Full Time JMRI

Tired of lugging the laptop down and connecting things to have JMRI automation. Cobbled together a working computer system from an old Mac-Mini with a dead harddrive to host JMRI.

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Also got the boys running trains using an old iPAD.

Electronics Clean-Up

Managing the Spaghetti
Or at least attempting to.

Switch Wiring




2015-02-22 12.47.48

Switch wiring to DS64, and Loconet interconnect, amidst power wiring.

2015-02-22 14.35.18

Now tucked away under layout, in space between racks, while providing plug in access to Loconet.

2015-02-22 14.35.44

And folds open to provide access to switch wires.


Power Wiring



2015-02-22 10.58.19

14 AWG twisted pair power Bus
20 -24 AWG feeder wires (spaghetti).
Many pairs of feeds "Siamesed" together on, too few, terminal blocks.
Very few track blocks isolated.

Defined and isolated several new power blocks.
Consolidated existing separate terminal blocks in a central location.
Added new feeds, lengthened feeder leads, where needed, to reach new central distribution area.


2015-02-22 18.30.53

Added several terminal blocks at new location.

2015-02-23 11.53.29 2015-02-23 17.15.27
Looks better, and eiser to work on (once feeders are wired), but still room for optimization.


On-Going


Organizing and identifying (labeling) feeders on terminals.
Dedicated terminal block for accessories currently using track power; 2 switchKats, 2 DS64s.

Layout Snapshot


Slowly incorporating remote control of Switches via JMRI.

Switch Kat
sta_dec_comparison_switchkat.htm

and DS64
ds64


Nov 2014