station (if it supports Railcom Plus). An alternative to Railcom is Digitrax's transpoding system.

 

The main advantage that I've seen with Railcom, is that programming becomes a bit easier, especially for function decoders. A decoder with Railcom will always give feedback and can always return data. Before Railcom, if you had a function decoder that was driving the head / tail light LEDs in a cab car, it wouldn't acknowledge programming commands or allow you to read its settings. That's because the decoder needed a certain amount of load. With a Railcom enabled decoder, you can read them before even installing them. It sounds rather minor, but it's actually a really nice feature, and the only thing I use Railcom for. I don't know much about the Digitrax transponding, but it likely has much of the same features.

 

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Kanpai Keith

Interesting to read about Railcom,¬†Digikeijs will work with it. ¬†So I think I‚Äôll be starting with a DR5000. ¬†Looks like that‚Äôs a nice expandable system for the beginner on a modest (for railway modelling ūü§£)¬†that see me right for the foreseeable future.¬†

 

Thanks for all your responses. 

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chadbag

One of the nice things about the DR5000-ADJ is it supports Loconet, XpressNet, and Sx / S88 IIRC.  So that you basically have the whole world of DCC that *should* work with it.  

 

One thing I've noticed about Loconet is almost all the newer systems are compatible with it to some degree (NCE not).  Some require add-ons.

 

With the DR5000 you'll need to also get a controller device (throttle) or use a Z21 (or other) soft throttle on your phone.  I use the Z21 WLANmaus series (2x)  plus soft throttles.  I have a Digitrax LNWI module hooked up through Loconet so I can run WiThrottle as well as Z21 mode for soft throttles.  Wired throttles that support one of those standards Martijn mentioned should all work.

 

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Just FYI for people who use the Digikeijs DR5000-ADJ command station or are investigating it.

 

There is a Groups.io mail group for Digikeijs at https://groups.io/g/Digikeijs

 

Just found it today.  BUt it seems reasonably active and a place to ask questions etc.

 

 

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