{"id":2350396165,"title":"MTH 50-1001 - DCS Remote Control Set","handle":"50-1001","description":"\u003ch4\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eProduct Specification:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eVersion: Rev. L\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSoftware Version: 6.1\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProduct Line: DCS\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRelease: Aug. 2000\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFeatures:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWireless Remote Handheld\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMICROPHONE - Broadcast your voice from a locomotive with Proto-Dispatch™\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLCD DISPLAY\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSOFTKEYS - Activatelocomotive features\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMIC - Turns Proto-Dispatch™ on \u0026amp; off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTR - Track menu (Access various tracks \/ blocks on your layout,for conventional AC mode)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSTART UP - Plays engine startup sequence, activates sound, smoke, and lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProgramming Port - For attaching tether between remote and TIU for programming new software features\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSW - Switch menu (turnout control)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCPLR-F\/CPLR-R Fires front \u0026amp; rear couplers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTHUMBWHEEL - Throttle \u0026amp; selection (scroll \u0026amp; press) tool DIR - Changes locomotive direction\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eW\/H - Blows whistle\/horn\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDIR - Changes locomotive direction\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDOPPLER - Activates\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Doppler™\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eE-STOP - Emergency Stop cuts power to all tracks\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePFA - Activates\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePassenger Station\/Freight Yard Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSHUT DOWN - Plays engine shut down sequence, turns off sound, smoke, and lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSTART UP - Plays engine startup sequence, activates sound, smoke, and lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProgramming Port - For attaching tether between remote and TIU for programming new software features\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eB\/L - Screen backlight on\/off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eACC - Accessory menu\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBELL - Rings bell\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eENG - Engine menu (to select and control engines)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMENU - Access 4 main menus: Sound, Control, System, Advanced\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLABOR\/REV UP OR DRIFT\/REV DN Makes an engine sound like it's working harder (labored steam chuff or higher revving diesel) or easier (drifting chuff or lower revving diesel)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBOOST\/BRAKE Temporarily Raises or Lowers Speed\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSMOKE - Turns smoke unit on \u0026amp; off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eVOL+ - Globally increases all sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eVOL - Globally decreases all sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eENG SND - Silences engine sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHDLT - Turns headlights on \u0026amp; off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePROTOCAST - Activates Proto-Cast™ for playing external music or sound effects through an engine\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eREAD - Search for TIUs, AIUs and Proto-Sound® 2.0 or 3.0 engines on the track\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eTIU-Track Interface Unit\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Cast (Audio) Connect any audio source using optional mini-to-mini cable (50-1009) and\u003cbr\u003ebroadcast through engine\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOUTPUTS\u003cbr\u003e• Two channels constantvoltage DCS command power (AC or DC) • Two channels conventional\u003cbr\u003e(variable voltage) or DCS command power (AC only)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Dispatch (input for optional auxiliary microphone)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAIU Input\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFIXED INPUTS up to two AC or DC transformers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eVARIABLE INPUTS up to two additional AC transformers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRemote Input for programming new software features\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSerial Interface (RS-232)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAux Power Input\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eOverview:\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eDCS offers more features than any other AC or DC operating system — features that are standard on every Proto-Sound 2.0 and 3.0 locomotive. Here’s just a partial list of what DCS offers:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCommand Control:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eOperate up to 99 DCS-equipped engines independently at the same time.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWireless Handheld Throttles:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eRun your whole railroad — locomotives, switches, accessories, everything — from one or more DCS handheld remotes. When you have guests, give each visitor a DCS handheld and let them control their own engine. An LCD screen indicates which engine you’re controlling and its current speed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMultiple Unit Control:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJust like the prototype, you can double- or triple-head locomotives, add or drop helper engines, or bring a train into the station with a mainline engine and then have a switcher break up the consist.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSwitch and Accessory Control:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAdd one or more optional AIUs (Accessory Interface Units) to control switches and accessories from the DCS handheld. To create specific routes — an exit from a passenger station to the westbound main line, for example — you can program multiple track switches to throw with a single command.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eProgrammable Layout Operation:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eRecord up to 90 minutes of DCS speed, direction, sound, and accessory commands as a program that your layout can repeat on demand. Use this feature to run trains automatically on one part of your railroad while you manually control another area.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePrecise Speed Control:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSet engine speed in one-scale-mile-per-hour (smph) increments, from a 3 smph crawl to 120 smph. Your scale speed is indicated on the DCS handheld. 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The latest software can be downloaded to any DCS system ever made, so new features can be added and your investment will not become obsolete.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eCommand Control Explained\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eIn conventional operation, an AC or DC transformer varies track voltage to adjust engine speed and direction. Command systems such as DCS, however, put a constant voltage on the track (around 18 volts for DCS) and vary speed by telling each engine how much of that voltage to use. Command control allows different engines to do different things — like run at different speeds, go in different directions, or make different sounds — even when they are on the same track.\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eIn the DCS system, commands such as speed, direction, and sound control are sent as radio signals from the handheld throttle to a TIU (track interface unit). 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L\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSoftware Version: 6.1\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProduct Line: DCS\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRelease: Aug. 2000\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFeatures:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWireless Remote Handheld\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMICROPHONE - Broadcast your voice from a locomotive with Proto-Dispatch™\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLCD DISPLAY\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSOFTKEYS - Activatelocomotive features\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMIC - Turns Proto-Dispatch™ on \u0026amp; off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTR - Track menu (Access various tracks \/ blocks on your layout,for conventional AC mode)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSTART UP - Plays engine startup sequence, activates sound, smoke, and lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProgramming Port - For attaching tether between remote and TIU for programming new software features\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSW - Switch menu (turnout control)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCPLR-F\/CPLR-R Fires front \u0026amp; rear couplers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTHUMBWHEEL - Throttle \u0026amp; selection (scroll \u0026amp; press) tool DIR - Changes locomotive direction\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eW\/H - Blows whistle\/horn\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDIR - Changes locomotive direction\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDOPPLER - Activates\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Doppler™\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eE-STOP - Emergency Stop cuts power to all tracks\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePFA - Activates\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePassenger Station\/Freight Yard Sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSHUT DOWN - Plays engine shut down sequence, turns off sound, smoke, and lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSTART UP - Plays engine startup sequence, activates sound, smoke, and lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProgramming Port - For attaching tether between remote and TIU for programming new software features\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eB\/L - Screen backlight on\/off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eACC - Accessory menu\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBELL - Rings bell\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eENG - Engine menu (to select and control engines)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMENU - Access 4 main menus: Sound, Control, System, Advanced\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLABOR\/REV UP OR DRIFT\/REV DN Makes an engine sound like it's working harder (labored steam chuff or higher revving diesel) or easier (drifting chuff or lower revving diesel)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBOOST\/BRAKE Temporarily Raises or Lowers Speed\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSMOKE - Turns smoke unit on \u0026amp; off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eVOL+ - Globally increases all sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eVOL - Globally decreases all sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eENG SND - Silences engine sounds\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHDLT - Turns headlights on \u0026amp; off\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePROTOCAST - Activates Proto-Cast™ for playing external music or sound effects through an engine\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eREAD - Search for TIUs, AIUs and Proto-Sound® 2.0 or 3.0 engines on the track\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eTIU-Track Interface Unit\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Cast (Audio) Connect any audio source using optional mini-to-mini cable (50-1009) and\u003cbr\u003ebroadcast through engine\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOUTPUTS\u003cbr\u003e• Two channels constantvoltage DCS command power (AC or DC) • Two channels conventional\u003cbr\u003e(variable voltage) or DCS command power (AC only)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Dispatch (input for optional auxiliary microphone)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAIU Input\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFIXED INPUTS up to two AC or DC transformers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eVARIABLE INPUTS up to two additional AC transformers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRemote Input for programming new software features\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSerial Interface (RS-232)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAux Power Input\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eOverview:\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eDCS offers more features than any other AC or DC operating system — features that are standard on every Proto-Sound 2.0 and 3.0 locomotive. Here’s just a partial list of what DCS offers:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCommand Control:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eOperate up to 99 DCS-equipped engines independently at the same time.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWireless Handheld Throttles:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eRun your whole railroad — locomotives, switches, accessories, everything — from one or more DCS handheld remotes. When you have guests, give each visitor a DCS handheld and let them control their own engine. An LCD screen indicates which engine you’re controlling and its current speed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMultiple Unit Control:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJust like the prototype, you can double- or triple-head locomotives, add or drop helper engines, or bring a train into the station with a mainline engine and then have a switcher break up the consist.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSwitch and Accessory Control:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAdd one or more optional AIUs (Accessory Interface Units) to control switches and accessories from the DCS handheld. To create specific routes — an exit from a passenger station to the westbound main line, for example — you can program multiple track switches to throw with a single command.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eProgrammable Layout Operation:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eRecord up to 90 minutes of DCS speed, direction, sound, and accessory commands as a program that your layout can repeat on demand. Use this feature to run trains automatically on one part of your railroad while you manually control another area.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePrecise Speed Control:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSet engine speed in one-scale-mile-per-hour (smph) increments, from a 3 smph crawl to 120 smph. Your scale speed is indicated on the DCS handheld. And like the cruise control on a car, Proto-Speed Control™ keeps your train moving at the speed you select, regardless of hills and curves. You can even switch off the speed control if you prefer.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBi-Directional Communication:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eProto-Sound engines not only receive DCS commands, they can report back vital information, trigger other devices to operate, and diagnose your layout’s wiring and signal quality. Query a locomotive to find out how many scale miles it’s run, for example. Measure your track in scale miles. Or check DCS signal strength at a specific location.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eUpgradable Software:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eUnlike DCC, Legacy, or any other command system, DCS is designed to be upgradable for free over the Internet. The latest software can be downloaded to any DCS system ever made, so new features can be added and your investment will not become obsolete.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eCommand Control Explained\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eIn conventional operation, an AC or DC transformer varies track voltage to adjust engine speed and direction. Command systems such as DCS, however, put a constant voltage on the track (around 18 volts for DCS) and vary speed by telling each engine how much of that voltage to use. Command control allows different engines to do different things — like run at different speeds, go in different directions, or make different sounds — even when they are on the same track.\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eIn the DCS system, commands such as speed, direction, and sound control are sent as radio signals from the handheld throttle to a TIU (track interface unit). The TIU translates those radio signals into digital information that is sent through the rails and picked up by a receiver in the appropriate engine — telling it to go, for example, 37 miles per hour, blow the whistle, smoke more heavily, or any other command. DCS locomotives can also send information back to the handheld to let the operator know what they’re doing.\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e"}

MTH 50-1001 - DCS Remote Control Set

Product Description
$ 314.96 $ 349.95
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Product Specification:

  • Version: Rev. L
  • Software Version: 6.1
  • Product Line: DCS
  • Release: Aug. 2000

Features:

Wireless Remote Handheld

  • MICROPHONE - Broadcast your voice from a locomotive with Proto-Dispatch™
  • LCD DISPLAY
  • SOFTKEYS - Activatelocomotive features
  • MIC - Turns Proto-Dispatch™ on & off
  • TR - Track menu (Access various tracks / blocks on your layout,for conventional AC mode)
  • START UP - Plays engine startup sequence, activates sound, smoke, and lights
  • Programming Port - For attaching tether between remote and TIU for programming new software features
  • SW - Switch menu (turnout control)
  • CPLR-F/CPLR-R Fires front & rear couplers
  • THUMBWHEEL - Throttle & selection (scroll & press) tool DIR - Changes locomotive direction
  • W/H - Blows whistle/horn
  • DIR - Changes locomotive direction
  • DOPPLER - Activates
  • Proto-Doppler™
  • E-STOP - Emergency Stop cuts power to all tracks
  • PFA - Activates
  • Passenger Station/Freight Yard Sounds
  • SHUT DOWN - Plays engine shut down sequence, turns off sound, smoke, and lights
  • START UP - Plays engine startup sequence, activates sound, smoke, and lights
  • Programming Port - For attaching tether between remote and TIU for programming new software features
  • B/L - Screen backlight on/off
  • ACC - Accessory menu
  • BELL - Rings bell
  • ENG - Engine menu (to select and control engines)
  • MENU - Access 4 main menus: Sound, Control, System, Advanced
  • LABOR/REV UP OR DRIFT/REV DN Makes an engine sound like it's working harder (labored steam chuff or higher revving diesel) or easier (drifting chuff or lower revving diesel)
  • BOOST/BRAKE Temporarily Raises or Lowers Speed
  • SMOKE - Turns smoke unit on & off
  • VOL+ - Globally increases all sounds
  • VOL - Globally decreases all sounds
  • ENG SND - Silences engine sounds
  • HDLT - Turns headlights on & off
  • PROTOCAST - Activates Proto-Cast™ for playing external music or sound effects through an engine
  • READ - Search for TIUs, AIUs and Proto-Sound® 2.0 or 3.0 engines on the track

     

TIU-Track Interface Unit
  • Proto-Cast (Audio) Connect any audio source using optional mini-to-mini cable (50-1009) and
    broadcast through engine
  • OUTPUTS
    • Two channels constantvoltage DCS command power (AC or DC) • Two channels conventional
    (variable voltage) or DCS command power (AC only)
  • Proto-Dispatch (input for optional auxiliary microphone)
  • AIU Input
  • FIXED INPUTS up to two AC or DC transformers
  • VARIABLE INPUTS up to two additional AC transformers
  • Remote Input for programming new software features
  • Serial Interface (RS-232)
  • Aux Power Input

Overview:

DCS offers more features than any other AC or DC operating system — features that are standard on every Proto-Sound 2.0 and 3.0 locomotive. Here’s just a partial list of what DCS offers:

Command Control:

Operate up to 99 DCS-equipped engines independently at the same time.

Wireless Handheld Throttles:

Run your whole railroad — locomotives, switches, accessories, everything — from one or more DCS handheld remotes. When you have guests, give each visitor a DCS handheld and let them control their own engine. An LCD screen indicates which engine you’re controlling and its current speed.

Multiple Unit Control:

Just like the prototype, you can double- or triple-head locomotives, add or drop helper engines, or bring a train into the station with a mainline engine and then have a switcher break up the consist.

Switch and Accessory Control:

Add one or more optional AIUs (Accessory Interface Units) to control switches and accessories from the DCS handheld. To create specific routes — an exit from a passenger station to the westbound main line, for example — you can program multiple track switches to throw with a single command.

Programmable Layout Operation:

Record up to 90 minutes of DCS speed, direction, sound, and accessory commands as a program that your layout can repeat on demand. Use this feature to run trains automatically on one part of your railroad while you manually control another area.

Precise Speed Control:

Set engine speed in one-scale-mile-per-hour (smph) increments, from a 3 smph crawl to 120 smph. Your scale speed is indicated on the DCS handheld. And like the cruise control on a car, Proto-Speed Control™ keeps your train moving at the speed you select, regardless of hills and curves. You can even switch off the speed control if you prefer.

Bi-Directional Communication:

Proto-Sound engines not only receive DCS commands, they can report back vital information, trigger other devices to operate, and diagnose your layout’s wiring and signal quality. Query a locomotive to find out how many scale miles it’s run, for example. Measure your track in scale miles. Or check DCS signal strength at a specific location.

Upgradable Software:

Unlike DCC, Legacy, or any other command system, DCS is designed to be upgradable for free over the Internet. The latest software can be downloaded to any DCS system ever made, so new features can be added and your investment will not become obsolete.

Command Control Explained

In conventional operation, an AC or DC transformer varies track voltage to adjust engine speed and direction. Command systems such as DCS, however, put a constant voltage on the track (around 18 volts for DCS) and vary speed by telling each engine how much of that voltage to use. Command control allows different engines to do different things — like run at different speeds, go in different directions, or make different sounds — even when they are on the same track.

In the DCS system, commands such as speed, direction, and sound control are sent as radio signals from the handheld throttle to a TIU (track interface unit). The TIU translates those radio signals into digital information that is sent through the rails and picked up by a receiver in the appropriate engine — telling it to go, for example, 37 miles per hour, blow the whistle, smoke more heavily, or any other command. DCS locomotives can also send information back to the handheld to let the operator know what they’re doing.