See our BrassHat™ Announcers & Sound Recorders in action.
Record and play the unique sounds and messages you want for your railroad with BrassHat™ Announcer and Sound Recorder.
Pushbutton editing, built-in microphone, LINE IN recording from PCs, CD players and other sound sources makes recoding easy — no computer needed!
A variety of sound outputs and volume controls, control outputs and inputs, and automatic playback options makes BrassHat™ Announcer and Sound Recorder very flexible.
Mounted on a fascia faceplate, BrassHat™ Announcer has 5 pushbuttons to trigger up to 10 separate messages and sounds. A pre-recorded "outdoor crowd" background track is included, along with the standard user-recordable background track. Total recording capacity is 3 minutes 36 seconds.
BrassHat™ Announcer is the perfect choice for fascia-triggered passenger station, yard and industry announcements. These can be mixed with background and automatic sound playback.
BrassHat™ Sound Recorder records and plays back up to 8 separate messages and sounds, along with a user-recordable background track.
Trigger playback with pushbutton switches (not included), other connected electronics, or with auto-playback options.
The TrainBoss™ Talking Defect Detector speaks and displays 6 types of defect alarms for passing trains with the probability you assign. The Talking Detector also reports axle count, train speed and length, and temperature — just like automated detectors on the prototype. Or if you prefer, listen to the rear trainmen report defects and speeding.
The WeighStation™ Digital Display Track Scale emulates modern high-capacity track scales. WeighStation™ Track Scales realistically display weight when a railcar moves onto the scale track. Weight varies from car to car within a user-defined range.
The WeighStation™ Meter Display Track Scale emulates a vintage 100-ton track scale, with a smooth motion edgewise panel meter. The Meter Display is also available in an 80-ton model with 0 - 160,000 lbs. readout.
"Operating with Track Scales" is the companion presentation to Jim's January 2010 Operations Special Interest Group Dispatcher's Office article. Jim describes modeling railroad track scales, scale houses, and scale test cars. Jim also explains how to integrate weighing into model railroad operations, including freight movements, scale certification, and car card/way bill systems.
In "Scratch Build an Animated Coal Mine", Jim shows how to scratch build a very large animated coal mine tipple, headframe, and boiler house to match prototype photos from the 1930s. Techniques include strip wood, styrene, and brass construction, and finishing with painting, and weathering. Simple electronics and motors bring the model to life.
Handouts for both presentations are under "Articles" in the navigation menu above.
How fast is my train really moving? How fast was the speediest train in the history of this railroad?
HotShot™ Speedometer has the answers. This Speedometer displays the scale speed of passing trains — and alarms just like a highway speed trap if you break the pre-set speed limit! And it keeps a record of fastest and average speed in a session, the all time speed record, and more.
Now your road crews can test and improve their speed judgment — and try to keep The Limited on schedule without getting caught!
There's no escaping notice as you slink into Union Depot 2 hours late with the Limited! With the push of a button on BrassHat™ Announcer's faceplate, the Station Master announces your arrival.
The Announcer records up to 10 messages or sound tracks and plays them back on pushbutton demand or through a variety of automatic options. It's perfect for fascia-triggered announcements for passenger stations, yards and industries.
Or do you need custom sounds for that special industry — a unique sound module with flexible playback? The easy-to-use BrassHat™ Sound Recorder has 8 recordable on-demand sound tracks, plus a recordable background track.
Both Announcer and Sound Recorder will bring your railroad's industries, engine facilities, towns, and right-of-way to life with audio tracks that you record.
Model Railroader Magazine's July 2012 issue features a two-page article describing the installation and use of a WeighStation™ Digital Display Track Scale on their 4x8 Virginian Ry. project layout. Virginian operators weigh newly loaded hoppers from the layout's mines at the Rogers coal marshalling yard.
MR editors also demonstrate weighing coal in a Virginian operating session video (Part 20 in the Virginian project series) on the MR website. The website also has paperwork used to originate and weigh coal traffic.
Needless to say, we are very pleased that the editors of MR chose the WeighStation™ Track Scale for the Virginian!
Boulder Creek Engineering has just released the latest TrainBoss™ Talking Defect Detector, and the big star is the new Female Automated Voice. Select either the Male or Female Automated Voice when ordering. You can order an additional Voice Chip of the opposite gender if you want to swap between the two.
Other new features include Radio Static Bursts before and after automated voice messages, a Greeting Message when a train is first detected, defect counting from the rear of the train, and more.
Upgrades for current TrainBoss™ Talking Defect Detectors are available.
Visitors at the GFSM hear train length, speed, and axle counts for passing trains between Dog Lake and Sycan Jct. Those "lucky" visitors that hear a defect report can then enjoy watching the GFSM engineer set out the bad order car at the next convenient spur.
This breathtaking 5500 sq. ft mountain layout was featured on the cover of the December 2008 Model Railroader magazine.