Getting started with a Loco Remote controller

For details including how to set up an icon on your home screen so you can easily access your Loco Remote, please take a look at the new Quick start guide to connecting to a Loco Remote.

Further information is in the Mini B, Maxi and Mega and Wi-Fi connection and controller operation guides.

NEW Dodding's Farm Watercress Railway locos and wagons

We are releasing new loco and wagon kits in May. These are the unique Austin 7 engined "Sylvasprings" (cream and green) and Briggs & Stratton engined "Vitacress" (green and black) together with matching flat wagons with watercress tubs and seats. Initially available in 16mm scale, 20-32mm gauge adjustable. 24mm would be equivalent to the 18 inch gauge of the originals which can be 3D printed by resizing the Loco Remote track. They also look good and work well on 32mm gauge track. A custom driver to fit in the small cab will be introduced by Clavey Models. 7/8ths inch scale 32-45mm gauge versions may follow if there is sufficient interest.

These 3D printed kits have a very fine surface finish. In the photos "Sylvasprings" has been brush painted with a couple of coats of Humbrol enamel. "Vitacress" and the wagons are straight off the printer with no further finishing. Prices are from just £95 for the 16mm scale loco kit including a Mini B controller and UK postage. Just add glue, paint and a 3.7V lipo rechargable battery to make superb models of the watercress railway stock, ideal for pottering about on garden lines or micro layouts.

We will doing a very limited producion run of both locos shortly. Please email for more information or to reserve a kit.

Loco Remote is the smooth and easy way to add sophisticated remote control for any 3V to 12V battery loco

The Loco Remote system is made up of a very small electronic module that fits in the loco, and a controller interface that the module generates on a Wi-Fi device such as a smartphone.

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Quick start guide to connecting to a Loco Remote

  • Any modern Wi-Fi enabled device can be used as a controller, including Apple iPhones and iPads, and Android phones and tablets.

  • The Loco Remote module creates its own unique, password protected, long range Wi-Fi access point. You can customise the name for each loco. This is completely independent of other Wi-Fi networks such as your home Wi-Fi network and so can be used anywhere. Think of it like connecting your phone to a Wi-Fi network in a coffee shop.

  • It generates a robust, real time 2 way interactive user interface on the device with absolutely no special apps to download. Speed and battery level are continuously updated on the display.

  • As well as very fine speed control with smooth acceleration and deceleration, Loco Remote can optionally provide directionally switched LED lighting and support for external sound cards as well as an internal sound card. See the Guide & Shop page for a growing list of loco sound samples.

  • You can control several locos from one phone and even control the same loco from multiple phones simultaneously.

  • 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 such as the Amazon Fire.
Take a look round our website to get an idea of what Loco Remote can offer and to see which module is compatible with specific locos. Purchase securely using PayPal 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.

Click on the photos to see videos of Loco Remote in action

Many more videos available on our YouTube channel

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