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    What would be the issue with customs? I'm about...

    What would be the issue with customs? I'm about to head to the US and was thinking of picking some up while I'm there.

    Mark
  2. Thanks for the suggestions. I'd do some...

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'd do some feasibility studies - the Roaring Camp looks very interesting but that may have to wait for another trip when I can ensure I've access to a vehicle.

    Mark
  3. Thanks Tony, That museum is very close to...

    Thanks Tony,

    That museum is very close to where I'm staying, so that is definitely going on the list.

    I've been to the city before, and ticked off a number of the 'non-railway' visitor items. ...
  4. Suggestion for things to visit around San Francisco

    I'll be heading to San Francisco in a couple of weeks time (last week of November) and currently have some 'unallocated' time that I can fill with interesting things to do. I'm staying in the 'The...
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    Sam, I hope the re-modelling goes according to...

    Sam,

    I hope the re-modelling goes according to plan.

    Mark
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    Sam, Yes, the sequence I use is 'attached the...

    Sam,

    Yes, the sequence I use is 'attached the servo, then write (usually several of in a loop to give a smooth 'slow' movement), then after a short delay (say, 1sec) detach'.

    I hope the...
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    Sam (@samusi01) In short yes. A lot of the...

    Sam (@samusi01)

    In short yes. A lot of the servo sample code 'activate' the servos during the setup() function and leave it at that. Depending on the actual servo library you are using there...
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    I2C IC's is definitely an option DrifterNL for...

    I2C IC's is definitely an option DrifterNL for expanding the I/O ports. Some may argue that they are harder to program, but this could be a good time to learn.

    At one point I did explored the...
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    Russ, Definitely could be, just a matter of...

    Russ,

    Definitely could be, just a matter of the length of the control rod.

    Mark
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    Rodney, My solution is based around an Arduino...

    Rodney,

    My solution is based around an Arduino (MiniPro). I have written my own controller code, hence I'm able to 'activate/de-activate' whenever I decide. In effect de-activation stops the...
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    If all you want is the auto-reverser then I'd go...

    If all you want is the auto-reverser then I'd go with the Digitrax AR-1 as there is no configuration.

    I have two of them and they do the trick. I have a Zephyr Extra (DS51) and did need to...
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    I've been experimenting with a different linkage...

    I've been experimenting with a different linkage to Rodsup9000. These seem to be working quite well and don't require much space either.

    The basic idea is to have the servo provide an 'up/down...
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    Difficult to say which i going to be more...

    Difficult to say which i going to be more complex. In your current plan, you need to keep track of how to address your output pins controlling each LED. That is going to depend on where it is...
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    I saw your answer to Paul's question on the...

    I saw your answer to Paul's question on the signaling - so I went and did some reading on that! From that research I'm not sure that my suggestion is going to help much after all. Sadly, as the...
  15. Is it feasible to switch these 'green' line...

    Is it feasible to switch these 'green' line turnouts to right-hand ones - may give a smoother look? Similarly with the couple of the yard tracks?
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    I agree the pin count can mount up quickly. ...

    I agree the pin count can mount up quickly.

    There are a few ways to help reduce the pin count, especially with the LEDS. I use the following idea to 'double' up LEDs when they occurs as a binary...
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    I'm all for doing things because you can. You...

    I'm all for doing things because you can. You always learn something along the way which will be useful at some point in the future (or not - who cares :)).

    I am wondering though, if you have...
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    You have a good eye! I checked and had set...

    You have a good eye!

    I checked and had set the height as 1200mm. The Australian standard is typically between 900 - 1100mm, but recommended to be higher depending on the overall height (from the...
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    I've been playing the last few days developing...

    I've been playing the last few days developing some code to control my laser to prep the parts for stairs so I can deal with any custom situations that my come up. Really happy with the result ...
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  20. Sam I haven't 'yet' gone the JMRI route - that...

    Sam

    I haven't 'yet' gone the JMRI route - that is something for the future. As I have the written my own Arduino code, is it easy enough for me to program the desired functionality which I guess...
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    What happened to Black Bear Construction Co?

    A few years ago I brought some Black Bear Construction jigs and kits - truss bridges and trestles. The kits had all the necessary scale size timber. I looked for them online to no avail. Some...
  22. Interesting project. I can see how using the...

    Interesting project. I can see how using the wireless comms of the ESP32's will make hooking up multiple 'controllers'. I've been developing Arduino 'servo control' code. Setting the 'servo' end...
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    You would be able to wire LED signal - that was...

    You would be able to wire LED signal - that was the demo LED. The LED looked like an RGB one but could just as easily have been multiple LED's.

    You could potentially use one of the switches to...
  24. Thread: Here's Your Sign

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    And this photo has a completely different font...

    And this photo has a completely different font again ... link.

    Maybe the corporate image police didn't have as much influence in those days?
  25. Thread: Here's Your Sign

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    I was afraid of that! Do you have a...

    I was afraid of that!

    Do you have a 'clearer' picture with the correct font? My google search pointed to a number of historic looking maps e.g. map . The 'R' looks very distinctive to me in...
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