What it is

The StationMaster is a 3x4 inch box that is installed between the transformer and the track, and can automatically slow-down, pause, and then gracefully accelerate your trains up to speed.

The StationMaster is available in three different versions for flexibility. Instead of just offering the top-of-the-line StationMaster-6, the StationMaster-5 is also available with reduced features for dedicated hookups.

  • The StationMaster-5 "STATION STOP" version provides one-directional control. Use for Station Stops, Block Control, Alternating Trains, etc.
  • The StationMaster-5 "XL-Full Featured" version contains all the features and capabilies of the "STATION STOP" and also all the feaures of the "StationMaster / Reverser". The "XL-Full Featured" version is like getting two boxes in one; the Station Stop, and also the Reverser. It can be configured to do either.
  • The StationMaster-6 version has everything in the StationMaster-5 XL-Full Featured version, and also these additional features:
1) Manual reverse and bypass where the StationMaster will be disconnected from the track when the input voltage is reversed (run the train backwards), or the bypass switch is opened (disables automatic control and the StationMaster is bypassed).
2) An external 10 AMP relay connector. This relay can be used for turning on something when the train is stopped at the station, or controlling signal lights for back-and forth operations, or controllling red/green signal lamps in synchronous with stop/go, etc.
3) Much higher input voltage (up to 23 volts) due to an internal DC-DC converter.
4) An additional sensor input connector for "justa-station-stop" as described in the manual.
5) Full reversing mode for sensor or no-sensor operations. The StationMaster-6 has all the features of the StationMaster/StationStop and also theStationMaster/Reverser.
6) A "Motion Sensor" feature (when motion sensor is present) to run trains only when someone is watching.
7) A "Minimum Speed" feature to keep lights, sound, and smoke on when the train is stopped.

All StationMaster units come in either a 4 AMP or 10 AMP configuration, and can control standard DC trains straight out of the box. DCC trains can be controlled when set for DC mode by setting CV29 bit 2. And sometimes they just work without doing anything at all.

The StationMaster has these simple adjustments: (Usually the factory default settings are perfect)

  • Deceleration rate.
  • Pause time at the station. (Programmable 5 seconds to many hours)
  • Acceleration rate.
  • Multiple laps before stopping.
  • Advanced programming and features which are described in the manual. (See below)

When the Creep Stop or Creep Acceleration features are enabled you will think there is actually an engineer in your locomotive as the train decelerates into and out of the yard, and then runs slowly into the station before stopping at an exact position.

How to hook it up to your existing layout

Simple station stops are easy. Just attach two wires from your transformer directly to the StationMaster, and two more wires from the StationMaster to the track. No isolators or engine modifications are necessary. Your train will slow-down, pause and then accelerate at every location where a train sensor is placed under the track! Multiple laps can also be programmed so the train runs around a few times before stopping too.

Operations can be done with or without sensors using an on-board current sensor that detects the train. Absolutely no modifications to the engine!

Realistic Block control is also easy with a StationMaster using decelerations and accelerations, with two trains running on the same loop of track. The trains will be spaced apart from each other regardless of their relative speeds.

Features and Capabilities:

With the StationMaster you can just stop at a station using factory defaults, or use the programming features to do some AMAZING things: (Please read the manual for additional information)

  • Colorful LED indicators show what the train is doing
  • 10 AMP load capability.
  • State-of-the-art electronics featuring MOSFETS, an embedded digital micro-controller, and current sensing.
  • Full adjustments for DECELERATE rate, DELAY time and ACCELERATION rate to accommodate any size railroad.
  • Short Circuit Detection protects electronics from accidental damage when train wrecks occur.
  • "Top Speed" adjustment dial provides optimum train speed control.
  • Exact train stopping position allows every train to stop at exactly the same position.
  • Programmable station stop can be up to 1 hour, or anything when triggered from an external switch. (Maybe from a doorbell, a motion sensor, when someone opens a door, or triggered by the hands of a clock.)
  • "ACCEL" sensor allows easy block control and passing siding hookups.
  • "Multiple Lap" programmable will allow many loops before the station stop if desired.
  • "Creep Stop" and "Creep Acceleration" works on up to 5 different trains running concurrently, with each train realistically slowing down and stopping at a preciese location with their own ideal creeping rates.
  • Train detection feature allows station stops without using any sensors or magnets! Any train can run on your railroad straight out of the box.
  • Quick connect terminals allow unplugging the StationMaster for storage while leaving all the wires in place.

On The Web:

See additional Videos at the RRC YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RRCStationMaster

Miscellaneous other videos on YouTube: MGRS, James Ingram 1/4, James Ingram 2/4, James Ingram 3/4, James Ingram 4/4, MGRS 2, Maine Mall 2011, San Diego Model RR Museum, From Europe, Medford Garden Railroaders running with batteries
Also check out the Gaylord Texan resort which has dozens of StationMaster & YardMaster units controlling train operations 7 days a week all year long.

Click here to download the StationMaster-6 Manual (PDF)

Click here to download the StationMaster-5 STATION STOP Manual (PDF)

Click here to download the StationMaster-5 XL Full Featured (with reversing) Manual (PDF)

Click here to see manuals from all previous versions