Arduino & Model RRing Clinic: ITD Meeting, Feb. 9 in Monticello

NMRA member Thomas Ose will present a session on “Arduino and Model Railroading” at the next Illinois Terminal Division monthly meeting.  It is coming up on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm at Buzz Swett’s home on the outskirts of Monticello. Write to our divisional email (bod@nmra-itd.org) if you need directions

Arduino are small computers that have many different applications in Model Railroading.  The first part will be an introduction on what an Arduino is and why we as modelers care to use them.  The Arduino presentation will then go deeper into the usage of Arduinos in model railroading.  We will look at DCC++ in more detail and will look at the required components, how they are modified and configured.  We will then have a test track where we can see DCC++ in action using JMRI as the controller. If time allows additional topics on speedometer and sensors will be presented.


Thomas has a background in hardware and software design and has been modeling for a long time utilizing DCC and Arduinos for control and automation.

Lincoln Square Train Show, March 30 & 31, 2019 in Downtown Urbana

Mark your calendar now for the 2019 Lincoln Square Train Show! This year’s show will be March 30 and 31, 2019 from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Admission is FREE! Organized for four decades by the Midwest Railroad Club and the Urbana Free Library, this year’s show is cosponsored by the Illinois Terminal Division of the National Model Railroad Association.

The ITD will organize the show beginning in 2020 and we look forward to carrying on the MWRRC and UFL’s rich tradition of bringing the local railroad community together for the free annual train show. Come on down and visit the vendors and display layouts.

There will also be vendors from the weekly indoors Saturday market sponsored by the Urbana Business Association on hand if you get there on Saturday morning, so for those not interested in trains, tag along and there’s other vendors you may want to visit.

For more information, call Mike Lehman at 217-344-5609