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 two computers and two
handheld throttles controlling the layout. We use a Lenz digital control system
linked to a PC running Traincontroller Software
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. THE CONTROL PANEL HAS BEEN COMPLETELY REDESIGNED
and is now off the floor. The building around it looks like a railroad tower from
an old train yard. This new layout gives us a bird’s eye view of the entire layout.
Check out the pictures!
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!