About Episode 15 – Custom LEGO Train Control Systems
In episode 15 of the LNUR Line podcast for LEGO train fans, we revisit custom LEGO power systems for your model locomotives.
From BuWizz to Circuit Cubes and Studly Trains, members talk about their experiences with custom power systems for their LEGO models.
LEGO train news – May/June 2021
- lgms.org – the domain is now funded and the LEGO-Gauge Modular System (LGMS) website is now launched
- LEGO Ideas round up, including LEGO train bookends, and the Forth Bridge
- FX Bricks schedule – next releases – straight 8L, 32L, r72, r88 curves, starting presale on 1st June 2021
- Block Junction – including the BritishBricks collaboration, USA tank LEGO model instructions
Trains and railways on LEGO Ideas
- Train Station by redChips – nice LEGO City style railway station.
- New Orleans Street Car 965 by Captain_Maurice22 – tram design with street stop.
- The Glacier Express by 2x3tile – nice City-style Swiss locomotive.
- Shunting Locomotive by Honza256 – neat small shunting locomotive with two open wagons.
- Steam Locomotive Enkhuizen by BrickTrainBuilder – dark blue tank engine.
Custom power systems for LEGO trains
- LNUR Line podcast episode 2 – LEGO train power systems
- Henry discusses the Powered Up system, LEGO’s current offering for remote-controlled models using a smartphone app and Bluetooth
- Power Functions, discussed by Luke (aka Triton LEGO Railway on YouTube)
- Studly Trains – small custom motors for LEGO trains
- Circuit Cubes (official shop). TechBrick are UK distributors for Circuit Cubes (and LNUR members get a lovely discount, too!)
- FXBrick – more advanced LEGO train control system, allowing sounds, lights, etc, as well as motor control
- Mattzobricks – programmable controllers for LEGO trains using Arduino, etc. Great resource if you’re interested in automating your LEGO trains!
- SBrick – compatible with Power Functions system, Bluetooth controlled
- BuWizz – 6 channel Bluetooth system
- Shout out to Dan from TechBrick for covering SBrick and BuWizz – they offer a lot of cool stuff for LEGO train fans in the UK, including Trixbrix and many of the motor options we’ve discussed
- DCC – Digital Command Control – thanks to Andrew, aka Technoandrew Productions, for his overview. There’s a good overview of the DCC system here.