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unittrain

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Pennsy Position light signals
« on: September 04, 2010, 07:56:11 PM »
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Well now that I have all my track laying done and most of the ballasting finished I'm working on scenery such as structures and trees and such. I'm ready to get around to assembling my TrainCat Pennsy mast signals and was wondering if you guys think fiber optic cable would work with a light source mounted underneath the module right below the signals? I was going to get some Alkem signal boards but there sold out :(. Has any one tried working with fiber optics and how hard would it be to connect the cable to the light source? as far as the cables coming from the signal board I could bundle them and have them lead to a signal relay cabinet so they look like wires from the signal going into the relay box cause I'm sure that all seven cables wont fit in the small brass mast tubing!  The light source would be in a pennsy configuration and controlled by a computer based detection system.

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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2010, 09:50:27 PM »
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Get in touch with Jim Hinds at Richmond Signals. He took a bunch of PRR & B&O targets to develop modules using nano-LEDs at the last NSC in Houston.

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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2010, 11:31:29 PM »
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Do you have a website for him, Google is just spitting back signals in Richmand Va and similar.
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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 12:08:38 AM »
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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010, 10:45:44 AM »
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I may do a second run if there was sufficient interest.

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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010, 11:06:07 AM »
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I'm definatley interested It would be nice to have both B&O and Pennsy boards made! ;)

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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2010, 03:05:19 AM »
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"I may do a second run if there was sufficient interest."

I am interested in them but having something to use the signals on (a.k.a. a layout) is a good ways off as of yet.  I love the finer appearance of the signals shown on your page for the position signals... I feel like I need to at least stock up on some if they are run again!!!

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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2010, 10:02:30 AM »
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OK, I finished talking to Jim yesterday about the modules. Jim is concentrating on the N-Trak event at the moment and will get things in gear right after he returns.

I have specified using the new ultra-flat nanos on .016 substrate with integrated resistors. This was the same design I had worked with ISS to develop. Total module thickness should be less than .035. For PRR, the goal will be three targets types. For B&O, current plans are one target and separate lunar modules.

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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2010, 12:05:41 PM »
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I may do a second run if there was sufficient interest.

I'm going to have need for probably 40-50 or more of them in the next year.
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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2010, 12:32:49 PM »
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Lets see what Jim comes up with. It sounds interesting.

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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2010, 02:43:13 PM »
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I know I will need several B&O and a few Pennsy! I model the B&O but I have some Conrail operations also. I got a few modules that are hence Conrail modules.

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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2012, 04:14:56 PM »
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I got the new PCB's in and I am impressed!!

The board has a flat black solder mask as is only .010 thick. Since the LED is mounted upside down and through the PCB, the entire module thickness is only .022. Production modules will have the 38ga magnet wire already attached. There are only four wires to make the bundle smaller than previously available. I will be making other types of modules too, stay tuned.

For starters, here are some quick pics:








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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2012, 04:30:52 PM »
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Bob,
Those are totally NOT prototype for anything KCS but really HOT nonetheless.  ANy chance we'd see a similar approach to your other signal types?  If the N scale Type Ds came like this - even as kits - I'd be in for ahalf dozen or so.
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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012, 04:43:21 PM »
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That's clever, nice work.
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Re: Pennsy Position light signals
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2012, 05:11:44 PM »
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