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RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Custom Holiday sounds
« on: August 14, 2020, 12:35:30 AM »
The filename for the wav file is too long. Simply shorten the filename (example, just "Christmas_hohoho.wav") and you'll be good to go. I can't remember exactly how many characters long it can be but I did work it out once. Without me working it out again a pretty good way to check is if the name doesn't completely fit in the blue text box the name is too long.

Why there is no proper error checking with proper error message displayed (your misspelling of pops is a perfect adjective) well, we'll leave that question alone  ::)

- Tim

RailPro User Guides / MOVED: Custom Holiday sounds
« on: August 14, 2020, 12:27:26 AM »
This topic has been moved to RailPro Discussion & Help.

Reason: Not a user guide but a question

General Discussion / Re: RailPro And Australia
« on: August 13, 2020, 05:47:51 AM »
...I think it is simply lack of certification. I doubt it is cheap and easy to go through the certification process.

Certification is certainly the issue, every country just wants to make sure a radio transmitting device causes no harm to other parts of the radio spectrum and to other devices that use the same spectrum (!) and want to do it their own way (recognising another countries certification isn't usually a thing). The cost of certification is a huge stumbling block. Here, while the regulatory license for a 2.4 Ghz device is free the cost a of recognised testing agency to test for that license is a another matter.

The thing I find the funniest is that a 2.4 Ghz radio device has to be certified, but you can go an buy an off the shelf microwave oven that'll kill your WiFi every time you use it (for those that don't know microwave ovens also work at 2.4 Ghz)

I also believe it is legal to own...

I wouldn't say legal to own but more along the lines of "If no ones making complaints of interference we won't know anything about you having a non licensed device". Would I expect RailPro to ever fall afoul of interference complaints? no, it just doesn't have the power.

- Tim

New Users Start Here / Re: Introduce Yourself...
« on: August 12, 2020, 10:08:27 AM »
Welcome Filip,

I don't think you've much to worry about English not being your mother tongue, your coming across absolutely fine.

- Tim

General Discussion / Re: RailPro And Australia
« on: August 12, 2020, 10:01:22 AM »
Hi Filip,

I don't think anyone here will be very familiar with the regulations in France (and I suspect without being able to read/write French it'll be hard for us to locate and study them) but I would imagine the France regulations would be similar to elsewhere in the world. RailPro operates in the 2.4 Ghz spectrum which is the same as WiFi, and, I think that 2.4 Ghz might be the spectrum that things like RC aircraft use in France too so that would be helpful if that's the case.

RailPro doesn't have the power to transmit a signal 2 miles, either horizontally (your neighbour) or vertically (the planes overhead) so you'd be safe from that. Without being able to find and read the France regulations it's hard to say for you. I think you'd be ok buying from a US seller and having it shipped over but it's impossible to say for sure.

- Tim

Thanks blbruhn.

I've fixed the typo in the how-to.

I'll have to look up what the difference is with .desktop files for Ubuntu 20.04 vs older versions of Ubuntu. I'm actually glad following the guide worked for you, apart from the typo and the .desktop file difference; I've made a bash script generator to automate the installation (for those less confident following the guide and using the terminal) and for the life of me I can't figure out what's going wrong. It all installs fine but Wine doesn't work properly. Frustrated by the repeated test failures and the lack of responsiveness of my Virtual Machine I had to put it aside, otherwise you would have been able to use the handy dandy install script.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Low voltage warning
« on: August 01, 2020, 12:54:50 PM »
I opened the base station and measured inside with a digital multimeter per this video.

Well that's a different way of checking voltage levels. Of course if I own a PowerCab and not a Power Pro so I've never read the manual. So given that we can be pretty well sure that you are putting 14.25v to the track, then

what does the LM report for track voltage? does it agree?

^ This would also be my next question. I'd possibly be inclined to go around the layout with a bridge rectifier and DMM in hand and measure directly too if it happens in known spots. Apart from that the only thing I can think of is the operation of the KA's somehow cause it.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Low voltage warning
« on: August 01, 2020, 01:44:29 AM »
I checked my NCE base station output and it was 14.25v

How did you measure this? If 14.25v is the actual true (rms) output then you shouldn't be getting any low voltage warning from that figure, unless you have places around the layout with seriously high voltage loss.

- Tim

You can use any DC power supply you wish as long as a) it doesn't exceed the voltage rating of the LM, b) has short circuit protection, c) can deliver enough oomph to make the train go and d) is preferably regulated, which you say yours is. There are a few that are using non RailPro power supplies, at least in H0. I'm not to sure what our other large scale users are doing so hopefully some of them may chime in.

The PWR-56 is only 14.8 volts, is that enough to even run G scale stuff? (and yes, you can run more than one PWR-56, you just need to break your track up into sections for each PWR-56)

- Tim

General Discussion / Re: Layout control panels
« on: July 26, 2020, 11:20:10 AM »
Nope, I don't believe it, your having us on! I suspect what really happened is that in the intervening years since you started the control panels the railroad got tired of waiting for it's interlocking supplier and went somewhere else. You photoshopped that LED glow in didn't you? ;D

I must say I'm surprised you don't like crimping Alan, I'd use it everywhere I could just to get away from soldering wires. It must be a case of the proper tool for the job, and in the case of the JST series connectors that proper tool looks like it's an automatic strip-feed-crimp-cut to length machine I saw in action (online) once when I briefly considered whether making motherboards like what TCS and the Decoder Buddy guy did but for RP's 9 pin setup was something viable. BTW, the JST headers are available in way cooler colours than white too but you'd probably have a hard time finding them outside of the JST online shop.

Actually there is another type of JST crimping tool out there. Not sure if it does the XH size or not but it looks like a set of long nose pliers; much smaller than the ratcheting set.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Problem with Scaletrains Ditch Lights
« on: July 19, 2020, 11:02:05 AM »

Glad we got you sorted out in the end. A list of what each function does? That could possibly be made. We do have a button guide somewhere in the user guides section but not a function / effects guide.


I don't disagree, consumer grade information is not Ring Engineering's strong point (it's a problem that runs in the whole train control industry as a whole really but some are better than others), but in the case of naming things, like in this dual on / off effect case it also comes down to how many characters fit across the screen of the HC. As far as I know there isn't a newline character in RailPro, ie a name can only take up the single line that it's on and the width of that line is obviously limited.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Problem with Scaletrains Ditch Lights
« on: July 18, 2020, 09:20:41 AM »
Not hopeless, just not experienced in all the nuances yet  :)

It's been a while since I've been through the settings for an LM but this is what you need, and I'll do it from the beginning:
  • You need to download the lighting effect "On Off 1 Sec Dual Rev 2" to the LM (get it through RailPro Assistant).
  • Create the button for the ditchlights (make sure it's not set to momentary action) and select the "On Off 1 Sec Dual Rev 2" as the lighting effect.
  • Select the pair of appropriate outputs that are hooked up to the ditchlights.
Only the "On Off 1 Sec Dual Rev 2" effect allows turning more than one output at a time on and off, and it's not (or wasn't) loaded on the LM from the factory.

If you want the ditchlights to flash then there is more to it but you said just stay on so I'm presuming you don't need them to flash.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / Re: Atlas C420 Install
« on: July 18, 2020, 08:52:51 AM »
There wouldn't be a user manual as such for them that I know of, well not for plain DC versions but the parts diagrams are available:

I can't help much with anything specific on the install side of things as I've never done an Atlas but most on here would do a hardware which would mean getting rid of the factory circuit boards and plugs to make more room and soldering all the wires to the 9 pin harness that comes with the LM. If that doesn't strike your fancy, which it isn't for everyone, at worst you'll need a 8 to 9 pin adapter harness. These are fairly well plentiful and come in different lengths. What you would need to do is determine where the LM would best sit inside the loco so you can get the shell back on properly to workout how long an adapter harness you'd need. If you wish to add sound then it's highly likely you'd need to hardware to be able to able to get everything to fit in.

- Tim

General Discussion / Re: Going Partially Back To DCC
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:32:33 AM »
I have a few DCC sound decoders that I never got around to using before I went all RP.  Care to make some kind of trade?  Darryl

Why are you asking me? I'm not the one going back to DCC  :)

I know the new TCS throttle works across different DCC systems, but I question why they would put the resourceas into developing new hardware when smartphone throttles are the cutting edge for control --  and yards cheaper. 

And you only have to read a few of many forums posts out there on the world wide web to see what a lot of people think about using phones as throttles! Just like there is still plenty of DC only people out there there's a great deal many people where using a phone as a throttle is just not 'gonna happen. I've done it and don't particularly care for it.

As to the cost being yards cheaper, well comparing apples to oranges maybe, comparing apples to apples no. I'll leave the rest of your post well enough alone.

- Tim

When you get a draft of the How-to made, I will be glad to proof read it and test it out on a clean Linux install to see if everything works like you expect in a separate computer with a less informed user.

I've made the how to and posted it, though for some reason the images aren't showing at the moment!,1040.0.html

- Tim

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