White Rose Hobbies HO Scale (1:87) AEI Tag Reader / Scanner
We have produced a HO Scale (1:87) version of the pole mounted AEI tag reader / scanner. This will enabled the modeler to closely replicate how railroads keep track of all equipment both locomotives as well as rolling stock. The AEI Tag Reader / Scanners are sold in pairs.
Our first run was made using a 3D printed mold, we have now developing a steel mold in order to keep production running smoothly. Our 2nd release is even more prototypical using correct measurements from the real thing.
AEI tags began to be implemented in the early 1990’s to replace the failed ACI tags of the 1970’s. The tags use a radio frequency and are scanned at various points along the railroad, typically when a train enters or leaves a classification yard. The tags are programmed with the cars reporting mark (ie SHPX 458099) as well as which side of the car they are on. This allows the scanner to record the orientation of the car (ie A end or B end passed through first).
For painting ideas see the prototype photos (Click Here for Hi-Rez):