Rudys Model Railway

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RudyB
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Rail side signals at just €0,05.

Postby RudyB » Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:58 pm

Adding signals to the layout would make it a bit more lively. I need 24.

I thought the commercially available signals a bit too pricey at around €25,-. 3D printed DIY variants are available but still too expensive to My liking. I went on the look out if it would be possible to make reasonably looking signals at a very low price using mostly scrap materials. And it was. An old umbrella being the main ingredient!

Actually the only 'out of pocket' costs were the SMD LED's and the resistors ... which added up to a whopping €0,05!

Admittedly the signals do not look as good as the ones that can be purchased and they're also not looking prototypical, yet ... they are good enough for my purposes. And at that price I can afford 24. :)

The result, with some more pictures and a description, can be fond on the blog via this link


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Re: Rudys Model Railway

Postby VerdevaleRailway » Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:41 pm

Hi Rudy,

Your signals look excellent. And the use of the umbrella stays is genius. Are these your first items of scratch building?

Thanks for the update and the idea of a cheap material to re-purpose for modelling.

:) V.R.
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Re: Rudys Model Railway

Postby Notroh » Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:49 pm

VR

So pleased to see a post from you

How is your build going - you must post soon

Sorry RudyB - I have taken over your thread for a moment.

PS - as a fellow continental modeller, I wish I could get such cheap signals for N - I cut down Chinese 2 light signals.
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Re: Rudys Model Railway

Postby RudyB » Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:58 pm

@V.R. Thanks for your kind feedback. Have done some 'scrap building' before, like these servo drives based on a paperclip and a plastic bread bag clip, of which there are 27 under the baord, and so far they all work reliably.

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Re: Rudys Model Railway

Postby VerdevaleRailway » Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:15 pm

Ah yes, I remember, but the signals fall into the 'scenic' rather than the 'not seen-ic', :lol:

Personally, I'm rather gratified when a little ingenuity and time circumvents an expensive (or dare I say, overpriced) purchase.

V.R.

(Thanks Notroh, I'll post an update soon. :) )
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Six trains running around under Traincontroller

Postby RudyB » Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:59 pm

Today a lil video was created that show six trains running around on the layout under control of Traincontroller.

A few lil 'tricks' have been used to get a smooth brake behaviour, whereby trains already slow down one block ahead, bot for schedules stops as for an anticipated red signal. Trains that have no scheduled stop or have green signals maintain their high speed.

Link to the video on de blog

PS: Please notice the wonderful piece of 'scenery' in the upper left corner! :)


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LED strip lighting over the layout

Postby RudyB » Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:03 pm

Past weekend remote controlled RGB LED strip lighting has been built over the layout. Works quite nice. More details and pictures can be found on the blog.

Link to info and pictures of LED strip lighting over a model train layout


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Tail-, Cabin- and Flash Lights for the NS2433 Loco

Postby RudyB » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:48 pm

Past December I purchased a Roco NS 2433 cargo loc and an ESU Lokpilot Standard at the monthly model railroad trade show in Houten (NL), for the combined price of €95,-.

The loc had only 2 white headlights ... hence the project started to build in some more lights. I wanted to add red tail lights, cabin light and I liked the two blue flashlights on top to be working.

The cabin light was the easiest to do. I cut off one section of LED strip with 3 leds, soldered a resistor to it and soldered it with a few thin wires to the green accessory output 1 and the blue '+'.

More details on how this was done and a video that shows the result is available on the blog via this link.
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Arduino DCC RGB LED Strip control with 6 PWM outputs.

Postby RudyB » Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:51 pm

The RGB LED strip that is mounted above my layout (see this post) can be controlled via the remote. I thought it would also be nice when it can be controlled via the Traincontroller PC user interface, or via the command station.

The Arduino came to the rescue. It has 6 PWM outputs via which we can control the LED strips using nMOSFET's to switch the 12V power.

With those 6 PWM outputs we can control either:
- 2 RGB LED strips
- 1 RGB and 3 one-color strips
- 6 one-color strips
Often a combination of a RGB strip with a (warm) white strip is used, this can perfectly be controlled with one Arduino.

The Arduino RGB_LED_Control software is available as a free download. It is included in the Arduino DCC / S88 software package which can be found on the blog Download page.

The software offers 3 modes of operation:
- Individual channel control. The intensity of each of the 6 channels can independently be increased or decreased.
- Selection of a preset. A preset is combination of 6 PWM outputs (0-255), a transition time (max 64 s) to gradually fade to the new preset color and a hold time (max 255 s) for use with the sequencer.
- Sequencer. Of the sequencer is switched on, it steps through the presets, using the per preset configured transition time and the hold times.

The software offers 3 options for control:
- The PC keyboard (via the Arduino Serial Interface)
- Digital inputs (connected e.g. to push buttons)
- DCC commands

A User Manual is included in the download. It explains the hardware needed and how to configure and to operate the software.


Link to the blog with a video and the software download.


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Re: Rudys Model Railway

Postby Buggleskelly » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:21 pm

Rudy, I very much enjoyed your video, and this has given me great ideas for other projects I am considering. Thank you.

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A DCC hand held throttle for €6,-

Postby RudyB » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:11 pm

Thanks to the on board Ethernet of an ECoS it is possible to use iPhone or an Android phone as a handheld throttle. Always nice for precision shunting work. However ... most people prefer to have a physical knob on their remote throttle.

This was recognized by ESu / Piko, they launched their 'Mobile Control'. A nice throttle with lots of functionality. But it sets you back some 300,-.

There's also the well known Roco / Fleischmann 'Multimaus'. It has a wire, and needs to be connected to the ECos via the DCC sniffer input.

This DCC sniffer input put a thought in my mind ... would it be possible to use an Arduino to create a hand held throttle? The answer is ... yes it is. The result is a fully functional remote throttle for the price of €6,-.

More info and a video is available on the blog.


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