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.
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
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
Also an Idle-Command for verifying the link.
If not Initial-Power-Up-State, error.
Yikes. A year since my last post.
Anyhow, at long last I'm adding another page. Here are my Camas Prairie Railroad train orders:
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
This stage covers connecting and testing a small Bluetooth serial transceiver with a PC.
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
Current status of A- and B-unit:
The auxiliary power-baggage has been started - here coupled to the B-unit
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
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
Ahhhhh, it's time to relax and just do some casual mainline fanning. But wait, what's that? Silence. Well thats not good. We should be having an endless parade. Along the way to the airport, we notice a work gang just a ways away. Ok, thats whats going on. Well the first target is out and about this morning so we make short work of capturing images of the Kingman Terminal's entire roster. Ok, it's only two switchers but hey, the day is starting out with a perfect score.
Originally Posted by Colonel
This will be the start of my new build the River Harbor Belt Line, a switching layout. The area is fictional but will be serviced by fallen flags of UP mainly MoPac, Texas Pacific. I will model two eras operating in the 50's with steam and also 80's with GP9, GP15 and GP38-2's
Here is a design of the layout and benchwork, the track will be Peco code 83 with peco electrofrog switches. The control system will be NCE DCC and all locos will be DCC + sound
Though its not pristine high desert, there is nothing like sunrise in Mojave whilst on vacation. After a quick breakfast and a couple UP photos in the yard, Jeff throws out an idea I can't refuse. Trona! I'm all in! Now we've been there just once before and I was able to get some shots but they were through the fence and using film instead of digital. Hopefully we can do better this time around.
We head out up through, if I recall correctly, Red Rock Canyon which was simply beautiful
The Great Central Valley Turkey Shoot
Several of you have read of the many long railfan trips my buddy Jeff and I take once, sometimes twice, a year. You've read of many adventures and maybe some mis-adventures. Well this years trip was to Kingman,AZ for a couple days and it came off in a most excellent way.
As always, our first leg is leaving Sacramento heading down the central valley for a nights stay in Mojave. Along the stretch of Highway 99 are a number of industrial
Development of a Bluetooth Locomotive Transceiver that will work with an iDevice to control a locomotive in place of a DCC decoder. [Many different iDevice controlled Bluetooth cars are available for less than $70!]
Locomotive would run on DCC, pulse DC, and AC powered track without any locomotive changes.Read & Program parameters from iDevice with Programming-Application. [Complete programming control “on-the-main”.]Simplified control path, Bluetooth-iDevice