Train Tech Smart Screen
Working Screen which you can customise to say whatever you want!
Smart Screen is a real working animated screen in miniature which you can customise with your own messages to really bring your layout to life! The small display module has everything built inside so you only need to connect 2 wires to DC or DCC power to make it come alive.
The Smart Screen can display multiple screens which can be triggered by a range of different inputs including switches, DCC commands and even Track Sensors which can be used to show a different screen as a train passes over it.... äóÖPlatform 1: MyTownäó»......
* Stop Press: Now also includes a real time clock display option! *
Small and easy
Everything is contained in the Smart Screen so no complicated wiring or circuit boards - just connect 2 wires to a power source and go!
The dimensions are: 31mm wide, 9.5mm high, 4.5mm deep.Œæ
Bring your station Alive!
Mounting a Smart Screen on a platform or in a station can add a lot of realism.
You can change the displays at the touch of a button, or if you fit one or two Track Sensors next to your tracks it can show appropriate messages for trains arriving or departing completely automatically!
And if your layout is DCC you can automatically display different screens for the various routes your points are set to as trains leave the station...... the possibilities are almost endless!
Animated displays.... just like the real thing
Sometimes you may want to display several words or list the various stations your train is stopping at, but they wouldnäó»t normally fit on the screen. However Smart Screen is able to display long messages by scrolling them along the screen automatically.... just like the real thing!
You can also choose to display the real time on the top right hand corner of the screen.
As well as mounting your Smart Screen on the Station, you can also fit it inside a train like many modern coaches and multiple units! If you are running your locomotives on DCC the Smart Screen has a built-in digital decoder which can be set to the same address as the loco and automatically display a different destination or message automatically depending on its direction of travel, or if you are running your layout on DC the Smart Screen similarly detects polarity and displays a different message depending on the direction of travel!
Not just for trains...
Displays are now part of everyday life, so Smart Screens can be used on your layout in places other than trains and stations. They can help bring roads to life with changing screens and if you have a Faller Car system or similar you can automate the screens using magnetic reed switches under the road. You could also t them in buses or bus stops, or use them in a Stadium to make your dream team scores come true!
Setting up your own message screens
Smart Screens come preloaded with a demo display, but you can fully customise your own messages and screens. Although once set up the screen can be powered from DCC or DC, you need to use a DCC controller to set up your own screen texts and inputs. This is fully explained in the instructions and most DCC controllers will work, although controllers with easy to use Function commands are best. We can also pre-program them with your own messages if you complete a special programming form - see the SD1P and SD2P options.
You can have up to 10 different message screens, each with a stationary top line which can include a real time clock, and the bottom line which can have up to 137 characters which automatically scroll once the line is wider than the screen.
Controlling and powering your Smart Screen
Smart Screens can either be powered directly from 8-16 volts smooth DC or from DCC. Different display screens can be set to be controlled by a number of different types of inputs or commands:
äó¢ 1 or 2 Track Sensors to show different screens
äó¢ 1 or 2 switches, eg button, reed switch
äó¢ DCC Accessory - eg point or signal control
äó¢ DCC Loco - by direction or Function buttons
Smart Screen is powered from DCC or 8v - 16v smooth DC or a 9v battery.
Smart Screen can be mounted into a housing/enclosure. These are 3D printed to a fine black finish but may be repainted. See below: