About Loco Remote

Loco Remote is the smooth and easy way to add sophisticated remote control for any 3V to 12V battery loco.
  • Any modern Wi-Fi enabled device can be used as a controller, including Apple iPhones and Android phones. For visually impaired users, the Loco Remote control interface is compatible with Apple VoiceOver and Google Android TalkBack and can also be operated from large iPad and Android tablet screens.

  • The Loco Remote module creates its own unique, password protected Wi-Fi access point. This is completely independent of other W-Fi networks and so can be used anywhere. It generates a robust, real time 2 way interactive user interface on the device with absolutely no need to download any special apps.

  • As well as very fine speed control with smooth acceleration and deceleration, Loco Remote can optionally provide directionally switched LED lighting and support for sound cards.
Take a look round our website get an idea of what Loco Remote can offer and to see which module is compatible with specific locos. Modules can be purchased securely from the Guide & Shop.

Loco Remote has been designed in the UK by Chris Rennie, an experienced electronics engineer and garden railway enthusiast. Please contact us by email if you would like further help and information.

PDF Models Nipper with 6V to 12V Loco Remote Maxi in the boiler and control interface on a smartphone. (Photo courtesy of Tony Hill)

Houstoun Gate Locomotive Works BEV1 with 3V to 6V Loco Remote Mini B and 3.7V 1200mAh Lipo battery installed under the bonnet.

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Wi-Fi control offers significant advantages over other types of garden railway remote control such as Bluetooth and 2.4GHz radio control. These include:
  • long range (typically up to 100 feet)
  • very stable connection between loco and controller
  • control as many locos as you like from one phone
  • control one loco from multiple phones
  • loco keeps the current speed if the controller is disconnected to run another loco
  • app free compatibility with all smartphones and other devices
  • real time loco speed and battery level display
  • set your own loco name and Wi-Fi password
  • no need for dedicated transmitters
  • small, low cost rugged modules