Hi Friends;

I have my eye of a few of the Lionchief starter sets. I like the toy train quality of them. I have the old LC Polar express without the bluetooth. My only beef with them is the poor speed control as opposed to say the LC+.


I'm hearing that the new LC sets with BT have much better speed control. Anybody have an experience with this? Are they better?



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I doubt that the LC models with or without BT will ever come close to the LC+ as LC+ features tach based speed control.  If Lionel were so inclined, they could use back-EMF speed control on the LC models, but I see no evidence they're doing it or even considering it.

Oh, I'm not expecting LC+ speed quality. But Lionel is advertising that the control is better with BT, and I want to know if anyone can speak to this claim.


I have Lionel set  6-84328, polar express with bluetooth.  While the speed control is pretty good, using the bluetooth app allows for adjustment of the max speed setting and selecting one of three momentum control settings, that are not available on the included Lionchief remote.  This may be what Lionel is referring to on enhanced speed control.





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As noted in a previous post, the bluetooth app based speed control setups offer a number of settings which are quite useful. Also, overall speed control is far superior (especially at low speeds) with a PWM based motor control system.

I was tinkering with a BT model at the shop the other day.  While it may have had marginally better speed control, I didn't see anything like LC+ speed consistency.  Truthfully, I wasn't expecting much, and it's level track, so it wasn't much of a test.

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