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Fall River Division Grade Crossing

NightScope™ Infrared Detectors sense approaching trains and activate this double track road crossing on John Parker's Fall River Division. The Infrared Detector Applications Guide shows how to use NightScope™ Infrared Detectors with a wide variety of model railroad electronics. (Photo courtesy of John Parker)

Boost Model Railroad Operating Realism

  • Bring prototype jobs to life
  • Heighten the railroad experience for your operating crews
  • Grow the enjoyment value of your Model Railroad investment

Simple to Install, Easy to Use

  • Plug and play
  • No soldering, no programming
  • Easily customized to your railroad

HotShot™ Speedometers


HotShot™ Speedometer catches speeding locomotive engineers.


HotShot™ Speedometers

HotShot™ Speedometer displays the scale speed of passing trains (3 MPH - 400 MPH) in large bright red digits. Adapts easily to KPH.

If engineers exceed the set Speed Limit, their speed will flash and an alarm will sound. There's no hiding from this railroad speed trap!

A single button push reports last train speed, train count for session, high and average speed for session, and the all time high speed record.

Mounted on a fascia faceplate, HotShot™ Speedometer includes Photo Sensors to detect trains in typical room lighting — dim light requires 2 NightScope™ IR Detectors (sold separately).




BrassHat™ Announcers & Sound Recorders


See our BrassHat™ Announcers & Sound Recorders in action.


BrassHat™ Announcers

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 Recorders

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.


TrainBoss™ Defect Detectors


See our TrainBoss™ Defect Detectors in action.


TrainBoss™ Talking Defect Detectors

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.

TrainBoss™ Displaying Defect Detectors

The TrainBoss™ Displaying Defect Detector alerts train crews or remote operators, and reports defects — without all the talk. With its Display mounted on the back of its circuit board, the Displaying Detector is ready for fascia mounting. And like the Talking Detector, it also ties into C/MRI, DigiTrax, JRMI, and more.


WeighStation™ Track Scales


See our WeighStation™ Track Scales in action.


WeighStation™ Digital Display Track Scales

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.

WeighStation™ Meter Display Track Scales

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.


NightScope™Infrared Detectors


NightScope™ Infrared Detectors

NightScope™ Infrared Detectors sense trains in any (or no) light, driving LEDs, motors, and a wide variety of popular model railroad electronics.

Instant Response model (Black) turns off immediately on departure.

Delayed Response model (Red) holds detection for 2 seconds after train departs, ignoring gaps between railcars.