Welcome to Mark’s Trains – a renowned specialist DCC conversion service.
We provide a friendly and reliable DCC and Sound conversion service in all scales, catering for all budgets with quick turnarounds. We also provide servicing and repairs including electrical repairs, cab and interior detailing, directional and prototypical lighting installations, weathering, kit building, and resprays.
Mark’s Trains stock a range of digital model railway equipment to cover all budgets. The range of products and accessories we sell have been selected through experience and specifically on the basis of quality at all levels of the market. We are stockists of Digikeijs, ESU, Lenz, ModelTech, Rapid, Train-O-Matic & Zimo. The full range can be seen in our shop section.
The Services We Provide
Digital Command and Control (DCC) brings a whole new level to the control of trains on a layout, including better low speed running and realistic operation. Many trains can share the same section of track and each train can be controlled separately in any direction and speed. Lights stay illuminated at a constant brightness even when the train is sat idle, and can be controlled individually.
DCC Sound provides an ultimate level of realism to the control of trains on a layout, including better low speed running and realistic operation with real sounds. Sounds are independently controlled and callable via mapped function keys on a DCC controller. Sounds generally include engine start & shutdown, engine running sounds, various horns/whistles, among many others.
Servicing helps to improve the running performance, reliability and longevity of your models. Poor maintenance can lead to many problems over time. Periodic light lubrication is recommended for almost every model, however over long periods, problems start to occur such as poor reliability and performance due to the build up of dirt attracted by oil, poor electrical conductivity of pick-ups, and split gears.
Cab and interior detailing can add a further element of realism to your models and can be undertaken as part of a conversion or on it’s own. Cab lighting can be installed with train crew on diesel locomotives and multiple units, and steam locomotives can be fitted with a flickering firebox with driver and second-man/fireman. Interior lighting and the placement of passengers…
With earlier generation models not having working directional lights, DCC conversion may initially be thought of as a wasted exercise. However, Mark’s Trains can provide a bespoke service to install directional lighting to your prized stock, giving them a new lease of life in the digital world once converted to DCC.
Mark’s Trains now offers a kit building service in all scales. Mark has many years of kit building experience whether it be plastic or brass. This kit building service was not previously advertised owing to capacity issues, however with a new larger workshop work capacity has now greatly increased and so we are able to offer this as a service to our customers.
Mark’s Trains is now in a position to provide a professional spray painting and respray service since we have moved over to our new larger workshop facility at the end of summer 2018. This has allowed a significant increase in the work capacity that we are able to contend with.
If you are looking for an element of extra realism in your models then it is worthwhile considering some weathering. Unless a mainline locomotive is ex-works or lovingly cared for, in reality it wouldn’t appear in a pristine condition and neither should your model when you take it out of the box. At a minimum it would have some roof and frame dirt and perhaps some bodyside grime.
Current Soundscape with RealDrive sound projects
Current projects are as follows;
British Diesel: Class 3 / 7 / 17 / 20 / 24 / 25 / 33 / 37 / 40 / 43 / 47 / 55 / 57 / 73 / 101 / 105 / 107 / 108 / 121 / 122 / 128 / Derby DMU / AC Railbus
British Steam: 3MT / 4MT / 5MT / 4F / 4P / 52xx / 57xx / Castle Class / 3F Jinty / Hall Class / Princess Coronation / Royal Scot / Stanier 8F
ModelTech Fx Pixel – Fire Effect£10.00
ESU LokSound 5 Fx – Sound function decoder£85.00
Mini Hobby Hammer£4.75
Reverse Action Curved Tweezers£5.75
Glass Fibre Pencil 4mm£5.50
DCC / DC Locomotive Servicing Controller£25.00 – £45.00
ModelTech ProTrack Power Feeder N£6.00
Gaugemaster Prodigy Express Starter Set£190.00
Rapid Lead-free solder 99.3/0.7 tin/copper 22SWG/0.7mm 100g reel£12.00
Brush insulating sleeve insertion tool£6.95
ModelTech ProTrack Power Feeder HO/OO£6.00
ESU locomotive servicing cradle with magnetic parts recess
Mark’s Trains Biodegradable 15ml Precision Oiler£5.50
Train-O-Matic Lokommander 2 Mini M21£22.00
Train-O-Matic Lokommander 2 Mini Wired 8-Pin 10 Function£25.00
Train-O-Matic Lokommander 2 Mini Wired 6-Pin£20.00