9 thoughts on “A welcome train for the holidays

  1. Add more trains, several hundred meters of track, and a more complex controller, and you’d be approaching Wallace and Gromit levels of awesome.

  2. My stepfather got a really annoying doorbell that is triggered wirelessly by the door ringer.
    I had a plan to trigger it repeatedly by remote so I opened the transmitter and there was a component with 433 stamped on it and I knew I had a 433Mhz reciever around so I buffered the reciever’s output
    and did exactly the same thing: wire it to my mic port and even used Audacity (FTW!) to record it’s digital waveform.

    The plan didn’t take off, as I only know picaxe as far as uCs go… and they have crap timing.

    Although I managed to jam it with a 433Mhz transmitter sending garbage, haha

  3. Over engineered. Use a 555 timer chip to drive a relay to power the train for the required number of seconds. The floor mat pressure switch would trigger the 555.

  4. By far not over engineered, was a perfect hack, left the original device intact and got it to operate the way you wanted, and taught me more about IR signals, perfect. Well done.

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