Access to the fantastic world of
with the Club of JAO-System Users
A simple PC program drives your model railroad layout:
YOUR DREAM FINALLY BECOMES TRUE!
You are rather not a computer specialist?
No matters , JAO System is made for you.
The Club will help you to discover step by step, just what you need to know to be able to "play" with JAO.
You are very concerned with computers?
JAO-System will let you discover the pleasure to create a layout, its routes, its trains, its circulation. Macro-commands will allow you seizing some special effects of running your trains.
You do not have yet any layout, you are a beginner?
No matters, JAO-System will help you in your choice and will concretise even what you did not dare to imagine.
You are a passionate model railroader?
JAO-System will let you discover the pleasure to create a layout, its routes, its trains, its traffic, to adapt it to your layout or help you to conceive others easier or more complexes.
You already own a layout and model trains?
With JAO-System you will experiment new pleasure, new discoveries, model driving of a train. Finally true model railroading!
You will be able to run your old trains and new ones together without any modification without any expensive additional module.
Trains will accelerate, slow down, stop, obey the commands and the circulation rules as in the reality of the great railway networks.
Your layout is small (4 tracks sections) or large and complex (up to 128 sections and 128 turnouts, JAO-System is the solution you have been waiting for since a long time!
What is JAO-System?
With JAO-System the computer knows permanently the exact location of each train on the layout!
It will drive your layout as in the reality with tracks split in sections with block system.
It is a PC software developed (only one diskette) by computer specialists for model-railroaders.
This software will allow you with small electronic cards to drive your layout (2 tracks from Z to G scale) whatever its size.
What can you do with JAO-System?
You can draw your layout, split tracks in sections, and number turnouts (modelling on screen).
You can record the moving rules of your trains through track sections with relevant turnout position.
You can model the complete drive of your layout on the screen of your PC before connecting it to the layout ( simulation of the movements of several trains).
Connected to the layout, it allows the circulation of trains of all types, old or new, for 2 rails with D.C. current without any modification of the locomotives and without any additional decoder (for your own locomotives or for the ones of a visitor).
It allows to drive from one up to 20 trains at the same time on double or simple reversible track, taking account of the load of the convoys, of the type of engine and the number of cars. It takes into account a descriptive file of 99 trains where each train receives its own parameters of speeds, its coefficients of braking acceleration and stop, its own routes. It allows you to use several locomotives to draw the same train. It allows you to drive reversible trains!
The management of the timing of the trains, the routes, slowdown without abrupt stop, accelerations without to blows, of the turnouts, signs, modification of speed in a particular canton (grill of turnouts, slopes), stop periods. The management of time schedules.
The management of the tracks sections and realistic progression of the trains from one section to another.
A complete automatism of your layout all while leaving you a complete freedom return to manual driving with potentiometers or carry out operations while part of the layout is entirely automatic.
The recall on a large Optical Control Panel of the position of the trains, turnouts ...
How to know JAO-System?
To familiarise and discover the possibilities of the JAO-System, the International Club of the Users of the JAO-System organises this year (2000) two congresses:
1) Saturdays June 17 2000: mini congress to teach the beginners, to improve practice of others and give various information.
2) Saturdays 14 and Sunday 15 2000 (inscriptions near the secretary email@example.com). Again teaching for beginners, advanced courses for users, various information. Board of the Club. For detailed program see the frame in bottom of page.
This powerful tool was designed by Hervé Courgeon, a computer specialist and a railroad modeler who was looking for a reliable solution to manage his layout.
It studied and carried out a system of passive electronic cards:
[ JAOalim ] which drives the tracks section applying on the whole section, the power and the reliant polarity for the coming train,
[ JAOaiguille ] which is in charge the position of turnouts,
[ JAObloc2 ] which is charge of the signs taking into account both sides of circulation,
[ JAOcarte ] which feed the whole of three first and distribute electronically the function and the logical data.
The cards are managed by the software [ JAOpilot ], a powerful engine in language " Assembler " written by André Mouhot another computer specialist and functioning under DOS with cooling of all the files at least every 20 ms!
Created in 1987, JAO-Système®, which showed its reliability, continues its evolution according to the requests of the members of the International Club of the JAO-System Users (association governed by the French law of 1901) and of the customers of S.a.r.l. JAO-systems. The International Club of the Users of the JAO-System
Each year, in October, a congress (with Club's Board meeting) brings together the members of the club to allow those which wish it to obtain information, a meeting between members, the information about the new developments, the further training, etc...
Workshops are organised there: beginning, improvement, questions free.
A report is published (currently 3 times the year). Between-other it answers the questions of the members, it gives solutions and informs about new developments and wishes of JAO-System users. The members contribution fee is fixed at 200 FRF for one year.
The club was born with the 3rd congress in Châtellerault in 1995. It is managed by a team made up of seven voluntary members. This team is elected at the time of the board meeting of the club which is held during the congress. The allocation of the functions within the team is confirmed by election during the board meeting. The Club's team is in charge of the daily management of the Club according to its official charter registered in St Germain-en-Laye.
President: Jean Pierre CHABERT , 75008 PARIS
Deputy president: Jean-Marie Charon, 8 Avenue Ingres - F 77340 Pontault-Combault.
Club's accountant: and secretary: George Théoleyre, 7 Allée Bougainville - F 93270 SEVRAN.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://membres.lycos.fr/brochardy/clubjao/HomePage.htm
Information: Yves Brochard,
Email: email@example.com Website: http://membres.lycos.fr/brochardy/reseauYB/HomePage.htm
The users of the JAO-System
Who are they? You and me and clubs of railway modellers as the one of Lyon (AMFL) where was held the congress of 1994, Chatellerault, Belfort. The users of the JAO-System mean a great family where the experiment of each one benefits the others by the life of the club and the diffusion of information (Club's report).
How will JAO-System manage your layout?
Through a main electronic card on which are fixed tracks section cards (maximum 16 per main card) and 4 cards driving 4 turnouts (16 turnouts per main card).
A section card is connected to the tracks section with 4 wires which split the section in 3 detection parts: entry, middle way and way-out. Information is automatically transferred from one section to the next one. The physical position of each train is known permanently and can be reported on Optical Control Panel Board!
Turnouts need 3 wires. The definite or random routes modify the position of the turnouts automatically.
Twenty trains, simple traction or in multiple unit, can be driven at the same time and each one is followed in real time by the software: speeds, accelerations, slow down, downtime, grill of turnouts, reverse circulation, 2 ways tracks, etc... all that without any collision risk!!!
No needs of embarked chips, of expensive decoders, the locomotive, lonely or with a convoy, moving front, reverse gear, in multiple unit, is recognised by the system with starting. It will be accompanied by JAO-System logic throughout its move with or without pre-established routes.
The complexity of your layout can go up to 8 main cards i.e. 8x16 section cards (128) and 8x16 turnouts (128) with simultaneous circulation of 20 trains. A famous performance! But you can only start with 4 sections!
JAO-system: modularity, easy to use.
A software and electronic product which will revolutionise your approach of railroad modelling: it finally will make rime Reality with Model!
The club of the users: the force and the survival insurance of the system
Club's congresses in 2002Inscriptions to secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
19 October 2002
Annual Congress of the CLUB inside the locomotives deposit of the "Gare de Lyon" in Paris
JAO-system is produced and sold by the limited liability company :
JAO-SYSTEME, Rue du 6ème R.I.C., F. 25150. ECOT.
Updated 01/11/2002 by Yves Brochard