1. This AutoControls.org automatic controls video is a COMPILATION, showing 18 demos, approximately 30 seconds long -- that have been "extracted" from 18 different AutoControls.org videos, that were made between 1989 up through 2017.

    The first 9 clips are DC track power, and the last 9 clips are DCC track power.
    Of the 9 DCC clips, 1 uses DCC-BitSwitch, and the other 8 use the NCE Mini-Panel to control the trains.

    This video was created for display during the August 2017 National Association of S Gaugers Convention in Timonium MD, so it uses S gauge demos when available -- and uses Largescale (#1 ga.) and HO demos when there is no S gauge demo available. Please note that the AutoControls.org ‘Videos’ page contains many additional demos not shown in this compilation video.

    Of the 18 demonstrations, 11 demos use S gauge, 8 demos use Largescale, and 3 demos uses HO gauge. (3 of the demos use multiple gauges.)

    A. ~~~~~~ CONTENTS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|

    * Intro
    ................ Section A: DC, NO TURNOUTS

    Pt. 1 V666, "Push-Pull" Back & Forth Shuttle (S & #1 ga.): 1:29 min
    Pt. 2, V9202-m6, Simulate Auto. Block - Using Knife Switch (#1 ga.): 1:45 min
    Pt. 3 V658, Single Track Automatic Block (2 Trains, S ga): 2:10 min
    Pt. 4 V664, Railroad Concepts Stationmaster (2-Trains, S ga): 2:47 min

    ................ Section B: DC, WITH TURNOUTS

    Pt. 5 V665, 2-Track Automatic Yard, Automotive Relays (2 Trains, S ga): 3:33 min
    Pt. 6 V660, 2-Track Automatic Yard, RR Concepts SIM (3 Trains, S ga): 4:14 min
    Pt. 7 V9606, 4-Track Automatic Yard (5 Trains, #1 ga.): 4:53 min
    Pt. 8 V8907, 6 Trains on 1 Mainline (2 Blocks, 1 Auto. Siding, #1 ga.): 5:34 min
    Pt. 9 V632, Automatic Route Selection (2-Routes, 4 Trains, #1 ga.): 6:18 min

    ................ Section C: DCC, NO TURNOUTS

    Pt. 10 V810, Push-Pull Reversing Shuttle (on 36" sq. board, S & #1 ga): 6:58 min
    Pt. 11 V809, DCC BitSwitch, 2 Trains on 1 Mainline (S ga): 7:39 min
    Pt. 12 V817, 2-Trains on Small Pikemaster Loop (S, HO, & #1 ga): 8:21 min
    Pt. 13 V815, 2-Trains on 1 Loop (using Single Reed Switch, HO ga.): 9:40 min

    ................ Section D: DCC, WITH TURNOUTS

    Pt. 14 V805, Push-Pull Shuttle w/Spur (S ga): 11:21 min
    Pt. 15 V806, Push-Pull Shuttle w/Alt. Routes (S ga): 12:06 min
    Pt. 16 V813, 2-Track Automatic Yard (2 Trains, S ga.): 12:49 min
    Pt. 17 V812, 3-Track Automatic Yard (3 Trains, #1 ga.): 13:31 min
    Pt. 18 V814-Pt3, 2-Track Automatic Yard (3 Trains, HO ga.): 14:14 min
    End: 15:00 min

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

    * AutoControls.org "Video Index Page”: track2.com/ingram/pic+vid/pic+vid.shtml

    Note the COMPLETE videos for the clips in this compilation, can be found on the above ‘VIDEOS’ page.

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    MUSIC CREDITS:
    - Investigation (Intro, iMovie jingle)
    Following are from the Youtube music library:
    * SilentPartner-GettingThere.mp3
    * SilentPartner-PickupTruck.mp3
    * SilentPartner-CountryBlues.mp3
    * SilentPartner-InTheGarden.mp3
    * SilentPartner-BottomlessCup.mp3
    * TopherMohr-BeholdTheSun

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    This iMovie video was assembled by JamesRobertIngram.com (aka AutoControls.org, aka Track2.com), description updated 9/5/2017.

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  2. 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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  3. 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.
    ~~~~~
    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 ??
    ============================

    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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  4. This 2008 three-part YouTube video shows the operation of an S gauge automatic block, showing it controlling 2 trains on the same track. The block uses a RR Concepts (rr-concepts.com) 'Switching Interface Module' (aka SIM) to operate the current-switching to do the stopping and starting.

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

    * Pt 1/3: (this video) - Part 1 covers (1) Switching Interface Module, (2) Reed Switches (sensors), and (3) Magnets.
    * Pt 2/3: youtube.com/watch?v=ll1sOX2Cs1Q - Part 2 covers (4) Sensor Activation, (5) Wiring Diagram, (6) Block Locations, (7) Sensor Locations, and (8) Operation with 2 can-motor engines.
    * Pt 3/3: youtube.com/watch?v=grk1LoGS9M4 - Part 3 covers (8 cont) Operation (continued), (9) Operation w/1 vintage Flyer engine and 1 can-motor engine, and (10 Operation w/2 vintage Flyer engines.
    ~~~
    * track2.com/ingram/plans/s142/142a.intro.shtml - web page documentation for this single-track automatic block.
    * 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.

    =======================================================
    === C. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ABOUT THE CONTROL SYSTEM
    =======================================================

    The automatic block keeps the 2 trains "spaced apart" on the loop. If a faster train starts to overtake a slower train, the block stops the faster train and delays it, until the slower train "regains" the spacing between trains. Rheostats are used as a crude, but simple and effective method of slowing down the trains as they enter the block, and "cushioning" their start as they start-up to exit the block.
    --
    The 'Switching Interface Module' is essentially a DPDT (Double Pole, Double Throw) latching relay, with added screw-connection terminals, plus voltage regulation that allows you to use a range of input voltages to power it; 6 to 20 volts AC, or 6 to 20 volts DC.
    --
    The relay can switch any current, AC, DC, or DCC. This demonstration was done using using two unmodified vintage American Flyer engines with the original AC motors, an S-Helper diesel with a DC motor, and a DCC decoder-equipped American Flyer 283 Pacific. This demonstration was done using a DC transformer, since all these engines can "happily" operate on DC current.
    --
    Activation of the relay is done using RR-Concepts-supplied magnets and reed switches. The magnets can be "stuck" to the bottom of an American Flyer car, since they will stick to the car's metal floor. Note that the magnets I used on the bottom of the American Flyer cars were the RR Concepts magnets they sell for LargeScale. (They also supply smaller magnets to use with HO trains.)
    RR Concepts (operated by a gentleman named Curtis Roeckes in Oceanside CA) has been supplying electronic modules for LargeScale trains since about 1992.
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    This iMovie video was assembled by JamesRobertIngram.com for AutoControls.org (description updated 12/13/2009).

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  5. Part 2/3 continuation of 2008 demonstration of a single-track Automatic Block operating two S-gauge trains on the same track, using a RR Concepts (RR-Concepts.com) 'Switching Interface Module' (aka 'SIM').

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

    * Pt 1/3: youtube.com/watch?v=AQvdO9CzH1c - Part 1 covers (1) Switching Interface Module, (2) Reed Switches (sensors), and (3) Magnets.
    * Pt 2/3: (this video) - Part 2 covers (4) Sensor Activation, (5) Wiring Diagram, (6) Block Locations, (7) Sensor Locations, and (8) Operation with 2 can-motor engines.
    * Pt 3/3: youtube.com/watch?v=grk1LoGS9M4 - Part 3 covers (8 cont) Operation (continued), (9) Operation w/1 vintage Flyer engine and 1 can-motor engine, and (10 Operation w/2 vintage Flyer engines.
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    * track2.com/ingram/plans/s142/142a.intro.shtml - web page documentation for this single-track automatic block.
    * 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 (description revised 5/25/2020).

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