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DCS50
DCS50 Command Station/Booster/Throttle Easy to Use All-In-One Unit, LT1 LocoNet Cable/Decoder Tester, Complete Manuals

DB150  Combination Command Station/Booster 5 Amps

DB200+ Booster only, 8 Amps

DCS100 The DCS100 is a 5 amp, combination DCC Command Station & Booster

DCS200 The DCS200 is an 8 amp, combination DCC Command Station & Booster



DCS50 Throttle/Command Station/Booster All-In-One




  







 

 

 

 

The DCS50 product is essentially our award-winning Zephyr product shipped without a powersupply. We typically sell DCS50's to international customers who already have their own power supplies.

  • Everything you need to get started in Digitrax Command Control (with the exception of a power supply) for a great low price.

  • Perfect for beginning, intermediate and advanced model railroaders. It is easy to use and has tons of features.

  • DCS50 Throttle/Command Station/Booster offers excellent speed control, prototypical consisting, the full range of programming features and much more.



The DCS 50 Set Includes:
 
$179.99 msrp

Zephyr’s DCS50 is approximately 7.25" wide, 5.5" deep (including rear connector), 2.75" high (including knobs).

All hook up is in the rear of the unit so, leave plenty of room for wires.

Note: Digitrax Zephyr Starter Sets does not include mobile decoders. There are a wide variety of DCC decoders available today and some are made to fit specific locomotives. Some decoders have more features and cost more money and some are less expensive with fewer features. Your Digitrax authorized dealer will be able to assist you in choosing the “right” decoder for your layout. Click here to visit our decoder selection pages.

Note: The PS315 Power Supply is made for the US and Canadian markets. The DCS50 can be used with any power supply that delivers 15V AC, 3Amps. If you are using DCS50 outside US and Canada, please order DCS50 alone and purchase the power supply locally.

Application Note: Using PM42 with Zephyr/DCS50


 

Zephyr Offers:

  • Simple to use controls for running trains.

  • Large speed control knob and direction switch with brake.

  • Full numeric key pad.

  • Easy 2 and 4 digit addressing.

  • Smooth speed control.


Run multiple trains at once without blocking!

  • Run up to 10 addresses at the same time on your system.

  • Run up to 10 throttles at the same time on your system.


Jump Ports for using DC power packs as additional throttles

  • Use one or two smooth DC power packs as throttles to control DCC equipped locomotives.

  • Simple, cost effective way to add more throttles to your Zephyr set.

  • Makes it easy to share the fun of DCC with layout visitors and young operators.

  • Functions on locos controlled by Jump throttles remain active.


Over 9000 Locomotive Addresses

  • Use Address 00 to run one or more locos without DCC decoders

  • Two Digit Addressing is easy to use. (Address 01-127)

  • Four Digit Addressing-use the number painted on your engines as its address.

 

2.5 Amps of Power to run multiple trains.

  • Booster outputs 12V for safe operation in N and HO scales.


Function Control

  • Control 10 functions-F0 through F8.

  • Function 2 is a special non-latching key that can be used to sound the horn for as long as the key is held down.

  • Constant brightness lighting. Headlights can be directional or independently controlled (depending on decoder).


Stationary Decoders, Turnout Control & Turnout Position Reporting

  • Access to stationary decoder control for turnouts and other devices.

  • Control 999 stationary decoder addresses.


Consisting

  • Universal consisting, Digitrax preferred method. ALL locos can be consisted, even analog locos.

  • Advanced consisting, allows only advanced consist capable mobile decoders.

  • Basic consisting, program decoders to run on same address.


Decoder Programming

  • Built in read/write programmer that can read and write all CVs.

  • Supports Paged programming (Digitrax preferred method). Also supports direct & register mode programming.

  • Operations mode programming can be used to program decoders on the layout.


Expandability with Digitrax LocoNet

  • Use Zephyr as a starting point for your Digitrax LocoNet System, then add components.

  • Use Zephyr as an expansion set with Digitrax equipment you already have installed.

  • Add Radio or IR via LocoNet. Just plug in a UR90 or UR91 receiver and add IR and/or Radio throttles.

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DB150 Command Station/Booster
with Intelligent AutoReverse


    
 

DB150 is shipped as part of the Super Empire Builder Sets. DB150 is also available separately.

 
 
$179.00 msrp



DB150 Command Station /Booster:

  • Full LocoNet Capabilities. DB150 gives you the ultimate in expandability!

    Up to 22 throttles in command station mode.

    Use with any LocoNet throttle (DT400 series, DT300 series, DT100 series, DT200, UT2, UT1, BT2, Computer throttle, LocoPalm Throttle and new Digitrax and LocoNet Certified throttles to come soon)

  • Built in broadcast write only programmer. Genesis uses Paged Programming method exclusively.

  • Built in 5 Amp Digital Command Control Booster Rated at 80VA.

  • Many command station options are user customizable.

    Accepts either 50/60Hz AC or DC input from your existing power supply. Minimum input voltage: 12V AC or DC, Maximum input voltage: 22V AC or 28V DC. The power supply you use should be within this range and should be overload protected for a maximum output of 4.5 amps DC.

    Auto resetting over temperature & short circuit protection.

  • Digitrax Boosters are safe for use with all scales because they are multi scale selectable for N through G scale operations. N Scale=12V, HO Scale=15V, O/G Scale=20V.

  • Track Status indicator shows voltage and signal type (DCC or "Zero Stretch" Analog Signal for conventional operation.)

  • Stabilized Track Drive Output. Over Voltage Protected.

  • LocoNet Expansion Network for easy reliable system hook up and future system expansion. All connections are made with 6 conductor telco jacks & wire. The LocoNet wiring scheme gives you a very reliable system for sending your commands to the track and controlling your trains. For future expansion, LocoNet offers you full access to advanced features such as track level feedback for train detection, signaling & automated operation without the need to run a separate bus. LocoNet is more than just wiring, it is a fully integrated train control system.

  • Sync output configures DB150 Operating Mode & connects the DB150 to expansion boosters

  • High impedance balanced or unbalanced signal input receivers on the LocoNet Interface allow boosting of several different types of command control signals.

  • Auto shutdown if command control drive signal is lost so that the layout will not convert to DC operation if a cable or connection is broken. The trains won't just "take-off" if they are not getting the DCC signal.

  • Complies with FCC Part 15, Class B RFI Requirements.

  • DCC Compatible.



The DB150 has 3 user selectable operating modes for maximum flexibility & system expansion
  1. 5 Amp Precision Digital Command Control Booster Rated At 80 Watts. This booster gives you plenty of power to run several trains at a time. Even though blocking is not required for train control, you may find that you wish to section your layout because you want to run more locomotives than one power pack can handle or to keep the layout from shutting down when there is a short in any given power section. The DB150 also works as a powerful booster for other DCC compatible command stations, too.

  2. Intelligent Auto Reversing Booster. "Look Ma, no hands!!!" This option is selectable when you are operating one DB150 or DCS100 as the main system booster and an additional DB150 (or other DB100 series booster) as the Auto Reverser. With this configuration, you can totally automate one or more reverse loops. The train crosses the gap, if the DB150 senses a short, it automatically matches the track polarities and the train keeps going. Note: You can handle reverse loops conventionally if you do not wish to add an extra booster to your system, the auto reverse feature was added to the DB150 primarily as an "extra goodie." You can also use PM42 Quad Power Manager to automate reversing sections if you don’t need the additional power provided by a booster.

  3. DCC Command Station for Genesis II or Empire Builder II Set. The DB150 when used with a UT2 throttle performs as the Genesis II Set command station and gives you a truly cost effective, entry level DCC system. You can enjoy DCC without spending a lot of money & you can add on advanced equipment at your own pace to customize a system that's right for YOU! The DB150 when used with a DT300 or DT300R performs as the Empire Builder II Set command station.



Technical Note About DCC Booster Output Ratings: Digitrax boosters have maximum output current limits of either 5 or 8 amps. The actual continuous output current that your booster will provide to the layout depends on several factors including the input supply voltage, the ambient room temperature and air flow over the booster's heat sink. Higher input voltages increase the amount of heat that must be dissipated by the booster's heat sink. If the heat sink does not get enough air flow to allow for heat dissipation, the booster will eventually reach an over temperature state and shut down. A small fan blowing across the heat sink on your booster will increase the maximum sustained current output capacity of your booster.

Each DCC company specifies the output capacity of its boosters according to their own internal standards. Tests designed and performed by several model railroaders have shown wide variations in the actual output capacity of DCC boosters. In most cases the tests were designed to overload boosters and cause them to shut down. The conclusion based on these tests is that each manufacturer uses a different way of determining booster output capacity, Digitrax tends to be more conservative in stating booster output ratings. The factor that is most important for achieving maximum output capacity is the booster’s heat sinking ability. In these tests, Digitrax boosters have demonstrated excellent heat sinking capabilities and the ability to consistently output the advertised 5 or 8 amps when appropriate fans are added in high temperature situations.

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DB200+ 8amp Booster  


    
 

More power to you!  This 8 Amp booster is great for layouts that run lots of locos and for large-scale layouts where power requirements are heavy. This is a booster only and does not have command station capabilities.

 
 
$199.99 msrp


Click here for the DB200+ manual.

Technical Note About DCC Booster Output Ratings: Digitrax boosters have maximum output current limits of either 5 or 8 amps. The actual continuous output current that your booster will provide to the layout depends on several factors including the input supply voltage, the ambient room temperature and air flow over the booster's heat sink. Higher input voltages increase the amount of heat that must be dissipated by the booster's heat sink. If the heat sink does not get enough air flow to allow for heat dissipation, the booster will eventually reach an over temperature state and shut down. A small fan blowing across the heat sink on your booster will increase the maximum sustained current output capacity of your booster.

Each DCC company specifies the output capacity of its boosters according to their own internal standards. Tests designed and performed by several model railroaders have shown wide variations in the actual output capacity of DCC boosters. In most cases the tests were designed to overload boosters and cause them to shut down. The conclusion based on these tests is that each manufacturer uses a different way of determining booster output capacity, Digitrax tends to be more conservative in stating booster output ratings. The factor that is most important for achieving maximum output capacity is the booster’s heat sinking ability. In these tests, Digitrax boosters have demonstrated excellent heat sinking capabilities and the ability to consistently output the advertised 5 or 8 amps when appropriate fans are added in high temperature situations.

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DCS100 Command Station 5 amp Booster

  
    
 

The DCS100 is a combination DCC Command Station & Booster. The DCS100 operates as the command station and main system booster on a Digitrax LocoNet system. It can also be used in conjunction with your computer if you choose to do so.

The DCS100 accepts throttle input from any LocoNet throttle (DT400 series, DT300 series, DT100 series, DT200, UT2, UT1, BT2, Computer throttle, LocoPalm Throttle and new Digitrax and LocoNet Certified throttles to come soon)

 
 
$285.00 msrp

Control over 9,000 locomotive addresses.

Baseline DCC decoders use the range 0-127 (126 DCC & 1 Analog). Address "00" is defined as the analog locomotive address. Extended Packet Format DCC decoders use the range 128 and above. This provides complete backward compatibility with all existing DCC decoders and does not force you to replace any decoders to have four-digit addressing.

Built in read/write programmer and separate service mode programming output

lets you program each individual decoder's acceleration, deceleration, start-voltage, mid-point voltage, loadable speed table, etc. without shutting down the layout. The DCS100 offers paged mode, physical register mode and direct CV access programming to allow you to program decoders from all DCC compatible manufacturers. These characteristics can also be programmed using the Digitrax PR-1 Decoder Programmer for your computer.

Operations mode programming

lets you program decoders "on the fly." By sending programming directed to a particular loco address you can change the address and /or operating characteristics of an engine while it is on the layout. For example, you can simulate added train weight by increasing the ACCEL and DECEL rate in a decoder.

128 speed step operation!

You can select 14, 28, or 128 speed step operation for each individual decoder so you don't have to sacrifice performance if you have some decoders that have 128 speed steps & some that don't.


Basic, Advanced or UniVersal Consisting lets you choose how you handle consists.

UniVersal consisting lets you use ANY DCC decoder for consisting. You can even include an analog loco (one without a decoder) in a consist. You can mix & match any DCC compatible decoders in your consists because the command station controls the consist. Add & delete locos from MU lash-ups with a few simple keystrokes.

Advanced consisting lets you use decoders that are capable of Advanced Consisting for consisting. With this method of consisting, the decoders rather than the command station, control the consist so it is portable from one layout to another. Note that when you use "Advanced" Consisting, only EPF decoders can be included in the consist. In addition, if you use this type of consisting, you must be certain to properly remove the advanced consist information from the decoders when you want to rearrange them in the consist or remove them from the consist.

The DCS100 also allows "Nested consisting" which lets you make up consists composed of other consists.

Function Control

Function control is very simple with the DT300 series throttles.

Just press the function activation key followed by the key associated with the function you wish to access.

Control directional lighting & 8 additional function outputs from the keypad.

Sound controls for bell & whistle are on the F1 & F2 keys, you'll see a bell and whistle graphic beside these keys.

Function 2 is a non-latching control that allows you to sound the horn for as long as the key is held down; just like the real thing!

Control up to 999 switch addresses from the keypad.

Customizable Fast Clock. Displays synchronized scale time clock on all DT300 & DT100 series throttles.

Compatible with DCC Standard and RP's.

Customizable System Options

let you set up how your system runs. You can have "beeps" on or off, you can set time outs, set up purge options,

enable trinary mode for operation with Marklin Motorola format equipment, enable advanced consisting and much more.

DCS100's Booster Capabilities give you a 5 amp booster along with your command station.

Optionally, the DCS200 gives you 8 amps!

  • A powerful 5 (DCS100) or 8 Amp (DCS200) Digital Command Control Booster Rated at 80VA

  • Accepts either 50/60Hz AC or DC input from your existing power supply. Minimum input voltage: 12V AC or DC, Maximum input voltage: 22V AC or 28V DC. The power supply you use should be within this range & should be overload protected for a maximum output of 5 amps DC.

  • Auto resetting over temperature & short circuit protection. Unique smart protection will not "weld" derailed locos to the track.

  • Safe for use with all scales because it’s multi xcale selectable for N through G scale operations. N Scale=12V, HO Scale=15V, O/G Scale=20V.

  • User adjustable voltage trim.

  • Track Status indicator shows voltage & signal type (DCC or "Zero Stretch" Analog Signal for conventional operation.)

  • Stabilized Track Drive Output. Over Voltage Protected.

  • LocoNet Expansion Network for easy reliable system hook up & future system expansion.

  • High impedance balanced signal input receivers on the LocoNet Interface allow boosting of several different types of command control signals.

  • Auto shutdown if command control drive signal is lost so that the layout will not convert to DC operation if a cable or connection is broken. This means that the trains won't just "take-off" if they are not getting the DCC signal.

  • Complies with FCC Part 15, Class B RFI Requirements.

Note: If you add a DCS100 to your existing DT200 (Big Boy Set), you will add system capacity and all DT200's in the system become walkaround throttles and will be able to perform all the same functions as before. The DT200's will still be limited to 127 locomotive and switch addresses.


Technical Note About DCC Booster Output Ratings: Digitrax boosters have maximum output current limits of either 5 or 8 amps. The actual continuous output current that your booster will provide to the layout depends on several factors including the input supply voltage, the ambient room temperature and air flow over the booster's heat sink. Higher input voltages increase the amount of heat that must be dissipated by the booster's heat sink. If the heat sink does not get enough air flow to allow for heat dissipation, the booster will eventually reach an over temperature state and shut down. A small fan blowing across the heat sink on your booster will increase the maximum sustained current output capacity of your booster.

Each DCC company specifies the output capacity of its boosters according to their own internal standards. Tests designed and performed by several model railroaders have shown wide variations in the actual output capacity of DCC boosters. In most cases the tests were designed to overload boosters and cause them to shut down. The conclusion based on these tests is that each manufacturer uses a different way of determining booster output capacity, Digitrax tends to be more conservative in stating booster output ratings. The factor that is most important for achieving maximum output capacity is the booster’s heat sinking ability. In these tests, Digitrax boosters have demonstrated excellent heat sinking capabilities and the ability to consistently output the advertised 5 or 8 amps when appropriate fans are added in high temperature situations.

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DCS200 Command Station 8 amp Booster


    
 

The DCS200 is a combination DCC Command Station & Booster. The DCS200 operates as the command station and main system booster on a Digitrax LocoNet system. It can also be used in conjunction with your computer if you choose to do so.

The DCS200 accepts throttle input from any LocoNet throttle (DT400 series, DT300 series, DT100 series, DT200, UT2, UT1, BT2, Computer throttle, LocoPalm Throttle and new Digitrax and LocoNet Certified throttles to come soon)

 
 
$305.00 msrp

Control over 9,000 locomotive addresses.

Baseline DCC decoders use the range 0-127 (127 DCC & 1 Analog). Address "00" is defined as the analog locomotive address. Extended Packet Format DCC decoders use the range 128 and above. This provides complete backward compatibility with all existing DCC decoders and does not force you to replace any decoders to have four-digit addressing.

Built in read/write programmer and separate service mode programming output

Lets you program each individual decoder's acceleration, deceleration, start-voltage, mid-point voltage, loadable speed table, etc. without shutting down the layout. The DCS100 offers paged mode, physical register mode and direct CV access programming to allow you to program decoders from all DCC compatible manufacturers. These characteristics can also be programmed using the Digitrax PR-1 Decoder Programmer for your computer.

Operations mode programming

lets you program decoders "on the fly." By sending programming directed to a particular loco address you can change the address and /or operating characteristics of an engine while it is on the layout. For example, you can simulate added train weight by increasing the ACCEL and DECEL rate in a decoder.

128 speed step operation!

You can select 14, 28, or 128 speed step operation for each individual decoder so you don't have to sacrifice performance if you have some decoders that have 128 speed steps & some that don't.


Basic, Advanced or UniVersal Consisting lets you choose how you handle consists.

UniVersal consisting lets you use ANY DCC decoder for consisting. You can even include an analog loco (one without a decoder) in a consist. You can mix & match any DCC compatible decoders in your consists because the command station controls the consist. Add & delete locos from MU lash-ups with a few simple keystrokes.

Advanced consisting lets you use decoders that are capable of Advanced Consisting for consisting. With this method of consisting, the decoders rather than the command station, control the consist so it is portable from one layout to another. Note that when you use "Advanced" Consisting, only EPF decoders can be included in the consist. In addition, if you use this type of consisting, you must be certain to properly remove the advanced consist information from the decoders when you want to rearrange them in the consist or remove them from the consist.

The DCS200 also allows "Nested consisting" which lets you make up consists composed of other consists.

Function Control

Function control is very simple with the DT300 and DT400 series throttles.

Just press the function activation key followed by the key associated with the function you wish to access.

Control directional lighting & 8 additional function outputs from the keypad.

Sound controls for bell & whistle are on the F1 & F2 keys, you'll see a bell and whistle graphic beside these keys.

Function 2 is a non-latching control that allows you to sound the horn for as long as the key is held down; just like the real thing!

Control up to 999 switch addresses from the keypad.

Customizable Fast Clock. Displays synchronized scale time clock on all DT400, DT300 & DT100 series throttles.

Compatible with DCC Standard and RP's.

Customizable System Options

The DSC200 lets you set up how your system runs. You can have "beeps" on or off, you can set time outs, set up purge options,

Enable trinary mode for operation with Marklin Motorola format equipment, enable advanced consisting and much more.

DCS200's Booster Capabilities give you a 8 amp booster along with your command station.

The DCS200 gives you 8 amps!

  • A powerful 8 Amp Digital Command Control Booster Rated at 80VA

  • Accepts either 50/60Hz AC or DC input from your existing power supply. Minimum input voltage: 12V AC or DC, Maximum input voltage: 22V AC or 28V DC. The power supply you use should be within this range & should be overload protected for a maximum output of 8 amps DC.

  • Auto resetting over temperature & short circuit protection. Unique smart protection will not "weld" derailed locos to the track.

  • Safe for use with all scales because it’s multi xcale selectable for N through G scale operations. N Scale=12V, HO Scale=15V, O/G Scale=20V.

  • User adjustable voltage trim.

  • Track Status indicator shows voltage & signal type (DCC or "Zero Stretch" Analog Signal for conventional operation.)

  • Stabilized Track Drive Output. Over Voltage Protected.

  • LocoNet Expansion Network for easy reliable system hook up & future system expansion.

  • High impedance balanced signal input receivers on the LocoNet Interface allow boosting of several different types of command control signals.

  • Auto shutdown if command control drive signal is lost so that the layout will not convert to DC operation if a cable or connection is broken. This means that the trains won't just "take-off" if they are not getting the DCC signal.

  • Complies with FCC Part 15, Class B RFI Requirements.



Technical Note About DCC Booster Output Ratings: Digitrax boosters have maximum output current limits of either 5 or 8 amps. The actual continuous output current that your booster will provide to the layout depends on several factors including the input supply voltage, the ambient room temperature and air flow over the booster's heat sink. Higher input voltages increase the amount of heat that must be dissipated by the booster's heat sink. If the heat sink does not get enough air flow to allow for heat dissipation, the booster will eventually reach an over temperature state and shut down. A small fan blowing across the heat sink on your booster will increase the maximum sustained current output capacity of your booster.

Each DCC company specifies the output capacity of its boosters according to their own internal standards. Tests designed and performed by several model railroaders have shown wide variations in the actual output capacity of DCC boosters. In most cases the tests were designed to overload boosters and cause them to shut down. The conclusion based on these tests is that each manufacturer uses a different way of determining booster output capacity, Digitrax tends to be more conservative in stating booster output ratings. The factor that is most important for achieving maximum output capacity is the booster’s heat sinking ability. In these tests, Digitrax boosters have demonstrated excellent heat sinking capabilities and the ability to consistently output the advertised 5 or 8 amps when appropriate fans are added in high temperature situations.


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