While most typical MRServo installations are done beneath the layout, one of our customers had a unique situation where the area under the turnout was obstructed. Many thanks to Tim Mann for sharing this method and sending us photos of his installation. Tim’s full set of installation pictures can be found on his Flickr page.
Turnout position indicators on a fascia or control panel can be easily made using 3-pin bi-color (red/green) LEDs. Fortunately, driving them with MRServo is easy.
While I’m still a firm supporter of the tried-and-true industrial foam tape method we’ve sold for MRServo servo switch machine mounting since the beginning, there’s always room for improvement. Several customers have asked about alternate, mechanical mounting methods, and there’s definitely places that would be useful. I always have a machine or two that keeps […]
One of the most interesting electronic parts to come on the market lately is Berrett Hill’s Touch Toggles. They’re little electronic switches that operate by the proximity of your finger. There’s no mechanical movement, so you can put them behind acrylic control panel faceplates and other such and still operate them just by touching the […]
Spring switches are used by some prototype railroads to save the crew from having to re-align the switch points after passing through the switch. The switch is sprung in one direction (typically the mainline), allowing any train to pass through the switch from the frog end without manually aligning the points. When entering the mainline […]
MRServo is a simple, cost-effective solution for adding remote turnout control to your layout. While MRServo works in a wide range of turnout control applications, each layout presents its own unique set of circumstances. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received from modelers using the product. If you […]
Ever wondered how electronic products are manufactured? In this post, we give you a glimpse into the process we use to manufacture the MRServo slow motion turnout controller. While the techniques are vastly simplified from that used by high-volume electronics manufacturers, the same basic steps still apply.
We always like to see what sort of tips, tricks, and clever uses our customers have come up with for our products. I thought I’d take a minute to pass along a couple recent uses for MRServo that customers have shared with us. Using lightweight extruded foam as a layout base has become pretty popular […]
Ever wanted to automate the turnouts on your layout? Maybe you have some that are hard to reach? Or maybe you have a hidden staging yard? Do you model a modern CTC-controlled subdivision and want to give your dispatcher realistic control over the turnouts? Or maybe you have a multi-deck layout and other switch machines […]
A couple weeks back, I removed the old staging yard from my layout in the process of tearing out the old to make room for my new layout. I didn’t need it for the new layout, so we decided to repurpose it for writing an article on complex turnout control using MRBus. It was built […]