Because all Boys ..and some Trains


trains4africaIf you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in building a model railroad or looking for something specific on the topic- Perhaps you’re still on the fence?

18 March 2017* As I receive quite a number of requests from modelers asking for assistance or guidance on particular projects, I have to to take a moment and reflect on the direction of this site.. As I am also concurrently working on various projects for a few of my other hobbies that include Rocketry, Marine fish keeping, UAV’s, and Robotics, please forgive if you notice a delay in my response.. Be assured however that I have, and will continue to add at least one new article/project to this site per week (or as time allows).

let’s continue..

Over the years, I have found that when people see or visit a good layout, the modeler is always asked three basic questions: how much?, how long did it take to build?, and when will it be finished? while some of us get asked a fourth, and in my mind, a golden question “how can I get started?” – all of these are actually easy to answer..

Then, some time later (a few weeks, months or even years), we all end up asking similar questions and run into similar issues- especially about DCC, Signalling, Automation and Computerization..

When we only had DC, the answers and solutions were actually quite understandable- and then came along DCC, with new possibilities and endless configuration options!

While DCC promises and offers many advantages, with it comes numerous challenges -which, also sadly often leads to countless hours of trying to figuring out stuff on our own, and for some, the realization that there are indeed “dead technologies” becomes a reality, followed by the utmost frustration of having to re-wire layouts simply because it was not done with the possibility of things like Automation in mind!

In between these pages I try to unravel some of the mysteries of DCC, Model Railway Automation and offer some insight I have found or come across.

Growing up with the Atari and Amiga probably has something to do with the “madness”, and it should come as no surprise that I have a fondness of “hacking” or reverse engineering things..mostly just to appreciate how the designer(s) made it tick..needless to say this type of tinkering takes up a lot of time (a commodity, I find to be increasingly valuable) with mostly zero financial benefit. For me it’s always been about the “ah-ha” moments!

As can be expected, this site covers various interesting Model Railway topics, but with a focus on DCC and Automation, while I also present numerous useful electronic projects for personal use (or just as a reference).

Trains4Africa .. greetings to you all, from sunny South Africa!


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