One of your subscribers suggested that I send you the link to the YouTube video of my computerized N-scale coffee table model railroad.
I do not consider myself to be an expert model railroader, but I have a lot of fun applying my electrical engineering and computer systems experience to model trains. The coffee table project was an experiment to see if I could build a programmable computer-controlled fully automated model railroad into a coffee table for my living room. To make an already complex project even more challenging, the wood sculptor who designed and built the coffee table furniture suggested that I design the layout to rise up to the surface of the table as part of the automated operation. He hated to look down into a box to see artwork, so he wanted the layout to be mounted on some sort of lift mechanism.
The design and construction of the layout, furniture, lift mechanism, and computer system hardware took almost six years to complete. However, development of the controlling computer program is ongoing. Presently, only one train (and the trolley) can run on the layout; however, it should be possible to run two trains in the same direction or opposite directions. Programming the system so that the trains will avoid each other and the trolley should keep me busy for quite awhile.
“Sorry I haven’t been in touch haven’t had much to ask show of my layout,but I’ve finished a couple of sections.
A big thanks to Ray and Chris. There have been lots of coffee tables featured on the site over the years, and I’m happy to add Chris to the list – he’s done a fantastic job.
And Ray’s layout is coming along nicely – just goes to show they look like a mess before everything drops in to place – but that’s half the fun. So if you feel like rolling your sleeves up and getting involved, don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here.
That’s all this time folks. Please keep ’em coming.
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