boblenon wrote:It sounds essentally like that.
The software is JMRI - which you're not paying for (its free) - so essentally you're paying for the device to hook up to a com or usb port to drive a layout ... which deffanitly has some drawbacks - running 2-3 locos (without additional booster); not to mention you'd be tied to running trians from the computer. Additionally, i would be catuious about using one unit to run trains and tortises (seeing how the computer is the throttle, hand throw switches are not going to cut it ...). There might be too much draw, but maybe not. But perhaps two seperate buses - or an additional booster.
Also, considering it costs 40 or 50 pounds ... thats ~$70-90 - more, after shipping it to the us i bet.
boblenon wrote:unless you really want a do-it-yourself approach; which will severly limit opperations on the layout - how can multiple people run?
Granted, it does seem like an interesting challenge - but look forward - what if (or when) you build a different layout this might be insufficent for your needs. Not to mention you dont have flexibility - your always stuck running the layout from one point.
Id just get a DCC system - sure itll easily cost $30 more; but youll be able to do far more with far less hassle. (and perhaps you'll still be stuck running the layout from one point - but I think all DCC systems have some sort of throttles ... so you at least add them on later)
Cyrus Nelson wrote:been there done that. theres a plug in for trainz that does that. I looked into it a few years ago. it will take a video stream and put controls on the screen and you can control it from there.
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