Domburg Train Support is the official partner of VPEB, the maker of the Hybrid Dinamo operating system.
What is Dinamo?
The answer to this can be found in a few words: Hybrid control technology.
Analogue and digital trains on 1 computer-controlled model railway
But it's so much more than just that. Dinamo is a unique block-controlled system that makes it possible to use both analogue and digital trains to drive automatically over a model railroad track, through each other and on the same model railroad track. No circuits, just mixed together. The big advantage of this is that digitizing trains is no longer a requirement if you want to control your model layout with a computer. It will be a choice! Not every locomotive needs a decoder to drive nicely, or is it financially worthwhile to build. Thanks to this system it has become a choice, you can later choose to convert your locomotive to digital.
Next level PWM
By applying PWM (Pulse Wide Modulation) technology to the track, an analog locomotive can drive very nicely slowly and in a controlled manner. But Dinamo goes one step further, the pwm technology has been taken to the next level, so that the system can run analog locomotives just as nicely as digital locomotives. At DTS you can experience this by distinguishing the analogue and digital locomotives on their demo track. Almost nobody has succeeded yet!
It is also possible to influence the PWM frequency yourself in 5 steps so that you can get the most out of your locomotives
Permanent switchable lighting with analog locomotives
Dinamo uses HFI for analog locomotives, which makes it possible for the lights of locomotives and carriages to remain lit when they are stationary. It is also possible to switch the lighting on and off when the locomotive has stopped driving.
No short circuit, no loops
Hybrid driving is not even the biggest advantage of this system, because the system is block controlled, meaning that each block is physically separated from the rest, Dinamo can polarize each block based on the software. This means that the polarity of the block or of an analog locomotive is no longer interesting, and therefore also that loops are no longer a problem!
No more problems with short circuits
And we are not there yet, the system has a very fast short-circuit protection that resets itself. As soon as a short circuit occurs in a block, Dinamo immediately switches it off. This is then passed on to the software that reports this. In contrast to conventional systems that switch off the entire web voltage in the event of a short circuit, which can result in a lot of searching. At Dinamo you will not be bothered by that, the rest of the model railway will continue to run. You can literally put a coin on the rails, the locomotive goes out, and when you remove the coin it will start driving again as if nothing had happened. It is also almost impossible to blow up a decoder while using Dinamo.
No ceiling, no limits
Conventional digital systems have all communication running smoothly, and the DCC protocol is useful in itself, but it is not very efficient as a result of which these systems suffer from a digital ceiling. This means that the digital communication of DCC packets get stuck if there are too many movements at the same time. Depending on the digital exchange, this limit is on average around 10-15 locomotives and 20 accessories at the same time. Some have a lower limit, with others the limit is farther. This can be solved by splitting with extra interfaces and boosters.
With Dinamo this is no problem at all, each block is its own 2A booster, making the ceiling unreachable per block. The system also has its own communication bus between the control panel and the modules based on RS485. This makes the communication and operation of this system incredibly stable!
All the advantages and not the disadvantages, or is it?
Indeed, the system has all the advantages of a digital system in operation and absolutely not the disadvantages. But of course there is another side to the story. This is not in the total costs, or the amount of work to do, this is just as much work and wiring as any other digital system. The problem that many beginners encounter is that it is a bit more complex as a dcc system. Where DCC systems, by using compromises in functionality, make the modules more plug & play, Dinamo opts for maximum functionality without compromises. This means that you really have the maximum freedom to realize everything you want. However, you will notice that it takes more effort to fathom as a conventional system. When applying Dinamo, you also have to drive automatically with a computer. This can be a disadvantage, but it can also be an advantage, but it immediately triggers you to perform your goal. We often notice the low entry threshold of digital systems also provides a barrier to properly automate.
Is this really a problem?
To make the entry easier for you, you can count on our Support, we are there for you to unburden during the start of your Dinamo adventure. By offering good information, first-line and first-class support, a plug & play service and making various Tutorials available for free, we try to provide you with all the useful tools to make your experience as easy as possible. You can also count on us when it comes to support at home, but also by telephone, e-mail, WhatsApp and Teamviewer.
What are the most frequently asked questions about the system?
Dinamo is a system based on current detection, therefore only suitable for 2-Rail in all scales. The system is not suitable for 3-Rail, there are possibilities to apply this on 3-rail model railways. But then the motors must always be converted to direct current, a switch to a decoder is then so small that the advantage of analogue driving is negligible. In addition, almost 3 analog rail locomotives are no longer produced. You also miss the big advantage of mass detection because of the current detection where every locomotive and wagon can provide a standard detection.
Another misconception is that PWM and HFI would be harmful to engines. This is not the case, a motorcycle has never been damaged by the use of Dinamo.
Are there references to Dinamo's use?
Absolutely, in fact even much more, because the group of users is large in the Netherlands and is gaining more ground. Currently also in Belgium and Germany.
Here is a small selection of references in the Netherlands:
- Website VPEB
- User forum
- Model Railway Stadt Schellenbach (Large layout controlled with Dinamo in scale N)
- Miniworld Rotterdam (Commercial miniature world in H0 controlled with Dinamo and MCC)
- Miniature world Nienoord (Commercial LGB model layout controlled by Dinamo)
Also a wonderful product from VPEB. The OC32 is a multifunctional accessory decoder which can realize everything on your model railway. Nothing is impossible! From servo-controlled points and signals, to day and night simulation, welders, fluorescent and gas lamps…. Make it up and with the OC32 it can be realized.
The OC32 is also a module that has its own communication bus, making it possible to directly control up to 96 modules on a bus via iTrain as its own interface. Certainly because the OC32 can take up to 12 positions, it can achieve more in this way than a DCC accessory decoder. The OC32 can also be used as a standalone DCC Decoder.
In addition to the unlimited possibilities, this is also one of the few controllers that can stably and error-free control any analog and digital servo, regardless of brand and type. The OC32 is part of the Dinamo system, but can also be used separately in any other digital system. Or as written can be controlled directly from the computer.
To control the 32 outputs of the OC32, a software program is available to configure each output. Domburg Train Support has written a number of tutorials for this with step-by-step plans for controlling and connecting servos, for example.
You can also count on the same Support and Service for the OC32 as we offer with the Dinamo system.
As a VPEB partner, we feel responsible to hand over the Dinamo and OC32 products to the users as well as possible. We draw our knowledge about the system through our own tests, experiences and by drawing knowledge through close collaboration with VPEB.
In addition, we also work closely with MCC ModelCarParts. This company, based in Tilburg, is responsible as partner of VPEB for the digital car control MCC, which also comes from VPEB. Thanks to a good cooperation with MCC ModelCarParts, VPEB can count on a strong front of Service and Support.
DTS and iTrain
In addition to cooperation with VPEB partners, DTS also works closely with Berros. This company from Drachten is responsible for the iTrain software package. DTS does a lot of test work for the program and thinks along with the development of this currently very popular operating software.
Through this collaboration, the DTS has succeeded in developing various solutions for Dinamo with Berros. Think of a relay solution to save block outputs, manual control for Dinamo so that you can also operate points, analogue and digital trains with a manual controller.
And the list of wishes is still long ... For a long time!