Model Train Technology

September 2020

Hello JIm,

We are deep into several development cycles for some exciting new products - just in time for the shopping season. As a result, we're a little behind creating new videos and our TO-DO lists getting longer!. Nevertheless, if there is a video in particular that you would like, please let us know. In the meantime, we have some important updates:


The NMRA Compliance team has officially approved the Model Train Technology N Scale Passenger Light board DCC Decoder! This is a great achievement and we were very fortunate to work with all the great people at NMRA. All of our products use the same base technology and software so our next step is to go through the process to officially certify all of our other products.

From the NMRA website:

The NMRA Conformance and Inspection Committee has inspected hundreds of products over the years. NMRA Conformance Warrants are issued to those that meet the necessary criteria.

To obtain these warrants, each product had to adhere to all NMRA Standards, applicable Recommended Practices and Industry Norms. This is not an easy thing to do and it required significant effort on the part of the manufacturer to ensure that these products are in full compliance to NMRA requirements. Each manufacturers is to be commended for their effort in this regard!

NMRA Conformance Warrants are perpetual.

The Model Train Technology's NMRA Manufacturer Code is 168.
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LED Light board update:

  • All LED light boards (except the Caboose board) for installation inside passenger cars will now come with solder pads so you can easily disable the board lights. Previously we painted over them.
  • We added a solid state (not reed switch) magnetic reset system so that you can reset the board without removing the shell; very handy.
  • We upgraded the main MCU (CPU) to a more powerful chip with more memory into which we plan to put more functionality next year.
COMING SOON: Enhanced "keep alive" capability.

NEW - LED Scene Controller IIa COMPACT.

Last month we announced revisions to the Lighting Scene Controller IIa including the ability to use Fiber Optic cables. This month we introduced a Non-Keypad Compact version with a sleek case. This product replaces the open board versions that we sold previously. We also eliminated the Screw Terminal version and in place you can add plug in terminal adapters to each of the three sides. In this way you can also mix and match JST plugs and Wired plugs AND Fiber Optic Dongles to the same unit.

This simplified our production process and created a more rugged product for the Club and Modeler environment. This new case is 100% compatible with the existing magnetic mounting bracket system.


Reminder: JST to Terminal Connectors

We have received a number of requests for a way to mix both JST plug accessories and those that DONT have a JST plug. Here is the solution. These connector simply plug into the JST sockets as a set (2,4 or 10). Easily removed like the JST plugs. You can use the 2 port and 4 port anywhere it fits - not just on the ends.
Set of TErminal Adapters

NEW - HO and N Scale Lanterns

We have update the HO Lantern that we feature in the Caboose Kits. We resized it to make it closer to scale, we upgraded the print precision and we install the LED in a special recess which then allows us to add a red bezel. . That gives it a much better appearance when the LED is off. The HO Scale Lantern is 5.5mm high.

The N Scale kit did not have a lantern and we were a little skeptical as to whether we could pull it off given that it is reeeeeeaaalllly small. The 0402 LED would not fit properly oriented so we borrowed form our Fiber Lighting technology and inserted a .5mm Fiber Cable. Then, we created a special N Scale LED Dongle designed specifically to fit inside an N Scale Caboose. The fiber helps act as a mounting system. You simply drill a .5mm hole through the body of the caboose and attached the Lantern and Dongle. The Dongle connects to the AUX pads of the Caboose Board. The N Scale


Lantern HO bb
HO Scale lantern aa


N Scale Lantern 1
N Scale Lantern & Dongle


We have release and shipped our NEW Fiber Lighting Controller. The controller will light 16 Fiber Cables with 8 CONTROL PORTS. There are two fiber lights per port. The animation included are ON, Alternate Flashing and Blinking. This perfect for use as a crossing gate, emergency vehicles or building flashing signals. The Fiber Lighting Controller also has 8 DETECTION circuits so that you can activate any of the ports via remote detection system. You can assign one or more detection inputs to one or more ports.

The unit also has a built in DCC decoder AND you can select whether it behaves as a Multifunction Decoder OR an Accessory Decoder. The Unit will support 8 separate Switch addresses and you can assign any switch to any port - or motile ports. This give you a lot of flexibility. The unit fully supports NMRA short and Long addressing. The kit comes with an 18VDC power supply ("wall wort").

We invented Fiber Connector Pins so that you just slide the Fiber Cable in and insert it int the Fiber Light Manifold.
FLC - 1
FLC - Back 2

For your convenience, here are the links to our site: (both links work the same but one is easier to remember and type!)

Due to very popular demand of our Caboose Board lighting system we packaged up a kit that includes all the key components. You can choose the LED color of the Caboose board. Comes with DCC Decoder board, "floating brass" pack and two 3D printed lanterns with RED 0403 prewired LEDs - AND now an LED "chip" for lighting the cupola - AND hookup wire! All you need is a soldering station.


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Until next time, best regards and stay safe and healthy,


Founder & Inventor
Model Train Technology
Orlando, Florida

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