Modern O Gauge Remote Control

Part 1: Lionel® TMCC® & LEGACY™

By Bob Phillips

Copyright © 2015 TM Books & Video, Inc.

This is how we used to run our toy trains. It was great fun. The sounds and smells, blowing the whistle, the little lights glowing in the dark, we loved it.

But that was yesterday. This is today.

Now you can walk around your layout, see it from different angles, and run everything from a hand-held controller.

With this DVD, you can do it.

This is a Lionel® LEGACY™ equipped locomotive with Lionel® LEGACY™ RailSounds®. You can control it from the palm of your hand. In this video, we will be showing you the Lionel® LEGACY™ System, which includes the locomotives as well as the LEGACY™ control.

We will refer to the traditional TrainMaster® Command Control, introduced in 1994, as TMCC® or CAB-1®.

We will call the latest version of TMCC®, introduced in 2006, LEGACY™ or CAB-2®.

We will look at both versions, how to connect them to your layout, how to use them, and how they vary.

We will also look at the different versions of Command Control Locomotives.

I will show you how easy they are to use and how much more fun operating your layout can be.

Many people are afraid to buy TMCC® or trains with all the new electronic features.

Some think it's just too difficult to learn, they're not computer savvy enough, or they think it's just too fragile and unreliable.

Then there are those who purchase LEGACY™ locomotives but only run them conventionally. The purpose of this DVD is to show that that's all a bunch of bunk.

We'll show you how easy TMCC® is to install and use, and how to fully exploit all the great features LEGACY™ locomotives offer. With the TMCC® LEGACY™ Control System and LEGACY™ Locomotives, you will have more fun operating your trains than you ever imagined! Let me show you how!


1. TrainMaster® Command Control

LEGACY™ is the newest TrainMaster® Command Control system from Lionel®. So, what is TrainMaster® Command Control?

Let's take a look! TrainMaster® Command Control is a way to remotely control your locomotives and accessories fro anywhere on your layout using a hand held radio control!

Looks complicated and intimidating, right? But it's not! Let me show you how simple this can be. In fact, the LEGACY™ control is easier to use than a television remote control!

TrainMaster® Command Control, or TMCC®, is Lionel®'s version of a wireless train controller system. They designed it to control any Lionel® locomotive from 1900 to their latest high-tech locomotive.

Here are the basic components of the first version of Lionel®'s TMCC®. They are: The CAB-1® hand held controller, the Command Base, the PowerMaster®, and a command controlled locomotive with RailSounds®.

TMCC® is a versatile system that lets you control all types of engines, from the most basic to the most advanced. All Lionel® locomotives made prior to 1994, and many made after, are referred to as "conventional controlled" locomotives.

This is because the speed of the motor as well as the whistle, horn or bell, are controlled by the power sent to them from a conventional transformer.

The direction of a conventional locomotive is controlled by interrupting power to the track which cycles it between forward, neutral, reverse and back to neutral.

The command control locomotives have circuit boards installed that receive the command signals to make them run, as well as produce the RailSounds®.

You can also open the couplers with the CAB-1® and control the smoke output.

These locomotives may also be run using a conventional transformer, however you will not have access to all of the features.

To run these locomotives in the command mode which will allow you to access all of the features, you will need the CAB-1® and the Command Base.

The TMCC® system is not a transformer. You still need a transformer source of power to make the trains run

As O Gauge Railroading's publisher, Rich Melvin once said, "Connecting TMCC® to your layout is easy. "It's only half as hard as connecting a transformer."

Before we go any further, let's talk about transformers and the power they put out. If you have a layout, then you have at least one transformer to run it. There is no need to run out and buy another power source just to run TMCC®. But we need to do a few housekeeping chores to insure things work properly.


2. Common Ground Wiring

First, your layout should have common ground wiring. This sounds like a scary electrical term, but it's not.

This simply means that all of the outside, or ground rails are connected. If you are running multiple transformers, all of the ground terminals of all transformers are connected together.

Now, you might be thinking, "Oh no, that will cause a short and it will blow up!"

No, remember we are connecting just the grounds together. This is the same way you house is wired! In your circuit breaker box, all of the ground wires are connected only the "hot" wires are separated and connected to individual breakers. Wires attached to the track, one to the center and one to the outside rails, are called feeder wires. I like to use 18 to 20 gauge for these

Wires that carry power from the transformer are called buss wires. I use 12 to 14 gauge for these. You can purchase these wires in many colors. I use a black bus for the ground and different colors for the powered busses. Connect all the outside rail feeder wires from all of your track loops to the ground buss, then connect wires from the U terminals on all of your transformers to the same wire.

Connect a wire from the power terminals, usually marked A, B, C, or D of each transformer, to a different color buss wire. Connect feeder wires from the center rail of each loop to a different colored buss.

You have just wired your layout for common ground.


3. Phasing Transformers

If you are using multiple transformers, they must be phased.

Uh-oh, I just used another scary electrical word!

"Phasing" simply means that all the plugs on all the transformers supply power the same way. You've noticed the outlets in your house have one long and one short slot and the power plugs on your lamp or appliances have one wide prong.

The wide prong is usually for the ground and the narrow is for the hot.

On many of the older transformers made in the 1960s and earlier, both of the prongs are the same size, narrow. So we have make sure that all of the plugs receive power from the ground side of the outlet on the same prong.

This is easy to do. You will need either a voltmeter, or an 18-volt light bulb attached to two wires. Take two transformers. Plug each of them into an outlet. Take a wire, or an alligator test lead like this, and attach it to the ground terminals of each transformer.

Turn the power handles up to full. Put one lead from the voltmeter, or the bulb on the power terminal of one transformer, and the other lead to the power terminal on the other transformer

If the meter is reading high volts or the bulb lights brightly, your transformers are out of phase. To put them in phase all you have to do is unplug one transformer from the outlet, turn that plug 180 degrees and plug it in again.

Now, the meter will read low volts or the bulb will be very dim or not lit. Those two transformers are now in phase. Take some masking tape and put a piece on top of the two plugs, this will show you how to plug them in again.

Continue the same process with the other transformers one at a time, connecting the grounds to the phased transformers until all of your transformers are phased.


4. Lionel® Transformers

Let me take moment to talk about a few of the different transformers Lionel® made. Most of them put out power up to 18 volts or so, but some put out much more.

The TMCC® and LEGACY™ systems, as well as the Command and LEGACY™ locomotives, will not handle more than 18 volts. So you need to look closely at the front dials of your transformer.

For example, lets look at the R transformer. If we look at the dial, we see by connecting the A and F or A and C terminals, we generate 14 to 24 volts. That is way too much for LEGACY™! By connecting B and F or B and C terminals, we deliver 6 to 16 volts, that's just right!

Many of the older transformers, such as the V and Z, were designed to run the Standard gauge locomotives which required more voltage. These transformer will put out up to, and in some cases over, 25 volts.

This can mean big trouble for the newer locomotives and the command systems. So, if you have an older transformer, use a voltmeter and check the voltage before installing TMCC®.

Make sure the meter reads 18 volts or less. Something else about these older transformers, they have circuit breakers, but their circuit breakers are designed to protect the trans-former, not the train.

If a wheel on one of the train cars crosses the ground and power rails, many of the older transformers will continue to deliver power to your tracks. This is bad for the electronics in the command locomotives and accessories.

The newer Lionel® transformers, like the CW-80, have a more sensitive circuit breaker that stops power to the track quickly and are much safer for the electronics.

The green light starts blinking when the breaker is tripped. But remember I said you did not have to run out and buy a new transformer? There's a really easy fix. All you need is an automotive fuse holder you connect between the power terminal and the track. Use a seven and a half amp fuse which will blow very fast and keep the power from continuing to the track.

You can also use a Lionel® PowerHouse® as a power source, instead of a transformer. The PowerHouse® has a built-in circuit breaker that you reset when it's tripped.


5. Installing & Programming TMCC®

Now we are ready to connect our TMCC® command base to our layout. Remember we told you it was only half as hard as connecting a transformer? Here's why. You simply connect one wire from the TMCC® command base terminal marked U to the U terminal on your transformer. That's all there is to it!

Now if you have multiple loops on your layout, and you have wired them as common ground, you have just wired your entire layout with one wire!

For this video we are using a ZW® transformer, which actually is wired as common ground internally. If you look at the back of the ZW®, you'll see that the top row of the terminals are all U terminals.

If you were to take the top off the transformer, you would see that these are all connected together. The lower power terminals A, B, C, and D, are all separately wired

We've just wired our whole layout for TMCC® operation.

The first thing you need to remember is that the TMCC® system must be powered up before or at the same time as you turn on the transformer. So you need to plug in the TMCC® control first, then the transformer. To protect the electronics, we suggest plugging them all into a surge suppressing power strip.

It is very important that the TMCC® power source be plugged in to a grounded outlet. It will not work otherwise. The green light on our command base is on, and the ZW® is turned to 18 volts.

This lights up the train but it's just standing there. It's waiting for a signal from the CAB-1®. To turn on the CAB-1®, you just push the button marked, "boost."

There are several buttons at the top: SW – switch, ACC – accessory, RTE – route, TR – train or track, and ENG – engine. These correspond to what you want to run. So we want to run a locomotive, or engine. We'll push the ENG button. Then punch the number of the locomotive that we want to run.

All locomotives come from Lionel® programmed as number one so we'll press the number one, and then push the whistle button. To run the locomotive, turn the red knob. It's just that easy. You can assign any number from 1 to 99 your locomotive. Turn the program run switch to program. Press the engine button, then enter a two-digit number.

Remove the cover at the bottom of the CAB-1® and press the set button. The locomotive will blow its whistle to indicate the number has been received. Turn the program run switch back to run and you're all set!

6. PowerMaster®

Now let's say you don't have any TMCC® locomotives, only Postwar, but you still want to run them with the CAB-1®, that is where the PowerMaster® comes in. You can use a PowerMaster® in place of a command base.

The PowerMaster® connects between the transformer and the track with a power adapter cable. Connect the cable wire outfitted with a fuse to a power terminal on your transformer. Connect the other wire to the ground terminal. Plug the opposite end into the PowerMaster®. You connect the A and U terminals on the PowerMaster® to the track

You will need one PowerMaster® for each independent loop of track

You program the PowerMaster® with individual numbers the same way you do the locomotives. Slide the program/run switch on the PowerMaster®, but this time, instead of pressing the engine button on the CAB-1®, you press the TR button, which stands for track.

Now, when you have all your PowerMaster®s programmed, you tell your CAB-1® you want to communicate with a track instead of a locomotive. Go to the slide switch marked command slash conventional. Slide it to the conventional position.

Turn the transformer handle to 18 volts. Press TR and the number you selected, then turn the throttle knob. The PowerMaster® sends the power to the track the same way the transformer sends power to the track.

You can still change direction, blow the whistle, slow down the locomotive with the brake, and, if your locomotive has a bell, you can ring it with the bell button.

In short, you can do everything your transformers does, but from the CAB-1®.

If you want to run a TMCC® locomotive with a PowerMaster® connected, you slide the switch from Conv, or conventional, to CMD, command. Turn up the throttle for power to the track, then press the ENG button and address your locomotive.

Lionel® has produced several components that work with the TMCC® such as the SC-2, which will allow you to even control switches and accessories with the CAB-1®.


7. Introducing LEGACY™

In 2006, Lionel® decided to improve TMCC®, so they created the LEGACY™ system. Notice I said LEGACY™ system? LEGACY™ is still TMCC®, however it goes much further than the CAB-1®. The LEGACY™ system will grow and you will be able to keep up through free upgrades.

The back of the LEGACY™ base looks pretty much the same as the command base. They both have the same connections and they both connect to the track with the same single wire. There is a rubber boot cover which protects the module slot.

The LEGACY™ base is a charger that will keep the rechargeable batteries that come with the LEGACY™ 990 set charged. Now if we turn the LEGACY™ base over, we can see more differences from the command base

There is a switch at the top which turns the charger on and off. You can use regular alkaline batteries in the CAB-2® controller, but you must turn the charger off to do this

This is very important. If the charger is left on, it will damage the alkaline batteries and may even cause them to explode.

There is a small round button in the middle which is used to change channels. There are nine different channels the LEGACY™ can operate on. This can be helpful if you are experiencing any interference. It's also helpful when operating multiple LEGACY™ systems on large layouts.

Each CAB-2® controller is bound to a base by the channel. This allows multiple trains to be operated with multiple LEGACY™ sets. With LEGACY™ there is a screen with the loco-motive information. No more trying to remember which locomotive you are controlling.

Notice too that the number buttons are not actually buttons anymore. Each button space is a screen that will change depending on what locomotive you are running.


8. Differences Between CAB-1® and CAB-2®

The LEGACY™ hand held controller is called CAB-2®. It has all the same function buttons as the CAB-1®, but several buttons are new and they control many new features.

Some of the other differences between CAB-1® and LEGACY™ CAB-2® are CAB-1® uses four AA alkaline batteries for power. These must be purchased.

CAB-2® comes with three AA rechargeable batteries. The CAB-1® system transmits and receives on the 27 MHz band, which is the same band as CB radios. The LEGACY™ system transmits and receives on 2.4 GHz, which has much less interference.

The LEGACY™ System can be upgraded. Upgrades are free from Lionel®.

To check which version your LEGACY™ is, power up your CAB-2® control. When it boots up, press the red CTC button and the screen will change to the systems page. On the bottom of the screen you can see the cab and base versions. They should be the same.

The CAB-1® system cannot be upgraded.

The LEGACY™ system stores your locomotive roster in its base. A re-writable module may be used to create a back-up, so you can take it to a friend's LEGACY™ layout, along with your CAB-2® controller and load your locomotive roster into his system. Now you can control your locomotives and he can control his, while sharing the same base.

Let's look at the differences in the two controllers. The CAB-1® is fairly simple. The buttons along the top are used to select which item is to be controlled. There are ten numbered buttons, a whistle button, bell button, and direction button. We also see a boost and brake button as well as front and rear couplers, auxiliary 1 and auxiliary 2 buttons, a large red throttle knob, a system halt button, and a cover.

Under the cover is a set button, and three other buttons marked L, M and H. The CAB-2® control has a few more buttons, but also a screen at the top. Use the scroll button to move through menus. The select button finalizes your choice. The info button displays your loco's details. CTC turns CAB-2® on, and provides system info.

Below the screen are the same five buttons. They're called soft keys because they change functions. Notice when I turn the system on, the screen lights up and shows the default function of the soft keys.

Below there is a number pad similar to the CAB-1®, but there are 15 squares. These also change functions depending on the locomotive, accessory or how you set them.

The whistle and bell button have been combined in a spring loaded slide switch. Below that, we see the boost, brake and direction buttons have all been combined in a special switch that is also spring loaded. For boost, you roll it up, for brake, you roll it down, and for direction, you press it straight down.

CAB-1® and CAB-2® have the same four buttons. Auxiliary 1, Auxiliary 2, Front and Rear Couplers. Below, we see the same red throttle knob, but this one on CAB-2® has ratchet clicks, so when you turn it, you will feel a click and it will stay in position.

On CAB-2®, below the knob you will see the same set L, M and H buttons, but they are not under a cover. L, M and H refer to low, medium, and high momentum .

To the left of the Auxiliary 2 button is the same System Halt button, which can be very useful at times.

Now let's look at some of the other new buttons. On the left you see a slide switch labeled train brake. This is much like the real brake in locomotives that allows a slow start and slow stopping. The further down you slide it, the more brake you will apply.

Below that is a button labeled train link. This is used to link certain TMCC® operating cars in a train so they may be controlled individually. We will explain this in our next video.

Above and to the right of the red throttle knob is a button labeled feedback. Press it and you will feel vibrations just like you would on a real engine when it's laboring under a heavy load. Close your eyes and you will think your hand is really on a throttle.

BONUS: How To Update LEGACY™


9. Action Recorder

The LEGACY™ CAB-2® has another great built-in feature, the Action Recorder. This allows you to record a series of commands and play them back. Here's how you do it

Press the record button, until the word "recording" appears at the top of the display screen. Every command you enter will be recorded.

Let's start by activating the TowerCom™.

Throttle up and move forward. Now turn the bell off. Press the rear coupler button. Apply the brakes and stop. Hit the direction button, and blow the horn three short times.

Go in reverse, couple to the cars, then brake and stop. Tap the direction button. Blow the horn twice. Horn blaring.

Move the train forward. Activate CrewTalk™.

“Dispatcher, we're on the move. Over. OK, Dispatcher acknowledge. Out.”

OK. now apply the brakes and stop. Now press the record button again until you see the words, "recording created" at the top of the screen. To play back, just press the record button once. You will see the word, "playing," at the top of the screen. Now watch the locomotive repeat everything we just did. Amazing. If you tap the record button once, it will play back one time. The CAB-2® will record up to 1000 commands with up to 400 seconds between each

If you press and hold the record button until you see "playing," it will play as a continuing loop. Hold the record button for more than five seconds and it will erase the recording so you can start a new one.

Now you might wonder, "what am I going to use this for?" Well, if you have three trains you want to run, you can pre-record a series of events with one of them, and let it run while you operate the other two. This creates more excitement on your layout, which translates to more fun.


10. TMCC® & LEGACY™ Locomotives

Let's look at the differences in these two types of locomotives. Both are TrainMaster® Command Control. The Norfolk and Western 611 is CAB-1®, RailSounds® 5. The Southern Pacific Daylight is LEGACY™

The original TMCC® locomotives have 32 speed steps, which is very good, but for added realism you need to be able to crawl at very slow speeds, so the LEGACY™ locomotives have 200 speed steps. The original TMCC® locomotives came equipped with RailSounds® up through version 5.0.

But as good as TMCC® sounds are, LEGACY™ sounds are much better.

With older RailSounds®, when you activate the whistle, you get multiple tones, but they are random. With LEGACY™, you can create your own signature whistle tone, depending on how far you pull down the whistle controller. The old-timers call this, "quilling."

The steam trains also have four realistic chuffs per revolution and the diesels have RPM rev-up that sounds like the real thing which is not surprising because many of the sounds were recorded from real locomotives. Many of the command locomotives have multiple speakers for excellent sound.

Now look at the CAB-2® screen over the ENG soft key. Notice how it shows the locomotive I am running now, but, under it, is the LEGACY™ locomotive, which is the last locomotive I entered.

I can toggle between the two locomotives just by pressing the ENG soft key twice. On my LEGACY™ locomotive, I can turn the throttle knob just one click and it will start to move. Look how it creeps.

Now, let's move the throttle one click with the non-LEGACY™ locomotive and see the difference.

Watch and listen as I fire the rear couplers on the CAB-2®. Sounds like we're in a real classification yard.

The CAB-2® LEGACY™ system can run any locomotive that comes equipped with TMCC® electronics. Those include the original Lionel® TMCC® CAB-1® and some locomotives by Atlas, K-Line, 3rd Rail, Weaver, and others.

If you have the original TMCC® set and you purchase the LEGACY™ system, you can still use your original TMCC®. The LEGACY™ comes with a computer cord that allows you to plug in the LEGACY™ command base to the TMCC® command base.

If you have an original PowerMaster®, it receives signals on the 27 MHz band and will not communicate with the LEGACY™ CAB-2®.

So you'll need to purchase a PowerMaster® Bridge. That will change the CAB-2® 2.4 GHz signal into a 27 MHz signal so your old PowerMaster® will work.

But, if you have connected the LEGACY™ and TMCC® bases together, you do not need the bridge. Simply use the CAB-1® controller. Lionel® now offers a LEGACY™ PowerMaster® which receives signals on the 2.4 GHz band. This eliminates the need for a PowerMaster® bridge. In 2013, Lionel® introduced the LEGACY™ CAB-1L®. This is very much like the original CAB-1®, but it transmits on the 2.4 GHz band, eliminating the need for an antenna. You can quill the whistles with this system, and control 200 speed steps, and change channels. But you miss a lot of the features, and you can't get the updates.

CAB-1L® costs about $150 less than the full LEGACY™.

All TMCC® and LEGACY™ locomotives come from the factory programmed as number one, but we can't have all of our locomotives with the same number, so let's program a LEGACY™ locomotive.

First make sure the power to the track is off. Slide the program run switch to the program side. Assign a two-digit number to your LEGACY™ locomotive.

I'm programming my 4436 Southern Pacific Daylight, so I'll use 36. Locate the soft key under the ENG screen and push it. Now we enter number 36. Press the set button at the bottom.

The locomotive whistle blows. That tells us the locomotive has received the command and is now set for number 36. Next, turn off the power to the track and slide our program run switch back to run. Now, turn the track power back on and address our locomotive.

Press the soft key under ENG, then enter 36 on the number pad, and press the on key at the bottom. The locomotive sounds immediately come up. I can blow the whistle, ring the bell, and start the locomotive.

Now, let's look at the screen on our CAB-2®. Notice how it says locomotive 36 and CAB-1®? Our CAB-2® does not know this is a LEGACY™ locomotive yet. Now our LEGACY™ locomotive will run in this mode, but I cannot quill the whistle nor do I have the 200 speed steps.

We need to program these LEGACY™ features into the CAB-2®.

Each LEGACY™ locomotive has an orange colored programming module with all the function settings and information about the locomotive.

To add this, remove the rubber boot on top of our CAB-2®, insert the module in the slot, then press the info button to the right. Notice our soft keys now have different choices.

Press the "yes" button and all the information is immediately loaded into the CAB-2®. Remove the module. Now let's press the "info" button once more. to take us back to the main screen.

Our screen has the full name of our LEGACY™ locomotive, and it has switched to LEGACY™ control. I am running a Southern Pacific Daylight locomotive, which is LEGACY™ equipped. This locomotive not only has a steam whistle, but also an air horn.

After I have loaded the module, an air horn icon appears in the corner. To activate the horn, press that icon. For the steam whistle, just pull the whistle slide down. Since this is a steam locomotive, the keypad has changed to show the appropriate icons.

Icons 1 and 4 control the volume.

Water injector sounds are on icon 3.

6 is for the blow down.

8 is smoke off, or to decrease smoke output.

9 is smoke on and to increase smoke output.

2 is CrewTalk™.

“This is SP 4436. Car-count's done. Can I get a go? Over.”

7 is TowerCom™.

“4436, you are good to go.”

And icon 5 has two functions. When parked, it activates the shutdown sequence.

"We're packing it in for the day."

In motion, it activates emergency stop.

On diesel locomotives, three and six are rpm up and down.

Lionel® now offers the LCS SensorTrack™ which makes programming even easier. Beginning in November, 2011, all LEGACY™ locomotives have an IR sensor built in which is read by the SensorTrack™.

I will demonstrate this using a Clinchfield AC6000. You simply assign a two digit number, then run your locomotive over the SensorTrack™. All the information appears on the screen.

Lionel® SensorTrack™ does much more, but we will cover those features in the next video.


11. CAB-2® Settings

Let's look at some other functions of The CAB-2®.

If you have a non-LEGACY™ locomotive, without the orange module, and you want to assign a name that will display on the CAB-2® screen, we can enter manually. It's easy. Let's use my Norfolk & Western 611.

This is a non-LEGACY™, RailSounds® 5 locomotive. For an ID number, I'm going to enter 61. Now press the "info" button on the top. The screen changes. You see four categories: custom, type, control, and sound. Along the bottom you will see, name, load, auxiliary and clear.

This is the screen to name the locomotive. Press the soft key under "name" and you will see the letters of the alphabet. Turn the throttle knob to scroll through the letters. Press the "add" key to select a letter until you have the name of the locomotive. If you make a mistake, press the "delete" key to delete a letter and replace it.

When you have the name, press the "next" key and you will be at the "road number" screen. You can select and enter the entire cab number of the locomotive. Press the "set" key and the locomotive name and number will be saved.

To select the locomotive type, use the scroll button or the red throttle knob to get to the type screen. Press the appropriate locomotive key. Then scroll to the command type.

Now you have four choices: CAB-1®, TMCC®, R100, and LEGACY™. The Default is CAB-1® and all locomotives will run in this mode.

The TMCC® mode will run all Lionel® locomotives that have the TMCC® installed, and other brands equipped with TMCC®. The R100 is for after-market upgrades that have 100 speed steps capability, such as components from the Electric Railroad Company.

The LEGACY™ setting is only for LEGACY™ locomotives. If you set a TMCC® locomotive to LEGACY™, it will not run. The boards will not respond to the 200 speed steps of the LEGACY™ signal. So if you have a locomotive on the track that will not run, check the settings.

The last screen is sound. Your choices are "no," for no sounds, RS -- RailSounds® 2 to 4, RS5 -- RailSounds® 5, and LRS for LEGACY™ RailSounds®.

Check your locomotive's manual for the correct sound type to choose. The 611 has RailSounds® 5.


12. Lashing-up Locomotives

Lashing up locomotives for a multiple unit train is easy with the LEGACY™ CAB-2®. First choose the lead locomotive. You can lash-up diesels, double-head steam, or mix steam and diesels. The only problem in double-heading steam is that most steam locomotives do not have an operating front coupler.

Let's make up a train. First we have to set a number for our train. Press the TR button, which now means train, then the info button. You will see three choices on the bottom, which are name, build and clear. Press the button under name, and then use the number pad to choose a number.

Next we press the "build" button and enter the two-digit number we have assigned the lead locomotive. Press the add button. Next enter the two-digit number of the second locomotive. Notice when we enter the locomotive numbers, we see a picture of a locomotive heading to the right. This means it will be running forward.

If we want the second locomotive to run backward, we need to press the direction button. When we are finished, we press the set button and you see "train created." The sounds will come from the front locomotive. There are a lot more features of this function that we will cover in the next video.

Now when we want to address the train, we do it the same way as we did to address a locomotive, but, instead of pressing the ENG, or "engine" button, we press the TR or "train" button.

We enter the number of the train we want to run, and press the on button at the bottom. Now listen as the locomotives start up. If we press the rear coupler, only the rear coupler on the rear locomotive opens. We can blow the horn and turn the throttle knob. Both locomotives run as one.

Lashing up locomotives is fun because it's a maneuver that is quite common on the real railroads.


13. Speed Control

Let's say you want to run your layout with Official Rail Road Speed Control. It's easy with CAB-2®. All you have to do is press the speed button in the middle of the CAB-2® and watch what happens to the touch screen key pad.

Now, we have speed control icons. Press and hold the first Icon and listen.

“Dispatcher here. Please go to restricted speed. Over.”

“Copy that. Increasing to restricted speed. Out.”

The dispatcher tells us it's OK to go to the speed designation. When we release the key, the train is on the move.

We can move to a designated speed without the dispatcher telling us if we just tap the icon. There is a roll key at the bottom which allows us to accelerate or decelerate on speed step one only.


14. Close

Well, I hope that I have helped you understand how easy the new LEGACY™ control system is to use and how all the features of the LEGACY™ locomotives can make running your trains a lot more enjoyable.

I hope you will decide to add a LEGACY™ locomotive and the LEGACY™ control system to your layout. You can do it! But this is just the beginning. We will explore more features of the LEGACY™ system in future videos.

Now let's go run trains!


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