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RailPro Discussion & Help / RP circuit breaker compatibility
« on: Today at 02:34:49 PM »
Hello group--

Asking if the RP CB-1 is compatible with other makes of circuit breakers. I have a quintet of PSX breakers from DCC Specialties, will the CB-1 daisy-chain with these for my RP/NCE layout? Same question about the reverse loop module. RP claims no delay in crossing insulated blocks at low speed, I recently saw a video showing how to adjust a CV to eliminate loco hesitation when moving from the PSX-AR block to a PSX block, I'd rather not deal with that if I don't have to. Thanks!

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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Unusual speed number display
« on: July 04, 2020, 11:14:49 PM »
OK, strange how it just suddenly showed up.

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Unusual speed number display
« on: July 04, 2020, 07:22:36 PM »
Just unlinked the consist, checked, both locos' Load at zero. Re-linked, got the same subscript percentage again. Is this a version issue -- what version are we up to, I updated about a month or so ago.

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Unusual speed number display
« on: July 04, 2020, 06:07:17 PM »
I checked and the Load function was at zero for both units.

General Discussion / Re: Going Partially Back To DCC
« on: July 03, 2020, 04:53:20 PM »
Has anyone here done an LM install without the plastic shell? That would buy a little more room.

I did. The tiny amount of horizontal space saved by removing the plastic case was just enough to get the module to fit inside the hood of a HO Atlas S-2. Wrapped it lengthwise with a single layer of Kapton tape.

Fun fact... I emailed Ring alerting him of the fit solution. Tim responded it was a fire hazard. He seems paranoid of being sued or styrene is now considered a fire suppressant.  ;D

Any manufacturer designs and builds its products to be used in a designated way by the customer. The LM packs a lot into a small package. I am sure Tim has fire-tested the LM casing and seen a benefit. Better the LM melts than an open flame ends up consuming the loco, the layout, and the room! I experimented with battery power for trains and a short caused a small flame like a cigarette lighter to pop up on my micro r/c receiver. (Even small LiPo batteries can output significant amps when shorted.) Luckily, I had the shell off and only the Rx was damaged. 

RailPro Discussion & Help / Unusual speed number display
« on: July 03, 2020, 04:39:08 PM »
Was running today and noticed a smaller type, whole number in the same box and below the speed number. It was the decimal speed as a whole number -- 1% for speed 0.1-1%, 2% for 2.0-2.9%, etc. It was not the brake percentage, which is below the speed number box. Anyone know what this is? It occurred in the lead unit of a three-unit consist running on NCE power at 14.25v.

General Discussion / Re: Going Partially Back To DCC
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:34:19 PM »
Has anyone here done an LM install without the plastic shell? That would buy a little more room.

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Revisiting UI and UX ...again!
« on: June 27, 2020, 02:04:24 PM »
I am always baffled when I see icons and text combined. Isn't the whole purpose of an icon to make text unnecessary?

Not really, think of everyday stuff you see and you'll see a lot have both, a pictogram and text. Two very quick examples I can think of are an exit sign and a fire extinguisher sign; both have the pictogram and text.  Road signs too have many cases with a pictogram and text. While there are very good reasons in the real world for combining a pictogram with text I kind of think of of it this way, the pictogram is the indicator of the function (whether to exit a building or to turn on the front light of your locomotive) and the text is the conformation of the function. With RailPro because you can make any button do anything regardless of the pictogram chosen you need to have the text as well.

There is an issue with having text only buttons if the text is user entered like the button text is now as certain function buttons actually control logic within the controller. It's not insurmountable though. I'll have to mock up a "just text" version of the function buttons.

Some time ago, Tim or someone else posted a nice chart of all the RP icons along with their descriptions. There's no way I would remember what they all stand for without descriptions.  :o 

Yep, that was me, and as usual got the evil stare from 10,000 miles away for the effort. I haven't looked at that guide in ages but I think I still don't know what all the buttons are supposed to be, and I still haven't seen an official buttons guide from RE yet.

and performance monitors (module temp-voltage-current)/throttle on same page.

That information is just one button press away on the control locomotive screen so I'm unsure if your just unaware that you can access it or if your wanting it on the same screen as as the main controlling screen. Given the way that info is presented I don't think you could fit all that on the controlling screen. If the controller was able to report those monitors in numbers and not graphs then it could be possible, but at the expense of what on the controlling screen? There is only an finite amount of space available.

- Tim

It would be helpful to see the throttle value and performance values on one screen. Kind of like in the cab of a 1:1 loco. Maybe an amp meter linked to the dynamics/notching, too? We already have the fuel gauge (battery indicator). The mind reels...

On another front, a shrink wrap sted of a hard case for modules would aid installation especially in modern locos with scant space.

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Revisiting UI and UX ...again!
« on: June 27, 2020, 12:26:58 AM »
I'd like to see a fast clock added, and performance monitors (module temp-voltage-current)/throttle on same page. A side button for direction would be nice, more reachable with one hand than on-screen

Also, the casing needs an integral loop for a lanyard. Does anyone get a hand fatigue from the HC weight? Maybe if the HC was elongated and narrowed, there would be better weight distribution. 

General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« on: June 18, 2020, 11:15:48 PM »
Op sessions re-starting in my area (NYC burbs) in July. I'll pass on being in a basement with 10 other people or more at that time.

Ring doesn't support LM2 anymore, correct? Does that mean they will cease to function at some point without software update?

General Discussion / Re: New install on a bachmann F7
« on: June 15, 2020, 11:29:51 PM »
Actually, I have installed KA3s and 4s and operation is excellent on my not-fully-wired NEC layout. I get about 30 seconds run-on power with lights and sound with the KA4, like a battery!

Clean install.

Someday, we won't have to tear out expensive components to have RP.

RailPro Discussion & Help / HC won't turn on
« on: June 04, 2020, 12:17:06 PM »
Hello all--

Tried to power on my HC, I got the home page briefly before it shut down. The power button would not turn it back on. It was fully charged and last used a week ago. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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