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Model trains go techie with smartphone control: Bachhmann Trains

Techstination feature for Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Model trains in the digital age.    I’m Fred Fishkin with BootCamp,  your Techstination for gadgets and gear.   Model trains have been around since the 18 hundreds…and for many, they’re a pretty serious hobby.  But getting new generations of young people, who are fixated on mobile phone screens interested has been a challenge.  So the folks at Bachmann Trains have created EZ App and train sets they call Blue Lightning.    Marketing VP Doug Blaine…says you can even buy just a locomotive…

“You can put it on any track system, either analog or digital.  And with a free download to your smartphone, you would be able to operate the train.  The train comes as a complete ready to run train set, you get the free download, the only thing extra required is your actual smart device.”

The app lets you control the speed, direction, lights, sounds and more and really adds to the fun.  There are versions for both iOS and Android devices.   There’s more at  You can find us at   I’m Fred Fishkin.

Categories: Consumer Electronics | Kids