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DCC Integration now AVAILABLE

We have developed DCC integration for our Layout Controller. This means that customers can use DCC enabled turnout motors, connected to a DCC Bus. Customers can still choose to use our Turnout Controllers for non-DCC enabled turnouts, or have a mixture of both. Please see Solution Diagram below, which illustrates how the integration is done. At the moment we support integration with NCE Command Stations. Further DCC manufacturers will be added in the near future. Please email with your preferences.

NEW iPad app now available

We have successfully redeveloped the iPad app, and it is now available. The app can be found by navigating to the Apple app store on your iPad and searching for ‘Layout Central’. We are currently working on the Android version of this app, and it will be available in the near future.

FREE – Rolling Stock Inventory Spread Sheet

Some years ago I decided to take inventory of my valuable collection and update it as I purchased or built new items. I used Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet that maintains lists of wagons, coaches and locomotives. I then used formulae to create a summary page and some graphical charts. You too can use this utility to maintain an inventory of your own collection.
Rolling Stock Inventory Graphic

This approach is useful for keeping track of what you have. And would be invaluable if selling your collection, or if someone else had to sell your collection.

I also wrote an article about this in the Australian Model Railway Magazine. (AMRM #270. June 2008. Page 33).

If you would like a copy of the article I wrote, as well as a copy of the spread sheet template please email me ( to receive your free, no obligation copy.

Please note that Control Panel Designs may email with you with other offers from time to time.

The Indian Pacific – Running Late

Now for something completely different that may interest you. Below is the Perth bound Indian Pacific, running late, and crossing Hadrill Road in the Swan Valley on the outskirts of Perth Western Australia. The train after crossing the Australian Continent from Sydney is less than 30 minutes from it’s destination. My house is about 7 minutes drive from this level crossing.