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Tutorial - Control Tracks

 
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Pete the Porter



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:36 pm    Post subject: Tutorial - Control Tracks Reply with quote

There seems to be quite an interest in Control Tracks at the moment and so I have tried to write a simple tutorial to help those who are interested to get started. I have rather an old version of an HTML editor so it doesn't look particularly great but I do hope that the content will help.

The tutorial can be read at http://www.btinternet.com/~peter.reeve/controltrack/
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Chris



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Pete,

Nice job with the tutorial.

Best regards, Chris
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austindave



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Pete

Great job this will help alot of people getting startred with control tracks. Since i've learned how to use them I find I can not live with out them.

Thanks Dave
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peter



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Pete,
Your tutorial is a good thing for beginners and for advanced users of RTR an IH. You can build this track as seperate unit and hide it in a hill or you can build this as a buildin track in a station,shuntig yard or in a station. Very Happy
Thanx for this sites. Cool
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dpletts



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Location: Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, UK

PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Pete,

Very interest tutorial!

If you use a control track on a digital layout, you have to build it as a circular structure because you cannot reverse direction. This tends to result in a quite large control track because of the largish curved pieces. However, you can add sections of short straight between the curves.

You may need to enlarge the control track, anyway, simply to give extra time for the control train to complete the rotation if such timing is critical.

Or I suppose you could make things even more complicated by adding signals with a delay to your digital control track! Haven't tried that, yet.

By-the-way, I found that once I had got every automatically conrolled switch or signal working correctly on my digital layout I could edit it to delete its name. This means that only user-controlled items need be displayed on the layout. But I expect you all knew that, anyway.

Cheers,

David
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peter



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David,
You can reverse a controler track by Digital as you shunting in both directories. If you want to see an example with controler track then see that here:

You can dload it HERE
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