Useful Model Railroading Links

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Many of SVL's members belong to the NMRA, the National Model Railroading Association. The NMRA holds regional and national meets with layout tours, model contests, and achievement programs for individuals.

NMRA DCC Information Page:

A really good site with lots of information about DCC.

The JMRI project is building tools for model railroad computer control. JMRI is intended as a jumping-off point for hobbyists who want to control their layouts or program decoders from a computer without having to create an entire system from scratch.

SVL primarily uses NCE equipment to run our layout. A PowerHouse Pro command station with a wireless base station acts as the heart of our DCC system and mainline turnouts are controlled by Switch-It™ accessory decoders.

Digitrax offers decoders with great special effects and/or plug and play installation and is one of the most popular DCC systems on the market. Two major selling points include the LocoNet™ bus, which provides LAN-like interconnect, and wireless cab operation.

Train Shop Santa Clara

The Train Shop in Santa Clara

The Train Shop on FaceBook

1829 Pruneridge Avenue

Santa Clara, CA 95050

(408) 296-1050


WiThrottle app for iOS devices.


We run our trains from our phones and other electronic gadgets.


Engine Driver for Android devices.

Engine Driver

We run our trains from our phones and other electronic gadgets

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