Tam Valley – DCC

Introducing BlueRailDCC by Tam Valley

BlueRail Trains, Tam Valley Depot, and Dead Rail Installs have joined forces to develop, market, and support the next generation of BlueRail products. The original BlueRail product permitted the control of model trains from smart phones. BlueRailDCC extends this to control trains via any NMRA standard DCC decoder. This permits the onboard sound of your choice, easy consisting of multiple locomotives, and common sense programming of the decoders via the iPhone/iPad or Android.

BlueRailDCC by Tam Valley is a compact circuit board that allows any DCC decoder to be controlled by a smart device using the free BlueRail Trains app.

Hardware by Tam Valley Depot
Firmware and control app by BlueRail Trains
Distribution/Retailers by DeadRail Installs

The board (which may be powered by battery or track power) sends control signals to a DCC decoder which in turn can control speed, direction, sound/light functions and can read and write CVs using an intuitive interface (without the need for a programming track or additional equipment).

Boards with the integrated antenna have a tested range of 75 feet. A variation of the board that supports a u.fl antenna is available with a tested range of 150 feet. This allows for a stronger signal in all areas of your layout, and can be positioned as desired.

The board is available in 2 sizes:

5 AMP 3 AMP 2.75″ 1.25″
2 AMP 1.5 AMP 1.5″ .57″

These boards are controlled by the free BlueRail Trains app. The app update will feature BlueRail’s solid easy-to-use interface, wireless firmware updates, CV editing, and compatibility with all BlueRail products (developed previously and currently in development). BlueRail develops in iOS, and then ports to Android (so iOS control will be available first). More info on this development process is available in the “Articles” section of the BlueRail website.

MSRP Pricing is as follows:

5 amp board: $140
5 amp w/ antenna support: $150
2 amp board: $95
2 amp w/ antenna support: $105

Actual price will be set by retailers.

Prototypes of the boards, on-board firmware, and the smart phone app are currently under test. As soon as the bugs have been worked out production will begin and the product will be available. We expect this to occur in the next few months. Progress will be announced on the three companies’ web sites and the BlueRailDCC group.

More details, pricing information and pre-order sign-up will be made available through our email list, which you can join by using the “CONTACT” link above. Please stay tuned for more information.