Trains4Africa
Because all Boys (and some girls) love Trains

The Following Projects are made available with the intention of helping you build a functional and interesting layout.

Some projects have been featured in magazine articles, a few have been adapted from books, numerous projects have been submitted to this site by their authors, while the origin of some remain unknown  – Applicable credit is due to you all..

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All Projects / Circuits presented here are intended to solve specific modelling problems or provide a desired control function(s).

A Special note about Arduino and “OpenDCC”:

  • The Arduino project provides a nice and friendly IDE along with a tidy library package mechanism that makes development of new and exciting Model Railway electronic projects possible.
  • The OpenDCC Project exists to develop Open Source projects based on the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Digital Command Control (DCC) protocols.
  • The hardware designs and firmware source code are licensed under the GNU Public License Version 2

I have added a seperate page on Suppliers that may assist you in obtaining parts, components and/or kits for DCC projects.

Train Control

         AC / DC Throttles

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Recommended Reading


To get the most of DCC projects, you probably should acquire some knowledge about the “Bits and Bytes” and other Technical details related to DCC. – these articles will get you started :


TRAIN DETECTION

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SIGNALLING

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ANIMATION

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FEEDBACK SYSTEMS

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COMPUTER INTERFACING

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ACCESSORY DECODERS

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LIGHTING & LIGHTING DECODERS

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OTHER DECODERS

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MISC CIRCUITS

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TESTING & TOOLS

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

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ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

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ARDUINO & MPU’s

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As I extensively make use of Arduino for all sorts of projects,
I have created a separate Arduino Projects page, where I will be posting various projects..


PIC PROGRAMMING

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Disclaimer & Caveat Lector

  • You are welcome to build, test, adapt, expand and/or otherwise utilize these for personal use- Free of Charge. However, you should note that Commercial use of these Projects and or circuits most probably violates the intellectual property of the original Authors, and if this is your intention, then please obtain written consent from the Author(s) or copyright holder(s) – this site does not grant you any commercial license, approval or consent in any way!
  • While I do touch on wiring in between these pages, there are really excellent resources on the subject for you to explore, with the DCC Wiki project pages a good starting point.
  • While all these projects and circuits have been built by many hobbyist over many years,  Nobody makes any claims as to the quality or usefulness of the Projects and or circuits presented here. These Projects/circuits should work as stated and shouldn’t be dangerous to persons or property when used in their intended manner
  • As far as is know, None of the Projects and/or Circuits presented here violates any copyright -but in the event that you find anything, please let us know and we will remove it immediately.
  • Please remember that we do not make any money from the information, the website and have no financial interest in any company that does
  • We simply list projects that are or have been made freely available to the public and hope that the information will help people to enjoy the hobby

Page Credit: Stéfan Stoltz