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Does anyone know (Martye?) if Lionel has released any technical documentation on the Base 3 yet?  I believe they will be ready to ship soon from China (if they have not already shipped)?

I have 3 on order and Just want to get a little bit ahead of the game and read up on it.  Thanks.

Larry Brown

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Anyone know if there's the "official" user's manual for the BASE3 & CAB3 yet?  I prefer a Reference Guide format to being spoon fed little bits of information.

Other than a quick start guide that will be included in the packaging, which someone posted somewhere here,  I think the website will be the primary guide. I didn't think the current website was too bad considering the Base3 and App haven't been released.

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@MartyE posted:

Other than a quick start guide that will be included in the packaging, which someone posted somewhere here,  I think the website will be the primary guide. I didn't think the current website was too bad considering the Base3 and App haven't been released.

It's not bad at all, I just prefer a guide all in one place, not clicking all around and having to sit through videos to get the information.

The Cab 2 will act pretty much the same except for adding LC engines into it.  Although it's a pretty easy procedure.  The App will be where most folks will need the most help.  I suspect the website will be the most up to date and accurate source for information.  I do understand the need for a manual though.  I still reference back to the Legacy manual at times but I suspect that the Base3 and App 3 manual is going to be the website.

@MartyE posted:

Other than a quick start guide that will be included in the packaging, which someone posted somewhere here,  I think the website will be the primary guide. I didn't think the current website was too bad considering the Base3 and App haven't been released.

Marty?    I recall reading that Lionel will make available the new LCS Utility this month, do you know if this is still true?

@MartyE posted:

The Cab 2 will act pretty much the same except for adding LC engines into it.  Although it's a pretty easy procedure.  The App will be where most folks will need the most help.  I suspect the website will be the most up to date and accurate source for information.  I do understand the need for a manual though.  I still reference back to the Legacy manual at times but I suspect that the Base3 and App 3 manual is going to be the website.

That will be unfortunate if they don't provide a decent all-in-one manual.

That will be unfortunate if they don't provide a decent all-in-one manual.

Sadly it seems manuals are a thing of the past. Even my most recent, super high tech camera only gave me a QR code. But at least a plus is they can update the manual as the make changes via firmware. Also nice I can have it with me on my phone in the field

Good thing my birthday is in August. In fact, it's only 4 days before the release date on Lionel's website. Since I have the Base 3 on order from Trainworld, I will (hopefully) be getting a late birthday present for myself. I can't wait until the Base 3 ships.

As for the website, I agree with Marty about the quality of the site. There are some improvements and new stuff I want to see in the near future. Hopefully soon we will see some new videos, including another Demos With Dave on the Base 3 and all of its awesome features (especially the Cab 3 App). I also want an updated LCS App Guide (with videos, of course) added.

There are advantages to a "paper" manual if you will.  You can write notes and such.  Like I said early I often reference the manual for Legacy not because I don't know something but to be sure I am understanding it.

The advantage of a "website" manual is if it's properly maintained and updated the information is readily available to anyone with web access.  When a feature is added, a bug fixed, or functionality changes that information can be quickly distributed.  Hopefully maybe they'll add a change log to keep track of the website updates.  Maybe just for a 3 month span.

@MartyE posted:

The advantage of a "website" manual is if it's properly maintained and updated the information is readily available to anyone with web access.  When a feature is added, a bug fixed, or functionality changes that information can be quickly distributed.  Hopefully maybe they'll add a change log to keep track of the website updates.  Maybe just for a 3 month span.

There's really nothing to say that they can't do the same updates to an electronic copy of the manual.

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