Since the start of Domburg Train Support, we were regularly confronted with challenges for which there was no suitable solution on the market. Together with Vincent Bogers, I did something about this. Vincent worked out my ideas electronically and let me manufacture the products. With the following range of products, we hope to help the model railway enthusiast. The products are explained below with text, explanations, manuals and tutorials.
Our own S88 occupancy detection module. A simple and affordable module to provide your model railway with power detection. The track busy indicator module is provided with 2 groups of 8 outputs, each with its own input. In total you will have 16 occupancy detection sections available on your model railway.
The great advantage of S88 is that you do not have to set anything, and the modules are truly plug-and-play. The order of the S88 modules automatically determines the order of addressing in your software. The only requirement is that your central unit is equipped with a S88 connection. Central units that have this are: Intellibox, Twin Center, ESU EcoS, Marklin Central Station and DR5000.
With a retail price of € 39.95 this module is the cheapest in its class, and because it is a proprietary product you can expect fast service and direct response to problems.
Board dimensions 10 x 8 cm
Max voltage: 30 Volt
Max output power: 2 Amps
Our own S88 occupancy detection module. A simple and affordable module to provide your 3-Rail model railway with ground detection. You can also use the module for light barriers, reed contacts or switches. The occupancy detection module has 2 groups of 8 outputs with each its own input. In total you will have 16 occupancy detection sections available on your model railway. In addition to this module we bring an add-on board (DTS88N-DT) on which the "diode trick" is applied for a more reliable current collection on both tracks.
The great advantage of S88 is that you do not need to set anything, and the modules are truly plug-and-play. The sequence of S88 modules automatically determines the order of addressing in your software. The only requirement is that your central unit is equipped with a S88 connection and that the digital signal is grounded. Central units that have this are: Intellibox, Twin Center, ESU EcoS, Marklin Central Station
With a retail price of € 29.95 this module is the cheapest in its class, and because it is a proprietary product you can expect fast service and direct response to problems.
Board dimensions 5 x 8 cm
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This board is an addition to the DTS88n-GND when used for ground detection. On this board the so called diode trick is implemented with very strong high power diodes that can be loaded up to 2 amps.
The diode trick makes the rail contact much more reliable. With conventional ground detection, only one rail is current, the other is used for detection. With this additional module all 16 outputs become current-carrying, allowing the locomotive to get its ground from both rails.
We have chosen to implement the diode trick as a separate module. We supply it with pins so that the board can be directly connected to the screw terminals of the GND module. In addition, the DT allows you to connect the detectors decentrally and to connect both modules with a multicore cable. Extremely convenient if you have a central setup!
With a retail price of € 17.95, this module is the cheapest in its class, and because it is a proprietary product, you can expect fast service and direct response in case of problems.
Printed circuit board dimensions 3 x 8 cm
A home-grown reversing loop solution. Very easy to use, cheap to buy and simple to set up. This reversing loop module works 100% on current detection and controls this over 3 sections regardless of the direction of travel.
Full current detection
3 sections of which the middle one has the length of the longest train
Powered by AC, DC or DCC voltage up to 35V
Each section switches an output based on current detection
The switching outputs are free to use for occupancy detection or switching of any electronics
The module works stand-alone and does not need to be connected to a central unit, which makes it also usable when you do not use a digital central unit.
With a retail price of € 39.95, this module is the cheapest in its class, and because it is a proprietary product, you can expect fast service and direct response in case of problems.
There is a lot of talk about the use of servos. And that is not entirely unjustified, because a servo is not only cheap, but also reliable and energy-efficient. But to operate a servo you need electronics, and that is the problem for many model railroaders. Programming a servo decoder is cumbersome and with an OC32 you are stuck with software. And what if you want to operate a servo by hand because you do not use a computer to control your layout?
There are hand operated servo controllers on the market and it is also possible to build your own, but none of them has something that makes the ASB so unique. Here are the advantages that make the controller so unique:
No computer needed.
Two servos which are easy to adjust on centre position, left, right and speed.
Each servo can use its maximum deflection.
Each servo has a relay which can switch to its centre position.
Each relay has two potential-free change-over contacts for polarisation or feedback.
Each servo can be switched with a switch
Each servo can be controlled digitally with a switch decoder
So the ASB can be used to manually control a turnout or signal but also via a dcc decoder. The principle is simple: two contacts. One contact sends a signal and when the signal comes back via a switch, the servo moves to the next position. If the signal is lost, the servo returns to the next position.
No more hassle with decoders to adjust, programming via a Multimaus or central unit, not having the maximum amplitude available.....
Interior lighting in coaches, who wouldn't want that. Until recently, not everyone was enthusiastic about this because there are also some disadvantages. For instance, it is difficult to provide a LED strip with buffer and rectifier electronics so that it does not flicker and is suitable for both analogue and digital use. Another option was to purchase a ready-made strip that often cannot be shortened below 10 centimetres. Diffuse light is also difficult to create with a fixed strip.
Until the VVP was brought to our attention. A very small PCB with a rectifier, buffer circuit, dimmer and voltage regulator. An ideal solution to provide each carriage with nice, stable dimmed interior lighting. The VVP can also be used on a function output of a decoder. For example, to prevent the pwm from becoming visible during extreme dimming.
Can power any LED strip regardless of brand, type or length.
With a size of 16 x 11 x 5 mm it fits in every carriage out of sight.
The buffer can be expanded to the maximum capacitance you can fit.
Suitable for analogue and digital operation.
Can be loaded to a maximum of 25V.
Flashing interior lights and expensive strip lights are history with the VVP.
A relay card with four double-pole relays. That sounds very complicated but it is not. With the HPP4, connecting a heart patch polarity or any other circuit becomes an easy job. With the clear explanations in the manual, connecting various circuits is easy to do.
What makes the HPP4 so special?
All relays have a common V+, the V- is switched so that it can be used universally.
All relays have a status indication via a red LED.
All relays have two change-over contacts.
The indication for point polarity is clearly indicated: P for Point, A and B for track.
All relays have a quench diode.
Available with 5V and 12V relays.
Available as a kit or assembled.
Rugged terminals and durable components ensure long life and reuse.
Stuttering locomotives due to poor contact are a thing of the past with the LocBuffer. It is not a new concept, we did not invent the wheel, but it has been greatly improved. By using SMD materials, the processing of a capacitor circuit is possible even in the smallest scales.
Choice of Tantalum or Ceramic capacitors.
Charging device to avoid charging peak while discharging quickly.
Available in 16V and 25V versions.
Decoder programming is a very tricky job, first you have to find out what brand and type is in the locomotive. Then you have to search for the manual and if you are unlucky you get a whole book to work through. And if you programmed incorrectly, everything about the decoder is wrong and you have to start all over again.
Many will recognise this or see it as a reason not to start. With the arrival of the Sprog, this is over:
Programming via the computer
You build up a database of your digital park.
You have a backup of the decoder in the database.
The software recognises the brand and type of decoder.
Each type of decoder has its own datasheet with all settings divided into categories.
All settings are translated from CV to text.
The software is in Dutch.
It is delivered on a USB stick with the Sprog, including all manuals.
Almost all DCC decoders are included in the software which is updated monthly.
Domburg Train Support offers you the perfect control of your model railway with iTrain Software. No more hassle with desktops that are in the way, laptops that are quite expensive and slow. You probably recognise that these solutions are not ideal, your cords break, laptop batteries stop working and above all you often have a small screen.
The iTrainPC is based on small computers that you can put in a fixed place on your model railway. So you no longer have any problems with cables and defects. By using these mini computers you can also use large screens, but also multiple screens and even control your shunting yard with touchscreens.
We deliver all systems ready to use, with iTrain already installed and if you want we can enter your license directly. If you do not have an iTrain license we can also deliver one for you.
See here for the iTrain licenses
You can extend the systems with several options like keyboards, memory extensions, monitors and several other applications.
Did you know that if your computer breaks down you also lose your iTrain files?
We always advise you to use your layout and images from a cloud or external storage in iTrain. You give in iTrain your base path to these storage solutions. For this we offer a Cloud solution so your iTrain file is always safe stored in a Cloud storage. Our cloud solution uses the program OwnCloud, this is a subscription service you pay us yearly. If you prefer not to have this, which we can imagine, we also offer you external storage to store your iTrain files safely.
DTS has developed in cooperation with Berros the iTrain Remote. A virtual interface which enables manual control within iTrain with a handheld controller.
With the virtual interface you can control locomotives and accessories directly in the software instead of through a central unit. This enables you to control all components regardless of the interface they are connected to. It also enables users of the hybrid Dinamo control system to shunt with analogue locomotives as well!
By using LocoNet handcontrollers you can also see realtime speeds of the locomotive on the handcontroller and you are able to intervene during automatic driving and influence the speeds without ending the automatic routing.
During shunting movements iTrain will immediately set the selected locomotive to manual control, if you let the locomotive drive it will reserve the turnouts you set and the block after the turnout. All train traffic will be stopped and resumed automatically when you arrive in the next block.
In short, DTS iTrain Remote and iTrain 5 offer you a playful model railway!