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Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« on: August 29, 2019, 03:13:20 PM »
Hi
Someone mentioned this at Bude Model Railway Show on Saturday.
http://www.bluerailways.co.uk/Products.aspx
It allows wireless control (inc from a phone or tablet) for DC. I’ve nor seen it before but then I’m a definite electrical dunce so it may be old hat.
Anyone any thoughts ?

Martin
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Re: Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2019, 03:35:01 PM »
Been around for a little while.  I think when I saw it demoed the decoders were too large for N unless fitted to a trailing wagon

[edit] nope, I'm thinking about something else.   

This is just a wireless tx/rx controller. I suppose handy if you have a large layout you have to reach over or walk around to uncouple and shunt
« Last Edit: August 29, 2019, 03:38:00 PM by ntpntpntp »
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Re: Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2019, 03:37:50 PM »
Other than no wires from your controller it doesn't give you anything more than wired DC does though. It looks like it only controls track power remotely (which you can do with an Arduino and power controller).

Being an Android only app (and no mention of it coming to iOS) doesn't give me any confidence in their development or marketing skills either, so I'd be worried about being left with a dead product in a couple of years time.

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Re: Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019, 03:41:56 PM »
It's not clear to me whether the Rx uses PWM (with or without feedback/back EMF sensing?) or pure DC?   
I would expect PWM as that's much easier to control in the digital domain.

[edit] must read more closely!  It does say the receiver uses "inaudible PWM" so that implies a reasonably high frequency - like DCC decoders which can run at 16Khz or 32Khz.   I wonder how well the sensitive coreless motors work with it?
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Re: Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2019, 10:45:17 PM »
Anyone any thoughts
Very happy with my (DC) set up. There was an earlier thread on this topic. Brian
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Re: Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2019, 07:13:23 PM »
 :hellosign:

I run my little layout from a 12v battery, and use the dual controller to operate two simple ovals.

the battery is under a hill, and the receiver unit is under the baseboard, held on by velcro.







It is an excellent system which suits my set up perfectly. The locos I run are a Dapol Terrier, and a Graham Farish 64xx, and the control, even at very low speeds is superb.

All best wishes

Kevin

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Re: Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2019, 07:16:16 PM »
:hellosign:

I run my little layout from a 12v battery, and use the dual controller to operate two simple ovals.

the battery is under a hill, and the receiver unit is under the baseboard, held on by velcro.







It is an excellent system which suits my set up perfectly. The locos I run are a Dapol Terrier, and a Graham Farish 64xx, and the control, even at very low speeds is superb.

All best wishes

Kevin

 :beers:
Thank you Kevin, I wondered if I’d find anyone using this system.
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Re: Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2019, 10:24:14 PM »
I've been using it for a couple of years. It's great, and I much prefer it to the Morley and Gaugemaster controllers that I used previously. I find the control is excellent and love it being wireless. I seldom use a phone or tablet as the controller though, much easier to use a proper knob!

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Re: Blue Railways - wireless for DC
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2019, 10:45:04 PM »
That looks good. Thanks for the heads-up, Martin, and everyone else for the information!  :thumbsup:
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