Category: iPad Control Panels

Operating ‘Bombala’ with an iPad

This layout, based on the real town of Bombala in New South Wales, uses our system to control the turnouts. In this case the customer decided not to use physical panels for now, but rather use an iPad. We developed two panels for this customer. The images below show the design that we did, and then photographs of the Bombala panels being used on an iPad. Please see photos below of the Solution Diagram, Design and panels on iPad.

The interesting thing about this layout is that due to some constraints the Bombala station uses Tortoise turnout motors. Whereas ‘Top Shelf’ another part of the layout uses surface mounted Peco solenoid based turnout motors. With our solution the customer was able to control both types of turnout motors with the one solution. See Solution Diagram below.

Bombala 1

Bombala 4

Bombala 2

Bombala 3


Our iPad app (Layout Control) is now available for download from the Apple App Store. Search for “Layout Control”. Please note that the app requires a Layout Controller before panels can be used. However, the app includes a demonstration, documentation, and how to get started. Click on the Menu icon in the app to view the Installation Guide.
App Store

iPad app available soon

Our new iPad app will be available for download from the app store shortly. We have completed development of the app. It is currently being tested and then approved by Apple before being generally available.

It looks great, and includes information and demonstrations to allow the user to explore and learn, as well as how to get started.

See our advertisement in AMRM Magazine

We have placed an advertisement in this months issue of Australian Model Railway Magazine (AMRM).

This ad announces the enhancement of our control panel solution to include use of iPad control panels. An iPad app (Layout Control) will be available for download from the Apple Store shortly.

This graphic is a representation of the ad placed in AMRM this month.
This graphic is a representation of the ad placed in AMRM this month.

iPad Panels available SOON

Control Panel Designs is pleased to announce that our eagerly awaited iPad app will be available soon for download from the Apple app store. We ensivage the solution being generally available by end of JULY 2014.

Initially, the iPad app will be used to control turnout motors on your layout. However, many other features and functions are planned for eventual release within the app.