After being approached to setup a Marklin Z-scale model railway, Jeff Faust went all out and created not only a visually-appealing layout with regards to scenery but also created a new, Arduino-controlled throttle control system that detects if someone is near the layout and only operates in their presence. Furthermore the scenery on the layout also contains a variety of surprises to add scenic value. The following video shows a quick run-through of the operation:
Model train control isn't complex - just think of it as a simple DC motor, and you're off. Jeff's layout is a whole lot of miniature fun, and an interesting example of what's possible with an Arduino. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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