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Luhan
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:35 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
Quote:
Luhan wrote:

Michael A. Terrell wrote:

You never know these days, do you? ;-)


Just to be safe, I did a Google search for "Hazballah Barbie" - no hits
so far...

Luhan


No? Maybe she is too busy chasing Ken for wearing her favorite
clothes? I saw it on the local TV news a while back where someone was
repackaging Ken dolls in drag and they were being sued by Mattel over
it.


Only in America!!!

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Michael A. Terrell
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:31 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Jim Schell wrote:
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No I do not intend to have any such little vandals although lionel has
marketed some cars with grafitti already on them. Personally I do not like
them.

Yes this is for a Model Railroad. Specifically O Scale 1:48


Then you won't have the problems of oil and dirt like on real
railroad cars. I still see some railroad cars with barcodes. You might
pick up a surplus barcode reader and modify it to read labels on your
cars.


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prove it.
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Michael A. Terrell
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Jim Schell
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:23 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

No I do not intend to have any such little vandals although lionel has
marketed some cars with grafitti already on them. Personally I do not like
them.

Yes this is for a Model Railroad. Specifically O Scale 1:48


"Luhan" <luhanis@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1153447406.822921.269000@h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
Quote:

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
Luhan wrote:

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
Jim Schell wrote:

Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some
help/information/guidance on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different
tracks. I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and
assign that to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle
ware so to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches
(railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh
switch 2 to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim


Is this real railroad cars, or model trains? They tried barcodes
on
the sides of the cars decades ago, but the dust and dirt made it
unreliable, plus vandals liked to spray paint over the barcodes.


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214
to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

Yea, the OP didn't say whether his setup included tiny little vandals
with itsy bitsy cans of spray paint!

Luhan


You never know these days, do you? ;-)


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

Just to be safe, I did a Google search for "Hazballah Barbie" - no hits
so far...

Luhan
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Michael A. Terrell
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Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 2291

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:21 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Luhan wrote:
Quote:

Michael A. Terrell wrote:

You never know these days, do you? ;-)


Just to be safe, I did a Google search for "Hazballah Barbie" - no hits
so far...

Luhan


No? Maybe she is too busy chasing Ken for wearing her favorite
clothes? I saw it on the local TV news a while back where someone was
repackaging Ken dolls in drag and they were being sued by Mattel over
it.


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida
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Luhan
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Joined: 10 Dec 2005
Posts: 365

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:03 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
Quote:
Luhan wrote:

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
Jim Schell wrote:

Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some help/information/guidance on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different tracks. I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and assign that to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle ware so to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches (railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh switch 2 to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim


Is this real railroad cars, or model trains? They tried barcodes on
the sides of the cars decades ago, but the dust and dirt made it
unreliable, plus vandals liked to spray paint over the barcodes.


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

Yea, the OP didn't say whether his setup included tiny little vandals
with itsy bitsy cans of spray paint!

Luhan


You never know these days, do you? ;-)


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

Just to be safe, I did a Google search for "Hazballah Barbie" - no hits
so far...

Luhan
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Michael A. Terrell
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Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 2291

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:48 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Luhan wrote:
Quote:

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
Jim Schell wrote:

Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some help/information/guidance on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different tracks. I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and assign that to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle ware so to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches (railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh switch 2 to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim


Is this real railroad cars, or model trains? They tried barcodes on
the sides of the cars decades ago, but the dust and dirt made it
unreliable, plus vandals liked to spray paint over the barcodes.


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

Yea, the OP didn't say whether his setup included tiny little vandals
with itsy bitsy cans of spray paint!

Luhan


You never know these days, do you? ;-)


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida
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Luhan
electronics forum Guru


Joined: 10 Dec 2005
Posts: 365

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:45 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Michael A. Terrell wrote:
Quote:
Jim Schell wrote:

Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some help/information/guidance on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different tracks. I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and assign that to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle ware so to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches (railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh switch 2 to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim


Is this real railroad cars, or model trains? They tried barcodes on
the sides of the cars decades ago, but the dust and dirt made it
unreliable, plus vandals liked to spray paint over the barcodes.


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida


Yea, the OP didn't say whether his setup included tiny little vandals
with itsy bitsy cans of spray paint!

Luhan
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Michael A. Terrell
electronics forum Guru


Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 2291

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:42 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Jim Schell wrote:
Quote:

Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some help/information/guidance on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different tracks. I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and assign that to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle ware so to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches (railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh switch 2 to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim


Is this real railroad cars, or model trains? They tried barcodes on
the sides of the cars decades ago, but the dust and dirt made it
unreliable, plus vandals liked to spray paint over the barcodes.


--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida
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Luhan
electronics forum Guru


Joined: 10 Dec 2005
Posts: 365

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:20 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Jim Schell wrote:
Quote:
Ok,

Still have the same problem, how to get the interface/middleware to work.

Thanks for the input

Jim

"Luhan" <luhanis@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1153444133.198708.33490@m79g2000cwm.googlegroups.com...

Jim Schell wrote:
Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some help/information/guidance
on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different tracks.
I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and assign that
to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle ware so
to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches
(railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh switch 2
to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim


RFID is doing this the hard way. Try bar codes on the bottom of the
cars instead.

Luhan


(please bottom post)

Well, you better have some computer chip (microcontroller) in there for
a start. Then you need to know how to program it.

A reflecting type of IR emitter/detector device under the track with
barcodes taped to the bottom. Properly done barcodes can be read
regardless of how fast you scan them.

There could be other approaches (including RFID) but you cant do any of
them without a micro in there sorting things out.

I dont currently have a model RR, or I would probably already have done
something like this....see website...

http://members.cox.net/berniekm/

Luhan
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Jim Schell
electronics forum beginner


Joined: 21 Jul 2006
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:10 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Ok,

Still have the same problem, how to get the interface/middleware to work.

Thanks for the input

Jim

"Luhan" <luhanis@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1153444133.198708.33490@m79g2000cwm.googlegroups.com...
Quote:

Jim Schell wrote:
Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some help/information/guidance
on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different tracks.
I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and assign that
to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle ware so
to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches
(railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh switch 2
to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim


RFID is doing this the hard way. Try bar codes on the bottom of the
cars instead.

Luhan
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Luhan
electronics forum Guru


Joined: 10 Dec 2005
Posts: 365

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:08 am    Post subject: Re: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Jim Schell wrote:
Quote:
Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some help/information/guidance on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different tracks. I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and assign that to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle ware so to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches (railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh switch 2 to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim


RFID is doing this the hard way. Try bar codes on the bottom of the
cars instead.

Luhan
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Jim Schell
electronics forum beginner


Joined: 21 Jul 2006
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:04 am    Post subject: RFID and Model Railroading Reply with quote

Hello,

I am new to this group and am looking for some help/information/guidance on
how to implement RFID for use in sorting train cars to different tracks. I
can create a database of cars and there unique car number and assign that to
a track. What I need help with is the RFID stuff and the middle ware so to
speak that would allow the interface and the setting of switches (railroad
switches) via a computer, i.e. track one set switch 1 to straigh switch 2 to
turn etc.

Thanks for any help

Jim
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