TuxTown

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  1. Hi, last few months I have been busy building and automating a large train layout in my living room. With Mattzobricks technology. I made a film with several trains running, which is now also published via the Mattzobricks YouTube channel and website: https://mattzobricks.com/projects/henks-xmas-layout-2020 Hope you like it. The layout is taken down last weekend, so now I have to build something smaller upstairs...
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    Mattzobricks Train Automation

    Hi, I just came back here today after many months of not looking at my lego trains. So I'm not informed about the current state of the Mattzobricks project. Yes, I used MTCPU, but I tweaked the code. Connecting to wifi or mqtt however worked from the released version, last time I looked. Maybe I will do another mattzobricks layout around christmas.
  3. Wow, 58 euro for 8x S32, whereas 10x injected molded S32 comes for 23 euro at Trixbrix. I will be hard to convert non-9V users, I guess.
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    Mattzobricks Train Automation

    Not sure what you mean. I did not cut any tracks. For what I think you mean I used the Trixbrix R40 railyard.
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    Mattzobricks Train Automation

    Temporary taken down because of music copyright questions, which I doubt are correct. Edit: looks like it is back online, with 1 tune exchanged.
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    Automation solutions

    I wonder if anyone has ideas about the future of lego train automation. Last months I have been looking at BAP, the automation project for PowerUP gear. Great concept, great tool. However it doesn't scale, which may be due to the use a bluetooth. The only device in house on which I can connect more than 7 hubs is an acer laptop with a bluetooth 5 chipseth. HP elite laptops with bluetooth 4 are a no go. However the Acer laptop starts to give problems when I connect 12 hubs. Besides that it is almost impossible to find bluetooth 5 dongles online. Its all 4 or 4.2. Probably because there is no need for people to connect more than a few things to bluetooth. In the past and on Lego shows people seem to still use 9v tracks. Arduino setups seems interesting to automate stuff beyond the trick of manually hit a control thing. The Arduino Lego Trains youtube channel has nice videos but the author has disappeared already several years. 'AlmightyArjen' does similar things, also 9v. The downside of this technic is that 9v isn't available anymore and there are lots of wires involved. Fx Track promises us a future for 9v, but we have to see if thats gonna fly. Let alone what it will cost for people started with RC track to replace lots of gear. I've been looking for alternatives for BAP, because of the scaling problem and the fact that the author is hardly around on this forum. 4DBrix has some stuff, but seems to be in problems because of copycats. Shame, as their nControl thing looks like it could be interesting. They have a wifi solution for PF motors according to there site. Wifi would of course be the solution for a wireless solution without the downsides of bluetooth. How are others handling their automation wishes? Is 9v still the best option for larger layouts? (it tackles the battery problems) I like to operate a handfull of trains on the same layout without having to jump out of my chair every minute to prevent a crash ;-)
  7. How do I make extension cables? Is the plug a standard plug wich can be ordered somewhere? I need extension cables to reduce the number of hubs (bloody bluetooth unscalability) needed for sensors and switches in a BAP setting.
  8. You can open the motor and solder the wire vice versa. Thats what I did with a PF motor for my double Horizon Express. I case of the 60197, it seems it is doable to drive a double version with 1 motor. Skip one coach and add jacobs boogies:
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    4DBrix goes DIY

    About this software Mattzobricks writes: "Anyway, I am presently changing the whole automation system. So far, I have been using nControl from 4DBrix and enhanced the software by about 1.500 lines of own code. Unfortunately, nControl has a lot of bugs and other drawbacks, so I will move away from it and come up with a better, completely different solution. Stay tuned for more! If you want to stay in the loop, subscribe to the Mattzobricks Facebook and Youtube channels." (http://mattzobricks.com/) I hope this solution will still be Python and will be publicly available. We have to wait and see. Mattze is using wifi bricks for trains from 4DBrix, it seems. I hope someone, somewhere will develop things like those bricks to overcome the bluetooth limitations.
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    Automation solutions

    Amazing, indeed. And wifi controllers from 4DBrix to operate trains! I need one of these, although maybe thats not possible anymore after the 4DBrix news. "Anyway, I am presently changing the whole automation system. So far, I have been using nControl from 4DBrix and enhanced the software by about 1.500 lines of own code. Unfortunately, nControl has a lot of bugs and other drawbacks, so I will move away from it and come up with a better, completely different solution." I'm gonna follow this Mattze
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    Automation solutions

    Wow. An open source python project to automate lego EV3 and PowerUp hubs. I will certainly follow this one. Thanx!
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    Automation solutions

    I also found links about DCC/LDCC in combination with Lego Mindstorm RCX gear. Info like this is 15 years old. No references found if anyone is doing DCC-like things with the newer EV3. Hanso in the Mindstorm section of this forum is doing EV3 things for trains. But he doesn't use train motors but technic motors for his trains. (nice project by the way!) I wonder if there are still people doing DCC kind of things with lego trains. Does Fx Bricks have any plans with this once they produce their 9v solution?
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    4DBrix goes DIY

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    4DBrix goes DIY

    Is this copycat thing about Trixbrix, by any chance? The sentence "some prominent members of the AFOL community..." did rase this question in my mind.
  15. Hi Cosmik42, in case you are around these days some open questions and some new: 1)When some of my hubs need fresh batteries, after swapping them the hub doesn't reconnect to BAP. I have the switch off the program, restart and enable all of my hubs again. Is that normal behaviour and if so, is it fixable? 2) "I still find it odd that in the self-driving module when you say a train starts in section X it immediately says "going to section Y and leaving section X", although the train doesn't have passed the end section sensor for X. This makes it hard to start with more than 1 train, especially if a train doesn't start at the beginning of a path. " -> As a consequence, you have to make sure at the start that each train has an empty sector in front of the sector you give as a starting sector for that train. Fixing this problem would lower the number of sectors needed for driving multiple trains. 3) it would be nice to able to log all events en triggers to a file. Makes debugging / analysing BAP behaviour easier. 4) will there ever be a new version, or is 1.5 the final one?
  16. Aha, is there a wire scheme for that somewhere? For my PF motors I opened one motor to swap the wires (soldering / to reverse the direction) so as to have both wires coming through the middle gate in the loc baseplate. If I have to cut the PU wires anyway, maybe I can skip the soldering the motor part. And if I am going to cut the wires anyway, is it also possible to use a PF motor instead of a PU motor? My PF motors are becoming useless.
  17. Hi Nicotornare, yes you can attach 2 motors to one hub. I however want to run one train with two motors. In that case BAP is only starting one motor (the deafult). So I cant use PowerUp and or BAP if I use tho motors in my double Horizon Express. Right now I have two Power Functions motors in it.
  18. And did someone manage to operate 2 motors in one train via PowerUp / BAP? I now have two Power Functions motors with one hub in a Horizon Express. Would be nice to convert that to BAP, but PowerUp has no option to adjust two things to one hub port yet.
  19. When some of my hubs need fresh batteries, after swapping them the hub doesn't reconnect to BAP. I have the switch off the program, restart and enable all of my hubs again. Is that normal behaviour and if so, is it fixable?
  20. Problem solved. It seems a bit harder to detect train in a curve, compared with a straight track. I solved it with lifting the sensor one brick.
  21. O, now I see looking at the pictures in the thread"Lego Train - Full Layout Automation - A Break Down" you use left and right the other way around. I was looking from the side the train is coming from. You don't. That means the only left question is what makes the difference in the time to stop the train at a sensor
  22. Hi @Cosmik42, do you by any change have a comment on this one? How did you operate this switchmotor pointing outside instead of inside the switch? As I now have a few sensors where the train needs 3 tracks to stop for some reason, I need to place the sensor a bit further away from the switch...
  23. I have a new layout, and now at some places with switches en sensors, the train stops only at a sensor when the loc has passed and the first train car is halfway passed. This derails the train when the switch gets adjusted. Before, and also now at other places in the track layout, the train already stopped when the loc was in front of a sensor. I search but as far as I know this is not and adjustable setting. What can make the difference? A solution can be putting the sensor further away from the switch ofcourse. But thats hard with the small PU wires. Two tracks is the limit for me. Which brings me to another thing I noticed. I think I have the same switch motors as Cosmik42, namely this one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/skaako/albums/72157629455967364 However, on a picture in his manual thread, his motor is pointing away from the switch whereas in my case the motors are on the other side. In the curve of the switch, to get left and right oke in BAP. The direction of the motor is not adjustable in the software, is it? (Like before, I'm using the self-driving module)
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    LEGO 40th anniversary classic train

    I spent my bucks on powered up distance sensors, lights and train motors, plus a pick-a-brick cup for my kid, to get this GWP in the lego shop. So that served my needs. Why people buy full lego sets in official lego stores is beyond me anyway. Here in the Netherlands the passenger train for example costs 30 euros more than in the regular Intertoys shop. Why those huge prize differences?