Introducing the ARD-DCCSHIELD v2.0!

The Arduino DCC interface shield (ARD-DCCSHIELD) was one of our oldest products still in production.  The original design was from 2015, when we were still fairly new at this and trying to figure out how to make a product. While the design itself was solid, all the fiddly jumpers and such made it a pain […]

Simple SoundBytes Switching

We’ve gotten the question a number of times about how to turn the SoundBytes modules on and off with a switch.  It’s actually really easy, but since the question gets asked, I figured I’d do a very quick write-up on it. First of all, the module requires a clean DC power supply of between 5 […]

Taking a Core Sample

I needed a way to drill a 3/8″ to 1/2″ diameter hole in 2″ thick rigid foam. Traditional drill bits wander too much and leave a terribly ragged hole. So do spade bits. A hole saw works great, but the smallest I could find was 3/4″. So… I tried a Grain Belt Models 36″ HO-scale […]

Updated ProtoThrottle Pricing

After absorbing about $30 (per throttle) in cost increases over the last couple years, and $20 more on the horizon, we have reluctantly made the decision to increase the price of the ProtoThrottle going forward. Starting August 1, 2022, the new pricing will be as follows: Standard Grey/Blue Faceplate: $499 Black Faceplate: $519 All other […]

SoundBytes + Scale Sound Systems

Did you know… The SoundBytes module was designed with the help of our friend jt Burke over at Scale Sound Systems. His ability to design speaker enclosures that extract awesome sound from small places helped make SoundBytes into the simple, affordable device that it is. Be sure to check out his line of premium DCC/sound […]