Category: CKT-IRSENSE

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 […]

Automatic Interchange

Iowa Scaled Engineering products were recently mentioned  in one of the Model Railroader Video Plus episodes, featuring Tony Koester’s Nickel Plate Road. In this video (subscribers only) you’ll see our CKT-IRSENSE and ACC-RELAY1 products used in an automatic interchange.  Each time a cut of cars is picked up, a new cut of cars is automatically […]

DCC Auto-Reverser

We were recently asked to build a module that could automatically reverse a locomotive between two end points for use on a small point-to-point switching layout. The idea was to provide a means for continuous running of a train while working on the layout or to break in new locomotives without user intervention.  The end […]

Auxiliary Power from a DCC Bus

While DCC is primarily meant to power and communicate with the trains on the tracks, there are circumstances where having some auxiliary power available would be nice without having to run an extra set of wires.  Maybe powering a remote turnout, an IR sensor, some animation or building lighting, or a fast clock secondary display?

Simulate a Spring Switch

Spring switches are used by some prototype railroads to save the crew from having to re-align the switch points after passing through the switch.  The switch is sprung in one direction (typically the mainline), allowing any train to pass through the switch from the frog end without manually aligning the points.  When entering the mainline […]

Infrared Proximity Sensor

The CKT-IRSENSE is an inexpensive reflective infrared proximity sensor, designed primarily for model railroad use, utilizing the latest in proximity sensor technology.  It can be used to trigger a variety of sound and visual effects as well as provide track occupancy status.  The sensor’s small size (0.25″ x 2.25″) makes installation simple with only a […]