Layout Command Control - the newest NMRA standard for electronically controling your layout and the trains on it

Building an NMRA LCC Node using Commercially Friendly, Free, and Open Source Software

Using inexpensive micro-controller development kits from some of the world's leading semiconductor manufactures (Freescale, Microchip, NXP, ST Microelectronics, and Texas Instruments); learn how to quickly build your very own LCC compatible node. In this class, each participant will create an LCC node, and then join that node to an LCC bus using CAN, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or USB. JMRI will be used in this class as a diagnostic tool.

The target audience is electronics hobbyists and manufacturers. Basic understanding of programming techniques in C, C++, and/or Java is recommended. Each participant is required to furnish their own PC running Apple OS X, Microsoft Windows, or Ubuntu Linux 12.04/14.04 operating system. Each participant will have the opportunity to take home a working LCC node and USB stick with the required tools and software.

Cost is $35 (a surcharge may apply depending on which hardware you chose). Limited to 20 participants.

Preregister at to reserve a spot.

You will be contacted after signing up to verify your choices.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM Weidler

Introducing NMRA LCC - NMRA Layout Command Control

This is a discussion of what the new NMRA LCC standard is and what it does. Topics that will be discussed include:

1. A brief description of LCC, and how it enables development of MRR products.

2. How does LCC complement the existing NMRA DCC standards?

3. How does LCC interoperate with existing alternatives?

4. What distinguishes LCC from layout automation and control systems that have preceded it?

5. What are the next steps for the NMRA LCC standard?

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood

NMRA LCC (Layout Command Control) from the user's perspective

This clinic is a series of demonstrations on how to set up, wire, and configure layouts using LCC hardware. We focus on the user benefits of LCC, and how working with LCC hardware looks for a typical modeler, from unboxing to an operating layout.

The examples we will cover are the following:

1. Simple accessory control with output devices: turnouts, signals, un-couplers.

2. Creating fascia-mounted panels with input devices.

3. Creating software panels using JMRI.

4. Adding block detection with input devices.

5. Configuring a railroad crossing with detection, signaling and sound.

6. Configuring ABS signaling.

7. Modular layouts: automatic discovery of module sequences for ABS signaling.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM Sellwood

OpenLCB/NMRA LCC - Overview and Current Status

A high level discussion of how OpenLCB and LCC work, followed by a discussion of the current status of the OpenLCB working group and LCC standards.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sellwood

OpenLCB User's Group Meeting

LCC is a subset of OpenLCB protocol standards, and is designed to be 100% compatible and interoperable with OpenLCB. The OpenLCB group's mission is to push the boundaries model railroad control. Work within the OpenLCB group is on the leading edge of technology. Once an OpenLCB protocol has been documented, prototyped, and thoroughly tested, it becomes a candidate for adoption by the NMRA as part of the LCC standards.

This meeting is to discuss topics related to next generation model railroad control with the architects of OpenLCB and LCC. This is an open forum and a chance for users to discuss their ideas with the developers.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sellwood

Basics of signaling and automating your layout


The essentials to consider when planning to add Signals or other Automation to your Layout. Includes information on the various kinds of signaling used by the prototype railroads, signal types, and manufacturers. Includes information from the LDSIG panel discussion; "Planning for Signals" presented at the 2009-2011 NMRA Conventions. Introducing The NMRA LCC bus for Signals and Automation.

Day Time Room
Sunday, Aug 23 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sellwood
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