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My little Germany

Welcome to my little Germany, model train HO world. It's only a third or fourth finished, as you can see. I am a ® train FAN, and collector. I also convert HO Märklin Locomotives for Digital use. And Landscaping to make it look fascinatingly real is another one of my specialties. So keep looking, and a lot of fun.

 

PC based train control

All train activity is computer controlled, I use Railware's Windows based program, which allows me to run them manually, or full automatically, or a flexible mixture of both. In the beginning is used the 6021 CU (Central Unit) by Märklin, and the Interface is Märklin's 6051, but I reached it's limitations very quickly, and purchased a the "IB" made by Uhlenbrock.

With Märklin's feed back modules 6088s the computer is continually being informed of where each train is, so it can control speed, track route, signals for each train individually. Since the Märklin Interface 6051 is to slow for the demand of feed back needed to run all trains, I have added the Railware direct-touch modules. The Direct S88 is connected to the Parallel port, and transmits to the PC with 19200 Bps.

Digital Decoders The digital Decoders that I use for the locomotives range from Märklin's Delta (60331) to Märklin's (6090x) with load control and acc/deceleration delay. To LokSound® decoders, and Digitaltrain® Decoders 16080. The LokSound decoders are unbelievable. They make steam engine sounds, shuffle Coal, let up steam, activate the water pump, while it is sitting at the station. When it is ready to take off, it whistles shortly, and then puff, puff, puff of she goes in the rhythm of the wheels.

Most recent additions ...is the DCX70 from cTelectronik Austria.

It offers: high frequency 16KHz motor control which is also usable for Faulhaber Motors. Alternatively frequencies (steeples adjustable) are available from 30-150 Hz for traditional Motors.

Railware Software The Future: "PC-monitored Model train layouts and operations" Unique through complete event and object control. All you have to do is define the parameters of your Model train layout, such as track layout, turnouts and Signals, Train stations and storage tracks, Block sections, Staging Yards, access rights and track speeds for your trains, and connect the whole thing to your digital systems. And the personality of your engines and trains. Based on this information Railware can make smart choices on what assistance, or what events to handle it monitors the also your manual operations. This means you can run your trains half- or fully automatically. Every thing can be all over at the same time, since manuel or automatic operations are with out limiting static definitions, and exhibit an endless flexibility.
The PC will become your playing partner. ... no need for programming of difficult operations instructions, schedules, or step procedures and Macro languages. The system is build in modular components.

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Sound Decoders The Sound decoder GE70 can be used for all Gauges N through HO engines. The max load for the Speaker is 1W. The GE70 offers 14, 28 or 128 Speed Steps. Connectivity to Reed contacts Hall, full addressable from 1 through 10240 and main track ‘on-the-fly' to be programmed.

Charlemagne's Kingdom The largest Alpine Model Railroad museum known .400 Feet of Railroad Track with Computerized trains. .Alpine Village with Moving Cable Cars. .Lighted Cities, Towns & Villages. Octoberfest with Motorized Carnival Rides. .Seaport, Lakes, Rivers. .Moving Hot Air Balloons. .Three Ring Circus Tents. .22 Foot High Mountains. .Street Lights, Traffic Lights, Sounds & Music. .Autobahn with Moving Cars and Trucks. .Thousands of Hand Painted Figurines.
Charlemagne Kingdom

Pictures of my layout See a 20 picture slide show of my Train set..

More Pictures

Set of Pictures of my Layout added 02/16/01

More new Pictures of my Layout incl. Phase II

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