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© 2017 The Great W&D Railroad

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Made by Serif

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The first digital system we had was a handheld system that allowed for one operator to control multiple engines.  Since then we have expanded to three computers each controlling in dependant engines with a handheld throttle on the layout for use in the yard and the spurs.  We use a Lenz digital control system linked to a PC.

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The current layout was started in June, 2013 and is slowly coming together.  The decision was made to get rid of any access that had to be made by going under the layout.  A modified E shape was designed and the benchwork was completed in July 2013.  Track laying was started soon after.  Switch machine were installed on the layout after the track was drawn out in chalk.  The control room was redesigned to allow the operator a full view of the layout.  Cameras were added back into the layout giving the operator full view of the entire layout.  The cameras also have night vision for use in a nighttime setting.  Buildings have been added with a new power station, hotel complex, stockyard, a traffic bridge, cement plant, parking garage, a new larger train station, a grain depot and an oil storage facility.  Ballasting is almost complete and the amusement park is shaping up nicely.

Did you know that with our digital system we can control up to 128 engines, each with at least two functions (speed and lighting).  While it certainly is not practical it is cool to think it is possible!