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Posted by mbinsewi on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:17 PM

Yep, I remember Railscope.  I couldn't afford it at the time, or did I know anything about Lionel's HO scale stuff, other than a box of stuff I aquired, had a Lionel loco in it, but I never did get it running.

Brunton, do you remember what year and month?

Some place in here, I think, Steve talked about how they handle articles,  Unless it was an article in MR., I don't remember.

Mike.

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Posted by rrinker on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:40 PM

 Wow, Railscope. I remember that. That was unfortunately Lionel behind way ahead oof the times. The camera was realtively huge - the HO versio needed pretty much the entire nose of the FA cut out. It was B&W only, and the video transmission was very suceptible to noise generated by the motor and wheels sparking. Amazing for the time, but I think they jumped the gun on technology what wasn't QUITE ready for consumer level products - look what we have now, cameras small enough for N scale that are COLOR and transmit perfectly clear images. And run from track power instead of batteries that lasted barely an hour (but remember from the RailScope review, once the battery was too low in the camera car, it still had plenty of life left for use in the base.)

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Posted by Brunton on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:48 AM

mbinsewi
Brunton, do you remember what year and month?

Mike.

I think it was sometime midyear in '92 or '93. Everything is in storage right now 650 miles from here (moving upon retirement in about five months), so I can't check. Sorry.

But, though some of the details have changed (I referred to a future microprocessor as an 80586 or something like that - then Intel renamed their processor line "Pentium." Still, I think the my premise is still sound, and we're getting closer to some form of reality with it, but the software still isn't quite there yet.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:42 AM

Found it, March, 1992. 

Mike

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