Welcome to Train-Tech
We have some very special news to share with you...
Train-Tech is part of DCP Microdevelopments which was started by David Palmer from a bedsit in Cambridge while an apprentice at Pye in 1981, initially designing and making products for the home computer market, building the business to make a range of Dataloggers and Sensors for Science Education and then launching Train-Tech with Tammy in 2012. It has been a wonderful journey and we still love every minute of coming up with fresh ideas and creating new products, very proud of our three Innovation of the Year awards for DCC fitted signals, animated Smart Screen and Automatic Sensor signals. But running a business like this takes up much of life's precious time and we feel that after 40 years the time is right to pass Train-Tech to new parents to take it on the next part of its journey, and so from November 1st we are pleased to announce that Gaugemaster will be Train-Techs new owners. Also moving with Train-Tech will be our Design Engineer Andy Rouse who has been with DCP since 1997 and this, together with David and Tammy's continual involvement in new products, will ensure a strong and innovative future for our baby. Gaugemaster share the same core values and ethos as us and will continue to have all of the products made in Great Britain using the same component suppliers and the same contract manufacturers in Norfolk. Gaugemaster will also continue to provide the high level of technical support and maintain all warranties, so in whatever way you are involved with Train-Tech you can be assured of continued good service.
We will really miss talking to you on the phone and seeing you from behind our layout at exhibitions, although you will still see us at shows as we hope to have time to finally build our own layout...!
Thank you very much for your support and friendship and as we look forward to serving you over these last 9 days we would like to offer you something back by way of 15% discount on anything you need before we hand over to Gaugemaster on 1st November - see details below of our SPECIAL15 offer.
We normally only offer a discount once a year on our birthday weekend, but as this is a very special time for us we would like to thank all of our wonderful friends and customers by offering 15% off any order which you can redeem by going to our webshop at www.dcpexpress.com and entering SPECIAL15 in the coupon code box as you checkout, or calling us on 01953 457800 weekdays 10-4pm, quoting SPECIAL15 to receive 15% off SFX or any Train-Tech products.
This Special offer ends at 11.59pm on Sunday 31st October 2021 or while stocks last
Once again thank you so much for your support....
Best Wishes, David & Tammy.
NEW! SFX Sound Capsules Launched!
DMU, Steam Freight, Diesel, Goods Shunting & Passenger Coach Sounds
There are now 5 new SFX capsules for on-board train sounds, all working on both DC and DCC with easy installation and absolutely no wiring!
All available now, £45 complete... Buy now
As well as new sounds for DMU, Steam Freight and Diesel locomotives, there are also capsules to bring sound to the back of your Train with Passenger Coach wheels, doors and guards or the clunks and squeals of Goods shunting!
What are SFX Sound capsules?
The SFX Sound capsule is a tiny self contained module less than the diameter of a 50p piece which needs no wiring, running off its own battery and using a motion sensor to know when its stationary or moving to play the right sounds. The SFX10 Steam Express and SFX20 Diesel capsules brought real loco sounds recorded from real trains to everyone at a great price, and because there are no connections to make to the motor or track pickups they work just as easily on Analogue DC or Digital DCC trains and can even fit in a coach or a wagon if there is no room in the loco. They can even be used with N gauge if fitted in a coach or long wheelbase van or wagon!
We have made videos for each of these new Sound Capsules so that you can see and hear what they are like, so please explore them by clicking on the links below...
SFX11 Steam Freight sound capsule
The new SFX11 is a variation on the popular SFX10 Steam Express sound capsule with similar loco sounds but speedup rate and maximum speed are reduced to sound more appropriate for slower running heavy freight goods or shunting.
SFX21 Diesel sound capsule
The SFX 21 is a new variation on the popular SFX20 with exactly the same sounds except that there is no silent coasting so the engine sounds continue and the two tone horn sounds after it has been running for a while.
SFX50 DMU Diesel Multiple Unit sound capsule
The SFX50 is all new and was recorded from several sets of real Class 101 DMU’s, though these would sound good in most vintage DMU’s. Sounds include the classic engine startup and distinctive tickover, Guards buzzer and familiar engine rasp with gear changes and two tone horn...
SFX70 DMU Diesel Multiple Unit sound capsule
The SFX70 features real sounds from loose coupled stock recorded on heritage railways. When it detects movement you get the familiar squeaky wheels plus the clanks, bangs and creaks of stock on the railway. Great to hear sounds from the rear of the train!
SFX80 DMU Diesel Multiple Unit sound capsule
The SFX80 is different from other capsules as you get most sound when the train is stationary. Real sounds recorded on original slam door style coaches and include guards whistles, slam doors, and brake sounds when it stops moving.
Just like the real thing!
Current SFX Models:
SFX10 Steam Express sound capsule
SFX20 Diesel sound capsule
For more details about the SFX Sound capsule and full range click here
Smart Screen animated station and on-board train display
Have you seen our real working animated miniature screen?
Click here for more info and to go to the Smart Screen page
The video below shows how to get started & program a Smart Screen
We design and manufacture all the products on this site in the UK and they are generally all in stock for immediate despatch. You can buy our products direct from us via our own webshop www.dcpexpress.com or model railway shops - check back regularly to see more information on new products and let us know if there is something you would like us to manufacture or supply.