Leicester Model Railway Group held their 70th Anniversary Exhibition at St. Margarets Church in Leicester on 17th and 18th August 2019.
A short video has been produced by one of our visitors Martin Edwards, and can be viewed on his YouTube channel:-here
Amongst the many new layouts on display, we also demonstrated :-
Automatic Signalling (on a budget!)
We demonstrated an automatic signalling system on our N-gauge layout controlled by a simple, readily available, easy to program, and cheap (~£9) microcontroller – an “Arduino Nano” – and infra-red sensors in the track (~ 60p each).
Wireless Control of Trains
Using a small computer – “Raspberry Pi” – to run a wireless network and the free JMRI software to control trains under Digital Command Control (DCC). We are also using an “Arduino Mega” with a “motor shield” to power the layout using the free “DCC++” software system. Trains can be controlled using free mobile phone apps – “EngineDriver” for AndroidTM or “WiThrottle” for iPhoneTM