Switch Machine Controller updated

I’ve added a pair of Fritzing drawings to the Switch Machine Controller page.  One is a breadboard drawing to give a rough idea of how I’ll be wiring up an Adafruit Pro Trinket 5V (Arduino-class processor) to a pair of L293D drivers, which together will drive up to 4 KATO single-coil switch machines.  I’ve also added a schematic of the design as well.  I’m in the process of adding a Software section to that page as well, which I plan to have in place this evening, time permitting.

 

Successful throttle test

This evening I was successful in driving one of my PORTRAM trams on a loop of track, powering it with an Adafruit Motor Shield mounted on an Arduino Uno microcontroller. The code was basically the Motor Shield’s “DCMotorTest” example code with modified timings.

I caught some video of it running, which I’ll post on the Throttles page as soon as I get a chance to upload it.