Mark's Trains, 44 Regal Place, Peterborough, PE2 9AP    info@marks-trains.co.uk

Welcome to Mark’s Trains

The home of bespoke DCC and sound conversions in all scales, servicing and repairs including electrical repairs.

Services

DCC Conversions

DCC Conversions

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.

Sound Conversions

Sound Conversions

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 & Repairs

Servicing and Repairs

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 & Interior Detailing

Cab & Interior Detailing

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…

Directional & Prototypical Lighting

Directional & Prototypical Lighting

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.

Weathering Service

Kit Building

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.

Weathering Service

Spray Painting & Resprays

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.

Weathering Service

Weathering

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

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1 month ago

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After a couple months of hard work we are excited to reveal our upgraded full 16-Bit Class 37 sound project for the LokSound 5, which is now available to buy. Have a look at our colleague Douglas from Wickness Models undertake a bench test of the new project, I am sure you will agree this sounds much clearer than the old version 4 projects. Have a listen to the HiFi quality sounds here on YouTube youtu.be/7Zl7Wzt41Hg

A full demonstration video with the decoder installed inside a Class 37 will follow in the coming weeks!

The function bulletin has seen updates to include a slight change of function mapping and the addition of many new features. One of the exciting new features is the prototypical lighting selector; using a single function key (F0), it is now possible to cycle through many lighting options such as day/night head lights, shunting, stabling, and even hazard warning lights. Check out the updated function bulletin and instructions here www.marks-trains.co.uk/docman/RealDrive%2037.pdf

Get this project from our shop at www.marks-trains.co.uk/shop/dcc-sound-decoders/british-diesel/wickness-soundscape-class-37/

Enjoy the video. Oh, and be warned, you may need to turn the volume down!
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