Very impressive. He showed us firstly ...
Item 2 was a more shiny pre-boxed version of the same. This would cost "in the region of £100".
Going back to the big diagram, fbb notes a "feedback bus" and a "cab bus" and wonders whether, if he was operating Faller electronic road vehicles, he might need a "bus bus"?
Where will it all end. On the Railway Modeller Christmas 2014 DVD we were entertained by a group of old codgers whose huge layout was totally controlled by computers. All they had to do was to set it all going and it would run itself while the modellers went to the pub.
It's called "defeating the object".
And a final thought.
Technical developments which are expected to mature during the next five years or so include the use of plastic for rolling stock bodies and the use of new electronic apparatus for reducing the complexity and cost of control systems, particularly for traction equipment.
These words are from the closing paragraph of the 1959 review of the 1955 British Railways Modernisation Report.
Still waiting on the real railway!
And on fbb's back yard layout?
One red wire and one black wire, just like 55 years ago!