Three sets of SD units wait on crews to head north out of Black Mountain yards to the Leatherwood branch in the coal fields of Eastern, KY

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Bluetooth Gaming Controller

A few weeks ago I seen a video on YouTube where a guy used a mini Bluetooth gaming controller to operate his DCC trains. I found this interesting so I set out to look for a controller and see what I could come up with. 

After a few minutes on eBay I realized there all types available with many different prices. So I purchased one for $3.28 total including shipping. They all have basically the same button arrangement so I went cheap in cast I couldn't get this to work.  

After doing a Bluetooth connection with one of the old phones I use as a controller. I turned on the layout and then started JMRI. Then started a WiFi Throttle connection within JMRI. 

Next I started the Engine Driver App on the phone connected it to JMRI and went to settings, which is the 3 dots at the top right hand corner. 

In setting look for Gamepad Preferences. 

In the Gamepad Preferences there is a list of different Gamepad types. I had to go through the list to see which one be suited my controller and change the function of the buttons. The buttons can be set up in different ways to the user's preferences, but I used the joystick left and right to controls the directions. Up and down for increase and decrease of the speed, and used the 3 of the 4 side buttons to control head lights, bell, and horn. 

This controller does take a little to get use to but once the setting are how the user wants then, it is really easy to use and can be use with one hand. I leave the phone the controller is connected to on the control stand and only carry the controller around. 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to everyone. Hope you and your families are blessed with a great holiday season. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Boiler house

After seeing Garry Lance's boiler house it inspired me to start back to work on mine. I started out going to use part of the Walther's Coke Retort kit be decided to build my own addition. Here are some before and after pictures. Some of the Detail parts are from Garry Lance. The piping is wooden dowel rods and brass fittings.

Slab carriers

Slab carriers were built from Tyco/Mantua culvert flat cars. Added side post and ends. Kadee couplers was body mounted and trucks and wheels were changed out. 

Slag Haulers

These wheeled slag haulers are from Garry Lance. They are cast resin and are nicely detailed. Additional detail parts added is a strobe light and hydronic hoses which were added only to the red hauler. Yellow hauler will get hoses added at a later dated. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Glass Display Case

I have been looking for a good size glass case for sometime now and yesterday I found one at a very reasonable price. Once I got the case home I took the rollers off and electrical wiring and lights out and gave the case a good cleaning. I painted the outside of the case a hunter green color to match the layout. Painted the inside white and installed LED lighting. Built a base out of 2x4 and set it under the layout. It turned out better than what I thought it would.