My friend Phil asked me this question which unfortunately I know nothing about. Can MTH DCS talk to Lionel DCC track accessories? Can Lion Chief trains be modified(I think yes, but don't know where that is going)? Phil also says his thought was it might be cheaper to get a MTH ready to run set with the wireless controller than upgrade to the other control modules. Any thoughts on guiding me to guide Phil?

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The MTH system (with an attached TMCC or Legacy command base), can only deal with engines, not accessories. 

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Can Lion Chief trains be modified(I think yes, but don't know where that is going)?

Anything can be "modified", it depends on what you expect to end up with.

" Phil also says his thought was it might be cheaper to get a MTH ready to run set with the wireless controller than upgrade to the other control modules."

Does he mean purchase a set (with the Explorer) vs. buying a TIU/WIU or TIU/Remote? 

Is he aware that the Explorer is available for separate sale?  And that it has some limitations compared with the TIU and full boat DCS?

Okay, Phil says that he is aware that the explore is available separately, but thought getting another train and cars would be worth it from the set. Plus allow him to use command control train. Also, long term he wants to add operating accessories like a barrel loader and sawmill.

"I didn't know Lionel made DCC accessories."

They don't.  They make some accessories that work with TMCC/Legacy.  Mostly they are conventional.

If they made DCC accessories I would buy some as my layout is switchable between DCC and TMCC/Legacy and would love some accessories for the kids.

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