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School of Engineering

Senior Projects 2009-2010


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Team Future Innovators of Railroad Engineering


  • Skylar Clark
  • Tom McGrail
  • Nathan Parker
  • Patrick Reed
  • Justin Storie

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones


  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Paul Duesing

Project Description: Remote Train Coupler System

Team FIRE designed and constructed a scale prototype coupler for two variants of “O” scale model railroads. The system allows remote controlled coupling and uncoupling of railroad cars at any location through wireless communication. The design includes a coupler locking mechanism and a method to miniaturize the mechanism to operate on the smaller “HO” scale. It is the second phase of a two-year project with a patent pending.

Links to the 2009-2010 Senior Projects Teams: