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Here are some links for more information in followup to the clinic I gave at the MFMR Convention on May 14, 2011.
JMRI is a very useful tool for anyone using Digital Command Control. In it’s basic use JMRI – DecoderPro is a godsend for programming DCC mobile decoders. I really don’t know how folks not using DecoderPro get along. I have one loco Proto RS-11 with QSI sound that “loses it’s mind” every now and then during an operating session. Since I have the settings for all my locos stored in my DecoderPro roster file it takes only a minute or two to set the loco back to my customs settings and it’s back in operation on the layout.
Since the introduction of WiThrottle – a server and application combination – there has been a revolution in wireless throttle technology. Now we use our iPhones, iPods, and Android phones as throttles when we operate. The great thing about it is that our throttles are now universal – they will work on any DCC system as long as it has a computer interface, DecoderPro, and a wireless home network.
Anyway, on to the “more information” part of this post.
|JMRI web site – http://jmri.sourceforge.net/
At the moment 2.10 is the stable production version. 2.11.4 is the current test version. In my experience it is relatively safe to install the test versions to take advantage of new features, but beware that there may be issues. If you do have problems with a test version you can always reinstall the previous version.
|DecoderPro Manual – http://jmri.sourceforge.net/help/en/manual/index.shtml
With the rapid development of JMRI this manual is almost always out of date. But it would certainly help for basic/older features.
|JMRI Yahoo Group – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jmriusers/
A great resource when you are really stuck. The developers of JMRI check the group daily – some several times a day. If you ever have a problem or question this would be the first place to ask your question.
|Other JMRI Clinics – http://www.rr-cirkits.com/Clinics/Clinics.html
A collection of other presentations on most aspects of JMRI. If you are into automation, dispatching, or remote control this is a great resource.
|JMRI on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jmri
Lots of great (and some not so great) videos about how folks are using JMRI – from the basic to advanced.
|My Presentation – Click here
Probably not as good as many of the other presentation you’ll find on the internet, but it does have some links to neat videos of JMRI in use.
I’ve always envied modelers that have an endless supply of kits and supplies. They always have something to work on. Unfortunately some of them are just collectors of kits and never build anything. Still, I’m in awe when I see stacks of unbuilt kits and drawers full of detail bits in someone’s work area.
I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but I do have a drawer or two in an old dresser that have several unbuilt items. I’ve been looking through those drawers quite often lately in my exercise to have the layout “done” for the MFMR Convention in May. I need structures! Chappellton hardly looks like a town and it’s supposed to be a city. I need buildings – short and tall, fat and wide. Brown buildings, red buildings, purple buildings – I don’t care!
Oh, and I need trees too. Lots and lots of trees. I doubt if I’ll get time to make any before Convention so I’ll have to make do.
I heard a while ago that Frenchman River Model Works had released a 92′ Railway Tug. When I was asked to review it for Scratchbuilder’s Guild I nearly flipped. The little 45′ Tug I reviewed for them last year just wasn’t cutting it in Chappellton. The poor little thing was severely overworked! So I jumped at the chance to build the “big brother”.
It arrived today and I hope to get started this evening. I’ll make a post here when the review is complete and available at Scratchbuilder’s Guild. After taking this photo I realize I have some barge building to do as well.
I haven’t opened the box yet. I’ll leave that for this evening.