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Brian White
Rustenburg, North west Province, South Africa
Train Simulators, Automata, Robotics, electronic gadgets, chess,
Retired Instrument Engineer
I was born and grew up in Johannesburg and attended the Wits Technical College and attained an NTC 5 qualification. I served and apprenticeship with Johannesburg City Council and qualified as an Electrician.
I then served 3 years with the SA Air Force and completed a conversion course to electronic instrumentation.
I was employed by IBM for 4 years before becoming a partner in a fire detection business which was involved with pioneering work in underground fire detection systems in mines. I then joined East Driefontein Gold Mines as an Electronic Plant Technician. After that, I joined the Rockburst Research Unit at Western Deep Levels as Chief Technician and studied further in the evenings.
I then became the first Instrument Engineer to be employed at Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) and the first person to use a personal computer for mine work. This computer was one I built himself from a kit supplied by an American company.
While at RPM, I was heavily involved with control systems with the Mines’ railway systems after numerous accidents had taken place. I helped developed a safe control system which even included the automatic weighing of rolling stock whilst in motion.
After retiring, I took up the hobby of model trains because it involved numerous challenges, such as, mechanical and electronic work, computers, woodwork, not to mention scenery layout, town planning, tunnel boring, bridge building, funicular construction, and of course rolling stock which includes remote operation of points and signal lights as well as sound-emitting locomotives.
Being fed up with train simulators that use a keyboard, I decided to build a more realistic train simulator, complete with the correct levers and of course incorporating a computer for the software. I’ve now completed two versions of my simulator, one with the older controls and one with more modern controls and enjoy the thrill of train driving.


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