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    • December 6, 2019 11:04 AM EST
    • No one trying to beat you up, all trying to be helpful. I use "search" on the Yahoo forum, was not great there... it works much better on the, so you have at least another tool in your back pocket should you need it.


      The web interface is not that great, I will agree, nothing as granular as ours, but, it follows that does also give a bit of simplicity, you only have one "list" to peruse and search, like facebook.


      I'm trying to solve another issue in JMRI, and if I see an answer to your question, I will report back!



    • December 6, 2019 10:24 AM EST
    • OK guys, you can stop beating me up.  I'm old, I'm tired,  and have no interest in trying to learn yet another group format. If folks here don't know, then I'll just plug along and solve it on my own.  Not like this is really important to solve.

    • December 6, 2019 9:09 AM EST
    • If you did not post your problem then how do will you possibly get an answer to your question.

      If there is a problem let them know or someone may come back and help you.

      Just like here


    • December 5, 2019 10:14 PM EST
    • I guess the fact that on the front page it lists email addresses for posting etc. and my only interaction with a Yahoo group was to get messages by email.  That group dumped Yahoo for Facebook which is much better format for the content - a local short line fan group. 


      I spent two or three minutes browsing the #operations tag. Not much there (unless I missed a page button).


      I guess the bottom line is that I'm not much interested in joining another group.


    • December 5, 2019 10:06 PM EST
    • It is a forum, with topics and messages within the topics, plus places for files, pictures, polls, and databases. Same functionality as Yahoo groups.


      Maybe you are drawing a distinction between a forum that has "set" categories, as opposed to one main area, with threads/topics. (I prefer the finer breakdown we have on LSC, MLS GSC)


      Yes, you can get mails from the forum, but exactly like Yahoo groups, you can get emailed every post, on only topics you are interested in, a daily summary, or no email.



    • December 5, 2019 7:17 PM EST
    • Thanks for that -  I found it, but as far as I can tell it is a mail list, not a web forum.  I'm done with lists. I've ben on the EBT list for something like 20 years. Too much mail to keep up with,. I'm still a member, but I delete everything that comes in.

    • December 3, 2019 8:21 AM EST

      All the data from the Yahoo forum is here also.


    • December 2, 2019 8:15 PM EST
    • it's now moved to

    • December 2, 2019 6:26 PM EST
    • I haven't Dennis.  I knew there was a group, but I've never been there.

    • December 2, 2019 8:28 AM EST
    • Have you posted this on the JMRI Forum?


    • December 1, 2019 3:19 PM EST
    • I havent had that one, but I regularly have to 'massage' an industry spurtwo, because JMRI stops serving them either with pickups or dropoffs.  Its never the same one, but pretty much after every ops session I have to manually move cars out of a spur back to one of the yards.

    • December 1, 2019 3:10 PM EST
    • Thanks Ken -


      In many cases there are multiple single or double car spots on a siding, so it would be kind of hard to change the capacity.


      I got the work done, took lots of siding space and multiple locomotives. My rules: use all the assets available as needed, both track and in-service locos.

    • December 1, 2019 12:55 PM EST
    • I haven't run into THAT one.......yet. Or maybe it has occurred and no one's mentioned it. 

      The only suggestion I can come up with is to shorten the siding by one car length. See what that does. 

      Then again, your solution seems to work. 


    • December 1, 2019 11:48 AM EST
    • I have created a route in JMRI that I call the West Willow Turn.  It departs from West Willow Hill and works all industry spots going East to the yard at Tyrone, then goes back working all the same industry spots Westbound.  JMRI likes the route just fine and builds a train with enough work to keep me busy for over an hour on my small indoor layout.


      The problem I am having is available space on sidings. JMRI wants to spot cars on the Eastbound leg that don't have a place to go until after the Westbound leg picks up cars. 


      It occurs to me that those that run multiple trains simultaneously may have also seen this issue when the "set out" train arrives before the "pick up train.


      Has anyone found a software fix for this?  I have  method to get around it by scanning ahead looking for the Westbound pick-ups. I'll do those pick-ups while Eastbound to make space for my Eastbound set-outs. Rather than take them with me where they won't be needed; I just leave them on the passing siding until the train returns Westbound.

    • July 23, 2019 2:31 PM EDT
    • Sounds like a plan!

    • July 23, 2019 2:11 PM EDT
    • I had to make a decision on this, since I can't lay any track until I figure it out.  I have decided to go with the SVRR pneumatic system.  I'm going to use JMRI and LCC to control it, using the LCC components from RR-CirKits.  I think this is the best approach, as it will allow me to integrate signals on the bus in the future, and the computer will already know the positions of the switches.

    • July 23, 2019 11:26 AM EDT
    • I have no experience with the new fangled stuff you are discussing. 18 years ago when I first built my indoor RR as a folded dog bone loop, I built a control panel / interlocking controller. Unfortunately; I can't find any pictures of it.  It was Route based switching for yards. Press the button on the destination track and it would throw all the switches need to get to that track from the main. All based on diode logic that was discussed on George Schreyer's web site.  I still have it on display, but it is no longer used since I switched to all manual switch control.

    • July 22, 2019 4:28 PM EDT
    • Yep, expensive, but reliable.

      And FWIW, by the time you outfit a nice Piko weatherproof machine with a DCC module (I couldn't find their earlier single-unit modules, only the 4-unit controllers), you might be looking at around $60-$75 per turnout.

    • July 22, 2019 4:22 PM EDT
    • I think I'll likely go with the pneumatics.  It's very expensive once you add up the piston and the solenoid, but I like the idea of keeping the electronics out of the weather.  

      If I use JMRI, I can use any number of multi-relay boards, either USB or ethernet, since it can be easily scripted in python or javascript.