Smart Screen

Winner of Innovation of the Year in the Hornby Magazine Awards 2019!




Smart Screen is a real working animated screen in miniature which you can customise with your own messages to really bring your layout to life! The small display module has everything built inside so you only need to connect 2 wires to DC or DCC power to make it come alive.

The Smart Screen can display multiple screens which can be triggered by a range of different inputs including switches, DCC commands and even Track Sensors which can be used to show a different screen as a train passes over it.... ‘Platform 1: MyTown’...... 

* Stop Press - Now also includes a real time clock function! *


Small and easy

Everything is contained in the Smart Screen so no complicated wiring or circuit boards - just connect 2 wires to a power source and go!

Dimensions are: 31mm Wide x 9.5mm High x 4mm Deep

Bring your station Alive!

Mounting a Smart Screen on a platform or in a station can add a lot of realism.

You can change the displays at the touch of a button, or if you fit one or two Track Sensors next to your tracks it can show appropriate messages for trains arriving or departing completely automatically!

And if your layout is DCC you can automatically display different screens for the various routes your points are set to as trains leave the station...... the possibilities are almost endless!

Animated displays.... just like the real thing

Sometimes you may want to display several words or list the various stations your train is stopping at, but they wouldn’t normally fit on the screen. However Smart Screen is able to display long messages by scrolling them along the screen automatically.... just like the real thing!



All aboard!

As well as mounting your Smart Screen on the Station you can also fit it inside a train! You can just connect it to a regular DC power feed to light it up, or if you are running your locomotives on DCC the Smart Screen has a built-in digital decoder which can be set to monitor the train direction and display a different destination or message automatically depending on its direction of travel!



Not just for trains....

Displays are now part of everyday life, so Smart Screens can be used on your layout in places other than trains and stations. They can help bring roads to life with changing screens and if you have a Faller Car system or similar you can automate the screens using magnetic reed switches under the road. You could also fit them in buses or bus stops, or use them in a Stadium to make your dream team scores come true!

Setting up your own message screens

Smart Screens come preloaded with a demo display, but you can fully customise your own messages and screens. Although once set up the screen can be powered from DCC or DC, you need to use a DCC controller to set up your own screens and inputs. This is fully explained in the instructions and most DCC controllers will work, although controllers with easy to use function commands are best.  -  If you would like your screen set up we offer a service for this. You will be sent a form to fill out with your exact requirements. Click Here for more info.

Controlling and powering your Smart Screen

Smart Screens can either be powered directly from 8-16 volts smooth DC or from DCC.

Different display screens can be set to be controlled by a number of different types of inputs or commands:

• 1 or 2 Track Sensors to show different screens

• 1 or 2 switches, eg button, reed switch

• DCC Accessory - eg point or signal control

• DCC Loco - by direction or Function buttons


Smart Screens has many different letters and symbols that you can use. Here is the full set:

User Manual for Smart Screen 

Programming form for Smart Screen  


Smart Screen - Available now!


Smart Screen OLED display modules - power from DCC or 8-16V smooth DC or 9V battery

SD1   Smart Screen - Single pack including wire and instruction booklet  £50  

SD2   Smart Screen - Twin pack including wire and instruction booklet  £90  

SD10   Smart Screen Starter Pack - Includes Screen, Enclosure and Track Sensor  £70  



Smart Screen housings  These are 3D printed and may require extra painting and finishing

SE1        Smart Screen enclosure -mount or hang screen in various locations - Pack of 2   £10  

SE2    Smart Screen enclosure on mounting post Right hand - for platforms etc   £10  

SE3   Smart Screen enclosure on mounting post Left hand -for platforms etc   £10  

SE4    Smart Screen enclosure on round mounting post Right hand - for platforms etc   £10  

SE5   Smart Screen enclosure on round mounting post Left hand -for platforms etc   £10  

SE6   Smart Screen double sided enclosure on round mounting post for two screens   £10  



Please click here for an independent review which Rob Honnor has written on Smart Screen.

Hornby / Railmaster users:

Ray Dawson is a Railmaster user and has developed a neat Windows computer program which enables you to set up a Smart Screen using the PC keyboard, with the PC connected to a Hornby eLink or Elite and which is then connected to the Smart Screen to be programmed.

You can find the software by clicking here.

(This is completely independent software and any queries should be sent directly to Ray Dawson whose contact details can be found in the user guide on the link)