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  1. The First Tour (Arizona Shorts pt 3)

    After Breakfast our first stop of this day was the San Pedro & Southwestern since we arrived too late last night for any photos. We quickly rounded up the switcher and GP30 we has already sorted out. A quick trip down to the Apache plant followed to see if we could round out the SPSR roster. I had heard there were supposed to be at least one more GP30 on arriving soon. Seems we beat it on property since nothing else was found. With nothing else viewable, a stop at the Benson depot was made ...
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  2. Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? –MOVED--

    New Information about the “Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver?” development has been moved to the (Moderated-TrainBoard-Group) “Open-Source-Bluetooth-Train-Control” and “The Open-Source-Bluetooth-Train-Control Thread” in the “DCC & Electronics” forum. The group intends to publish (or announce) public information in the thread.
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  3. 5 GP30s In One Day (Arizona Shorts pt 2)

    Today we finally get into Arizona! First up though is a quick trip back out to the Plaster City plant to see about getting shots of their narrow gauge. Last night we were able to see one unit outside that we just may be possible to capture. Upon arrival we pull in next to the shops and find the guy that appears to be in charge. After asking his permission, we were directed to the office. A few minutes later we were asking someone higher up about the possibility of entering the plant for a quick ...
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  4. Cajon Claims Camera! (Arizona Shorts pt 1)

    Well it was once again time for my annual westerns states railfan trip. This time, along with Jeff Black, we brought another friend Steve Houser. So it was a regular 'three amigos' type trip and Arizona was going to be graced with our presence for a week. What adventures were to come? Lets just say plenty.

    The first day of the outing consisted of blowing as much money as we could at the annual model railroad show in Roseville, CA. This being accomplished fairly quickly, we took ...
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  5. Mich-Cal Burns Pt 2

    A couple weeks ago I was finally able to get up to the Camino side of things. First up was a stop at Shingle Springs to see the completed CP & LT caboose. All she needs now is some lettering. A very nice job has been done with the restoration. A second stop at the mill confirmed some info I had gotten. The huge rough dry shed along Carson Rd has now been leveled. This just leaves the powerhouse and a couple shipping sheds near the office standing on the south side of the road. I didn't ...
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  6. One of those Woe is me, compliment, complaint posts...

    Quote Originally Posted by mtntrainman View Post
    Lets start at the beginning...

    Woe is me...

    I have been working on scenery the last couple of weeks. Tuesday I decided to take a break from that and run some trains. I vacumed the entire layout to get rid of any free floating scenery material. I cleaned one of the mains and started running THE Wifes excursion train. I started cleaning the other main...

    I have a Digitrax Super Empire Builder Xtra Set. I had the throttle just sittting on the layout and plugged
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  7. Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? Future Throttle

  8. DRGW Caboose Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by davec View Post
    I caught these in Santa FE Nm. in Nov or Dec. They were being used to build the New Mexico Rail Runner line down I-25
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  9. Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? Future Throttle

    [IMG]http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/attachment.php?attachmentid=67261&d=1414622972[/IMG]
    This is a picture my new ~$100 future throttle (and even a future layout) controller. It is running the JMRI “engine driver” application.

    Well Bachmann and BlueRail have created a big stir with their Bluetooth product announcement. Given this new awareness in the hobby about this potential of Bluetooth, and the lack of concern in the hobby about their “patent pending” ...
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  10. Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? False myths

    False myths about Bluetooth-Train-Control:

    That the main advantage of the application of Bluetooth technology to model trains will be how the trains are controlled.

    That you will have to use an iDevice touch screen. (That Bluetooth controllers with knobs and buttons will not be available.)

    That it is difficult to send train sounds from the Bluetooth-Controller to the Bluetooth Locomotive.

    That Bachmann/BlueRail have “proprietary” control of Bluetooth ...
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  11. Sierra Angels Camp Branch

    As of late, it seems that the Angels Camp Branch of the Sierra RR had become the "in" thing to explore and document. Well lets just say, I wasn't to be left out. Taking advantage of the low water in the lakes, my girlfriend and I recently headed to New Melones Res to do some exploration of my own. I have previously visited this part of the line and built a page for the results on Foothill Rails but the drought in California has given me a unique opportunity to check out what is below ...
  12. Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? Rectifier–MotorControl–Ta chSensor




    The Rectifier–MotorControl–TachSensor circuit is ready for some testing (I hope). Thought it would be a good idea to post the pictures before starting the testing. I may well cook the whole ...
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  13. Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver: DRV8801 Board

    Nice to get back to the original purpose of this blog; working on BlueTrain. I have gotten the motor-control board working on a breadboard setup. It so nice to have help form a knowledgeable tech-support; big thanks to Brandon! But, I managed to cook my only brain (Nano board) when I connected it up to the main DC source. I was going to quickly test the PWM from the Nano running a motor through the motor-control. In my excitement and hurry, I had left off the 100 ohm resistor between the DC ...
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  14. New Open-Source-Bluetooth-Train-Control

    I am making the first post visible because it contains some important information that would not fit in the description of the Group:

    Initial Moderator RT_Coker

    This group is “moderated”, that is open to members how are interested in contributing to the development of Open-Source-Bluetooth-Train-Control. This group includes and encourages the participation of manufactures and members of other open-source organizations. It discourage (and will limit were feasible) the ...
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  15. New Open-Source-Bluetooth-Train-Control

    All,
    I have created a group called “Open-Source-Bluetooth-Train-Control” whose purpose is to encourage, promote, and develop Open-Source-Bluetooth-Train-Control. If you (individual or organization) are interested in possibly being a contributor, you can check it out here: http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/...hp?groupid=125
    Bob
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