We are currently working on our 2nd release of our HO Scale AEI Scanner / Tag Reader. Our 1st release is sold out! We have gotten our measurements even closer to the prototype. We are cutting new tooling in the coming weeks.
You can also check for updates on this project on our website.
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).
We have been featured in the January 2016 issue of Model Railroad news for this product!