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QUOTE (dwb @ 7 Aug 2007, 05:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The delay in the arrival of the Dynamis is really starting to get me down. I've wired my layout for DCC, so I can only run two locomotives under analogue control. That would be fine if my layout weren't 24 x 8 with plenty of space for more and now that I have 5 modern locomotives, I want more action - now!

I've been holding out for a Dynamis because it has a wire free controller, but changing locomotives by literally removing them from the track is starting to lose its allure and I'm looking for an excuse pretext to go the whole hog and get an ECoS. One of the "lacks" in the basic Dynamis is a programming track output, so my questions are:-

"How useful is a programming track?"

"Is there a number of locomotives at which not having a programming track becomes a problem?"

I happen to have the cash at the moment. Buying an ECoS might push back other railway related purchases, but I can't run the trains I've got at the moment, so it's not an issue.

I know that there will be "Pro" addon for the Dynamis, but I am not aware of even a hint of a delivery date and I did ask that question at Peco back in June.

David
In summary yes you do need a programming track and buy an ECoS. Seriously David you are not going to be able to do a quarter of things you can do with an Ecos with the Dynamis. You can always buy a Dynamis later as a cheap(er) remote control which is what I was intending to do. A Dynamis is only really a starter set or small layout control. If your layout is 24 by 8 then you really do need a full spec controller. My layout is only 15 by 9 and I need one.

With the programming track you can be programming while you are running trains and changing points and running shuttle trains. Instead of having to lift all other trains off your tracks so you can program. I used to have to do this with the Lokmaus2 and it's a pain in the butt. Quite seriously when you have forty locos and you have to lift them all of the track you are going to know that you need a programming track.

It is also useful to read in all the info that is already on your decoder. This is useful when you have bought a second hand pre-installed loco or a friend brings one of his locos round. You can also do some tweaking while the rest of the action is going on.

If you have any questions at all about the ECoS David, please PM me, I'd be glad to help.
 

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QUOTE Try to take up German lessons it isn't an easy language but the beers nice.

This is the only real down side tothe ECoS. The support forum is currently mainly in German.
However;
an ESU English forum is reported as being iminent,
there is a English laguage Yahoo users group,
if you post in English on the German forum you will always get help and they are nice enough to respond in English usually,
there is always the google laguage translater which while not perfect you can normally get the drift off,
the forum is used to feedback software glitches so that they can be corrected in the next software update.

I don't speak German and I'm managing fine.
 
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