sticky Status of Online Cameras #TrainCamera


Darrin Calcutt
 
Edited

Updated: April 9, 2021 

A user asked me about the status of the cameras, which got me to thinking, I need a common place for people to see the status of the camera. Some are off line, some are in transit to another destination.  And some cameras are just being built. 

For now I’ll just type it here,  and pin the message. 

Last updated April 9, 2022.


Camera 0, "P000000" off-line, version 2.1 
    November 21, 2021, boxed, here at the office.

Camera 1, “P030474” off-line , version 3.15, access code was '4321'
                April 9, 2022, Michelle Kempema informed me that Bill has finished testing the product, and is returning the item.
                                      Tracking number LH168279705US, sent April 11, 2022, at 8:59 
       February 18, 2022, In an email to George Bogatiuk, I requested that he deliver the LocoCabCam to Michelle Kempema of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum for evaluation.  
                                       The exchange should take place in April
    November 29, 2021, the LocoCabCam was successfully delivered to Durango, Colorado.
    November 21, 2021, in the mail, enroute to Durango, Colorado
                                      attention George Bogatiuk, tracking number EM042845649CA
    November   1, 2021, returned to my house, on my own layout.
    October       1, 2021, at Gary Blay’s house

Camera 2, “P032116” off-line, version 3.25, access code was '4321'
               April 18, 2022, package was delivered.
                 April 9, 2022, Packaged the unit for shipment to Roanoke Valley Model Railroad Club, c/o Bill, 4916 Morwanda Avenue, North-West, Roanoke, Virginia 2417.

            March 13, 2022, I have the camera in to the shop for upgrades and repairs.
                                       New voltage regulator was installed on this unit, The new one are smaller and allow for the 3d  printed cover with logo.
                                       Coupler Pocket fixed, and kadee couple fixed, bent. May have been dropped on the end.
                                       New power pickup truck installed, issue with free rolling wheels. This device uses Ring Enginerring PPT36-T.
            March 11, 2022, received the LocoCabCam from the post office. Minor repairs need to be made, and I wanted to look into an issue with resetting the  camera to factor defaults.  Only then will I ship this camera out to the next place for evaluation. I’m also recommending that this unit be upgrade with a new voltage regulator and 3d printed housing. 
            March 4, 2022, a request for the LocoCabCam, from Dawson Young, of the Roanoke Model Railway Club.
                                     This request has been approved and after receiving the unit from George Bogatiuk, it will be forwarded. 
            March 2, 2022, tracking number EY455434339, left the United States unroute to Canadian Locomotive Logistics.
    November 21, 2021, item been shipped back to Canadian Locomotive Logistics
                                     should have send instructions with the unit FYI
    October      9, 2021, package delivered, tracking number CX653889412CA
    October      1, 2021, enroute to Soundtraxx for evaluation
                                     attention George Bogatiuk, tracking number CX653889412CA

Camera 3, “P032113” off-line, version 3.25, current access code is "1234".
               April 9, 2022, Requested that the LocoCabCam be returned.
    December   3, 2021, James will be taking the LocoCabCam to the Silicon Valley Lines club layout for testing. You might be able to watch the video live, depending in the Wi-Fi in the building.
    November 30, 2021, James had the unit running on his home layout, and I got to view some of the video. Here are some screen captures from my iPhone.
    November 24, 2021, item delivered, waiting for a live streaming video
    November 13, 2021, being shipped to San Jose, Silicon Valley Model Railroad,
                                      attention James Brissel, tracking number EM042845621CA
    November 15, 2021, finished building.
    October     31, 2021, being built. 

Camera 4, "P032930" on-line, version 3.25, current access code is '4321'
    November 25, 2021, finished building the unit, on the layout for testing.
    November 22, 2021, on the work bench
    November 22, 2021, received in the mail, on the work bench 
    November 10, 2021, ordered from the factory, tracking number CJ471512644US

Camera 5, "P032932" on-line, Version 3.3, current access code is '4321'
    November 22, 2021, on the work bench
    November 22, 2021, received in the mail
    November 10, 2021, ordered from the factory, tracking number CJ471512644US

Camera 6, "P0336087" off-line
    April 13, 2022, ordered from factory, tracking number CY128103966US

Camera 7, "P0336098"iff-line
    April 13, 2022, ordered from factory, tracking number CY128103966US


Camera versions:

Version 1.00, The original camera built in 2003 era, this was a RF camera, analog, which supported video of 320 lines. And had a lot of interference. 

Version 2.10, From 2019, I tried out several cameras from Amazon which said they produced a 1080 P 30 frames a second video, but after testing, the recorded video was actually 720 at 15 frames a second. Very disappointing and choppy videos from 2019, I tried out several cameras from Amazon which said they produced a 1080 P 30 frames a second video, but after testing, the recorded video was actually 720 at 15 frames a second. Very disappointing and choppy videos 

Version 3.00, finally found a manufacturer in Taiwan that produces a great camera with super neat features, this camera produces a steady 1080 P 30 frames a second recorded video on the SD card. It also comes with the ability to stream the video live. I’ll post more camera features in the future. I decided to stick with this camera until I find something better. 


Version 3.1, because of the size of this camera it is now been installed on a flatbed depressed centre car. In the future I might see if I can install it inside of an HO scale locomotive. 


version 3.15, in this Version, I built styrene pieces to hold the camera in a fixed position, being on a depressed centre flatbed car the camera stays very narrow tangent to the track. 3-D printed plastic parts were introduced for aesthetic reasons. 


Version 3.20, in this version, a glass lens was added to the front of the camera to decrease the focal length. Since this is a child scale, you need to see things really close to the locomotive, like the points of a switch. 


Version 3.25, A new voltage regulator is being tried, it’s a lot smaller than the previous one used, but it doesn’t come with her voltage display. If I am planning on putting the camera inside of a locomotive, space is a consideration. 

Version 3.30, I'm adding a two pin connector to the unit incase I want to add an accessory to the unit. This could be and option for a decoder for lights, or a sound decoder for the camera to record.


version 4.00, For the future, I’ll be trying to get these cameras inside of an HO scale locomotive

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