I unpacked the model train that goes under our family tree and connected the power box to an INSTEON lamp module. Using Belphanior, my not-quite-yet-fully-released home automation core, I wrote a short script that drives the train for a few seconds (timing is a little sloppy, as it takes several seconds for the 2412N to respond to HTTP requests from the 2412n servant, but it does the job).
|"cycle train" script|
With the script written, all I had to do was fire it every two hours. Fortunately, there is a Belphanior servant that can monitor an iCal-formatted calendar and notify the butler to run scripts in response to calendar events. I pulled up a Google Calendar that I keep for this purpose and populated it with a cycle of the train every two hours (except at night, to save power).
|Belphanior calendar, showing "cycle train" command|
The result is shown below. I'm pretty satisfied with it; simple, but effective!