Color me excited. Atlanta’s weather is moving back to normal, streets and highways are being cleared, and the head of the Mincey clan found a new toy. Yes, friends, Mincey folk have been into trains since, well, trains.
We have a room adjacent to the downstairs family room which has a couple of model train layouts. My Mac is adorned with a few train apps. This week, while suffering at home thanks to an ice storm and snowfall that brought Atlanta down, I managed to find iTrain.
This wonderful application– no, dare I say complete system– manages model railroad systems from your Mac, just like a real railroad control system.
This thing is so cool.
iTrain gives train aficionados manual control over locomotives, travel time and distance, all from a flexible switchboard controller.
It controls main and warning signals, start and stop, or can be setup for fully automatic railroading. iTrain supports a number of digital command stations (if you’re into trains you know what they are), including Marklin, RAMS, Intellibox, LocoNet, Rocomotion, Zimo, Dinamo and many others.
This is a must-have app for anyone into model trains. I’d write more but I’m busy working on a new layout.
In the Mincey FWIW department, iTrain comes with a price tag. Actually, three price tags, starting at Lite, then Standard, and Professional.
All three have manual control, flexible switchboard controls, track routes, and block control, but only the Pro version features fully automatic driving with train routes, multiple computers on a network, extra switchboards, and interfaces with multiple digital interfaces at the same time.
Fortunately, the evaluation period is two months. Why so long? It takes awhile to figure out how to use iTrain and to make sure you have the right hardware to match.