The PiRyte 8 Channel Mini Stall Motor Controller, when attached to your Raspberry Pi, can control up to eight Circuitron Tortoise type switch machines for your model railroad.
The Raspberry Pi is so versatile and powerful that I wanted to use it to control my model railroad. Ultimately, should I choose to, I could run my entire railroad from a web server. Also, I didn't want to have to depend on using DCC if I didn't want to. The Raspberry Pi in conjunction with the Breezy4Pi application makes it relatively easy to set up a switch yard control panel.
I decided to break out the stall motor function from the PiRyte Multi-S and offer this as a kit to keep costs down for the hobbyist.
Additionally, this board is stack-able so you can mix and match with other HAT conforming boards. For instance, I run this board with no problems with Adafruit's 16 channel PWM board.
Finally, I like to have neat, secure wiring runs so I'm a big fan of using cables. CAT5 Ethernet cables are very inexpensive and being able to plug and unplugged cabling without tearing apart a Raspberry Pi stack is a major plus for me. Imagine the added work needed to unstack a bunch of boards on a Raspberry Pi so that you can reach the screw terminals for individual wires and then keep track of all the wires?
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I have been a software developer for all of my adult life. A couple of years ago, my old passion for electronics and model railroading got reignited with my first purchase of a Raspberry Pi. Since then, I have created a wonderful open source web app for the Pi, called Breezy4Pi at www.breezy4pi.com. This application enables a hobbyist to program the Raspberry Pi with mere mouse clicks to execute small programs.
Along with Breezy4Pi is the line of I/O extenders, break out boards and, my latest, the Mini ATX PSU. These are all designed to work well together in a compact stack-able configuration appropriate for the general hobbyist and model railroader.
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