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.




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  1. Hoi Rudy,
    Door jouw filmpjes ben ik enthousiast geworden voor Scarm en ik heb maar meteen een licentie gekocht. In jouw eerste filmpje over flexrail wordt de verbinding gemaakt met een linksklik op een rood en een groen driehoekje. Maar ik krijg een blauw en een rood driehoekje en een verbinding blijkt er niet te komen. Bestaat er ergens een handleiding/manual voor Scarm of heb jij een antwoord. Hoe krijg ik de flexrail wél aangesloten?
    Vriendelijke groeten,
    Ad de la Mar


    Posted by Ad de la Mar | April 6, 2020, 12:50
    • Hoi Ad. De verbinding kan alleen gemaakt worden als de twee punten dicht genoeg bij elkaar komen en ook de hoek ertussen zeer klein, idealiter nul, is. Kan je wel gewoon rechte railstukken verschuiven en aan elkaar klikken (Ctrl ingedrukt houden en muis-links drag)? De enige handleiding die er is is de FAQ op de website.


      Posted by RudyB | April 6, 2020, 15:33
  2. He Rudy met veel interesse volg ik je Traincontroller video’s . In video 21 over speed zie ik in het begin dat in een blok je trein direct op snelheid is als hij start. Je maakt daar ook een opmerking over. Ik wil dat ook graag voor bepaalde schaduwblokken, waar zet je dat aan of uit? Hiermee kan ik namelijk mijn throughput in het schaduwstation wat versnellen. Hoor het graag.
    Gr Edwin en dank voor de vele mooie lessen!


    Posted by Edwin Baart | March 5, 2020, 18:24
  3. Hallo Ruud, Ik zou je graag willen bedanken for the S88 sketch voor de Arduino Uno. Jouw basis principe heb ik gebruikt voor een Arduino Mega met 64 sensor ingangen. Ik heb dit aangesloten op een Arduino base station V2 met S88 bus (Check Bade S88 aanpassing). Werkt perfect en alles in een oplossing al heb ik nu all 3 Uno en 3 Mega geïnstalleerd. ik heb de sketch op github gezet als S88-X64-V01 met erkenning naar jou. mvg Leen


    Posted by leen van Gent | February 29, 2020, 07:17
    • Leuk, en mooi dat het werkt. Ik had soms last van wat knipperende sensors, Kwam er echter dat als je van de laatste Arduino in de ketting pin 12 aan GND legt het knipperen verdwijnt … ondanks de pullup weerstand, raar maar waar.


      Posted by RudyB | February 29, 2020, 07:52
  4. Hi Rudy,
    Just wanted to indicate my thumbs up for your fab TC videos. I my self is, well quite “old” in the model train hobby world, but brandnew in the Traincontroller universe (bronze – so far). Here your videoes are extremely helpful in moving on with all the “devils” details. Looking forward to watch much more.

    Many regards
    Niels, Odense, Denmark


    Posted by Niels | September 13, 2019, 19:28
  5. Hallo Rudy,

    Ik heb een nieuw project op de baan: het automatisch laden van wagons. Je hebt hierover een mooie video gemaakt: Traincontroller nr. 41. Ik heb de video onderhand 10x gekeken, maar ik krijg het niet werkend. Als mijn counter bij 0 is blijft TC toch doorgaan met het laden van de wagons. Ik heb jouw versie van een demo uit nr. 41 zo goed en eenvoudig mogelijk nagemaakt, maar ergens zit blijkbaar toch nog een foutje.

    Graag zou ik mijn TC-bestand met mijn demo naar je willen mailen, misschien kun jij in een oogopslag zien waar de fout zit. Of misschien heb je jouw versie nog, die je mij kunt mailen?

    Al vast bedankt voor je reactie.

    Douwe Jan Dijkstra


    Posted by Douwe Jan Dijkstra | March 16, 2019, 20:35
  6. Hello Rudy, i like your video’s al lot and wondered if it is an idea to create an Arrival Terminal with the Arduino and control the Terminal by Traincontroller, so it will display the time the next train will arrive into the station.
    Like they also do in Minitur Wunderland:
    You would make me very happy
    Many greetings from Limburg


    Posted by Michel Gulpers | November 30, 2018, 16:03
    • Yes, for certain, using an OLED display and an Arduino it will be possible to create such a panel, where the messages can change based on signals coming from Traincontroller. I lack the time to start such project right now, but who knows some day …


      Posted by RudyB | November 30, 2018, 17:22
  7. Dear Rudi,

    First, echoing other contributors in your blog, thank you VERY MUCH for the various TC Videos that you have posted. They are truly excellent and often more helpful than the manual itself ! There is one problem that I have been grappling with for some time, cannot find the exact answer in your videos (or indeed anywhere else) and was wondering whether you had any advice for me ….

    I’ve been using TC8.0 Gold for a couple of years now for a 00 layout that can run 10-15 trains at once. Eight trains sit in 4 storage sidings, 2 in each and each ‘pair’ shares a schedule – so four schedules run all these 8 trains. Once one is dispatched from storage and starts its run around the layout, the second one in the shared siding is triggered by a flagman to move up to the starting position, and then after a delay, that one is launched too – on the same schedule that the first train in that pair is using.

    This all works very well and has been a lot of fun to get right. Each schedule is NORMAL but with various routes in certain areas, they eventually cover all the possible options – except one. I have an open-able gate with a bridge and when it’s closed, a block/contact indictor detects this and unlocks additional routes (not normally available) over the gate and bridge. However, this addition could leave the train running in a closed loop such that the schedule never gets closer to its end. Therefore, all the routes over the bridge/gate are never chosen by any of the shared schedules in Traincontroller.

    OK – no problem. I created short schedules that can run from an entry block in the main schedule(s), over the bridge/gate, and then re-join the main schedule on the other side. Then, following your excellent videos, I created a counter and flagman to trigger on every third approach to the bridge/gate and send the train over this feature. After many struggles I got this to work and even (with no start delays) start and end seamlessly for every third train.

    THE PROBLEM – The only way I can make a train “available” for the short bridging schedule is to first kill the main schedule it’s on, and then call the bridging schedule – BUT this kills EVERY instance of the schedule and so stops the other train in the ‘pair’ – wherever it is. How do I only stop the schedule for the train about to go over the bridge ??

    I learned from you (thank you again) how to use the COMBI function in the various conditions, but once it comes to the OPERATIONS part, in either the schedule or its calling flagman (or a macro inside the flagman), I cannot use any function that I can find to just kill one particular instance of the schedule and leave the other one running.

    I have tried under Train operations to “Terminate schedule” – it does nothing. Similarly I’ve tried “Select Object” but that’s just a screen thing (Inspector) and doesn’t do anything in Operations. Finally, assuming that I do have the second train on the same main schedule, I stop the schedule with the grey icon in the only 3 choices one has, and then start it again after a micro delay. This drives TC Gold crazy and it will usually crash or hang!

    At this point, I admit defeat and am reaching out for some help!

    If you have the time, I’d be grateful for some advice and of course, should you be interested, I can send you more information if I have been a bit unclear.

    Thank you Rudi, for any help that you can be.



    Posted by Martin Reed | October 23, 2018, 17:07
  8. Hey, I’m watching your EEP-X tutorial (part 6 at the moment) and I’m loving it. But the link to the spreadsheet to calculate switches is broken. Can you tell me how to find these formulas or spreadsheet? An email would be much appreciated. Thanks!


    Posted by Laure | September 11, 2018, 11:10
  9. Many thanks Rudy, glad to here that.

    Have DR 5000 on order and saving for train controller.

    Just finished a quick sketch of test track.
    I tend to wake up at all different times during the night so….(0200 here).

    Cheers for now


    Posted by Phillip | September 3, 2018, 16:17
  10. Hi Rudy, I use train controller 9 and having difficulties with the following action:
    A train enters a main line station and stops at the buffer OK, uncouples and a shunter enters to pick up the train and remove it. all ok so far. The loco in the station reverses out and turns around again ok
    Shunter pushes the train back into the station ok uncouples and leaves, when the loco drives back it does not stop but tries to push to its original stop.. can you help. Regards Stuart (Australia)


    Posted by stuart marshall | June 13, 2018, 05:51
    • I might be able to help … I’ve sent you an email.


      Posted by RudyB | June 13, 2018, 06:39
    • Did you use a different, schedule specific, with a different schedule as the firts, stop position for when the loc drives back?


      Posted by RudyB | June 13, 2018, 18:46
    • G’day Rudy,

      Well where to start?

      Firstly I think, with a huge thank you for your excellent contribution to the world through this blog and of course your videos.
      Very professional and easily understood at any level.
      I take my hat off to you thank you again.

      I stumbled across your site by accident very recently and am so very glad I did.

      I am also retired and have just begun to get into the model railway hobby.
      I have an electronics and computing background and intend, now, to head down a very similar path to you.

      I was struggling with the huge amount of information currently available.
      You have clarified all of this for me in a clear and concise way.

      Thank you and please keep sharing your views and projects.

      I just need to get cracking now and build it!

      The grandchildren and I can hardly wait.

      ( I noted that in the course of building your layout, you opted for reed switches for block detection.
      Now that your layout has matured a little, have they presented any maintenance issues to date?)


      Posted by Phillip | September 2, 2018, 22:49
      • Thanks for your kind feedback. Have fun building your layout. About the reeds … no troubles at all and no maintenance at all. I would choose reeds over current detection any time, cause of their ease of wiring, flexibility and reliability.


        Posted by RudyB | September 3, 2018, 16:06
  11. A big thank you for the great videos, they are such a help and so clearly explained and have helped me enormously in setting up some of the more complicated things. One question if I may, due to illness last year I didn’t update my v8.G2 Gold to v9 and now wonder whether it is worth the extra cost especially as there seems to be a few problems as highlighted on the TC forum, your views would be most welcome.


    Posted by Caz | April 11, 2018, 20:19
  12. Hi Rudy, I am slowly mastering Train Controller ( old age and senility is not helping unfortunately !!) and was wondering if you have any help available with “Train Programmer” ? or can point me in a direction where I might find some help. Many thanks for all your work with TrainController. Without you Myself and many thousand others would bestruggling. Best regards and hope you can help me. Jim. jr@south-fork.co.uk


    Posted by Jim Richards | February 24, 2018, 23:53
    • Hi Jim. Thx for your feedback, that’s appreciated. I always program the few CV values of my engines that need to be tuned directly from the Command Station. I have never used Trainprogrammer, I don’t know if I can be of much help with that. What is the issue you have been bumping in to?


      Posted by RudyB | February 25, 2018, 08:31
      • Hi Rudy,
        Thanks for the reply. I purchased T.P. thinking that it would go with T.C. and make life very easy & show me at a glance what settings were within the decoder.. On reflection I think I could have saved some considerable money. Onw question you may be able to answer , is. In your No. 16 TC video , Engine Speed profiling, When you go into the setting crawl speed , forward and reverse and any other settings in that sequence. Does T.C. set those settings in the train decoder or ore they just set in the T.C. programme ? . Hope you understand what I am trying to say.
        Regards Jim


        Posted by Jim Richards | February 25, 2018, 21:45
      • No Jim, TC does not set CV values, I use my Command Station to program CV’s. First CV 3 and 4, acceleration and deceleration, are set to 0 or 1. Then I tune CV2 to get a reliable crawl speed, set a visually pleasing top speed with CV 5 and lastly I set CV 6 in the middle of CV 2 and 5.


        Posted by RudyB | February 26, 2018, 12:16
    • Oh and you can always ask your wuestions on the forum on the Freiwald.com website, then you reach a larger group and will find people who work with TP themselves.


      Posted by RudyB | February 25, 2018, 08:33
      • Rudy, your You Tube videos on TC are excellent sold me on buying it! Herr Freiwald is fortunate to have your information out there! Like Jim, I too bought TP thinking it would synch w TC and all would be nice and easy. Like Jim, not the case. And there are few if any informational sites like yours to help. Yes, there is the forum on Freiwald but it is really hard to parse down all that is there to get to what one is looking for.

        Jim, I have finally figured out how to see what the decoder has in it, how to program a 2 digit and four digit address and even work with the speed steps. There are many steps and set ups not in the instructions but can be figured out. I am by no means an expert now but am willing to share what I know. I do not want to take up Rudy’s space here and I do not know how we connect. Rudy…any thoughts?

        Thanks again, Rudy…your videos are really educational and helpful!



        Posted by John Grady | June 29, 2018, 22:13
  13. Thanks for all your videos Rudy 🙂

    Is it possible for you to create a page with headings/topics of all your TC videos ? I use them for setting up my own layout but sometimes find it hard to find the right video 😦 Sorry if I have missed a page you have already written. Thanks for excellent videos. BR Jan


    Posted by Jan Thyregod | January 16, 2018, 10:07
  14. Hi Rudy – I just want to write and say thank you for recording all these videos on TC. Its a truly gigantic effort and of enormous help and especially being in English. Thanks. Greg (Australia)


    Posted by Greg Hodgkiss | December 30, 2017, 08:15
  15. Hi Rudy,
    At first thank you for your TC videos. They help a lot.
    It’s a small thing but I like a feature on your layout which I am not able to reproduce up today.
    It looks like that your block names are visible also not being in edit mode. That is different to my layout. Is there a special trick?
    Thank you in advance for a help.
    Best wishes from the north of Germany


    Posted by Hans Scharley | December 7, 2017, 11:55
    • Hans, go into edit mode, then click somewhere on your switchboard to make it the active window, then go to menu ‘View’, select switchboard, then customize. Somewhere in one of the tabs there must be an option to show block names (I’m not behind a PC can’t look it up to precisely point to it right now).


      Posted by RudyB | December 7, 2017, 16:00
      • Hi Rudy,
        Thank you, now it looks fine with block names when not reserved.

        Best whishes


        Posted by Hans Scharley | December 7, 2017, 18:59
  16. Hi Rudy
    I have been looking at your video’s on traincontroller which has been of great help to me, have you done anything
    with double heading of loco’s ? I would not be running my layout without your help.


    Posted by Bryan sharp | November 28, 2017, 13:20
    • In TC that is rather simple … just drag one loc onto another in the trains list while holding the ALT button pressed and you have a double traction. Take care that either they have a speed profile that is nearly similar else one will be pulling / pushing the other. Better … use the proper CV values in one loc to disable traction control, which will make it more ‘lenient’.


      Posted by RudyB | December 4, 2017, 13:11
  17. Hi
    just built my dcc decoder board

    please check for out



    Posted by steve fletcher | November 14, 2017, 10:21
  18. Hi Rudy, Steve here from Aus, just got to say your TC videos are awesome, to the point where i am now seriously considering TC Gold over Silver, just saving the pennies, they should flick you some royalties mate :-). Your command of English is great and this is especially appreciated when the strength of information is locked away in German based forums I suspect, so thankyou for taking the time to deliver these in English. i hope you continue to explore the many options TC has to offer especially in turn sof turn table control :-). in any case all the best cheers


    Posted by Steve | November 13, 2017, 07:02
  19. Hi Rudy was wondering are you going to help us with gold 9 .. you have helped a lot .kind of like cheating on a test .thanks ALOT Greg Whayman Brantford Ont Canada face book newyorkandsevenr/r


    Posted by GREG WHAYMAN | September 26, 2017, 16:39
  20. Hi Ruud I discovered your TC video series and have to first say thank you. This series is the most useful instruction program I have ever seen. I am very interest in Video 36 – dealing with Reed switches and especially your discovery of using switches to set flags. I have watched the video 5 times – but I just cannot see how exactly to set up the flags via switches in the software. Do you have a step by step video of write up those describes this process please?


    Greg in Oz


    Posted by Gregory Hodgkiss | August 31, 2017, 12:14
    • Simply add the switch in the flagman ‘trigger’ tab. The switch is sort of a workaround for the fact that a flagman has no mamory, the switch is used as a toggle, a one bit memory, switched on by the sensor and switched off when the stop position is reached.


      Posted by RudyB | September 14, 2017, 14:05
  21. Hi Ruud
    Just had to drop you a line to thank you for your TrainContoller series. Its a great help in getting to grips with this software. Entertaining too!
    Many thanks


    Posted by Richard | August 10, 2017, 13:10
  22. Hallo Ruud,

    Ik heb de afgelopen dagen de filmpjes van jou op YT weer eesn (deels) bekeken. Complimenten daarvoor.
    Ik heb de Demo van versie 8 Gold geinstalleerd en een kleine test baan opgezet. Een beetje het idee van jouw baan in filmpje 3, Creating a Switchboard. Ik heb aangegeven dat ik een Märklin 6051 Interface en een HSI-88-USB
    gebruik. Wanneer ik nu de HSI-88-USB aansluit dan wordt een blok roze/rood gekleurd. Ik heb geen lok geplaatst en
    ook nog geen terugmelders aangesloten. Waar komt dat roze blok vandaan ?




    Posted by Guus | July 11, 2017, 07:38
    • Ik heb geen idee Guus. Hebben de sensors in de blokken in TC het juiste adres, kloppend met de fysieke adressen in de HSI88? Het kan zijn dat de HSI88 omgekeerde logica heeft en pas de juiste status weergeeft zodra er daadwerkelijk sensors zijn aangesloten. Wat het ook is … TC verzint de bezetstatus niet zelf, die krijgt ie binnen van de HSI88 (als de adressen kloppen).


      Posted by RudyB | July 11, 2017, 15:03
  23. Rudy …I am having a problem with a signal providing a CLEAR (Green) . Without going into a lot of detail, can I send you a .YRR file as I submit comments so that you can better understand what I am looking at ? Thank you for ALL you videos. I have inherited the responsibility of a large layout using RR & CO software. I am finding that the person that put all of our layout together used some unusual techniques. But, nonetheless it works quite well with some exceptions.I’ll describe my problem and share files when I hear back from you .

    Thank you ,

    Rich Palmieri President Dixie Model Rail Road Club Nashville, TN

    2017-04-30 11:29 GMT-05:00 rudysmodelrailway :

    > Guus Jansen commented: “Stoppen 36 cm !” >


    Posted by dixiemodelrailroad | May 3, 2017, 17:21
  24. Beste Ruud,
    Bedankt voor je reply !. Ik heb vanmorgen nog wat YT filmpjes van jou bekeken (t/m 17)
    Wat een mooi programma. Ik heb nog wel een paar vragen (if you don’t mind).
    Ik weet niet of je WDP kent, ik heb versie 2012. Wat zou dan een goede overstap zijn naar TC ? Silver of Gold.
    Ik heb hier een 32 inch scherm (3440*1920) Daar moet alles toch op passen. Of is twee separate schermen beter.
    Wat het aantal contacten per bolk aangaat. Ik heb er nu drie/blok. En ik heb twee schaduwstations van 7 sporen.
    Is in totaal 42 terugmeldcontacten (aan massa). Per module 16 aansluiten is dis 3 modules. Wanneer ik e.e.a. aanpas naar 1 contact per blok heb ik 14 contacten dus maar 1 module.
    Ik ga er vanuit de TC ook Mororola (Märklin) ondersteunt. Ik heb ook loks met MFX.



    Posted by Guus Jansen | May 1, 2017, 10:54
    • Guus, wat betreft het aantal pixels op de monitor, dat hangt natuurlijk van de grootte van de baan af en van hoe je die wilt tekenen. Het wordt aanbevolen zo compact mogelijk te tekenen, eerder schematisch dan een volledige nabootsing van alle rails, hou de lijnen tussen de blokken zo kort mogelijk. Ik heb al menig grote baan op een standaard 1920×1080 monitor gezet. Past het niet dan heb je de optie om meerdere ‘Switchboards’ aan te maken en met ‘connectors’ aan elkaar te verbinden, met als nadeel dat je maar 1 switchboard tegelijk in beeld hebt. 2 monitors is een oplossing als het echt niet past.

      Silver of Gold … er is een lijst met de verschillen op de website: http://freiwald.com/pages/traincontroller_silver.htm, naar onder scrollen en op de ‘show features …’ link klikken. Of de manual bekijken, daar staan de verchillen duidelijk gemarkeerd in de kantlijn.

      Ik neem aan dat de sensors al aangesloten zijn voor WDP? Dan zou ik dat gewoon zo laten. Ja, TC communiceert met de Marklin Command Stations CS2 of CS3.


      Posted by RudyB | May 2, 2017, 08:55
    • Beste Ruud,

      Ik wil wat hardware gaan aanschaffen voor mijn sporrbaan. Waaronder de uConManager en Booster en de uCon S88 Master. Ik heb de demo van TC8 Gold geinstalleerd. Maar zie onder configuratie alleen de S88 Master staan. Wodrt de Manager van LS Digital niet ondersteund ?

      groeten, Guus


      Posted by Guus Jansen | June 7, 2017, 09:25
  25. Beste Ruud,
    Met erg veel interesse je video’s (althans de eerste 10 :-)) op het YT kanaal bekeken. Ik gebruik momenteel WinDigipet. Maar vindt de opzet van dit programma erg complex. En dus is Traincontroller een mooi alternatief.
    Mijn baan is nog in aanbouw, maar heb al wel een schaduwstation klaar. Deze is 7-sporig met opstellengtes van maximaal 160 cm per trein. Elk blok is 162 cm lang, verdeeld is drie bezetmeldcontacten (binnenkomst 36 cm, remmen, 90 cm en stopppen 36 cm. De secties zijn onderling electrisch gescheiden d.m.v. kunststof railverbinders. Per blok zou ik dus 3 terugmeldcontacten hebben. Mijn vraag. Moet ik bij aanschaf van Traincontroller alle kunststf railverbinders verwijderen om er 1 sectie van te maken ?

    Met modelspoorgroet,

    Guus Jansen
    Märklin rijder sinds 1967


    Posted by Guus Jansen | April 30, 2017, 14:52
    • Nee hoor Guus, je kan alle sensors gewoon laten zitten. Je kan in de betreffende blokken in TC alledrie de sensors aanmaken, of twee, of een. Je hebt er eigenlijk maar 1 nodig om beheerst te kunnen remmen en stoppen. Als je er 3 hebt kan je kiezen welke je gebruikt om je rem- en stop markers ‘aan te hangen’. Omdat het een schaduwstation is (buiten zicht neem ik aan) zou je vol gas kunnen bijven tijden en pas op de laatste sensor remmen met een remafstand van 29 cm en een stop positie van 30 cm.


      Posted by RudyB | April 30, 2017, 16:37
  26. Hoi Ruud, n.a.v. het berichtje met betrekking tot de plaatjes bedoel ik de plaatjes die je gebruikt in conrtoller 22 (en verder) links onder het display waar de schedules en treinen zichtbaar gemaakt worden. De knoppen waar de schedules mee ggstart worden, de on knoppen en de panic button (noodkop) de teller enz. Daar waar het plaatje met de tekst “Rudy’s model railways bij staat”.

    Groetjes Wim


    Posted by Wim Peeters | March 12, 2017, 18:43
  27. Hoi Ruud, Ik probeer mijn treinen verloop wat te reguleren. Voor het gemak en lering rijden ze nu allemaal dezelfde richting op ( 6 stuks ) in 1 schedule. Ik merk dat het af en toe file rijden is . Ik wil in mijn schaduwstation A en in schaduwstation B altijd 1 trein vast houden, dat zal mijn inziens het verkeer op mijn baan verspreiden. Volgens mij kan ik dat oplossen met conditions op de blokken in die schaduwstations…….maar hoe doe ik dat? Indien gewenst kan ik je mijn Traincontroller 7 file mailen.

    gr. Edwin


    Posted by Edwin Baart | February 9, 2017, 13:51
  28. Hallo,

    Ik heb sinds kort TC Bronze op mn pc
    Vraagje: ik heb video 7 bekeken.. dus dat je met twee treinen kan rijden…..kan ik dat zelfde ook doen in bronze of moet ik dan upgraden.
    Verder vind ik die videos super…goed uitgelegt. Ik ben er blij mee.

    Groeten Evert


    Posted by evertsmeenk@home.nl | November 9, 2016, 09:17
    • Ja natuurlijk Evert, daar is het juist voor bedoeld. Er zijn helaas ook een heleboel dingen die met Bronze niet kunnen, de belangrijkste daarvan is een remweg opgeven in cm. Daarvoor zal je naar Silver of Gold moeten overstappen.


      Posted by RudyB | November 9, 2016, 16:25
  29. Rudy

    Voor loc x met adres y en lengte z snap ik het.
    Hoe gaat het echter als aan deze loc x een aantal rijtuigen gekoppeld zijn?
    Of moet je altijd met dezelfde stam rijden?


    Posted by Adri Jeurissen | October 28, 2016, 17:12
    • TC heeft de mgelijkheid om met trein samenstellingem te werken. Voor een loc met altijd dezelfde wagons geef je de lengte van de hele trein op bij de loc en hoef je verder niets te doen. Voor een loc met wisselende samenstelling van wagons moeten alle wagons bekend aijn in de ljst en een eigen lengte hebben. TC is zelfs in staat om dynamisch het aan en afkoppelen bij to houden, daarvoor moet je even de handleiding raadplegen.


      Posted by RudyB | October 28, 2016, 18:35
  30. Hallo Rudy,

    Dank voor de zeer informatieve video’s betreffende Traincontroller. Deze hebben me geholpen bij mijn keuze voor een treinbesturingssysteem. Ook de artikelen over Arduino lees ik met plezier.
    Over video 38 (overweg) heb ik een vraag:
    Hoe wordt in het blok na de overweg bij treinen van verschillende lengte “tail of train” bepaald?
    Het kan zijn dat dit in andere video’s behandeld is. Dan heb ik dit gemist.




    Posted by Adri Jeurisen | October 28, 2016, 12:47
    • Adri, je kunt voor een Action Marker opgeven of ie op de kop of de staart van de trein moet reageren. In het laatste geval moot je voor elke engine een lengte hebben opgegeven en de engine moet een speed profile meting gehad hebben. TC berekent dan op basis van de lengte en de snelheid het moment waarop de staart voorbij is.


      Posted by RudyB | October 28, 2016, 14:25
  31. Thanks


    Posted by Andy | October 26, 2016, 16:09
  32. Hi rudy

    Great videos and a lot of work I am sure to make them which is appreciated. I am just curious if these traincontroller videos can be downloaded as my computer for the layout dose not have Internet and my wifi won’t reach as far as the layout so I’m hopeing to download them



    Posted by Andy | October 26, 2016, 08:01
  33. Great work on these videos …I have referred them to fellow club members as an added way of understanding our club software ( Railroad and Company Gold) . I am working on profiling engines. I am anxious to try you suggestions and see if we might be able to do some automated running. One question comes to mind, if a train is running i=on a schedule under control of the computer, how do I assure this train will slow under Yellow signals and stop with a Red signal ?. Again thank you for all your hard work !! Vielen Dank !! ( My German is not so good)


    Posted by Rich Palmieri | September 21, 2016, 19:26
    • In every block you define a brake- and a stop marker as shown in one of the earliest videos. Trains that run automatic under TC control will be stopped when needed auromatically, either because it was a scheduled stop, or because the route ahead is reserved by another train. Trains can also slow down in the prefious block, there is a video on that too.


      Posted by RudyB | September 22, 2016, 16:34
  34. A little more advanced, like looking one or two blocks ahead for a yellow. I have a 2 track layout with 2 way traffic that has 2 scissor crossovers. I just cant get those signals to programed correctly.


    Posted by Mike | September 20, 2016, 20:47
  35. Rudy, Thank you for the Traincontroller videos. They are a huge help. Do you have any tips or tricks or information on setting up triggers for external signals?


    Posted by Mike | September 20, 2016, 16:25
  36. Hi i want to create a dcc sound chip using arduino nano. Would you be able to help and discuss this project further???


    Posted by shane | March 23, 2016, 22:52
  37. Hallo Rudy,

    Allereerst helemaal super de video`s van tc. Hierdoor wordt het leuker en simpeler om mee te werken.
    Toch is er een ding die ik exact na doe zoals in jou video uitgelegd maar niet wil werken zoals het hoort.
    Zou ik jou daarover een vraag mogen stellen per mail.

    Groetjes Jeroen


    Posted by Jeroen | March 4, 2016, 15:24
  38. Merry Christmas Rudy
    Thank you for support through out the year with your videos
    And help files
    I hope Santa is specially good to you and your family
    Best wishes


    Posted by Roger Newton | December 23, 2015, 10:10
  39. hoi Rudy, ook voor mij zijn jouw Train Control tutorials precies het zetje in de rug dat k nodig had. De hardware op mn testbaantje – ovaal met 2 passeersporen – is geïnstalleerd (Digitrax BDL168 blok detectie) Dus nu de sofware nog! 😉
    Waar ik tegenaan loop is dat ik geen internet op de treinenzolder heb. Is het mogelijk jouw video’s te downloaden zodat ik ze aldaar kan afspelen?
    Alvast veel dank & keep up the good work!


    Posted by Diederik | December 21, 2015, 13:50
  40. Hi Rudy I have just started using a traincontroller in the last few days, your vid os have made the process a lot easier. Will you be doing any more as they do help. Thanks again


    Posted by Darren | December 6, 2015, 18:08
  41. Hallo Rudy,

    even voorstellen:
    wij zijn momenteel bezig met het opzetten van een redelijk grote LGB baan in Koedijk.
    We gerbuiken Traincontroller Gold en hebben dan ook uitgebreid genoten van je instructie video’s
    Als meld- en schakelsysteem gebruiken we CAN-Digital-Bahn.
    Tot op heden lukt het ons stapje voor stapje.
    Er is alleen één onderdeel waar we totaal niet uitkomen en dat is de wisselcontrole. De Handleiding van TC is hier zeer summier over en we krijgen eigenlijk met de terugmelding nogal vreemde effecten.
    Heb jij de mogelijkheid ons hierbij wat assitentie te verlenen?
    Benieuwd naar je antwoord.

    Groet Rob Brouwer


    Posted by Rob Brouwer | November 25, 2015, 21:32
  42. Rudy, your website and Traincontroller videos are amazing. I used Traincontroller a few years ago and just started a new layout last month. I have learned so much about Traincontroller that I didn’t know before. Thank you!

    The only bit of constructive criticism that I would offer is that it is more than a little confusing when you start using functions that are in the gold version of the program and I can only afford the bronze addition. It would be helpful if your videos would point out when you are using the advanced functions.

    Dave J.


    Posted by David Jewell | October 19, 2015, 23:53
    • Hi David, thanks for your feedback. I understand your point. It would however be too much work to me to figure out exactly if a certain function, or detail of a function, is available in Bronze, or Silver, or not. It would also clutter and confuse the video’s too much if with every point it would have to be mentioned in which versions it (partly) works. I hope you can understand why this is left out, even though I realize it is an important issue.


      Posted by RudyB | October 20, 2015, 15:44
  43. Hello Rudy
    I a very avid reader of your website I have followed many of your blogs and video,s
    to be quite honest i would have not to be able to get the full potential of my ECoS without your Video,s

    So i need your help to identify a FLEISCHMANN 96-8122-K Carriage DWA a 2 floors DOUBLE DECKER DB scale -n
    There are a good many of these units for sale on the ebay site’s
    As i don’t understand European trains setups i have managed to work out that there are 2 driver/trailer carriages
    with a couple of centre carriages
    As these units have no engine is it possible that you find out what Loco’s are used to move these carriages
    I know i am pushing out the boat in asking Rudy you’re the only Person i know that might be able to help me
    for all your support
    Roger Newton


    Posted by Roger Newton | August 24, 2015, 13:46
    • Roger,

      Following engines have been in use: 101, 111, 143.
      DB Ellok0223 Doppelstockwagen in München Hbf mit 111 1180 am Prellblock

      Best regards, Ruud.


      Posted by RudyB | August 24, 2015, 14:48
      • Thank you Ruud
        I would never had guest that the DB Loco’s where used
        The carriages looked like they they where developed with a centre car that would house the engine
        Thank you for your help


        Posted by Roger Newton | August 26, 2015, 16:15
  44. Dag Rudy,

    Heel erg goed, die video’s omtrent TC, en zeker om net dat en ‘ zetje in de rug’ te krijgen om het beter te doen, dan wat ik al uit de diverse fora heb gehaald. Dit is zo mooi gedaan, door jou! Top! Ga zo door, groet, Arthur
    ps: vroeg ‘retired’ :-)..


    Posted by Arthur | August 3, 2015, 19:10
  45. Hallo Ruud,

    Heb sinds enkele dagen (via Beneluxspoor) je video’s over Traincontroller ontdekt. Fantastisch! Op mijn treinabaan gebruik ik sinds één jaar TC Gold; ondanks de uitgebreide handleiding is er veel trial and error, maar door jouw uitleg worden veel zaken veel duidelijker. Ga zo door.

    Met vriendelijke groet,

    Casper (ook uit 1956)


    Posted by Casper Sommeling | July 13, 2015, 18:28
  46. Hi Rudd,

    Before I read your comment on shooting up churches I downloaded TC Bronze haven’t really had a play with it yet but I’ve still got 29 days left. I am very impressed with the quality and detail of your presentations and have a high regard for your opinions. I look forward to your TC tutorials and would like to offer any assistance i can in relation to relevant input (on the rare occasion I might have some).

    I am in a similar position to you in that I am retired and after having recently moved from one end of the end of the country to the other have just started building my layout. Unlike you I have no electronics background and would have to describe myself as a bit of a techtard.

    TC have suggested to start with bronze work up to Gold. Can you offer any suggestions.

    Look forward to hearing from you. Bedankt.


    Peter M


    Posted by Peter Morris | May 29, 2015, 20:31
  47. G’day Rudd,

    I recently stumbled across your YouTube channel and enjoyed very much all you have explained about ecos and other programs. Interestingly, I was looking for train control and became interested in TC. Then I found your video on it. I have had win digipet but find that it’s not that user friendly. Have you had any experience with It?

    I operate ecos2 and Z21, fleischmann H0 profi and all esu digital components. I was very impressed with your VNC tutorial and now run ecos from my pc. Many thanks.

    I am building a relatively large layout and look forward to more of your excellent tutorials.

    Thanks again and keep up the excellent work.

    Kind regards

    Peter Morris


    Posted by Peter Morris | May 28, 2015, 15:07
    • Hi Peter. I have not tried WinDigiPet yet. Decided to go for TC first. A series of video’s on working with TC is in the making, the first ones will probably be published any day now. A large layout should not be a problem for TC. It helps to reduce PC load if you keep your switchboard layout as compact as possible.


      Posted by rudyb2014 | May 28, 2015, 21:20
  48. Hallo Ruud,

    Ben net begonnen met een Arduino Uno.

    Maar net zoals met andere apparatuur heb je geen zin om hele gebruiksaanwijzingen door te spitten.

    Met jou ondersteunende you-tube filmpjes help je me in ieder geval een heel eind op weg

    Bedankt !!

    Groet Hans


    Posted by Hans Kamps | February 5, 2015, 12:21
  49. Is er een manier om de zichtbaarheid van de cursor in het VNC scherm te verbeteren , zoals uzelf gebruik maakt van de gele/rode schaduw rond de cursor


    Posted by blondeel | September 21, 2014, 18:10
  50. Super video clips voor het aanleren van de ECoS gebruikers,

    Dank initiatieven zoals de uwe kunnen we ESU volgen,die er niet in slaagt om de snelle evolutie van de software in Manuels om te zetten

    Beste dank, we verheugen ons op de volgende,

    Met vriendelijke groeten, Eric


    Posted by Eric | September 1, 2014, 18:44
    • Ook nu weer super educatief !
      Zijn er ook Nederlandse versies van deze zeer interessante videoclips
      Met vriendelijke groeten, Eric


      Posted by blondeel | September 18, 2014, 21:37
      • Thanks for the feedback Eric. There are no plans to create the video’s also in Dutch. I hope that also without literally understanding what is being said, it still is possible to follow the mouse clicks and see which menu’s were used and what needed to be entered to get things working.


        Posted by rudyb2014 | September 18, 2014, 21:51

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