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You can run an MTH in "conventional mode" with the addition of a Lionel Legacy powermaster through the Legacy remote.

This will allow conventional operation via the Legacy handheld , which also allows control of the whistle, bell, electrocouplers from their respective buttons/controls, as well as access to some of the PFA's via keystrokes outlined in the powermaster owners manual.

I have operated MTH PS2 locos conventionally via the older Lionel TPC unit which the Legacy powermaster replaces. MTH locos ran very well, and once under way it was hard to tell they were being operated in a conventional environment. Smoke volume is adjusted through a smoke potentiometer screw on the loco, and they smoke just as well as under DCS.

The BCR in the newer MTH as well as the batteries in the older models prevents the sound drop outs during conventional direction changes.

Last edited by RickO

Rick's response above is correct and very doable. You can also invest in the DCS system and hook it up next to your Legacy system, the two work very well independently on the same track. Legacy cannot operate a DCS locomotive probably because MTH would not release their technology like Lionel did 20+ years ago. If for some reason you would want to operate your Legacy locomotives with the DCS remote, their is a DCS/Legacy cable available from MTH which makes that possible. It was great when Lionel only had the TMCC system as MTH designed their DCS system to fully access the TMCC system. However,  Lionel changed their game a bit and offered us a TMCC on steroids known as Legacy. The DCS remote cannot access many Legacy features such as the quillable whistle but it can access many other features. MTH would have had to redesign their remote with a button similar to Lionel's sprung loaded lever. They do have a quillable whistle also but it is more cumbersome to operate and cannot access Lionel's. I hope this is helpful.


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