Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/03/18

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Subject: [Leica] Rail fans gather 'round...
From: abridge at (Adam Bridge)
Date: Tue Mar 18 15:09:38 2008
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I remember Heathkit made a 'realistic' locomotive controller that
helped mimic the behavior of real locomotives as they started and
stopped. Of course the switching systems for big layouts were quite
intricate. I have a recollection of a huge one at the Museum of
Science & Industry in Chicago that somehow used telephone equipment to
operate the myriad of switches and equipment.

As an aside I remember having my own train set - O gage like this one
- but I didn't like it. I was offended, and that's the best word,
because nothing was really to scale. The crossing arms were bigger
than locomotives while the figures on the auto-loader for barrels were
the right size. I couldn't get over it.

In the Navy I had a friend who built wonder S gage rolling stock. He
couldn't take glue to sea with him because it was an atmosphere
contaminant but he carefully hand-fitted everything and then when we
returned home he'd do all the final construction in his apartment.
He's still doing it after all these years: a wall of cars, engines,
houses and other pieces which he trades and builds. I gather he even
made a study of graffiti to get that right for more "modern" looks.


On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 2:37 PM, Brian Reid <> 
> The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT got its start in the Tech 
> Model
>  Railroad Club. The designs of the model railroad controllers were so
>  intricate and complex that they evolved into artificial intelligence
>  computers.
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