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  1. Picture TEST

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 ...
  9. 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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  10. Into the Idaho Panhandle, on the Camas Prairie Railroad

    Yikes. A year since my last post.

    Anyhow, at long last I'm adding another page. Here are my Camas Prairie Railroad train orders:

    http://www.train-orders.com/TOUR/CSP/CSP.html

  11. Attempted Development of a Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? PC Bluetooth Connection

    The Bluetooth connection tests have been completed. There was a strong connection from ~40 feet (limited by the size of my basement) with the PC Bluetooth dongle pointed in the opposite direction of the Bluetooth transceiver, and the Bluetooth transceiver deep inside a (polyurethane) train tunnel. It would not surprise me, if the Bluetooth transceiver even worked inside a wire-mesh framed train tunnel.

    Next up, finding a suitable brain transplant (microprocessor with development ...
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  12. Attempted Development of a Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver? PC Bluetooth Connection

    This stage covers connecting and testing a small Bluetooth serial transceiver with a PC.
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    The picture is of a >$10 Bluetooth Serial I/F Board on its development board below DCC decoder board.
    The first Bluetooth Serial I/F Board was a defective (might have been something I did wrong). It took a while to get another one.
    The Bluetooth connection can be tested, with a PC, Bluetooth PC dongle, a straight RS-232 cable, a USB cable for power, and ...
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  13. M-10005 update

    Current status of A- and B-unit:
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    The auxiliary power-baggage has been started - here coupled to the B-unit
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    Regards
    Norman
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  14. Kingman or Bust! Day 5, The Final Run

    Well, there's not much left of our trip; just the jaunt home from Mojave to Sacramento. As relayed in the blog about day one, we've pretty much obliterated the entire central valley of targets to photograph. Well, except that one! That one that has plagued us ever since it got here! We will get you! I swear it! We will get you! I'll get to that in just a bit though.

    As usual, a quick breakfast and a few quick UP shots in Mojave yard, then we are off! Tehachapi pass is unusually ...
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  15. Kingman or Bust! Day 4

    The day comes where we have to turn for home. So far this trip has turned out fantastic for meeting the photographic goals in mind. Turns out that our luck will continue to hold all the way to the end. As we have nailed down just about everything, a little dilly dallying could be allowed throughout the return run.

    Leaving Kingman, we notice once again all was quiet with the railroad. As we headed back west, not a thing was stirring. Sure we saw some trains but all were parked. Now whats ...
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