NSWGR diesel era + DCC operators?

 
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
I've been wondering what option others who are in my position have chosen to do......

If you model NSWGR diesel era and use DCC, there is a fair chance you may have a number of locos with 5 digit running numbers.

I have a few: 44222, 44100 and 48136.

Given that DCC systems (well, NCE anyway) only allow for a maximum of 4 digits in the address so the question arises, would you number the above locos as 4422 or 4222; 4410 or 4100; 4813 or 8136?

I have elected to drop off the first digit, so have numbered according to the 2nd option in each of the above examples. My decision was fairly easy as there is no such loco as 4222 (but there is a 4422); there is no such loco as 4100 (but there is a 4410) and as I model an era prior to the introduction of the 81 class, I don't have to worry about there ever being an "8136" on my layout.

The same situation arises for the 421 class and 422 class. If/when I get either of these classes of loco, they too will have their first digit dropped off and will be "21**" and "22**" as appropriate.

The reason I ask is that I had the model of 44100 converted to sound by Marcus Ammann and he asked me what running number I wanted him to program it as. He expressed surprise when I said 4100 as he would have done it as 4410.....but my argument was that one day I might actually get a model of 4410 and then I'd be stuffed. Hence my decision.

Sorry to waste more bandwidth about a useless topic, but I'm bored...waiting for 6 Tsunami sound decoders to arrive from USA so I can do more conversions.

Roachie

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  ALCO4401 Train Controller

Location: On the Branch waiting for a train order, west of Tarana
Roachie,
I have all of the classes of diesels, and have choosen to drop off the last number. You only have to remeber not to choose a number in the lower series that would conflict. Or you could chose to run the two locos as a double header (saves having to consist them).

Regards
  MacTrain Station Master

I drop the last digit when i have 5 numbered loco's. I find this easier for me, but as always, each to their own.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I don't have this problem, I don't do NSW modeling. If I did, I would drop the leading number, not the last number. The reason being there are 10x 44 classes starting with 4413 for example.
  Captain Underpants Train Controller

I'm with you Roachie, first number gets the chop. In the case of my old 48121 I use 121 and the new 48136 is 136
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
I don't have this problem, I don't do NSW modeling. If I did, I would drop the leading number, not the last number. The reason being there are 10x 44 classes starting with 4413 for example.
"Aaron"


?? Sorry mate, but that doesn't compute with my brain?? There are not 10 x 44 classes starting with 4413 (as far as I am aware....unless you're referring to other country's railway systems).

If you made a blue and meant that there are 10 x 48 classes starting with 4813, then yes you are correct....and all the more reason why my "system" would work better. IE: If I had models of 48136, 48133, 48131 etc, & I had a model of 4813, then my numbers would be:  8136, 8133, 8131 and 4813 respectively. 

Cheers

Roachie
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Yeah sorry, 10 with a leading 4813X.
  andrewstrains Assistant Commissioner

Location: Townsville, Where else but QLD
With all my locos with 5 digits numbers the first number gets the chop for me so 44230 becomes 4230 etc. I have found it simple and it works for me.

What do others do when you have 2 locos with the same cabside number? ie I have EL58 and NR58. Generally I double up the second / newer loco that has become apart of my fleet. ie EL 58 has a address of 5858.

Andrew
  wrongroad Deputy Commissioner

Location: Grafton
G'day gang,
With my five digit locos, I have had to use both the first four and the last four, but mainly the first four numbers.
For the simple reason, the first four numbers are typed in first.
I have a slight problem with a couple of my home numbered, and sometimes repainted, locos clashing with rtr units so that is when I have to use the last four.
However, a white board with the locos road number and decoder number solve a lot of dramas. (and a note book just in case the numbers come off the white board.)
Also with NRs and the like, the phone letter system comes into play...ie NR32 is decoded as 6732 the the ELs are 35**. Of course this falls in hole if you have steam on the same layout.
I just type in zeros for the letters and have had no dramas.
It is what suits you the best.
Regards and respect

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