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Russell Shilling

Arduino Multi-function Shield

I recently got exposed to Arduino programming and hardware design at the 2019 National Garden Railway Convention in Portland, OR. Geoff Bunza (Blog: https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/blog/geoff-bunza YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKzeYLMEPxWGilqZTNuG0JA) held an Introduction to Arduino in Model Railroading clinic. As the Clinic Chairman, I offered to help during the presentations in any way I could. Because I’ve been programming […]

Hacker’s Delight

and the Arduino (GCC Compiler) I got a new (used, but new to me) book about computer coding: Hacker’s Delight by Henry S. Warren Jr. This is one of those books that I will read most of more than once, because the material covered is very technical and delves deeply into the intricacies of programming […]

Garden RGS Construction – Part 4

Hand-laying Track Straight Stringers I rip cheap cedar fence boards into ¾” wide pieces, getting four per board. The height of my stringers will be ¾”, so I use the clean-cut sides as the top-bottom. I glue two of these together and cut 1-inch blocks to act as spacers between the straight stringers. (Any stringer […]

Garden RGS Construction – Part 3

Building the Matterhorn “table” section At the high end of the railroad, the elevation above the ground makes it prohibitive to build a retaining wall, so I am going to use a table to elevate the tracks. Conventional construction of two 10-foot long, 2-feet wide sections. I’m using treated lumber for everything structural. I got […]