Great news! Starting Monday, October 16, 2017, High Rail is 50% off. This means
you can start using your iPhone and iPad to control your Lionel Legacy LCS enabled layout for
only $4.99. That’s less than most pieces of three rail track.
High Rail 3 is out. iPad users can now quickly and easily change an engine’s image by dragging and dropping photos.
Interfacing with external hardware is challenging. The challenge is even more difficult
when interfacing with third party hardware. Software engineers are to expect the unexpected.
This video shows just how easy it is to create a SensorTrack™ recording with High Rail. As you know
the physical SensorTrack™ track piece has a physical button that you must push in order to start a
recording. However, High Rail allows you to “push the button” from your iPhone or iPad. Therefore
go ahead and put your SensorTrack™ in “hard to reach places”.
High Rail users with an iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 are already taking advantage of
3D Touch to control a moving engine’s momentum. It’s truly awesome!
The Lionel Legacy Base stores engine names in UPPERCASE. This is fine for the
CAB-2 remote. However, modern apps should NOT YELL AT THE USER. The initial
High Rail Engine feature shipped leaving the engine names in UPPERCASE.
Personalizing an engine with a photo is a great way to create a custom app experience. The engine speed
graph and gesture control adapt to the selected image.
This site was originally maintained using Wordpress. For numerous reasons I decided
to start using a static-site generator. The site is now maintained using
Jekyll. I “lost” a few blog posts containing app screenshots
in the process. I hope to restore some of that information soon.
The High Rail software architecture was built from the start to support a highly
interactive user experience. The gesture driven engine control (i.e. control your
engines with your fingers) is a start to that experience.
There’s a collection of a useful Lionel links on the Lionel Links page.
This video shows a technique for converting LCS SensorTrack™ to Atlas-O 3-Rail track. As with any electronics project, you should only attempt this conversion if you are comfortable that you won’t break anything. Proceed at your own risk.