Using TrainSpotters and SoundBytes With Crossing Modules
One of the questions we get somewhat frequently is how to use the TrainSpotter infrared detectors and SoundBytes crossing bells with other vendors’ grade crossing modules. After all, we offer the most reliable IR detection for the model railroads in our TrainSpotter line, along with the widest variety of prototype bells in our SoundBytes. Who wouldn’t want to upgrade their grade crossings?
Today I’ve put together a guide for three of the more popular crossing control modules and show what can be done with each. Specifically, we’re going to look at Logic Rail’s Grade Crossing Pro/2, Azatrax’s MRX3, and Dwarvin’s Lamplighter Flasher, along with a cheap popular Chinese flasher module from eBay.
One More Year – Every Purchase Counts
Every year, Lionel Strang, host of the popular “A Modelers Life” podcast, holds a fundraiser to raise money in support of the Psychosocial Oncology Clinic at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. This clinic helps those going through cancer treatment to deal with the mental stress of cancer.
This year, Iowa Scaled Engineering will be donating 10% of all sales during the month of September! So if you have been putting off getting a ProtoThrottle, need some grain bins for this fall’s harvest on your railroad, have some drainage problems looking for culvert pipe, want reliable train detection, have a grade crossing that needs a bell, some forests calling for the sound of Cicadas, or a desire to shuttle your trains automatically, purchase through our store and help Lionel’s cause!
ProtoThrottle – Realistic Control Stand Throttle
TrainSpotter – Easy and Reliable IR Detection
SoundBytes – Ambient Sound for Your Layout
Motorman – Automatic Reversing Train Shuttle Controller
Run-N-Smooth – Micro-size Stay Alive Module
Grain Bins – Corrugated Steel Grain Bin Models
Culvert Pipe – Corrugated Culvert Pipe Models
These products and more are available at www.iascaled.com.
Rebuilding the Hills Line
Excellent modeler and good friend, James McNab, recently completed a video series for Model Railroader magazine on his Hills Line model railroad. Available to Trains.com subscribers through Trains.com Video, this series is now also available on DVD. Check it out!
P.S. The ProtoThrottle might make a few guest appearances…