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The very earliest Legacy CAB-2's (hand controllers) were incapable of being updated in the field.  As a result those of us who had them had to ship them back to Lionel for upgrade to Version 1.2 before we could do our own upgrades.

Once they are at v1.2 they can be updated in the field to v1.3 by using a black writable memory module.

All later versions (after v1.3) including to 1.6 and 1.61 are upgradable without using the black writable module, simply by connecting the CAB-2 base to a PC, with an appropriate cable, and using a management utility (Legacy System Utility, Version 2.0, 6-37125) on the PC to do the upgrade.

You can find some details, and the CAB-2 software, here: https://www.lionelsupport.com/LegacyBaseReturn/

If you haven't already done so it would help to register your CAB-2 set with Lionel because the black writable memory module with v1.3 will be sent to you free of charge if you do.

Good luck.  It's not too hard.

Mike

 

 

Last edited by Mellow Hudson Mike
SantaFeBob posted:

My Legacy system is at 1,2. I would like to upgrade it to the latest release.  My understanding is the series of software upgrades to do this is upgrade in the following order:  1.3, 1.6 then 1.61. Where can I find the software for version 1.3?

Thanks 

Contact Lionel customer service.  They have been fixing Legacy systems under an unspoken warranty.  There is going to be a delay because of the coronavirus.  Once they upgrade yours from v1.2, you will be able do future upgrades yourself.

Mellow Hudson Mike posted:

All later versions (after v1.3) including to 1.6 and 1.61 are upgradable without using the black writable module, simply by connecting the CAB-2 base to a PC, with an appropriate cable, and using a management utility (Legacy System Utility, Version 2.0, 6-37125) on the PC to do the upgrade.

 

Mike

 

 

While you can make the modules with the PC connected to the Legacy system, you always need to have a base and cab module to upgrade a Legacy system. 

There is no way to upgrade the Legacy system directly from a PC. 

Last edited by MartyE
Danr posted:
SantaFeBob posted:

My Legacy system is at 1,2. I would like to upgrade it to the latest release.  My understanding is the series of software upgrades to do this is upgrade in the following order:  1.3, 1.6 then 1.61. Where can I find the software for version 1.3?

Contact Lionel customer service.  They have been fixing Legacy systems under an unspoken warranty.  There is going to be a delay because of the coronavirus.  Once they upgrade yours from v1.2, you will be able do future upgrades yourself.

No need for Lionel service, all he needs is a current set of modules to upgrade the software.  The original trip to Lionel was to install version 1.2, he already has that.

gunrunnerjohn posted:
Danr posted:
SantaFeBob posted:

My Legacy system is at 1,2. I would like to upgrade it to the latest release.  My understanding is the series of software upgrades to do this is upgrade in the following order:  1.3, 1.6 then 1.61. Where can I find the software for version 1.3?

Contact Lionel customer service.  They have been fixing Legacy systems under an unspoken warranty.  There is going to be a delay because of the coronavirus.  Once they upgrade yours from v1.2, you will be able do future upgrades yourself.

No need for Lionel service, all he needs is a current set of modules to upgrade the software.  The original trip to Lionel was to install version 1.2, he already has that.

Thanks, John, you are correct.

My unit is an original and has been updated when they sent out the notice some years ago.  That's as far as my unit been updated.   I have contacted Lionel and they advised me to buy the 691MMBU003 version 1.3 base module and 691MMRU003 version 1.3 remote module at $10 each with a $10 shipping charge.   Unfortunately the Lionel store is closed because of the current situation. 

I should be register with Lionel since I did send the unit back for the original upgrade.

 

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