Is the a product/computer program that can set routes, points/switches and signals without having to go the full DCC route?
Thanks in advance
Secondly, do some research on making a diode matrix for point/turnout control. There’s quite a few links online for the subject and is perhaps a cheaper option.Been happily using diode matrices for decades, and they weren't new when I started. I even wrote and sent an article to AMRM about making them (which disappeared without trace). Used cheap power diodes, a rotary switch and veroboard and cost peanuts.
JMRI is free, poweerful and adaptable. hard codong things these daya is ok until you want tot change.And JMRI is freee to try. If it does what you want you have a huge resource base.David, thanks for that link. I'm going to explore JMRI and the Citi-Electronics options. Appreciate everyone's response.
And while there are software to buy and use, and many do, jmri is not locked into one person't visiion.
I would chase this on so many levels.
You know that you don’t have to have DCC on your track to use DCC. If you run a DCC bus around under your layout you can plug all of your utility decoders into that. Certainly would make the wiring simpler.
Can I ask how many points and signal, and what sorts of signals?21 points including 2 double slips and a Shinohara double crossing. Hadn't even got signalling!
Also whether you are planning to use block detection on the track (or some other mechanism) and how many?
Will all the signals be automatic or somewill be controlled by a lever like in an interlocking tower?
The reason I ask is that the best answer to your question is very much related to these parameters.
For example, if you just want very simple Absolute Block Signal (if block ahead is occupied signal is red; otherwise if block is free but next signal is red this signal is yellow, otherwise green) for smallish number of signals some sort of direct wired system is perfectly fine.
Any more complex and you’re probably wanting a bus (like DCC) to at least simplify the wiring and then some sort of software (JMRI is common).
Signals can be a lot of work, but I absolutely love them and would be more than happy to share my experience to save you some of the pain I went through .