The Randall Museum in San Francisco hosts a large HO-scale model train layout. Created by the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club starting in 1961, the layout was donated to the Museum in 2015. Since then I have started automatizing trains running on the layout. I am also the de-facto layout maintainer. This blog describes various updates on the Randall project and I maintain a separate blog for all my electronics not directly related to Randall.
2017-02-19 - Progress on train automation at the layoutCategory Randall
Work as started a few months ago on the layout and scenery is being refreshed.
In parallel, automated train runs are being installed. On two different routes, two trains are waiting to be activated at the push of a button. The trains go around a selected part of the layout, reverse and come back. While there's still work to do, here are two short videos demonstrating the early results.
The first route is a short passenger train composed of two Amtrak F40PH engines and Amfleet coaches that starts at the main passenger station. The second route features a single-unit Budd RDC (Rail Diesel Car) operating on the Branchline.
Video of the Passenger Automation
Video of the Branchline Automation