Lionel's sensor track

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September 12, 2013 7:29 PM

What else does the sensor track do or will do in the future besides adding a new engine to your handheld when it runs over it? 

 
 
 
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September 12, 2013 7:46 PM

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I played with the sensor track for about a half hour at the customer service open house. The track can be programmed to make certain engines perform certain actions when it rolls across the track. One example is that I can program my Legacy U30C when it rolls across the track to turn on the bell and blow a crossing sequence on the horn by itself. You can also "teach" the track a certain action to perform. You can set the track to record much like the Legacy base and have an engine stop, backup, open couplers, etc. I believe anything that you can record on the Cab-2 can be recorded on the track and then activated when the engine rolls across the track. Overall a very neat little piece of equipment. 

 

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September 12, 2013 7:50 PM

It is also directionally dependent. Meaning it can tell the loco to do one thing in one direction and something else in the other. 

 

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September 12, 2013 8:08 PM

Does that mean that with the sensor track you don't have to load the engine information with any modules,or even manually just send the engine over the sensor track and all the information will be loaded automatically? Also, what is the cost of this sensor track?

 
 
 
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September 12, 2013 8:13 PM

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You got it. The loco rolls over the track and is in the Cab-2 in less than two seconds. Preorder pricing on the sensor track from Nassau hobbies is just shy of $75.00.

 

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September 13, 2013 10:00 AM

What's the Lionel number for the sensor track?

 

 

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September 13, 2013 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by gunrunnerjohn:

What's the Lionel number for the sensor track?

 

 

 

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September 13, 2013 10:46 AM

But isn't the Sensor Track only a part as you still need the WiFi Module?

 

I think you can have as many Sensor Tracks as you want but still only need 1 WiFi Module, Correct?

 

 

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September 13, 2013 10:59 AM

Correct. 1 Wifi, many sensors.
 
But you can use the sensor track without the WiFi.  It will still load the info to the base.
 
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But isn't the Sensor Track only a part as you still need the WiFi Module?

 

I think you can have as many Sensor Tracks as you want but still only need 1 WiFi Module, Correct?

 

 

 

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September 13, 2013 11:03 AM

I'm fuzzy on the sensor track operation with only the base, how exactly is that going to work?  How does the sensor communicate with the Legacy system directly without a separate data path?

 

 

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September 13, 2013 11:10 AM

It has a DATA patch via the serial (9 Pin) connection.

 

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September 13, 2013 11:18 AM

I believe the wifi is for interface to the iPad app.

 

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September 13, 2013 11:20 AM

I really like this idea, here's more info

 

Lionel LEGACY Control System

 

Get into your layout like never before with the LEGACY Layout Control System

Create custom control panels and operate switches, locomotives and more from an iPad®—wirelessly. Choose from a variety of LCS modules that combine your old and new accessories, lighting and track power into a single, unified system. Now, engage visitors to your layout with a simple, touch-based device that lets them instantly join in the fun!

Start with the new LCS WiFi module. It connects your iPad® to your layout. Then, download the free LCS App from the App Store™ and begin! LCS App is compatible with Lionel remote operating switches as well as SC-2 and any other device responds to standard TMCC-commands. LCS App also runs command-controlled accessories and TMCC or LEGACY locomotives. Fire engine couplers, blow signals, trigger dialog, set speed and direction from LCS App or your Lionel remote.

Add the LCS SensorTrack to the mix. Now your LCS App control panels show the location of LEGACY engines as they travel across your layout. And when a friend brings over a LEGACY locomotive, simply run it across the LCS SensorTrack and that engine’s name and number are immediately updated on your iPad® screen and each LEGACY CAB-2 remote. Use SensorTrack to trigger preset actions like blowing a grade-crossing signal each time a LEGACY engine passes. You can even record your own special series of commands to be triggered automatically.

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Get into your layout like never before with the LEGACY Layout Control System

Create custom control panels and operate switches, locomotives and more from an iPad®—wirelessly. Choose from a variety of LCS modules that combine your old and new accessories, lighting and track power into a single, unified system. Now, engage visitors to your layout with a simple, touch-based device that lets them instantly join in the fun!

Start with the new LCS WiFi module. It connects your iPad® to your layout. Then, download the free LCS App from the App Store™ and begin! LCS App is compatible with Lionel remote operating switches as well as SC-2 and any other device responds to standard TMCC-commands. LCS App also runs command-controlled accessories and TMCC or LEGACY locomotives. Fire engine couplers, blow signals, trigger dialog, set speed and direction from LCS App or your Lionel remote.

Add the LCS SensorTrack to the mix. Now your LCS App control panels show the location of LEGACY engines as they travel across your layout. And when a friend brings over a LEGACY locomotive, simply run it across the LCS SensorTrack and that engine’s name and number are immediately updated on your iPad® screen and each LEGACY CAB-2 remote. Use SensorTrack to trigger preset actions like blowing a grade-crossing signal each time a LEGACY engine passes. You can even record your own special series of commands to be triggered automatically.

Let Lionel’s Layout Control System immerse you in your layout. Go to the LCS page to learn more.

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September 13, 2013 11:21 AM

AT last years York, the serial buss looped through the WiFi box to the sensor track and other devices.  I am assuming that's why they multiple lengths of Sensor track cables so they can reach the base or other tracks to grab the DATA.

 

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September 13, 2013 11:26 AM

So then I could have multiple sensor tracks and use them for identification of what engine is where and be able to run the sequenced functions without the need for the WiFi Unit.

 

So, the WiFi Unit only brings the LCS iPad Application into the mix? Correct?

 

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September 13, 2013 11:29 AM

As far as we know at this moment.
 
Since this is all new, I don't think anyone other than Lionel knows what is in the cards.  What all the sensor tracks can do.
 
Originally Posted by PRR2818:

So then I could have multiple sensor tracks and use them for identification of what engine is where and be able to run the sequenced functions without the need for the WiFi Unit.

 

So, the WiFi Unit only brings the LCS iPad Application into the mix? Correct?

 

 

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September 13, 2013 11:35 AM

Huh? you mean the sensors are not wireless? Oh man I'm getting a head-ache here. and how many sensors will be needed?

 

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September 13, 2013 11:37 AM

Originally Posted by PRR2818:

So then I could have multiple sensor tracks and use them for identification of what engine is where and be able to run the sequenced functions without the need for the WiFi Unit.

 

So, the WiFi Unit only brings the LCS iPad Application into the mix? Correct?

Correct.

 

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September 13, 2013 11:46 AM

Thanks Jon,

 

Looking forward for more info at York, as I am building my new layout and want to incorporate the sensor tracks into the layout.

 

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September 13, 2013 1:29 PM

I'll be all ears about the sensor tracks.  I don't intend to get involved with the iPad application, but if I could have some functionality with just the sensor track, that would be cool.

 

 

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September 13, 2013 2:11 PM

I am not so sure about how the sensor track works,does the track have any wires that have to be connected to anything?

 
 
 
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September 13, 2013 3:18 PM

I am very interested in using the system for layout automation. I need to see more examples of it in use before I jump in though.

 

I'm hopeful that the IR sensor can provide positive control points for stop/start. If you try to use Legacy or DCS to record repetitive activities the start and stop points will eventually drift. I want the passenger train stopping at the station, not in the tunnel ;-) Hopefully you can also have acceleration and deceleration curves and not just abrupt start/stops. 

 
 
 
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September 13, 2013 3:30 PM

I tend to doubt it'll work with DCS, I can't see Lionel going out of their way to do that.

 

 

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