Author: Nathan Holmes

A New Product Sneak Peek

Most of us consider ourselves serious model railroaders – very much into prototype modeling, or at least prototype-based freelance modeling.  Michael and Scott are more in the former category, I’m more in the second.  But sometimes you just want to see a train run while you’re working. A bit over four years ago, Michael put […]

WiFi Railroad Signal Controller

One of my summer projects for 2020, while spending all day, every day at home, was to finally get my railroad signal restored and up in my back yard.  It’s a hodge-podge that’s the end result of 18 months of collecting the necessary parts.  The head is a Union Switch & Signal H-2 style searchlight […]

A Qwiic Update

This week I’d like to introduce you to two new Qwiic-compatible I2C products in our lineup:  a new Qwiic-compatible, 2 channel analog to digital converter, and a re-spin of our popular I2C-RELAY16 into a Qwiic-compatible 3.3V version.  To explore how each of these can be used through a simple example, I’ll walk through an example […]

We’re at Springfield!

If you’re at the Amherst Railway Society’s show in Springfield, MA, this weekend, be sure to stop by and see us at the Spring Creek Model Trains booth. We’re happy to partner with Scale Trains on their amazing new Dash 9-44CW models to bring you the most realistic control experience on one of the most […]

2018 Optical Detector Roundup

Many of you already know that Iowa Scaled makes both kinds of detectors – an optical detector known as the CKT-IRSENSE, and a current detector known as the CKT-BD1.  When discussing detectors a few months back, Michael and I thought it would be interesting to compare ours with the various other products on the market […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you out there! Due to travel and spending time with our respective families, Michael and I will both be out during various parts of the next two weeks, and as such shipments will likely be a bit delayed.  Thanks for your understanding, and things will get back to normal after […]

High Current DCC Accessory Decoder

One of our customers was trying to build an accessory decoder using our I2C-RELAY16 to drive a bank of relays for high current loads, and they were having a bit of trouble.  So, I thought I’d sit down and work through the issues tonight, as I’ve always thought having an accessory decoder with isolated, high […]

Controlling Relays with a Raspberry Pi

Ever wanted to control some real world hardware with your Raspberry Pi?  Every now and then, we get questions about using either our I2C-RELAY16 or I2C-XIO boards from the Pi, and it’s been on my eternal backlog list of “I should do a quick article on that…”   So let’s break this logjam and get down […]