Radio Control services
At Cromford Designs, we provide a full installation service for radio control and sound systems in your loco.
We can often squeeze radio control systems in smaller locos than you'd imagine - the smallest is our gauge 1 Ruston 48DS, which carries all battery and RC equipment on board - no need for any battery carrying vehicle. Similarly, the model of Locomotion in gauge 1 carries the batteries in the water tank, and all the electronics are buried in the coal space and chassis of the tender.
We pride ourselves on installing equipment so that it's not visible when the loco is in motion. Charging sockets and on/off switches are normally hidden under filler caps, tool boxes or any other appropriate places.
We always use high quality soldered connections, with micro plugs and sockets so that, in the unlikely event of a component failure, it can be easily replaced.
Typical systems currently used are:
Crest Revolution 57000 Train Engineer system (or revo for short) - this is excellent high-end control system, which we've been able to configure to work with servo systems.
Omni - this is a good basic system, which saves having the typical aircraft style handset
Micron - excellent for the smallest of locomotives
However, we can also work with you and your system of choice to provide the best solution for your needs.
Feel free to call us to have a chat about what's best for you.
On/off switch and charging socket hidden underneath with the drive train
Revo receiver cut down to fit under the cab floor. Battery pack is under the bonnet.
Motor gearbox driving loco. Electrical connections are water feed and drawbar. Batteries, on/off switch fitted in water tank. Receiver and speed controller underneath in coal space.
NSR Battery Loco
NSR Battery Loco
Shows layout of slimmed down revo and battery installation.
Carries revo and batteries on board
Fitted with Cliff Barker's RC system
Fitted with revo, but there's only one single switch on the loco to switch the system on. The revo handset then controls every other function, including engine start up and sound system, exhaust smoke generators, directional head and tail lights, cab lights and illuminated instrument panel. We are the first in the UK to engineer the radio systems so that everything's operated from the handset rather than the loco.
Revo 57000 system