BobbyD posted:
Chris Lonero posted:

Here is the track in person at the Lionel booth at the Springfield show today. I ran the car back and fourth and I didn’t see any trailing affect. The LED’s went on and off as the wheels went over them. The track kind of looks like ice covered tracks which would fit in more with a Christmas loop under the tree. 

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Chris, I may have missed it. Are they using an insulated outer rail or some type of sensors? Nice image. The frosted track looks like it would fit in with the white Polar track.

My guess is they are using an insulated outer rail that completes the circuit when the metal wheels pass over the tracks. 

      

Chris.

 

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Think we are getting to the point of needing to know the design implementation details to figure out how well it may work in different scenarios.

If it's using just the isolated outside rail, how did they do that?  If it's the whole rail on each piece, accomplished by using a non-metallic pin on the ends, that could be the simplest and might sort of have the trailing effect since the track won't go dark until the last set of wheels leave it.

If it's not the whole rail, did they just make a cut a short distance in on each end to isolate one rail?

For anything more complicated than a simple loop/oval the implementation is important since flipping the curve orientation would involve switching which rail is isolated.  (like an "S" curve). 

Would have been neat to see it, but MA is a bit far for me for a train meet.

-Dave

I went to the Amherst show too and I recorded a video of the train rolling over the track. I took a close look at the joint and they either did not use any pin at all in the outer rail or they used a clear plastic one. I couldn't really see a pin. This will raise the question on how they plan on allowing the connection to existing track. Worst case is they will require you to use the isolating track sections that come with sku: 6-81317. They would allow you to keep the outer rail isolated on the junction to the lighted sections. 

I also noticed they seem to be prototypes on display that are missing the capacitors that would have allowed a fade out effect on the LEDs after the train left. 

Dominic Mazoch posted:

OK, a child gets this track.  Then when they get to see a real train on a real track, the child will be upset that the track did not light up.

Don't they get upset anyway when they can't play with the real train?  Are you really serious?  This is a toy!

I am very tempted by the Christmas or Area 51 sets for this reason.  Very clever and fun, innovative new approach to the toy aspects of the hobby, in my view.  Hope they can bring the price down on the separate sale track, although I doubt anyone wants a large layout made with this cool track.

Landsteiner posted:

I am very tempted by the Christmas or Area 51 sets for this reason.  Very clever and fun, innovative new approach to the toy aspects of the hobby, in my view.  Hope they can bring the price down on the separate sale track, although I doubt anyone wants a large layout made with this cool track.

I may be in for the Area 51 Set and would likely want to supplement the track included with the set. For that reason would be buying some separate sale pieces. However, as you and others have noted would be cost prohibitive to build a large layout out of these.  

TCA, LCCA

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