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MikeW

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not sure what to get.
« on: August 13, 2023, 10:36:43 pm »
ive had an HO set for eons. its as old as me well almost.  Recently i wanted to get back into trains but wanted an "O" scale.  Trains have come a long way.  I bought a Polar express complete set with blue tooth remote.  Not crazy about the Loco so i went looking for one i liked.  Found a 4 6 0 not realizing i have no way to run it.  While reading i found i need a train master command set with cab controller.  No such thing as a new one. Found older loco's ran with a variable transfomrer like my HO had.  but that means i need 2 tracks to run either train. I guess my question would be is there any way to run both engines on one set of tracks? Not at the same time of course. I noticed the LCS system in one of the other threads. Will that work for the 4 6 0 without any of the original cab system parts? Or can i just use the lcs and app for my phone? Please tell me i have not spent alot of money for nothing.  Thanks Mike

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Re: not sure what to get.
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2023, 07:47:06 pm »
okay here is what i have learned.  The engine i purchased is a LCCS engine.  I have  to have a command control and cab set.  The LCS wifi unit will not control the engine.  It will control everything along it however.  So as i see it i have 3 options. I can set up a separate track with a manual transformer speed regulator like my old HO set. I can buy a LCCS set from ebay at exorbitant rates most run $250-$400. Or i can box up the engine I like back in the box put it on a shelf and forget about it until I can find a better priced Lccs system.  This sound about right to yall? Thanks.  Mike
 

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Re: not sure what to get.
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2024, 10:51:41 pm »
Mike, I'll give you some belated advice.  If you're new, you should buy a complete set first. Your only complaint with your complete set is that you didn't like the locomotive. Overall, complete sets cost less, and then you can buy individual pieces later.

 

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