So in the look before you leap category I last week won an auction of a Lionel EM-1. THEN started to figure out what that really meant. The engine box has it as an Odyssey with tmcc which best I can tell was produced around 2001ish.
So I have conventional lionels and MTH's that would be great to run with this engine. It looks like Lionel offers some option to do this. As I dont have any DCC O gauge equipment (including transformers above 75 watts) or controllers or decoders installed I wanted to see if you all could recommend the best approach to have all the engines on the same layout at the same time. I want to try to buy set up systems that are not proprietary but rather NMRA standard systems if at all possible. Is it possible to do this by replacing whatever decoder the EM-1 has (as one option)?
I am starting the build my first O scale layout and so have just been working on getting wood, switches and track. Not considered the running trains part as that is month(s) off.
Is the lionel system that allows running conventional engines (the video I watched said up to nine but these would be in power blocks right?) and tmcc/legacy the best approach? I would be fine converting the conventional engines to dcc quite frankly as I just have a bunch of engines like the 1950's steam turbine that are not collectible or valuable. And converted some HO engines with simple and cheap decoders (course they were not 5 amp decoders, eh?).
Your experience would be welcome as I do not know the options or costs at all. Thanks!