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Just wait until you have to slam the throttle closed to avoid an expensive wreck, and you can't.  Even finding an emergency stop icon on a phone in an emergency is not doable quickly enough when time is of the essence.

There are several very good reasons for having tactile feedback.  These are two of them.


Like I said, it is coming. We don't have to like it. I did not say I did. While yes, you may have trouble finding how to stop something, remember that you had to learn where that button was on the remote too. Also You can always hit DIRECTION and cause them to stop forward motion.

I understand the love of remotes, trust me. I prefer my DCS remote over ALL other remotes or apps. I know it like the back of my hand and can run it without looking at it ( wait, what's that on the back of my hand). BUT, everyone WILL be using an app not a remote sooner than later.

For those who stockpiled remotes and all need parts for the future. Congratulations. Me, I want more trains so while I have some extra saved I did not invest in them to last me a lifetime. I guess you just have to be either rich enough to buy extras and trains or learn how to manage. SO I guess the real answer is if you feel you are OK Congratulations. Hope you live to be 100 and can still run your trains.

Obviously there is no correct view on whether it is better to have a dedicated handheld or a phone/tablet because it is a personal preference.  Kids always want to use the phones, I reach for the traditional remote.

As far as all the “hub-bub” about Base 3, I am happy Lionel made the investment to develop it and tie together their different systems, some of which I suspect (i.e. LionChief) may have had more take up by serious enthusiasts than anyone expected.  I hope to see continued developments of DCS that were discussed here several months ago, as it is good for the hobby.

Quick anecdote:  at York happened to see a seller with the Lionel remote control set from the late 1940s or so.  While I remember reading in Hollander’s book that the technology wasn’t ready to deliver on the concept, it shows that during its hey day Lionel Corporation was innovating with new ways to control the trains.  Then we went into a period from the 1950s into basically the 1990s where there was no real fundamental change in how to operate trains.  So to see continued innovation around remote control systems is fine by me, even if I am not a a buyer for each permutation.

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