I'm trying to figure out how to do that.
The only serviceable video camera I have is my iPad, but that is running my MTH app, so kinda a catch 22 problem.
Another issue is that as the track main line is unfinished it would be pretty easy to run the whole consist into a 5' canyon,
trying to switch back and forth between control and video would be risky.
I'd like to give a shout-out to Ray's Electric Trains who sold me the BigBoy.
He added better smoke and sound, as well as doing the engine/tender portion of the battery conversion.
I hooked up my control and battery cars and it just worked (more or less).
There were a few minor issues but Ray worked them all out for me about as fast as I could email him a description of the problem.
Provided there's an MTH App for Android, too ( bet it will ), do like I did and get a cheap-as-dirt 5" Samsung clone from alibaba.
This one I used exclusively for WiFi control apps ( even wrote my own ).
Quit the stuff now, as a ride-on 9.5" ga. loco is definitely more fun.
One of my winter projects is to develop signals/semaphores that I can see from the patio that accurately reflect the current setting of switches. I want to play with circuits that auto switch when a train approaches, etc.
If anyone can suggest a source of 1/32 scale semaphore towers it would be appreciated.
I just finished installing an outdoor wifi access point for the setup. Tested and working all around the house and depot area. Walked up to the future site of the Ogden depot, 450', and was able to ping the engine as it sat on the test track inside the house. This wifi is a mesh network design, so I should be able to setup up another unit at Ogden and reach all the way to Seattle, another 450'. I feel a lot better about the wifi portion of the design now.
So on to the next step. I have a pre-order for an MTH GS-4 placed. I am thinking about how to get batteries, TIU and WIU into a Coastal Daylight passenger car. Might try using the GS-4 in DCC mode and using a non-MTH wifi track controller.
Does anyone have experiences with DCC and MTH PS3 engines?
There would be several advantages: smaller sizes, and more importantly compatibility with JMRI. I am planning on the complete setup using control blocks and interlocking plants. I want to computerize this all. JMRI would be a big step in that direction (I think).