BLOCKsignalling manufactures low-cost control systems for model rail enthusiasts, which are designed to be highly flexible and sophisticated whilst being simple to install, configure and use.
Infra-Red Triggered Points Controller
We love driving trains, but sometimes it is great to add a bit of extra interest by running other trains in the background or let them look after themselves while you are concentrating on some shunting.
A train running round and around the same track soon draws attention to itself, in all the wrong ways. When used with facing points, our points controller can reroute trains on to alternative tracks, either randomly, or just a proportion of trains. Perhaps set it up to send every fourth train on to a different line, or to randomly send trains to sidings (you can stop them with diodes or dead track).
Alternatively, use it with trailing points to automatically select the points to match approaching trains. If you have trains in sidings, as you run them towards the main line, the points will automatically route them.
Plenty of possibilities for both DC and DCC layouts.
Checkout our page on the Infra-Red Points Controller (IRP1) for more ideas and full details.
Introducing our Encapsulated Reed relays
We have introduced some miniature reed relays to our range. Designed to detect trains which have been fitted with magnets to their undersides, these are ideal for block occupancy detection and other triggering requirements.
These could easily be disguised as an AWS ramp or other track feature.
Each time a magnet passes over the sensor, the contacts inside close and a short output pulse is produced. Most of our modules can be programmed to accept these brief inputs as triggers.
Reed relays can be connected in parrallel, giving the advantage that trains in several locations can detected and feed into a single module - for instance if you have a level crossing across a number of tracks, a train approaching on any track will trigger the module.
You can see from the picture below, these are really compact. The encapsulated section is just 15mm long (around 1/2").