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Neil Young, Louis G Kovach II, Mark E Ricks, John T Ricks: Model train control system. Liontech Trains, O Melveny & Myers, April 10, 2012: US08154227 (31 worldwide citation)

A model train control system providing a more realistic modeling of the movement, sound, smoke, and lighting effects of a model train is disclosed. A number of dynamic inputs are used to control such effects. Novel features include providing a dynamic variable speed compensator, a dynamic engine loa ...


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John T Ricks, Louis G Kovach II, Neil Young, Mark E Ricks: System for sending commands to train cars based on location in train. Liontech Trains, O Melveny & Myers, December 2, 2008: US07458545 (5 worldwide citation)

A model train system is provided, comprising a command originator, layout objects, and a communication link. The communication link may be established through the use of magnetic induction coils/transceivers placed at the ends of each layout object. Commands sent by a user via a remote base to the c ...


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John T Ricks, Louis G Kovach II, Neil Young: Model train command protocol using front and back error bytes. Liontech Trains, O Melveny & Myers, October 14, 2008: US07437642 (2 worldwide citation)

A model train command protocol using front and back error bytes is disclosed. The front error byte is used to encode the data so that it is securely transmitted. The back error byte checks for proper transmission of the data itself. The entire encoded data sequence is known as a signature. The signa ...


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Mark E Ricks, Neil Young, Louis G Kovach II, John T Ricks: Force sensitive coupler for trains. Liontech Trains, O Melveny & Myers, April 19, 2011: US07926427 (2 worldwide citation)

A model train car having a union with a force sensor is disclosed. The force sensor is configured to measure the amount of force acting on the coupler. The information gathered from the force sensor may work in conjunction with a communication link or a local control unit so that realistic train eff ...


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Bruce R Koball, Richard James Mosher, John T Ricks, Tyler R Brooks: System and method for redirecting smoke effects in a model vehicle. Lionel L L C, O Melveny & Myers, March 12, 2013: US08393931 (1 worldwide citation)

A system and method is provided for selectively directing smoke in a model train or other model vehicle. In one embodiment, a directional fan is used to guide smoke to one of at least two output ports. When the fan is rotated in a first direction, air is drawn in through a first port and smoke is di ...


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Louis G Kovach II, Neil Young, John T Ricks, Mark E Ricks: Model train control system. Lionel, Fitzsimmons IP Law, April 10, 2018: US09937431

A model train control system providing a more realistic modeling of the movement, sound, smoke, and lighting effects of a model train is disclosed. A number of dynamic inputs are used to control such effects. Novel features include providing a dynamic variable speed compensator, a dynamic engine loa ...


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Louis G Kovach II, Neil Young, John T Ricks, Mark E Ricks: Model train control system. Lionel, Fitzsimmons IP Law, April 10, 2018: US09937430

A model train control system providing a more realistic modeling of the movement, sound, smoke, and lighting effects of a model train is disclosed. A number of dynamic inputs are used to control such effects. Novel features include providing a dynamic variable speed compensator, a dynamic engine loa ...


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Bruce R Koball, Richard James Mosher, John T Ricks, Tyler R Brooks: System and method for redirecting smoke effects in a model vehicle. Lionel, O Melveny & Myers, IP&T Calendar Department LA 13 A7, December 23, 2010: US20100323578-A1

A system and method is provided for selectively directing smoke in a model train or other model vehicle. In one embodiment, a directional fan is used to guide smoke to one of at least two output ports. When the fan is rotated in a first direction, air is drawn in through a first port and smoke is di ...