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.


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.


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

and DS64

Nov 2014