February 18th, 2008, 05:01 PM #11Confirmed TrainBoard Member
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By the way, for anyone interested, I called NCE about the Powercab being able to run more than two locos at a time.
I was told the answer is no. So, if you've got loco 1 running and loco 2 running and then select loco 3, loco 1 will stop running.
February 18th, 2008, 05:12 PM #12New TrainBoard Member
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I am not sure, but I don't thing anyone so far has mentioned that the Prodigy system (Express and Advance) will store the last 5 locos selected.
February 29th, 2008, 05:43 PM #13Not seen in the last 100 days
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February 29th, 2008, 07:58 PM #14
I think the issue is that the PowerCab will only maintain 2 locos in memory at a time, so you would have to reselect the first one. I'll let you know.
February 29th, 2008, 08:06 PM #15
Ken I think NCE must have missunderstood your question. I just ran 3 locos with my Power cab. You loose control of one of the locos but you can run more than 2 locos at a time.
Getting back to the orignal question I think you should have your answer of what most people would buy, NCE or MRC. From what I see lots of people have answers about there NCE systems but I see very few remarks about the MRC system.
I love my NCE system and it is expandable and able to be used with larger NCE PRO system. It is easy to understand. I don't speek HEX or DOS but I do speed NCE. Try this with a Digitrax system.Dan
March 1st, 2008, 04:18 AM #16
March 1st, 2008, 08:03 AM #17
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lownen: The PowerCab has a nifty little "recall" button. You can only control one loco at a time, per throttle, but by pushing "recall", you can switch to the last loco you were controlling.
Imagine you have two engines, "123" and "456". "Select Loco", "123" and drive off with 123. Get it to the speed you desire, and then "Select Loco", "456". 123 carries on going and you can now control 456. If you want 123 back again, hit "recall". You can switch between the last two locos you selected as often as you like; effectively giving you two throttles, but you have to push one aside to get to the other one - fine normally, dangerous in an emergency (end of a siding, anyone?)
ProCab (what I've got) makes it all more complicated and powerful - up to six engines in the recall list :D
Does that help any?
March 1st, 2008, 12:53 PM #18
ATSF is correct in his statement. You can recall the last loco and have all of the setting as you left them. You can run several engines at one time with a Power cab but you only have direct control over the last 2 of them. You set them out running. If you could run 5 trains with out them hitting each other you could run them all with a Power cab. Once you set the speed of a loco now you can call up another loco and start it running. All of the other locos will continue running. It only take 2 seconds to slect a new loco number. As stated before it only take 1 second to crash. But if you had 5 loops why would they crash?Dan
March 1st, 2008, 02:37 PM #19
Just in case some are not aware of the MRC loco recall stack, all of their systems (Express, Advance2 and Wireless) have a 25 loco recall stack as compared to 2 for Power Cab. This means you can quickly cycle thru as many locos as you want in order to have full control of each one. You just push the recall button and as each loco number appears you can control it as desired and it remembers all settings when you come back to it later. For me, this is one of the best features of the MRC system.
Also, be aware that on Power Cab Version 1.28, when you call up a running loco that is not presently in your 2-loco stack, that 3rd loco will stop and all functions turn off. This was not the case in the earlier versions and has now been corrected in Version 1.28b which apparently started shipping in December.
As I've said before, the MRC Wireless is all that I hoped for, and more. The Advance2 or the Wireless will give many home users all they will ever need without having to upgrade for more power or throttles. Starting with the Express could require future upgrades so I strongly recommend starting with the 3.5 amp Advance2, or even better, the Wireless.
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