Blog (tagged #Model Railway)

Ruby & Serial Ports - A Debugging Adventure

So as part of my ongoing "playing around" with model railway control I treated myself to a 16 zone RailCom receiver from DCC₄PC, in part because their documentation is so clear about how to talk to their devices using software you've written yourself. Enter a shelf kit with 7 pieces of setrack individually wired, a DCC command station (DCC++EX) and some DCC₄PC parts.

MERG Article - Controlling a Crane

A small change to this month's 'My Workbench' article, rather than talking about my control play ground project, I'll be talking about a small project which has recently taken a sizable chunk of my model railway time (not that I care). And no I don't feel guilty about it - my regular feature was pitched to the editor ( a few issues ago now) as a what's on my workbench series rather than a my control playground series.

MERG Article - RFID Experiments

This article started with one of my occasional visits down to the London meeting (at which I purchased an RFID starter kit). Well this article is one of the article options I had now that I have a starter kit (the other should be along next issue).

MERG Article - TOTI Motherboard

Bit of a short article this time around, I'd hoped to have been able to afford to be somewhat further along with this mini project by now. So I'll just cover the starting of the design phase.

MERG Article - Object Oriented Programming

For the last half year or so I've been writing a regular article for the MERG Journal covering what I'm currently upto. I'm doing this mainly because my current big project allows me to dip into several areas typically of interest to MERG members. I'll be posting the articles (slightly edited) after they're printed. Typically the delay (between writing and posting here) will be a few months, so if you want to stay more upto date and get the deleted parts then join MERG.

Strange Hobby Modelling

Strange thing modelling, it's a hobby which you can enjoy doing, enjoy designing (and never do) and enjoy admiring other people's work in. Not so strange as a hobby so far but occasionally you'll come across something which hits you with a strange mixture of emotions - wow, jealousy of the skills and amazement at the strangeness of the idea all at once. Here's a clip of just one of the models which has created that mixture within me.

HHA Loads

So having got some HHA coal loads from Ten Commandments at the Perth MRC show a few weekends ago, I decided it might be an idea to paint them (one more small job out the way). Yes the photograph showed some missed bits (amazing how cruel a camera can be to a modeller) which have now been patched up.