@Dan Kenny posted:
I just ordered one and was looking at the units they are compatible with, and see there is an app in the app store from lionel with a link to update/upgrade the universal remotes. Supposedly the newer remotes and the update will allow connecting to some of the older LC sets (not all though). The update uses the bluetooth from your phone to link to the remote. My remote comes tomorrow so I'll see what I have and if my version will need the update.
I think the 1.3 remotes cover all LC engines. I have one of the really cheap LC sets made at first and it works fine with the Universal remote.
I received my Universal remote and set it up yesterday. It did connect all three of my LC locos. One is a 2016 version of the Pennsylvania Flyer ( does not have BT) and the 2018 version of the Santa Fe Super Chief (has BT). Both of these connected and ran well. Also an engine from a LC RTR Scout set connected and ran 1/2 way around the layout and lost signal. It did not reconnect but this engine has some internal issues since I bought it at the Wheaton train show a year ago or so. One of those lemons you get stuck with when you don't know exactly what you're looking at and an unscrupulous seller takes advantage of that. You live and learn I guess. Bottom line the remote works as I need it to and will be used for the next engine I have been eyeing to buy in the future.