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Old 10-21-2007, 08:37 PM   #21
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Hi, Golly new to this forum, but not to HO modeling, Have a layout ,
The "Blue Ridge Mountain Railway, ( BRMR ) that I build up over a number
of years, but now getting ready to rearrange, and redo all control systems,
with both manual control, and an automated control system using a PLC for
automation. ( I do this for industry, so why not be able to hit a start button,
and have a system that will run by itself ). I am looking for input and ideas
from others on setting up the blocks, signaling, and detection of a train in a
block.

I have gotten away for the direct modeling to some extent, as I have been
doing development work with train simulator, But now wanting to develop a
cab control system on the PC, through use of "Man Machine interface
graphics" and have it control the model layout, through the PLC. I know,
far out, but I like playing with automation controls.

I am also more of a technical modeler, in that I do a lot of work on track
and switch’s. along with rolling stock suspension systems, so that any
piece of stock can and will operate on any section of the system, forward,
or backward, without problems. I worry about esthetics after the system is
functioning totally.
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Old 11-05-2007, 02:53 PM   #22
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new here as of today..just starting into the train hobby..mainly looking at micro trains, exspecially the t scales for now...tom
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:27 PM   #23
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Welcome aboard

Hi Tom, Welcome to the world of model train reality. You are entering a world where creativity is only limited by your imagination and pocket book.

I am currently doing testing and program writing on automating a switch
yard ( will have both manual control overrides, of automated controls, and
train operations ).

push the start button, and let it run.

I have never worked in T scale, only in HO and "O" gauge, but if I can help you, let me know.

Welcome to the Group.

Viking

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Old 11-29-2007, 08:52 PM   #24
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Hey everyone I'm Jeremie. I play around with HO stuff. I can't make up my mind on a track plan so I don't have a layout yet. I do weather and detail alot though. Mostly paint and modify my own versions of lease diesels. I'll throw some pictures up in a bit.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:45 PM   #25
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Welcome everyone!

Glad to see things are picking up around here. I am hoping to be on the forum alot more, but it's great to see people posting.

Thanks for stopping by, and make sure you come back!
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:15 PM   #26
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I thought I had done this already...I've been in the hobby for over thirty years. I prefer the lower end kits and equipment, though I wouldn't mind an MTH Erie Triplex running around my tree. I do both HO and N, collecting HO vehicles from Walmart and dabbling in European models.

Some of my scale work...a 70s era AHM/Rivarossi 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" I rescued...



...part of my European segment...a Marklin E94 "Alligator"...



...even some ...eee, gad!...Tyco...one of their interesting GG1 issues...



Looking forward to stopping by more often. Blessings, BC

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:04 PM   #27
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Nice photos shaygetz. Being a euro fan I especially like the E94

Wanted to share these with you guys - we got quite a bit of snow up here so I elected to take out some of my favorite models of the Swiss Rhatische Bahn railway - enjoy!



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Old 12-03-2007, 03:58 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Viking03a
Hi, Golly new to this forum, but not to HO modeling, Have a layout ,
The "Blue Ridge Mountain Railway, ( BRMR ) that I build up over a number
of years, but now getting ready to rearrange, and redo all control systems,
with both manual control, and an automated control system using a PLC for
automation. ( I do this for industry, so why not be able to hit a start button,
and have a system that will run by itself ). I am looking for input and ideas
from others on setting up the blocks, signaling, and detection of a train in a
block.

I have gotten away for the direct modeling to some extent, as I have been
doing development work with train simulator, But now wanting to develop a
cab control system on the PC, through use of "Man Machine interface
graphics" and have it control the model layout, through the PLC. I know,
far out, but I like playing with automation controls.

I am also more of a technical modeler, in that I do a lot of work on track
and switch’s. along with rolling stock suspension systems, so that any
piece of stock can and will operate on any section of the system, forward,
or backward, without problems. I worry about esthetics after the system is
functioning totally.
Hi Viking, do you have any pictures to share of your work? Sounds very interesting, especially the trackworkd and rolling stock suspsension.
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:13 PM   #29
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Thanks, TR...nice snow shots...I'm still working in tee shirts and shorts... My latest European acquisition also happens to be G scale, LGB specifically. Got it about a month ago at a yard sale for next to nothing and it runs like a watch.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:12 PM   #30
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Shay, nice pickup! A Black Stainz is really nice, and not as common as the green one, and those passenger wagons don't look like the typical ones you get in the starter sets.

LGB is really really nice stuff. It's so much fun and BIG and the quality is next to none. I find people of all ages love them, and running them outside is icing on the cake.

LGB actually encourages you to run them in all conditions, they are so well built I have no concerns running them outside.

Looking forward to more LGB purchases!
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