Hello! OMG I hear you say.... Leadie69 is posting something again.... we all thought he had dissappeared! No, I am very much here, I just haven't been on the forum for a while. Anyway, the purpose of this post is to introduce you all to a Deadrail system I am using for most of my OO locos when I go to my local club or when visiting other folks layouts (for those of you who haven't come across the Deadrail concept yet, it involves controlling trains wirelessly via battery without using the track for power). A bit of background - Like most of us I started off with everything running DC. I then finally tried DCC, liked what I saw and started converting a lot of locos. There was a problem with this approach though. My local club, The Newcastle Model Railway Club (Australia), has a largish OO/HO layout that operates in DC one week and DCC the next so I had to keep checking each week to make sure I took the correct locos. I had previously looked into commercial Deadrail systems but was put off by price and availability. Then I discovered Arduino and suddenly there was a world of possibilities open too me. I have 2 DIY Deadrail systems - one for use at the club for primarily running trains round a big tailchaser and another for shunting on my micro layouts - this thread is about the former (I will cover the shunting system in a different thread soon). The system I use was originally developed by a guy in Russia called Steve Massikker and can be found on his site - https://www.arduinorailwaycontrol.com/ Steve's system is designed to power trains conventionally via the track but I could see ways to modify it for on-board battery power and basic Deadrail operation - it just took me a while to find the correct parts and power. Obviously the circuitry won't fit inside an OO loco but I did manage to squeeze it all into a CTT van with runs directly behind the engine when using this system. Anyway, that's enough for this post - I'll explain more over the next few days. In the meantime I have attached a couple of pics below of the van and the "electrickery" packed inside it. Ian A plain CTT van But it is full of "electrickery"