"Custom Made Electronic Devices to Enhance the Model Railroading Experience"

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Do you have an idea for an electronic enhancement to your layout but need help making it a reality?
Let's work together to make it happen.

The mission of is to develop microcontroller based electronic devices for the model railroad community and to educate model railroaders so that they can build and modify their own electronic controls.

Most of the products and projects explored here are based on the PICAXE or PIC microcontrollers and are programmed in BASIC.

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I often wonder how many of the projects presented here are implemented elsewhere.
I received the email below which indicates that at least some are reading and doing!

I thought you might like to see how a couple of your ideas have spread across the country 
(well, at least to the Eastern Shore of Maryland)
We made our public debut last weekend, with the show continuing through this weekend. 
A show favorite, whenever someone would ask where I got this idea, I pointed out that I could never be this creative, 
and told them of the guru residing in Pittsburgh!

Thanks so much.
Merry Christmas,
Constantine Kleissas





The Lighthouse circuit and software have been updated.  Low power, very bright LED modules add to the effect while being much more efficient.
Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine, June 2014 - Page 99  PICAXE CIRCUITS FOR MODEL RAILROADERS - More information here:
Garden Railways Magazine - April 2013 Lighthouse, Mars Light, Morse Code Project

The magazine article features PICAXE projects that create interesting effects with LEDs that can be used to produce a realistic lighthouse beacon, a single LED Mars light and a Morse Code beacon.  These projects are based on LED projects on the Articles page of .

Garden Railways Magazine - August 2014 Using multiple LEDs to make a crossing signal, traffic lights and more


DIY Webcam Security

This project was published in Volume 30 of Make Magazine.  Professionally fabricated circuit boards are available from the author to simplify construction of the unit.  The cost is $7.00 each + $3.00 shipping for up to 8 boards.  Please drop me an email ( ) if you are interested in placing an order or if you have any questions about the article.

Make has made the article available on-line here.

The Bike Blinker +Plus+

While not strictly a train project there is a variation of this circuit that can be used in your garden and garden railroad.

The Bike Blinker +Plus+ was featured in the August 2010 issue of Nuts & Volts Magazine.  It is a circuit that turns your bicycle helmet into a brightly lighted, flashing safety beacon that has an additional trick up its sleeve, it also tells you the current temperature!

Read more about the circuit and how you can build your own here:

revised 06-03-14