1. This 2011 video shows the AndermanFlyer.com reed switch and relay system for controlling American Flyer S-gauge switches, to operate an automatic passing siding. This layout was part of the 2011 Toy Train Expo in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Notice the great scenery that Mark's wife Doris created for a layout that was operated just 2 days.

    ~~~~~~ B. CONTENTS: ~~~~~~

    Pt. 1 Explanation of Automatic Passing Siding: 0 - 2:34 min
    Pt. 2 More Views of the Layout: 2:34 - end at 8:37 min.
    (includes "on board" video with John Nevill's 'GoPro' camera from 3:08 to 4:28)

    ~~~~~~ C. RELATED LINKS: ~~~~~~

    * AndermanFlyer.com - Mark's website for ordering this relay system.
    * youtube.com/watch?v=2XpBEt-5gjg - Video of Mark's home layout.
    * track2.com/info/805 - forwarding link to separate video, showing details of the automatic point-to-point system in the center of the layout.
    * ToyTrainExpo.org - Toy Train Expo's website; videos of other layouts.
    * AutoControls.org - list of more Automatic Control videos.
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    * This video was assembled 11/21/2011 by James R. Ingram (aka AutoControls.org , aka JamesIngram.net).

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  2. This 2007 video, made by Mark Anderman of the Susquehanna S Gaugers, at the April 2007 "Steamup" in Williamsport Pa, shows a demonstration of an automatic control system made by Dennis & Corvin Oberholtzer and Mark Anderman to operate 3 American Flyer trains on one circle of track. They used a siding to hold 2 trains, plus a 3rd block operated by a semaphore on the mainline to control the 3rd train.
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    Note this system uses all stock Gilbert parts. The switches act as relays to control the 2 siding blocks, and a Gilbert semaphore controls the 3rd block in the mainline. They used the pressure-sensitive Gilbert track trips to control the switches and the semaphore.

    ~~~~~~ B. RELATED LINKS: ~~~~~~

    * track2.com/ingram/plans/s241/241a.intro.shtml - web page documentation for this single-track automatic block.
    * track2.com/ingram/plans/s242/242a.intro.shtml - links to 2nd video, using reed switches instead of pressure-sensitive track trips.
    * Please visit the AutoControls "VIDEO INDEX PAGE" at AutoControls.org , for a list of LINKS to ALL automatic controls videos (approximately 12), arranged in suggested viewing order.

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    === C. REMOVE THIRD BLOCK ??
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    Note that we believe that this system could probably be modified by removing the block in the mainline, and using just the 2 blocks in the sidings. The semaphore would control power to the sidings; i.e. at about 2/3 of the way around the loop, the train on the mainline would "release" one of the trains parked on the sidings, thus maintaining spacing between trains, but without using the 3rd block on the mainline.
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    This iMovie video was videotaped by Chris Cooley, and iMovie editing was by Mark Anderman for SusquehannaSgaugers.com (description revised 5/25/2020).

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  3. This 2007 video demonstrates the most recent design ("Model 206", designed Feb 2007) Large Scale 2-track Automatic Yard operating on a LooseTies.com display layout.
    To view all 16 minutes of this same video in QuickTime format, please visit AutoControls.org .

    ~~~~~~ B. RELATED LINKS: ~~~~~~

    * Please visit the AutoControls "VIDEO INDEX PAGE" at AutoControls.org , for a list of LINKS to ALL automatic controls videos (approximately 12), arranged in suggested viewing order.
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    This iMovie video was assembled by JamesRobertIngram.com for AutoControls.org, March 2007 (description revised 5/25/2020).

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  4. A.SUMMARY: Part 1/3, S gauge 2-track automatic passing siding, using American Flyer turnouts and automotive relays.
    B. LINKS:
    * #659 Pt 1/3 (this video), Pt 2/3: vimeo.com/3607773 , Pt 3/3: vimeo.com/3611813 .
    * For drawings for this specific unit, use link at track2.com/info/208 .
    * For other AutoControls videos, use 'channel' vimeo.com/autocontrols, or visit the AutoControls.org "VIDEO INDEX PAGE".
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    C. CONTENTS:
    * Pt 1/3: (1) Intro, (2) Overview: How It Operates, (3) More Detailed Overview, (4) Depower" switches to "park" train, (5) Swap Sidings.
    * Pt 2/3: (6) How It's Constructed, (7) Automotive Relays, (8) Rectifiers for Auto. Relays, (9) Magnets & Reed Switches, (10) AF Locomotive Mods, (11) Construction Comments, (12) Auto. Block Comments, (13) AC/DC Power, (14) Rheostats.
    * Pt 3/3: (15) Jumper Wire for Manual Override, (16) As Copied from LargeScale, (17) Gaps in Track, (18) Would Use RR-Concepts except for large currents.
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    D. SUMMARY: This three-part video shows the operation of an S gauge automatic passing siding, showing it controlling 2 trains on the same track. The system uses magnets on the bottom of the locos/cars to activate a reed switch, which activates an automotive relay, which then throws the American Flyer turnouts. Automotive relays are used to handle the large amounts of current (estimated about 6 amps) required to operate a pair of American Flyer switches.
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    This iMovie video was assembled 3/12/2009 by JamesRobertIngram.com (aka AutoControls.org, aka Track2.com, aka RailVideos.org).

    # vimeo.com/3605742 Uploaded 1,103 Views 0 Comments
  5. A.SUMMARY: Part 2/3, S gauge 2-track automatic passing siding, using American Flyer turnouts and automotive relays.
    B. LINKS:
    * #659 Pt 1/3: vimeo.com/3605742 , Pt 2/3: (this video), Pt 3/3: vimeo.com/3611813 .
    * For drawings for this specific unit, use link at track2.com/info/208 .
    * For other AutoControls videos, use 'channel' vimeo.com/autocontrols, or visit the AutoControls.org "VIDEO INDEX PAGE".
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    C. CONTENTS:
    * Pt 1/3: (1) Intro, (2) Overview: How It Operates, (3) More Detailed Overview, (4) Depower" switches to "park" train, (5) Swap Sidings.
    * Pt 2/3: (6) How It's Constructed, (7) Automotive Relays, (8) Rectifiers for Auto. Relays, (9) Magnets & Reed Switches, (10) AF Locomotive Mods, (11) Construction Comments, (12) Auto. Block Comments, (13) AC/DC Power, (14) Rheostats.
    * Pt 3/3: (15) Jumper Wire for Manual Override, (16) As Copied from LargeScale, (17) Gaps in Track, (18) Would Use RR-Concepts except for large currents.
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    D. SUMMARY: This three-part video shows the operation of an S gauge automatic passing siding, showing it controlling 2 trains on the same track. The system uses magnets on the bottom of the locos/cars to activate a reed switch, which activates an automotive relay, which then throws the American Flyer turnouts. Automotive relays are used to handle the large amounts of current (estimated about 6 amps) required to operate a pair of American Flyer switches.
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    This iMovie video was assembled 3/12/2009 by JamesRobertIngram.com (aka AutoControls.org, aka Track2.com, aka RailVideos.org).

    # vimeo.com/3607773 Uploaded 596 Views 0 Comments

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