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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2008, 01:40:57 PM »
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What the heck is that now ? . Is that a modified flat they plopped it upon ? Is that on the ground ?
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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2008, 02:18:35 PM »
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Wow , never would have thought ballast spreading would be automated and use satellites .

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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2008, 03:00:47 PM »
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A floppy disc containing the completed survey file is then loaded into the train's computer

what year is this?  how complex is the survey if it fits on a 1.44MB floppy?

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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2008, 03:15:53 PM »
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Re: Floppy...

Yeah, thinking the same thing. Also, you have three six axle locomotives idling, 100 loaded ballast cars and a crew about to leave the yard and you get:

            ERROR BAD SECTOR DRIVE A
            ABORT? RETRY? CANCEL?

They must have meant "floppy" in the most generic, symbolic sense...




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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2008, 03:59:21 PM »
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When you think about it , it is just ON and OFF at GPS locations for each side of each car . It looked as if it were a dozen cars or so . Above that there was a sensor to detect an empty condition in each car , and a status feedback for that condition . I don't know if the intrip application in real time was feed back to the computer . I don't think the train can change speed without it getting a new set of instructions . Each car must have its own GPS and memory I would think as not all cars open up on a given section . So say a dozen cars with all the same 100 or so GPS trigger spots , but some cars and sides are ignored at certain spots . If a car empties , a full one can take its place via the laptop .

ie car 1 2 3 4 5 x x x x x x x ( 1-5 are the initial active cars )

If car 1 empties out , any x car can be re designated to be 1 or any other number and given the program of that car .

Just guessing   
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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2008, 04:29:00 PM »
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Surprised
its not painted to match a Star Trek shuttlecraft...
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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2008, 04:30:02 PM »
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Richie, I am sure you're right it's probably not a lot of data...  It is about 100 cars though usually in production, but still not a lot of data...

Of course these days, why be efficient and take up 20k bytes when you can just as easily blow 64G bytes???

Anyone remember programming those 4kb Altair computers???

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Re: What to Do with a Spare Bachmann Plasser EM80
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2008, 08:56:10 PM »
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made me think of this: