I got off to a great start on module 13 only to be stopped dead in my tracks. Ha ha no pun intended. Long ago I was contacted by a Model Railroad Hobbyist reader asking if I would sell him a few of my occupancy detectors for his dead rail railroad. At the time I had an inventory of over 30 units so I said sure, figuring I could build a lot of modules before I used up what I had. I could make some more in the mean time. Well, you know what happened, don’t you? I didn’t make more. Building module 13 I opened the circuits box to find I was down to my last four. Module 13 needs six. Full stop.
Time to etch, drill, and solder more detector boards. Luckily, I saved the original PCB mask transparency and on-hand were all the components with one exception – the screw terminal strips.
So, module 13 construction is on hold while I await the arrival of terminal strips.
Track is laid, switch machine installed, and power bus poles are in place.
The board etching came out nice!
I’ll be back just as soon as I make a few more of these (on the left).