There is a new range of kits specifically for the beginner known as Pocket money projects, these are being introduced as they appear in the Journal. They differ from the main range of kits in that they do not have a custom designed PCB (Printed Circuit Board) but come with a suitably sized piece of Stripboard, and the build instructions are not included but have to be downloaded from the Kit Locker. These kits are intended to encourage experimentation.
The currently released PMPs are listed here together with links to Forum topics covering various aspects of each PMP.
There is a Wiki page containing an article reproduced from the July/August 2005 edition of the Journal (Newsletter) about the production of Stripboard Circuits using Excel.
In the section below, a lot of what look like external links are in fact links to pages within this Wiki which have yet to be created. These links are full URLs at present, if you are able to create any of these pages, then please do so, clicking the 'Create this page' button produces a template for the Kit detail page.
Kit 52 - DCC Accessory Decoder (pulsed output) Drives 1 to 4 Solenoid Point Motors by decoding a DCC signal.
Kit 84 - 4ch Pulse Motor Driver (CAN-ACC4) Drives 1 to 4 Solenoid Point Motors by interpreting Events on CBUS.
A way of driving Motorised point actuators using the above is described here.
37b - PD3-2000 Dual Capacitor-assisted Turnout Motor Driver Drive 1 or 2 Solenoid Point Motors from active low signal wires, can be used with two wire motors as included in Kato Unitrack.
53 - DCC Accessory Decoder (steady output) Has 8 outputs that may be used in pairs to drive low current stall motors, such as Tortoise motors. Also available is Enhancer Kit 55, this increases the output drive for use with Fulgurex, Lemaco and similar motors. Control input to this module is a DCC signal.
85 - 4/8ch Constant Motor Driver (CAN-ACC5) Has 8 outputs that may be used in pairs to drive Tortoise, Fulgurex, Lemaco and similar motors. Control input to this module is CBUS.
75 - Servo4 Drives 1 to 4 servos, each has an active low signal wire to control which of two adjustable positions the servo should be in. Speed of movement is also adjustable. Servos can be used to move points and semaphore signals.
977 - Servo1 PCB Not a Kit as such, PCB only, drives a single servo.
88 - 8ch Relay/Accessory Driver (CAN-ACC8) This module has 8 Open Collector outputs which may be used to drive relays, LEDs and other modules such as Servo4. There is a CAN-SERVO8 PCB (item 987) available which uses most of the parts from a CAN-ACC8 Kit, some discussion of this is here.
36 - SD2-4 Quad Colour Light Signal Driver Designed to drive 2, 3 or 4 aspect colour light signals with either individual LEDs or common cathode LEDs.
A Wiki topic covering various means of detecting trains is here.