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Signals & Switches & L.C.C. Oh My !
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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 03:26 am
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Steve P
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This winter I am going to design signals and controllable switches for my Gauge One RR.

I have two other threads for this RR:

The track design:
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=8181&forum_id=52&page=1

The control and battery car designs:
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=8145&forum_id=45&page=1

I expect to design the control around LCC: Layout Command & Control.  Any opinions on this?  Any suggested alternatives?

My first project will be prototype searchlight signals, using UP aspects of the 40's & 50's.
I have obtained 3 watt hi-power RGB LEDs and control ICs for the search lights.  Expecting to use PWM from an Arduino board to light them up, change color, accept LCC commands, etc.

After this I expect to tackle LCC controllable switches.  I am using LGB switches, but am not impressed with the motor units they sell.  Will experiment with servos and feedback micro-switches, again LCC connected.  Any ideas/experiences in this area would be appreciated.

Steven P

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 03:47 am
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I'm such a non-techie I had to Google what LCC: Layout Command & Control is.
Found this from the NMRA;
https://www.nmra.org/sites/default/files/standards/lcc_faq_handout.pdf



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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 03:57 am
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Hi,

My biggest concern is that it seems to have been around for a few years yet I see very few manufactures building anything yet.  The only full product line I've found is:

http://www.rr-cirkits.com/description/index.html

But I don't want to write code that follows no standard, and I don't think DCC is appropriate.

I have a LOT to learn about CAN bus to proceed.  There are several inexpensive sources for Arduino based CAN controllers, so thats encouraging.

Steven P

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