What makes it work for me is that for a very reasonable price I can get a terminal board kit that the Nano plugs into and that has mounting holes.
The programming is done by using an editor program downloaded from the Arduino web site. The programs are checked and compiled by the editor and loaded onto the Arduino by USB connection to your computer.
So with these building blocks I am ready to start some practical projects on the Palisade Canyon layout or on my Ntrak or AsiaNrail modules. Some of the ideas I have include:
- Grade crossing flashing light and bell
- Staging yard controls
- Point to point operation with stops and turnouts
- Model buildings lights on and off
- Signal controls
- RFID reading and train routing