China to Silicon Valley – by Truck


My husband John Plocher contributes to many open source hardware and software products for model trail enthusiasts (aka “Train Nuts”). JMRI is an example of one of the software projects on which John has worked. One of his hardware projects is the DCC Brakeman – still on sale at The Train Shop (Santa Clara, CA). All of the schematics, PCB layouts, and technical details are on our family website: SPCoast – Electronics.

John frequently orders custom bits and pieces from China during development. In checking shipping status this morning on UPS, he was presented with the surprising image above. Note the icons:

  • Factory – in China
  • Home – in Silicon Valley
  • Truck – going between – across the Pacific Ocean

A truck?

Image Copyright by John Plocher and Katy Dickinson – with thanks to UPS

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