DC Train Control

Tutorials for a few systems that you can use to control your DC or analog powered trains.

Included is information on running your DC trains from your phone and various automate train control systems.

Each system is covered separately by text and video tutorials.

DIY Power Pack For Model Railroads
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Manual control from a DIY power pack is simple, inexpensive and easy to set up. Actually this is my favorite system.

It is great for kids to use on a floor layout. The image to the left shows a system set up to operate two trains at the same time.  It is a DIY system that is probably good for everyone to have on hand.  I even use it a a motor speed controller in other applications.

There is a video to the left that shows it in operation.

To go to the text page with instructions showing you how to build it, Click Here




Model train block wiring diagram
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How to wire a DC layout for Block control.  Analog Block Control






Automated And Remote DC Train Control Tutorials

Control Your Model Railroad From Your Phone — This is a very inexpensive and simple way to control your train from your phone.  Easy to set up and operate.

Control Trains Using A Wii Nunchuk – Simple and easy to use by anyone, and that includes kids.

Simple Automated Point To Point Railroad – Excellent for trams or trains that do not have to have engines change position at the end of a run.

Simple Point To Point Model Railroad Running Two Trains –  The is a two train automatic point to point  automatic control system.

Automated Train Layout With Reversing Loops-– An automatically controlled DC reversing loop layout.  This is a step beyond the point to point layouts above.

Control Model Railroad With Slide Of Finger

Model Railroad Layout With Automated Passing Siding (V 2.0 )



Simple Automated Railroad Layout

Automated Model Railroad Loop With Siding-Control –

Automated Point To Point Model Railroad With Yard Siding



The following systems take a bit of work to set up.  But if you are determined, it is said that they work well. I have not tried them yet because I am happy with my DIY power pack and have not yet found time.


This system allows you to use JMRI for remote DC train control. It is a bit complex, but well worth the effort. Click here.






Wireless DC control of 3 locomotives with joystick. This is quite a piece of work.   Probably worth an early try.  Click Here.





A system to control a DC train on your phone. The version to run one train is free. But I put this on the bottom of the list because of upsells and extras needed to control more than one locomotive. Phone Control

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