Your Old Power Pack Isn’t a DC Supply

Please don’t power electronics from your old “DC” power pack.  It’s a rare day when I see a layout that doesn’t have a cheap train set power pack powering some accessory somewhere in a corner.  It makes me shudder every time I see it, because if it’s powering any electronics, that’s just asking for trouble.  […]

Our Experiences With Caboose

Update (19 Jan 2021):  Caboose has made good on their debts as of today.  Checks arrived to both me personally and to ISE this afternoon, and they have been deposited.  We want to thank Kevin and Caboose for repaying these long-outstanding debts.  We consider the issue resolved and wish Kevin and Caboose success in future […]

ProtoThrottle Auction

Starting next Monday (September 28) we will be auctioning a custom painted and weathered EMD/Alco “tan” ProtoThottle on eBay.  ALL proceeds benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Hospital.  Please consider a bid on this unique throttle and/or share with others who may be interested. Thank you!

A New Product Sneak Peek

Most of us consider ourselves serious model railroaders – very much into prototype modeling, or at least prototype-based freelance modeling.  Michael and Scott are more in the former category, I’m more in the second.  But sometimes you just want to see a train run while you’re working. A bit over four years ago, Michael put […]

WiFi Railroad Signal Controller

One of my summer projects for 2020, while spending all day, every day at home, was to finally get my railroad signal restored and up in my back yard.  It’s a hodge-podge that’s the end result of 18 months of collecting the necessary parts.  The head is a Union Switch & Signal H-2 style searchlight […]