Sunday, November 20, 2011


Work continues on the ship and other structures but I've also been redoing much of the wiring on the layout.  It's one of those things where I didn't really have a plan so just started shoving stuff everywhere, eventually to the point of having a big mess that I couldn't even figure out what wire went where, and also, not having room for signal circuit boards and stationary decoders,...etc.   And to help things out and order from All Electronics and Yankee Dabbler (DCC components) arrived last week.   Two real cool items in these packages - besides wire, switches,...etc.. I ordered some ultra-violet LEDs -  I am going to mount these in the ceilings of several of my structures that handle hot iron or steel - specifically to set off my new resin slag, iron and steel loads.  I've been casting these in a fluorescent yellow-orange, and they look good as is, but under black light they look even better.  NOTE - These will be commercially available soon.  

Ultra-violet LED and "hot" steel load
Another arrival was a NCE "Mini-Panel".  This nifty piece of engineering is a circuit board that has the potential for many many different applications.  Simply, it has 15 pairs of inputs, to which you can connect switches (electrical), detectors, ,...etc  anything that would close the circuit.  In response the chip on the circuit board is programed to execute up to four DCC commands for each input pair.  Essentially it allows you to access DCC features from a traditional control panel.  The possibilities are endless as you can access engine, turnout, signal, macros,....etc.. .  There is a video on You Tube in which a model railroader used the Mini Panel to automate a locomotive switching a small array of turnouts and track, including, speed changes, horn and bell sounds,....etc.  Despite only having four command lines you can use a "link" feature to extend your program, although, you loose another input pair for every four command lines.   The first use of this device for me will be for automatic route control for my hidden primary mill staging.  

NCE Mini Panel
In addition to model railroading we hit the trail this weekend for a quick backpacking trip up in New York.  Not Boy Scouts, just my son and a few friends of mine from work.   Same area of New York that we did last April.  Take New Jersey Transit Train into New York City - hike from Penn Station to Grand Central - Metro North Hudson Line (ex NYC mainline) to Garrison, NY.  Trail starts at station - hike a variety of trails in the Castle Rock Unique area and the Osborne Preserve and eventually link up to the Appalachian Trail.  Take the trail to the monastery on top of the mountain and spend the night there - reverse trip on sunday.  Some photos - 

Camping on the Monastery Ball Field

Metro-North Locomotive - Runs on Diesel or Third Rail (south of Croton-Harmon)
West Point

1 comment:

atif khair said...

The circuit that is shown in the blog that i think this circuit is arduino chip system .