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Hello- I just ordered my 1st mth train and am looking for help with Dcs. I am fairly new to trains and have only been running Lionel legacy products since I started 2 years ago. I did this because to me at he time it looked the easiest and I have no one but these boards to learn from. Legacy has been great and so was to set up, but I have always wanted to run some mth trains as well. Now that I ordered one of the new European traxx engines I must get into a Dcs system.

My question is about wiring it to my track. I am hoping I can run 1 wire to the outside rail and one to the middle, and it will cover my entire track. With my legacy it is one wire and I am good to go. I have no blocks on my layout and have 2 full lines with 2 passings and lots of sides for cars. The area is 18x8 and I am using fastrack. I am also wondering how the engine for these gets assigned. With legacy I use the module and program the train that way. I don't think these sure used with mth?
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Originally posted by Deekbears:
Hello- I just ordered my 1st mth train and am looking for help with Dcs. I am fairly new to trains and have only been running Lionel legacy products since I started 2 years ago. I did this because to me at he time it looked the easiest and I have no one but these boards to learn from. Legacy has been great and so was to set up, but I have always wanted to run some mth trains as well. Now that I ordered one of the new European traxx engines I must get into a Dcs system.

My question is about wiring it to my track. I am hoping I can run 1 wire to the outside rail and one to the middle, and it will cover my entire track. With my legacy it is one wire and I am good to go. I have no blocks on my layout and have 2 full lines with 2 passings and lots of sides for cars. The area is 18x8 and I am using fastrack. I am also wondering how the engine for these gets assigned. With legacy I use the module and program the train that way. I don't think these sure used with mth?


When you purchase your DCS set, it comes with a pretty comprehensive (120+ pages) manual that will tell you just about everything you need to know to GET STARTED. There are wiring diagrams in the manual. There are instructions that show you how to add engines into the remote, as well as all the other menus and features. Read the manual and you'll be good to go to GET STARTED.

I don't have blocks on my 10x36 FastTrack layout (just two feeds) and it has worked fine for the past 10 years.
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Mike,
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When you purchase your DCS set, it comes with a pretty comprehensive (120+ pages) manual
The DCS Users Guide is about as good an Introduction to DCS was you can get. However, it is not any kind of a reference guide, problem solving tool or in-depth source of information, and is far from "comprehensiive".
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Read the manual and you'll be good to go
Hardly.

The manual's content, at 120 pages or so of sparse text and rudimentary pictures, is about 1/4 the content of the 215-page The DCS O Gauge Companion 2nd Edition. Further, it's written like a manual that just says what each button on the remote does, with little explanation regarding how to actually use DCS or why or [b]when to use a particular DCS feature or function.
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Does the book download to kindle or my iPad?
The eBook version is a pdf that may be read on the iPad (or iPhone) using the GoodReader app or any other app that can handle a password-protected pdf. The pdf itself is fully searchable, as well. Of course, it can also be read on a Mac or PC using Adobe Acrobat or (the free) Adobe Reader.

At present, there isn't a Kindle version of the book available.
Not to ruin whats in Barry's book for you but to enter an engine you don't use modules like TMCC/ Legacy.

It's very simple .Using the DCS hand held controller it takes just 4 steps and about 1 minute and the system will look for and find the engine itself.
Once it finds it you'll see it in the display.

It's like DCC that talks back to itself.
You'll enjoy the flexibility of being able to run both MTH and Lionel
Have fun.

David
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Do I need to get a seperate power source for this or can I run from track power?
Either way all work, however, it's preferable to have a separate power source of the TIU's Aux. Power port. Otherwise, Fixed #1 IN must be powered in order for any other channel to operate.

Power sources are any MTH Z-Brick (Z500, Z750 or Z1000), a Radio Shack #273-331 "Enercell­™ Switchable 18/24VAC 1 AMP Power Adapter with #273-344 Enercell™ Adaptaplug™ M, or any other ,AC or DC power source warted at 1.0-1.5 amps.
Deek,
This is why I always suggest you purchase and read Barrys book Vol 2, also order the Video Guide to DCS, all kinds of great information in both these formats. Having both at your finger tips while building a DCS layout eliminates half the problems, when you follow the directions for initiating or Retro fitting a layout. There is so much to learn with DCS, think of it as a new engineering experience and you will do fine, retro fitting can be a little tricky, go slow and reference Barrys information, watch the DCS Video Users Guide to visually see how things are done.
PCRR/Dave
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I hooked the TIU up using just 2 wires and I've been getting solid "10" on the signal strength ever since. I'd say give that a go and see what happens, you can always re-configure your wiring if it doesn't give you what you want.

Barry's book(s) is/are an excellent source of info, but I just can't sit still long enough to read all 215 pages, I have to chop it up into chapters or smaller.
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