Hello Folks, electronics idiot Mannyrock here.
I please need suggestions as to two electric modules (or are they components?) that I would like to have.
First, I have an old Lionel 54 Stop on Light signal, which has two big red bulbs. It works fine when I connect it to the fixed- voltage AC output of my main transformer. I plan to use an insulated rail as the on-off switch for the signal.
However, I would like for the signal lights to flash on/off when they get the power. (Just for effect, and they don't need to flash in an alternating fashion.)
Can anybody suggest a stupid simple component I can install in the hot wire that will run from my transformer to the signal, so that the lights will flash on/off? In something like 1 or 2 second intervals? Has to be able to handle 16 volts AC. (On the other hand, are there standard Lionel bulbs that will flash just by themselves? I like using the smaller turnout lantern bulbs, if possible.)
Second, I will have 3 or 4 other AC powered accessories that I will put on my layout, that I want to power from a separate transformer so that they don't draw on the main transformer. I would like these to turn on and off, randomly, at different times. Can anyone suggest a simple component, that has one a line hot line input, and 3 or 4 hot line outputs, which is programmable to turn the accessories on at different intervals, and for different time periods. (Such as the first accessory turns on every 30 seconds, and then just runs for 10 seconds. The second accessory turns on every 2 minutes, and runs for just 15 seconds. At times, the operations may overlap.) I think that I saw something like this online about a year ago, but I have never been able to find it again by searching.
Thanks for any and all advice and suggestions.