Miniatur Wunderland Weekly Report

28.06.04 at 08:02 hrs


Weekly Report No 191, CW 26

From Monday, 21.06.2004 to Sunday, 27.06.2004
Recently, the traffic control system in the USA-section was handed over to the public after 500 hours of building and programming. It consists of 12 sign bridges which can display the following signals: lane closed (red cross), lane free (green arrow), change lane (yellow blinking arrow), speed limits in steps of 0, 25, 45, 55, and 65 mph, and show text messages with up to 32 characters. This system is coupled to the Car-System (decides the situation to display) and controlled by one of the USA-light computers.
The traffic control system in the US-section

In "Normal state" the system displays free lanes, a speed limit of 65 mph as well as a text from a selection of basic informations...


The traffic control system in the US-section

like the current temperature (Yep, it gets colder at night), -


The traffic control system in the US-section

For traffic info tune 93.1 FM - Conditions Clear - Turn on your lights (in front of the tunnel) - and many more…


The traffic control system in the US-section

Should the temperature drop below 34°F (1°C), every second bridge shows the warning “Road may be icy at times"


The traffic control system in the US-section

If traffic densitiy gets too high, the bridge at the zone causing the problem and the two bridges before show “Heavy traffic“


The traffic control system in the US-section

and the speed limit is set to 55 mph.


The traffic control system in the US-section

The following bridge shows


The traffic control system in the US-section

„Conditions Clear“


The traffic control system in the US-section

If a vehicle has an accident and can't be moved off the road, the lane is closed and the bridge shows (for example) „left lane closed“. The speed limit is set to 25 mph.


The traffic control system in the US-section

The first bridge before the accident shows, “Left lane ends 1/2 mile" and reduces the speed limit to 45 mph. The lane indicator shows a yellow blinking arrow pointing to the right.


The traffic control system in the US-section

The second bridge before the problem zone shows, depending on the situation ahead, „WARNING! Traffic jam ahead“ or “Left lane ends 1 mile" and reduces the speed limit to 55 mph.


The traffic control system in the US-section

If the emergency lane is affected,


The traffic control system in the US-section

"Emergency lane closed“ or "Emergency lane ends ½ mile“ is shown and the speed limit is reduced to 55 mph.


The traffic control system in the US-section

The following bridge shows „Conditions Clear“.


The traffic control system in the US-section

An accident either causes all lanes to be closed,


The traffic control system in the US-section

all approbiate warnings to be shown, and


The traffic control system in the US-section

the traffic to be diverted over the emergency lane.


The traffic control system in the US-section

The system also recognizes "man made" scenarios.


The traffic control system in the US-section

We have a bush fire (Yes, the display has been corrected in the meantime ;-) )


The traffic control system in the US-section

and an accident.


The traffic control system in the US-section

Quite soon we will also have a roadwork zone.



Navigation: Article 26 in WR 2004