Lionel Electronic Control
A quick outline
the various control systems for Lionel trains make your head spin? I know
the feeling. A quick outline of LIONEL electronic controls.
Use the transformer control to vary the speed. Voltage varies on the
track. Everything before 1994 and many after.
developed by Lionel NOT compatible with DCC/DCS.
Gen 1 of Lionel electronic control. Some non-lionel engines
also have TMCC electronics in them. 1994-2006 (DCC is the standard
for HO trains that run DC power.)
Gen 2 of Lionel control. Works with TMCC controlled engines
also. A few extras for Legacy control engines/cars. It
can run TMCC engines also. 2006 until about 2017.
a TMCC or Legacy Powermaster addition, you can run conventional engines
from the remote.
all the TMCC/LEGACY/LionChief and Bluetooth the AC track voltage is
constant/high, about 17 volts. Only conventional engines run with
varying track voltage.
and Legacy have auxilliary controls for layout switches and
lighting. Also Legacy has a wifi module. This is
where my head spins also.
comes LionChief and LionChief +/Plus.
2013 and on. Not compatable with TMCC/Legacy. Each engine
comes with a hand held control. Track power only needed.
LioncChief + allows a "universal" LionChief controller to be used. the
universal can do up to 3 engines. More than a few engines and
you need a way to track the remotes.
offerings LionChief Plus 2 with Bluetooth and Legacy
with Blue tooth. With Bluetooth you use an app on
your phone/tablet and can run the engine. No base station
parties sell TMCC/Legacy style electronics and sound systems you can add
to an engine. I have done this on an older conventional
lot of us would like an affordable Legacy-Blue tooth board we could add in
to an older loco also.
if there was some system that would run them all. There is a
rumor, but no announcements. Don't hold your breath, but cross
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Last update Jan 8 2022