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Hi tech rolling stock?
Posted by NWP SWP on Friday, November 17, 2017 2:13 PM

In this day of computers the size of a pennies and other such compact technological wonders has anyone tried adding RFID to their rolling stock to track it's movements over the line? Or how bout a small motor on a decoder to simulate brakes, momentum, and inertia in rolling stock? Or a model railroad interchange where cars travel over multiple railroads to simulate the life of an actual railcar?

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Friday, November 17, 2017 2:48 PM

There was an RFID article in MR a year or so back. Prob with motors ect in rolling stock is you are adding weight 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, November 17, 2017 3:30 PM

Yep, Dec., 2014.  A very detailed article.

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Posted by Gmurls on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:03 PM

Hi

I am interested in adding detection through RFID on my layout. I have a HO DCC layout. I have been reading up quiet a bit on RFIDs and searching the internet for cheap readers. There seem to be a few readers and tags that come close. But I am looking to see if anyone has tried RFID to identify the locomotive and its location.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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Gmurls

 

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Posted by rrinker on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 6:08 PM

 There's now a commercial product for RFID available. No programming your own Arduino or any of that. Was just shown at the national Train Shoow. Trainn Traxx is the company.

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Posted by jrbernier on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 8:00 PM

  Train Trax has the stuff.  A starter set with some basic H/W and 'beta' software is $180.  A full featured system with H/W  and their S/W is around $500?

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, October 04, 2018 6:13 AM

Welcome to the Model Railroader forums. Your first few posts will be delayed by the moderators.

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Please stick around and keep up up to date on this project. It sounds interesting.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, October 05, 2018 5:55 AM

Did someone ask about Hi-tech rolling stock?

http://www.hitechdetails.com/

Yes, there is Hi-tech rolling stock - baby hi-cube box cars and detail parts.

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Posted by Gmurls on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 10:54 AM

Thanks. I read up on the Train Traxx. Sound very interesting. I am now looking at the cost and detailed design for my layout using train traxx. I will post how it goes.

 

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Posted by joe323 on Friday, October 12, 2018 3:37 PM

Interesting thread I just watched an Northfolk Southern video on how the prototype uses RFID to spot containers in an intermodal yard for crain operation.

Joe Staten Island West 

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