LCC – Best Way to Move Points

When Jeff Gerow was asked to help out with the electronics for a friend’s layout last year – he felt it was a good time to find out about LCC – and did. Special thanks go to Brian Pickering and his series of articles in the NMRA Magazine as well as Dick Bronson. But it wasn’t easy to find good information from any single source so Jeff felt it would be a good idea to create a clinic about what he had learned. He gave the clinic to his Division for the first time last year (when we could still have such) and it was well received – this year, with Covid, he updated the clinic and created a video as part of NMRAx, which is available here

New Book – Introduction to Layout Command Control

Dana Zimmerli has just authored and released a new book about LCC called: Introduction to Layout Command Control: Basic Concepts and Practical Examples of LCC for Model Railroads. Its available in both Paperback and Kindle versions from Amazon, but the author has also released a PDF version available his web shop. I started with the Kindle version, but just upgraded to the PDF versions as the Kindle version still has a number of unresolved formatting issues – I strongly recommend the PDF version for now. I’ve not seen the print version so can’t comment on that format.

In the book Dana introduces the reader to the essentials of LCC, some basic electronics (LEDs, switches, resistors etc) and then works through the process of planning and analysing and mapping the various layout elements onto LCC concepts and commercial hardware and discusses the choices along the way. He then works through wiring the components and configuration using JMRI, all the way through to implementing signalling. Its a pretty good and comprehensive and practical introduction to LCC, without getting stuck in unnecessary technical detail – it very readable.

Here’s an excerpt from the Introduction page:

This book was inspired by the many hobbyists that have been looking at Layout Command Control as a new method to control their Model Railroad. After giving clinics on LCC for two years in the Pacific Southwest Region of the NMRA, I realized that the beginner would need something to refer to and I could not reach everyone in clinics. Constant messages on the LCC group made it more clear. I decided that I could write this down so that all the hobbyists that wanted to implement LCC would have a starting point. I have spent my entire career through to retirement in aerospace development. As a SystemEngineer, Technical Director, and Program Manager, I participated in several proposals for military contracts. I decided that, if I could translate engineer-speak for the military, I should be able to explain LCC to ModelRailroaders.

The new Knowledge Base is Growing

Checkout the new Knowledge Base that is being built. Articles are being contributed by the OpenLCB / LCC User Community but special thanks goes to Paul Davidson and David Harris who have contributed the initial set of entries. Feel free to contribute entries especially for concepts, key learnings or issues that took you a while to sort, that you can pass-on to others.

Where’s the old openlcb.org website?

You may have noticed a number of changes to the OpenLCB website over the last few days. We decided a while ago to migrate away from the old static openlcb.org website and replace it with a newer WordPress based website, which we’ve been working on for a few months. Now all three OpenLCB domains (openlcb.org, openlcb.com & openlcb.info) all point to the one WordPress website. However the old OpenLCB website still exists on SourceForge and can be found here: http://old.openlcb.org and there’s also a “Old Website” main menu item to get you there easily.

The SourceForge Project still exists here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/openlcb but we are also slowly moving parts of the OpenLCB SubVersion repository over to new project repositories on GitHub

LCC Standards and Technical Notes Adopted by NMRA BoD

The OpenLCB Group are pleased to announce the LCC Standards and Technical Notes (Download ZIP file) have been Adopted by the NMRA BoD at their February 2016 meeting. This represents the first complete and coherent set of standards and technical notes to enable manufacturers to develop LCC products.

This is the culmination of many (hundreds) hours of work from the core members of The OpenLCB Group and many other volunteers proof reading, checking technical details, providing feedback and prototyping designs to prove the protocols work as intended, in the real (model) world. Many thanks to all those who contributed.

These and other LCC documents are available on the Layout Command Control (LCC) page or via direct links to each section:

Enjoy!

Latest Set of LCC Standards and Technical Notes are ready for NMRA Adoption

The OpenLCB Group are pleased to announce the latest set (2016-02-06) of LCC Standards and Technical Notes (Download ZIP file) are ready for Adoption by the NMRA BoD at their next meeting. This provides a complete and coherent set of standards to enable manufacturers to develop LCC products.

We have also published a subsequent set (2016-02-08) of LCC Standards and Technical Notes (Download ZIP file) that are ready for public comment. This set adds DCC Signals on pins (4&5) to S-9.7.1.1-CanPhysical & TN-9.7.1.1-CanPhysical and also introduces the Node Firmware Upgrade S-9.7.4.4-Firmware-Upgrade & TN-9.7.4.4-Firmware-Upgrade capability.

This is the culmination of many (hundreds) hours of work from the core members of The OpenLCB Group and many other volunteers proof reading, checking technical details, providing feedback and prototyping designs to prove the protocols work as intended, in the real (model) world. Many thanks to all those who contributed.

These and other LCC documents are available on the Layout Command Control (LCC) page or via direct links to each section:

Enjoy!