Jerry McColgan said:
By now someone must have come up with a way of mounting their iPhone to a loco or camera car. If so, I (and probably others) would like to see/hear about it. I would especially like to know if anyone is using an iPhone video in a dark environment (what light source on the camera car)? Thanks, Jerry
I had forgotten I’d posted this and it turned out to be important to me.
It has been many years since I last cleaned my indoor LGB brass track and sidings but as I got active again in the hobby I realized that I needed to clean all the track including all the turnouts and sidings.
The problem was that very little of the track is visible to me at the operators station and since the layouts are in the dark crawl space and in the garage with a 9" overhead I could not see what I was trying to do.
My solution was to put a bit of Velcro on the top front of the LGB Track Cleaning Loco’s cab and attach an iPhone 5 to the TCL via the Velcro.
Next I called an iPad via FACETIME (I’ve never had any use for FaceTime until now).
This worked perfectly!!!
The iPhone streamed the view (with sound) directly in front of the LGB Track Cleaning Loco to the iPad at the Control Station and I was then able to clean every inch of track, every turnout and every siding.
I could even put the iPhone on a different loco, positioning it sideways to get the view I wanted/needed and identify what was on the siding i wanted to clean, moving the trains off the sidings to clear them for the Track Cleaning Loco.
I have tried using cameras in the past but neither the video signal from the camera nor the WiFi signal worked satisfactorily due to multiple obstructions to the signal.
The iPhone worked well with its cellular connection and it then connected well with an iPad via WiFi.
Now, all my LGB brass track is sparkling clean and almost as important - it was a LOT OF FUN cleaning the track from a Locomotive Engineer’s viewpoint.
Granted that this was a unique situation that probably does not apply to many Largescalers but even without the track cleaning, it has given me a totally new way of having fun with the hobby.
I never did much with the lighting (project for the future) as there was sufficient light in the crawl space and with the little Christmas lights I had on the garage layout.