MANUAL Drive Screen
Switch to MANUAL drive mode to take a full control of the train. Now you're in charge of the speed, steering and the movement direction. In MANUAL mode, the action snap detection is inactive so that nothing interferes with the way you want to drive the train and where you want it to go.
SPEED SLIDER: In MANUAL mode, you have a fine control of the train's speed using the SPEED SLIDER. You can get the train to go very slowly or race it around the track at speeds up to 40 in/sec (100 cm/sec). Be aware that it is easier to derail the train at the highest speeds especially when going through junctions and curves.
MANUAL STEERING: Manual steering lets you engage LEFT and RIGHT steering to get the train where you want to on the track. Nominally, the train goes straight through the track junctions unless the steering is engaged. To get the train to steer, press the desired button just before the train enters the junction. The timing when to engage the steering does depend a bit on the train's speed so you need to develop a feel for timing to perform this maneuver consistently. But that's what also makes it a lot of fun!
BREAK ASSIST BUTTON: The BREAK ASSIST feature momentarily slows down the train when it steers at junctions to reduce the chance of derailing. It can be especially helpful when you drive at high speeds. This feature is enabled by default. When you're ready to take more control of the steering maneuver, you can disable this assist feature by pressing the button.
TIP: Use MANUAL drive on wooden tracks. When running the smart train on traditional wooden tracks, the MANUAL drive comes very handy. Wooden tracks can be a lot more demanding due to the multitude of track types, curve sizes, etc. The wooden track joints can be also quite uneven. You can navigate the smart train on the wooden track in MANUAL mode using the precise speed control and manual steering. You can also momentarily max out the train's speed to make it climb onto the wooden ramps and bridges (it's will not work otherwise due to the train's low clearance as it will get stuck on a ramp at lower speeds).