avatar-smallAs you may have guessed from the url, my name is Rudy. Born in 1956. Masters degree in electronics. Retired.

Welcome at this website / blog. It contains info on the model railway hobby project I’m working on. Who knows some of the info may be helpful to fellow model train hobbyists, or to those who consider picking up this hobby.

The railway hobby to me is more about electronics and (micro) computer control than about being protypical or to have the nicest scenery. A lot of info can be found here on the use of Arduino as a DCC decoder or S88 interface and on Freiwald Traincontroller software for PC layout control.

I also played around with model railroad software simulation. Quite a few videos on Eisenbahn-X, SCARM and Trainz can be found on my Youtube Channel.

I’m member of the Eindhovense Modelbouwvereniging EMV.

Forums I follow and where I sometimes post:

Have fun, Rudy.




107 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Rudy

    I use Traincontroller V9 Gold to control my model railway. And now I started some smaller projects with Arduino (see on youtube “Moba Jo” or https://youtu.be/uxj4bg9qAYU). Now I have a question: What do you think? is it possible to control the Traincontroller SmartHand with an Arduino (perhaps with joystick or something else) and not with a smartphone or tablet? I just want to accelerate or stop trains, no functions, no lights, no signals.



    Posted by Jochem Heinen | December 27, 2020, 22:14
  2. Hello Rudy,
    which software do you use to create your video tutorials?
    Thank You


    Posted by JF | November 17, 2020, 17:47
  3. I am trying to modify your gate controller to use two gates but I want the first to close before the second. My Audrino knowledge is very poor do you think you could perhaps help me with the code?



    Posted by David Costin | October 17, 2020, 17:51
  4. Hello Rudy. You don’t know me but I have been watching your “TrainController“ videos for almost a year. I have installed TCG on my layout and it was working fine until recently. I searched the internet for TrainController and found the “ModelRailroadForums.com” which has several topics on T/C. I have tried several times to join this forum but have not had any luck. I enter the requested information but nothing happens. Can you contact the moderator on my behalf and have him contact me via email? My address is. jamesmarek@sbcglobal.net.

    My problem may or may not have already been discussed on that forum. If so I should be able to resolve my issue. If not, I would like to post my problem to see how to fix it.

    Thank you so very much.

    James Marek

    Please respond to my via email.


    Posted by James Marek | July 5, 2020, 19:11
    • Have you checked the spam folder for the authentication email? Else create and use a Gmail account.To solve your TC issues your best chance is the Freiwald.com forum. you can even send Freiwald an email if needed.


      Posted by RudyB | July 6, 2020, 21:23
  5. Dag Ruud, eerst wil ik u bedanken voor de uitstekende video’s van Traincontroller. Sinds enkele weken ben ik er effectief mee bezig en heb mijn volledig plan reeds uitgetekend. Ik zit met het volgende probleem en dat is het volgende: Als ik klik op New Dispacher Window krijg ik mijn railplan niet volledig. Er ontbreken stukken en ik heb geen idee hoe het komt. Ik heb al van alles geprobeerd zonder resultaat. De blokken worden wel weergegeven dat is het rare en ben zo wat einde raad in mijn oplossingen. Heb jij enig idee wat er misloopt?
    Waarvoor dank,


    Posted by Hans Ostes | May 6, 2020, 10:04
  6. Dag Ruud,
    Het werken met flexrails is Scarm was al gelukt, maar het antwoord op mijn vraag kan ik nergens op het net vinden: Wat betekent het blauwe driehoekje. Maar het is niet belangrijk hoor. Laat verder maar zitten.
    Heel veel plezier met je hobby en fijn dat jij vraagbaak wil zijn.


    Posted by Ad de la Mar | April 8, 2020, 06:02

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