Driver’s eye view of ‘Enoshima’
Now I know what it looks like for the ‘drivers’ of my trains when they go round and round the layout …
During last weekend’s Canberra exhibition, my work colleague and layout assistant Warwick produced a miniature video camera, which was attached to an electronics module just small enough to fit on a Japanese bogie flat wagon. The unit has some type of built-in memory, and you can then plug it in via USB and watch and/or download the contents to a computer. The quality of video and audio is quite surprising considering its size. The only drawback is that the camera lens faces along the module, so you can see its ‘body’ in the foreground. We gave it several runs on each of the three tracks, and you can see the results below. Either right-click and download the files to your computer and then watch them, or you should be able to just click on the link and they will open up your media player in another browser window. The files are in .WMV format.
In most cases the runs through the back of the layout yards has been edited out, except for the suburban one where it does two loops. You can also see how I should have sceniced INSIDE my tunnels 🙂
- Bullet train line – 6.79Mb 1′ 04″ – you will see the Tomix N700-8000 set doing a couple of runbys
- Suburban train line – 10.9Mb 1′ 44″ – the first loop is far too fast, then we managed to slow it down a bit
- Enoden line – 13.9Mb 2′ 10″ – the first run up to the station is too fast, but it did wait for a car in the street section !! You then see the backward view going back to the tunnel section. Then we turned it around, and ran it forward the same way, after large fingers got it sitting on the track properly
I was surprised that a full-sized electric loco and bogie container wagon could negotiate the tight spaces along the Enoden line, but it did have a few ‘moments’ on the tight curves of the street track section.
At the next exhibition in June, I will be spending more time to take better videos in both directions, with 2 different camera to try and get the best possible outcome – watch this space -)