What it is

The StationMaster is a 3x4 inch microprocessor based box that can automatically slow-down, pause, and then gracefully accelerate your trains up to speed. It can do this in one direction, or reversing directions for back-and-forth operations. Additional controls and features are also available by using simple programming procedures.

The StationMaster can control trains up to 10 AMPS and connects between the transformer and track using standard DC trains straight out of the box!
The StationMaster has these simple adjustments: (Usually the factory default settings are perfect)

  • Decelerate rate.
  • Pause time. (Programmable 5 seconds to 30 minutes)
  • Accelerate rate.
  • Multiple laps before stopping.
  • Minimum voltage to keeps lights, sound and smoke on when stopped.
  • Advanced programming and features which are described in the manual. (See below)

When the Self Adjusting Deceleration feature is enabled you will think there is actually an engineer in your locomotive as the train decelerates into the yard and then creeps into the station before stopping at an exact position.

How to hook it up to your existing layout

Simple station stops are easy. Just attach two wires from your transformer directly to the StationMaster, and two more wires from the StationMaster to the track. No isolators or engine modifications are necessary. Your train will slow-down, pause and then accelerate at every location where a train sensor is placed under the track! Multiple laps can also be programmed so the train runs around a few times before stopping too.

This hookup can also be done without sensors or magnets. See the hookup manual for details. The StationMaster contains a current sensor which can detect trains on the track and will perform station stops when a train is detected. Absolutely no modifications to the engine!

Realistic Block control is also easy with a StationMaster. Two trains can share the same loop of track. One train will decelerate and wait for the second train to reach a track sensor. In this way the trains will be spaced apart from each other regardless of their relative speeds.

Features and Capabilities:

With the StationMaster, you can just hook up one DECEL sensor and stop at a station using factory defaults, or use the programming features to do some AMAZING things: (Please read the manual for additional information)

  • Two color LED indicators show what the train is doing
  • 10 AMP load capability.
  • State-of-the-art electronic controller featuring MOSFET, embedded digital micro-controller, and overload current sensing.
  • Full adjustments for DECELERATE rate, DELAY time and ACCELERATION rate to accommodate any size railroad.
  • Short Circuit Detection protects electronics from accidental damage when train wrecks occur.
  • "Top Speed" adjustment dial provides optimum train speed control.
  • Exact train stopping position allows every train to stop at exactly the same position.
  • Programmable station stop can be up to 30 minutes, or anything when triggered from an external switch. (Maybe from a doorbell, a motion sensor, when someone opens a door, or triggered by the hands of a clock..)
  • "ACCEL" sensor allows easy block control and passing siding hookups.
  • "Multiple Lap" programmable will allow many loops before the station stop if desired.
  • Self adjusting deceleration mode works on up to 5 different trains running concurrently, with each train realistically slowing down and stopping at a preciese location with their own ideal deceleration rates. This feature allows trains to decelerate into the train yard and then creep into the station.
  • Train detection feature allows station stops without using any sensors or magnets! Any train can run on your Railroad straight out of the box.
  • On board Direction Relay can operate Back-and-Forth Reversing Operations with incredible realism.

On The Web:

See additional Videos at the RRC YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RRCStationMaster

Miscellaneous other videos on YouTube: MGRS, James Ingram 1/4, James Ingram 2/4, James Ingram 3/4, James Ingram 4/4, MGRS 2, Maine Mall 2011, San Diego Model RR Museum, From Europe, Medford Garden Railroaders running with batteries
Also check out the Gaylord Texan resort which has dozens of StationMaster & YardMaster units controlling train operations 7 days a week all year long.

Click here to download the current Hookup Manual (PDF)