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Circuit Boards Arrive

After spending ages going backwards and forwards pouring over different designs they were manufactured and delivered in an amazingly short amount of time. I ordered 10 of the loco controller boards and 5 light controller boards. All in it cost less than £10 to get these 15 PCBs to my… Read More

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Nighttime Running

I’ve picked up a couple of new locos for the layout. One of which is based on the prototype Regio-Shuttle RS-1 from the City-Bahn Chemnitz. It has front and rear directional running lights as well as interior lighting so what better excuse to see some running in the dark. Read More

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Loco Controller PCB Design

It’s a task I’ve been putting off for a while. I’d designed the schematic a few weeks ago with the general sense of the different modules and feature I’d like on the control board that will go inside the locomotives to control the motor and lights. I have a couple… Read More

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First Alignment

Just a quick one today. I’ve started laying out track roughly where it will finally go to get a better sense of the layout. Here’s a sneak peek of what it looks like right now. Update: Here’s a quick running shot of the FS Class E.424. Read More

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Let there be Light

A couple of mini updates on the layout. I went out today and picked up a few more bits for the layout. One of which was some 0805 SMD LEDs. I modified one of the buffer stops I picked up last week to include a micro warning light. It… Read More

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Table Building

Just a short update today with an image of my newly built table for the model railway layout. I went out to pick up the 12 mm plywood and batons locally then cut and assembled to build a table. I added cross bracing as it wasn’t as sturdy as I’d… Read More

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LED Signal Control

Part of the development of the model railway is the control and feedback systems. I found lots of people on YouTube designing control boards which could cope with up to two signals which were either 2 or 3 aspect signals. I thought for my layout there’s probably a more efficient… Read More

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Model Railway Plans

As part of lockdown self-amusement I’ve decided to build myself a small model railway layout. When I saw small I really do mean quite small. The space I have available is about 1280 mm by 920 mm that’s approx (4′ by 3′). Not much space whatsoever. Additionally the corner of… Read More

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Internet Clock

A fun little mini-project during lockdown. In fact I started on a version 3 years ago using MQTT and Amazon AWS IoT but not much happened to it after I got basic functionality so I decided to start again. This is based on the ESP8266 and is written in… Read More

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Tuen Ma Line Phase 1

The latest entry in the Cycle the MTR series is, at least from MTRC’s point of view, a little unplanned. The MTR Corporation intended to build a section of track between Hung Hom and Tai Wai along with necessary station upgrades to link up the West Rail Line and the… Read More

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MTR Song Cycle Slideshow

In 2007 RTHK Radio 3 DJ Steve James sang a song listing the MTR stations to the tune of Do-Re-Me. It was updated in 2016 to include the latest changes to the network and the tune was changed to that of the alphabet… Read More

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Date and Time

Various conversions and useful info related to dates and times. View it on Google Play Download directly: Date and Time… Read More

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