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ESU ECoS Command Station Review

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in News, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehman Buy Here You may not be familiar with ESU or their new ECoS digital command station. ESU is the German company that makes LokSound decoders. ESU has a new model railroad control system called ECoS 50210. The ECoS system not only operates DCC decoders, but also Märklin®, Motorola®, and Selectrix® decoders. This system can be operated as a two-station standalone system or become the central part of a much larger system with the extensive assortment of input and...

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NCE Advanced Consisting

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Printed with permission by Dave Heap and the NCE Yahoo Group Setting up an Advanced Consist with NCE Assume you have three locos, numbered A, B & C you wish to consist. On the NCE throttle press <CONSIST SETUP> Press <ENTER> to select an advanced consist Press <ENTER> and proceed to the next step Follow the prompts to set up the three locos in consist with loco A as the lead, Loco C as the rear and loco B as mid-consist. The system will suggest a...

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NCE Power Cab & Radio

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Buy the Radio Equipped Power Cab Here When can you use the Radio? A radio Power Cab  can ONLY operate on a layout that already has a dedicated NCE command station including a NCE SB5, CS02, or PH Box along with a RB02 Radio Base station. Here the Power Cab is not used as a Power Cab at all, but as a regular Pro Cab. Operating as a “cab”, the Power Cab can now use the “cab radio” built inside to talk to the command station via the RB02 just like any other radio cab does....

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Wiring a Center Off DPDT Toggle Switch to a PowerPax Booster

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

I recently purchased a PowerPax to program my BLI locos. It works great! All of the red text warns me about using a DPDT switch to toggle between programming and normal DCC. It does mention the exception of using a DPDT with a center off. I do have a switch with the center off. Can I safely use it? All of the warnings have made me very cautious. I am manually switching the two sets of wires between programming and DCC operation and would like to clean it up a bit with...

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JMRI Decoder Pro with NCE Power Cab and SB5 Settings

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Here are the correct settings for JMRI and jumpers for the NCE Power Cab and NCE SB5. It also explains how to read the version of your NCE USB . Only the first digit counts; the last three digits report how your jumpers 2-4 are set and jumper 1 is ignored on all systems. Power Cab Instructions ================= The correct settings for a Power Cab V1.65 or V1.28 (as shown when the Power Cab starts up) and an NCE USB V6 (or you are not sure of the USB version) are: —...

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NCE Power Cab with Radio Upgrade Path

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

If I read the Operations Manual correctly, I need to have the Power Cab plugged into the system for the Cab06 to work.  Or will it work when I send the Power Cab into NCE for upgrade to radio? Thank—-Bill C. Hi Bill, the Cab06 will function with either the Power Cab or the SB5. If the SB5 is not providing DCC power [booster and command station], then you need the Power Cab providing DCC power for the Cab06 to function. If the SB5 is providing DCC power, then the Power...

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