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  1. 4 Years, where's the project today?

    Where have I been hiding the last couple of years? Dunno, been lurking, but it doesn't matter. This is the 4th year of the HO Scale project that started the layout rebirth. A lot has gone down and here's where the project is in a nutshell (Beginning with stuff to be done).

    First off, my 10-6 Burlington Sleeper, GN Big Sky Blue Vista Dome and GN Empire Builder Omaha Orange Observation (due out 28th April) have all been replaced with Walthers Proto Models. Appropriate window tinting, ...
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  2. Locomotive Design Considerations From a Western Colorado Conductor

    Some insight on what one GRJ conductor considers the better locomotive overall, GE vs EMD

    Quote Originally Posted by k3ndawg View Post
    For me, as a conductor, there are several considerations. None of which actually mean anything as far as operations are concerned.

    The SDs have a tiny desk that make it nearly impossible to put up my feet during a trip. But the cooler is within easy reach and I don't have to get up to get into it. Here, in Grand Junction, we rarely see them in unit coal service, so there
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  3. 'No Hands Bridge' Becomes Landmark

    I was at and part of the dedication on Sunday the 23rd as a member of the Mountain Quarries 100th Anniversary Committee. A nice one hour presentation and unveiling of the new plaque took place as well as a group photo taken on the bridge. I also took several photos and will be posting then in an upcoming update to the Foothill Rails site.

    John Barnhill


    ‘No Hands Bridge’ becomes landmark

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  4. Arizona Railway Museum Part Six

    The day Amtrak returned to the Valley of the Sun! The last Amtrak train in Phoenix was in the mid 1990s, when service was cut out. Amtrak is touring their 40th Anniversary Train around the country, and the museum was lucky enough to host it for two days. Had a little rain but it turned out fine. You can read all about the train itself at the website Amtrak 40th.

    The 406 is now a non powered control unit:
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  5. Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? (Pictures)

    Some people cannot see the pictures in my previous blog posts. So here they are:

    >$10 “train brain” (development version) board on train tender.


    >$10 Bluetooth Serial I/F Board on its development board below DCC decoder board.


    Test setup for checking ...
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  7. BlueTrain Distance/Speed Measurement Setup

    The two pictures show the setup for testing the measurement of distance and speed by the new "Train Brain". There is a LED on PWM motor speed control that indicates the relative commanded motor speed. The flywheel of the motor has two of its four quarters darken, so that it produces two counts (or triggers) per revolution form the IR senor. The "Train Brain" counts these pulses so that it can calculate and control motor speed and measure distance traveled. Good bye Back-EMF; ...
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  8. BlueTrain Source Code "Readme"

    ReadMe for BlueTrainTransceiver

    The purpose of the BlueTrain project is to develop a Bluetooth transceiver for model locomotives that is controlled by a Bluetooth enabled computer or iDevice. This project is open-source in the hope that it will result in the improvement of model locomotive control.

    This folder contains the "BlueTrainTransceiver" program in the form of an Atmel Studio 6.1 C project. The development target is a Nano board (Atmega328p).
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  9. Winter Progress

    The last couple of months have been productive. First, I got tired of waiting for Atlas Code 55 flex to arrive (Has it yet?). Also, the Department of Interior strongly indicated the railroad needed to be built, lest I forfeit the land grant. OK then, that's all the motivation I needed: I bought 30 sticks of new Atlas C55 off eBay and started laying track.

    Track work is now finished on three of the four modules. ROW is bordered by dirt, track is painted, and ballast is in place. ...
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  10. Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver I/F:

    I have completed debugging the embedded transceiver software on a simulator, so here is a look at the interface file for “BlueTrain”.

    [Looks like this is not the best place to post code. There seems to be automatic removal of multiple space & tab characters.]

    Next up a Windows control program (“BlueCommand”) for “BlueTrain” and testing on the hardware.
    Bob
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    /*
    Embedded ...
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  11. Attempted Development of a Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? New Train Brain

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    The picture is of a >$10 microcontroller “train brain” development board and of tender that will be used for three boards that will be the development version of the Bluetooth locomotive transceiver.
    The Atmel software development PC setup is nearing completion and the initial embedded software design has just about been completed.
    Next up, developing, compiling, testing, and debugging the embedded software on the “train brain” development board. ...
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  12. Attempted Development of a Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? New Train Brain

    The picture is of a >$10 microcontroller “train brain” development board and of tender that will be used for three boards that will be the development version of the Bluetooth locomotive transceiver.
    The Atmel software development PC setup is nearing completion and the initial embedded software design has just about been completed.
    Next up, developing, compiling, testing, and debugging the embedded software on the “train brain” development board.
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  13. Pre-Construction Progress

    by , January 2nd, 2014 at 12:50 AM (Carolina, Chicopee & Central Illinois Railway)
    The CFO of the Carolina, Chicopee & Central Illinois approved the building plans pending the same of some equipment and other non related items to offset building costs. There will be a structure built onto the backside of my garage with a planned floor plan of a 6'6-" x 2'3-6" space.

    The CEO/District Superintendent/Engineer/Conductor/MoW peon began pre-construction work on the property surrounding the building site. First on the list was the removal of the holly ...
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  14. An Enginehouse, A New Website, and More...

    Whilst writing the latest five blogs about my recent trip to Arizona, things have not been idle. Several small excursions have taken place and I've gotten to take over the administrative duties of another website.

    A few weeks ago, my other half Rachael and I were making a trip to Chico,CA to visit family. As you know if you've been reading along, I try and take advantage of every trip and get something for my railroading hobby out of it. This trip would prove no different. Feather Falls ...
  15. Attempted Development of a Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? Design of Commands

    Commands Comments C-S
    No-Command Also an Idle-Command for verifying the link. no
    Jump-To-Boot-Loader If not Initial-Power-Up-State, error. no
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