Controlling, designing, or operating a model railroad using computers and software.

Using SketchUp and rapid prototyping


How to use the free 3D drawing program SketchUp to make drawings and get the parts 'printed' using rapid prototyping technology.

A four-page clinic handout is available online at

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens
Thursday, Aug 27 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Saint Helens

Interfacing a computer to your model railroad


Bruce explains how easy it is to interface a computer to your model railroad. Focus is on the Super Mini-Node that greatly improves I/O distribution and significantly reduces system cost. Up to 128 nodes can be distributed all around your layout making wiring a snap. Simply connect any device directly to the nearest node. Only wiring between nodes is a single 4-wire cable. Applications focus on reducing layout wiring, prototypical turnout control, broad range of signaling systems, staging track control, lighting, animation, automation and interfacing to DCC. The result can greatly increase your railroad's prototypical realism and hobby enjoyment.

Day Time Room
Tuesday, Aug 25 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mt. Hood
Wednesday, Aug 26 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mt. Hood
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