is a large home layout and is a freelanced model railroad influenced
by western Canadian railroad operations. One of its goals is
to collect, preserve and restore railroad equipment of historical
walls design with one peninsula and large viewing area
western Canadian theme with restored historical equipment
main line over 2.5 scale miles long
backdrops all around
with all four seasons
village with operating cable car, operating skating rink,
music, Santa Claus
park with operating amusement rides, lighting, music, sound
street with burning building, emergency vehicles, many details
police helicopter dropping in to Tim Horton's for coffee
lighting effects including illuminated moon rising in the
east, back-lit mountains in the west
occasional flying saucer, hot-air balloon, and other flying
objects (one is red!)
train control and special effects
running of trains as required
Rail is a busy main-line railroad and its operations
frequently include long trains as necessary to keep up with
order to handle the busy traffic, an automated control system
has been developed over the last three years or so to allow
the scheduling and running of several trains in sequence or
at the same time.
design and implementation of RHJ Rail's Automated
Operations Control Centre (AOCC) manages the rail traffic
on the layout and also provides the ability to incorporate automated
special effects into preplanned schedules or to activate them
manually as required.
DCC (Digital Command Control) and JMRI (a computer
interface), the layout does have many special effects including
automatic train control, lighting, sound, animation and an historical
park with rides and music. Rail fans might even get a glimpse
of The Canadian in its classic form complete with
a couple of kit-bashed tourist sleepers in the consist.
operation, trains automatically traverse the layout, stopping
at various locations, and the AOCC activates special
effects as appropriate, including playing seasonal music at
different locations when the Christmas Holiday train makes its
annual visit to the layout.
Trains may also be run manually whether or not the AOCC
is in operation. Experience has shown that automated operation
generally has less catastrophic implications than when trains
are run manually (although when visitors are present, this observation
might not strictly apply!).
yes, there is an app to run trains from your iPhone!