High Rail for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch allows you to control your Lionel Legacy Engines and Lionel LCS SensorTracks like never before.


A Bit Behind The Scenes

I partnered with Lionel, LLC in 2014 to develop High Rail for iPhone and iPad. After signing the NDA and receiving the proprietary hardware communication protocols, I started prototyping and implementing the awesome features that are available today.

High Rail is my “playground” app. It’s where I get to practice learning new technologies, patterns, idioms, etc. using an app that I (and my paying customers) want to use.

I am currently working on a layout control panel feature built on top of SpriteKit. The first major release will allow users to a Millhouse River Studio turntable. Future releases will include the ability to create an interactive virtual layout to control turnouts/ switches, track power, SensorTracks and much more.

High Rail Technologies

  • Swift 4/ ObjC
  • Core Animation/ Core Graphics
    • Lots explicit animations
    • Dynamic layer property animations
    • Custom view controller transitions
  • Custom UIGestureRecognizers
  • SpriteKit
    • Used by the in-app Gesture Help feature to display touches
  • Core Data
  • Custom asynchronous workflow engine built on top of NSOperation + NSOperationQueue
  • Asynchronous networking stack using Grand Central Dispatch (GCD)
  • Tons of XCUnit tests
    • hundreds of thousands of network packet combinations are tested against the Core Data model
  • lots more

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