Your creation begs the question I ask my self, what will be come of it when we are no longer here?
Personally I view my RR like some do their daily cross word puzzle. Just a creative pleasure, then toss it.
Tom - That is the $64,000 question, and I think about it all the time. I figure as long as my wife stays in the house, it can stay. If I can get it to the level of smooth operation, and have a crew that wants to run it, they could probably do that even after I'm gone. If that seems a little strange, a couple years ago, I attended an op session exactly like that, where the widow was still letting the guys come over. Eventually, they did tear it down, because she wanted the basement space back, but in my case the house is so big, the space isn't an issue. There's still plenty of basement without the train room, and my wife doesn't like going down the stairs anyway. Now if my son becomes attached to it, and learns to maintain it, it may stay around even longer. BTW, how do you like the skirts?
Mike - Thanks, he did seem to like the technical stuff when I explained it to him, and told him that I would love his help with it. When I spoke to him yesterday, I tried to explain my strange TMCC theory that I've had for years, which goes like this: TMCC uses seven data bits for channel number transmission, that's 128 possible channels (0-127). However, because the remote only accepts a two digit code, that limits you to 100 (0-99). Technically, channels 100-127 are out there in limbo. Can a computer access them? So, if you bypass the limitation of the remote, and can assign them using the computer, you open up those addresses for the computer to run. It's a goofy theory, I know, but If true, my layout has a use for it. Anyway, it took me a couple tries on the phone, but I think he understood the concept. I should have asked Dale Manquen that when he was alive. Maybe GunrunnerJohn could shed some light on that one.