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Offline Soggen  
#1 Posted : 13 November 2018 13:09:01(UTC)
Soggen

Norway   
Joined: 13/11/2018(UTC)
Posts: 1
Location: Stavanger
Dear fellow enthusiasts, and thanks for me joining the Forum!
After 25 years or so, I am ready to re-enter the world of model railroading. Just as I left the hobby and sold my entire stuff back in early 90’s I managed to run some trains fully automatic by programming in an original Maerklin software that apparently was using BASIC as programming language. It was in German (which is OK for me). I think also it operated from DOS. I have now obtained the 6051 Interface, i have a PC with COM- and LPT-ports, and all the rest that i need.

I found line programming to be interesting, and as new generations are growing up, I think it could be fun to try this again.

Can anyone help me with obtaining this software? Lying around on a 3,5” disk, ready to be copied and mailed to me?

Thanks,
Svein, NORWAY
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Offline Jack_Peters  
#2 Posted : 11 January 2019 20:55:54(UTC)
Jack_Peters

Canada   
Joined: 06/11/2018(UTC)
Posts: 9
Any software on 3,5" diskettes will most likely not be readable. The magnetic media used in computer diskettes was not designed to last 25+ years. I have had floppies that are less than 10 years old, not readable. Sure some of the sectors on the diskette are OK, but to have all 100% of the sectors that contain the index of the diskette and the program area is highly unlikely. Sorry, you will need a copy from a hard disk, were the original owner has moved the data forward to successive hard drive upgrades. I have in general purchase new hard drives every 5 to 6 years and transferred my old data forward. I have been doing this since about 1985. Unfortunately my entire setup up until about 6 weeks ago was 100% analog. I'm now in the process of converting everything to digital controlled with a CS3.
Offline mike c  
#3 Posted : 12 January 2019 19:13:03(UTC)
mike c

Canada   
Joined: 28/11/2007(UTC)
Posts: 6,162
Location: Montreal, QC
A recent purchase from Keesmarklin on eBay included a bonus copy of a dutch Marklin magazine from the 1990s. Perhaps this seller can dig up some copies which might have some information that could be of use. My other recommendation would be to reach out to the daughter of Dr Tom Catherall, who was Marklin's digital expert in the USA at that time. She may still have the software or know who she may have given/sold it to.

Regards

Mike C

Offline Purellum  
#4 Posted : 12 January 2019 20:24:00(UTC)
Purellum

Denmark   
Joined: 08/11/2005(UTC)
Posts: 2,896
Location: Mullerup, 4200 Slagelse
Cool

Maybe I'm naive; but I would try to email Märklin Blink

I have no idea which email address to use. Blushing

Per.

Cool
If you can dream it, you can do it!

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Offline DaleSchultz  
#5 Posted : 12 January 2019 20:59:23(UTC)
DaleSchultz


Joined: 10/02/2006(UTC)
Posts: 2,812
I have printouts of the sample Basic code that Märklin provided to me ca. 1988 for the 6050 interface. (Same as 6051)

I probably also have my DOS based software I wrote in 1989 (I called it MDOS - Märklin Digital Operating System) and I wrote it in Turbo Pascal, but it was hard coded to work on the demo layout I built in 1989 to demonstrate using a PC in one's hobby at the 1989 Durban University Winterfest, so it would be of little use to anyone.

Let me know if you would like the pages of Basic code scanned....
Dale
Arrival and Departure signs: http://remotesign.mixmox.com
My first layout: http://layout.mixmox.com
My current layout (under construction): http://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
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Offline Alberto Pedrini  
#6 Posted : 12 January 2019 21:23:08(UTC)
Alberto Pedrini

Italy   
Joined: 02/07/2004(UTC)
Posts: 1,433
Location: Italy
Perhaps I've this floppy, on Monday I will check where, hope in the interface box.
Alberto

Marklinfan Club Italia
www.marklinfan.net
Offline AltHaimer  
#7 Posted : 14 January 2019 23:50:25(UTC)
AltHaimer

United States   
Joined: 07/10/2014(UTC)
Posts: 3
Location: WISCONSIN
did you check out TPL at rjftrains.com?
I first ran it in Windows 3.1 in the 90s - I now run it in windows 7
it uses the 6050 - i also have the 6023 that generates ASCII code from its operation.
Robert Frauenfeld does not support the program any longer but may still let you have a copy, - worth trying ....
Offline Alberto Pedrini  
#8 Posted : 16 January 2019 22:09:34(UTC)
Alberto Pedrini

Italy   
Joined: 02/07/2004(UTC)
Posts: 1,433
Location: Italy
Ok found floppy, files perfect BigGrin
You can dowload the files here:
http://www.marklinfan.it/documenti/dos.rar

dos
Alberto

Marklinfan Club Italia
www.marklinfan.net
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Offline Webmaster  
#9 Posted : 17 January 2019 20:30:48(UTC)
Webmaster


Joined: 25/07/2001(UTC)
Posts: 10,763
Mine was blue, came with 6051... Smile
Juhan - "Webmaster", at your service...
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. [Old Chinese Proverb]
Offline JohnjeanB  
#10 Posted : 17 January 2019 20:58:29(UTC)
JohnjeanB

France   
Joined: 04/02/2011(UTC)
Posts: 444
Location: Paris, France
Hi Svein

Welcome to the forum.
I am a Rocrail user and recently I had to write a program in XML (some form of interpreted language with IF, WHILE, ELSE, LOOP, SLEEP, etc and capable of driving locos, switches, decouplers, etc. I am not trying to sell anything but I share with you the fun of programming at no cost.
Below is a sample of XML I wrote for my marshalling yard. Sorry the comments are in German as I am learning the language. The video of the result is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVEqKjZy7Tk
Have fun and don't hesitate to ring a bell for us to help
Cheers

Jean


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xmlscript>

<function id="Entkuppeln">
<!---Procedure um Wagen zu Entkuppeln -->
<!---warten bis Kupplung ist nah der Entkuppler -->

<while state="fb 170EK_Opto = off" max="1000">
<sleep time="100"/>
</while>

<!---Klein verzgerung bevor zu entkuppeln -->
<sleep time="470"/>

<!---Entkuppeln versuch #1 -->
<sw id="170EK" cmd="straight"/>

<sleep time="280"/>
<!---Entkuppeln versuch #2 -->
<sw id="170EK" cmd="straight"/>
<!---Ein bischen Zeit um den Wagen die Weichen zu verlassen -->
<sleep time="900"/>
</function>

<!------------------------->
<!---Triage Programstart -->
<!------------------------->
<sw id="sw131" cmd="turnout"/>
<co id="BloRueck" cmd="on"/>
<co id="Triage" cmd="on"/>
<co id="170EK Genehmigung" cmd="off"/>

<sg id="sg172" cmd="rot"/>
<sg id="sg172" cmd="green"/>
<sw id="sw75" cmd="left"/>
<!---Lok ist 2 Sek gegeben um zu verlangsamen -->
<lc id="BR 64 250" V="51"/>
<sleep time="2000"/>
<!-- Geschwindigkeit reduzieren --->
<lc id="BR 64 250" V="46"/>

<!-- Warten bis ersten Wagon im bereicht Entkuppler -->
<while state="fb fb0078 = off" max="1000">
<sleep time="100"/>
</while>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #1 -->
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #2 -->
<sw id="sw75" cmd="straight"/>
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #3 -->
<sw id="sw75" cmd="right"/>
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #4 -->
<sw id="sw75" cmd="left"/>
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #5 -->
<sw id="sw75" cmd="straight"/>
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #6 -->
<sw id="sw75" cmd="right"/>
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #7 -->
<sw id="sw75" cmd="straight"/>
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #8 -->
<sw id="sw75" cmd="left"/>
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<!---Entkuppeln Wagon #9 -->
<sw id="sw75" cmd="straight"/>
<call id="Entkuppeln"/>

<co id="Triage" cmd="off"/>

<co id="170EK Genehmigung" cmd="off"/>

<sg id="sg172" cmd="yellow"/>
<fn id="BR 64 250" fnchanged="4" f4="false"/>
<lc id="BR 64 250" cmd="swap"/>
<lc id="BR 64 250" V="53"/>
<!---Vorwaerts bis fa170 besetzt ist -->
<while state="fb fa170 = off" max="1000">
<sleep time="100"/>
</while>
<sleep time="1000"/>

<lc id="BR 64 250" V="0"/>
<fn id="BR 64 250" fnchanged="3" f3="true"/>
<sleep time="1000"/>
<fn id="BR 64 250" fnchanged="3" f3="false"/>
<sg id="sg172" cmd="red"/>
<co id="BloRueck" cmd="off"/>
<co id="Wagen_zu_rangieren" cmd="off"/>
<!---Fahrstrassen neben BK170 frei machen -->
<co id="BloquerPourTriage" cmd="off"/>

<if state="co Triage_Loop = on">
<then>
<co id="BR 64 Starten 3 Loop" cmd="on"/>
<sleep time="200"/>
<co id="BR 64 Starten 3 Loop" cmd="off"/>
</then>
<else>
<actionctrl id="Start BR 64 250 Tour 4" cmd="on"/>
<sleep time="200"/>
<actionctrl id="Start BR 64 250 Tour 4" cmd="on"/>
</else>
</if>


</xmlscript>
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
My lay-out videos
General operation
Loco change
Offline Alberto Pedrini  
#11 Posted : 20 January 2019 21:15:16(UTC)
Alberto Pedrini

Italy   
Joined: 02/07/2004(UTC)
Posts: 1,433
Location: Italy
Originally Posted by: Webmaster Go to Quoted Post
Mine was blue, came with 6051... Smile


720Kb BigGrin

It was some time that I didn't ear bzzz bzzz bzzz bzzz from an old computer with the floppy reader, a lot of seconds for transfer 160 kb on a pen drive Cool

Alberto

Marklinfan Club Italia
www.marklinfan.net
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