Locomotive function handling

In my layout control software, I keep track of what functions each locomotive has, and naturally what number they are. This enables the software to activate any function that is present as needed, without the user having to remember function numbers or trying to make all similar functions map to the same numbers. Thus, for example, if I wish to have trains blow their whistle at a certain place, I simply define that as a requirement for the track in question, and then all trains running through that track will be made to blow their whistle, if that function is present. That may mean F3 for one loco and F5 on another.


Kaiserschlucht valley

I have a large valley running through my train layout, using up a lot of space in the middle of a rural area and forming the valley which demands a large bridge to carry the mainline across the valley.

I have now finished making the valley and the rivers and streams that flow through it.


Märklin SNCF 241 A

A friend, Boyd Mistear, brought over his new Märklin 39241 loco, a model of the SNCF 241 A

It is a fabulous piece of technology, excellent sounds, detail and running characteristics!

Together with Hein Hopmans, we filmed it running on my layout.

Technique for reclaiming scatter material

When adding vegetation to the train layout, there is usually a lot of material that does not get stuck down and has to be removed. This is easily removed using a vacuum cleaner of course. I present here the technique I use to not only remove the material, but in such a way that it can be kept clean and reused.


Voice activated train layout!

I can now control my layout using voice!

Here is how it works:


When making my train landscape, I like to think of how the landscape and structures came about. Doing so helps me imagine topography that is realistic, and erect structures that fit into the landscape.

I recently completed my valley which includes the remains of an old bridge, so here is the story behind the old bridge....

Mallard Ducks

Having recently created a small stream coming out of a swampy reed bed, I decided it made nice habitat for some wild ducks.

I have had some farmyard ducks and geese in my collection for about 45 years but they depict the typical white domestic ducks. Since I wanted them to look natural, I decided to repaint two of them as a pair of Mallards.