Product Support for: Throttles -> Super Walkaround/IR Throttle (DT400)

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The DT400 super throttle gives you direct control of two locos at a time with all the powerful features and flexibility serious model railroaders demand. The DT400 super throttle is designed to handle nearly every aspect of layout control. You can run trains and consist, control up to 12 functions such as sound, program decoders, set up and operate routes, and much more.

Discontinued in 2009.

171 Articles Found for DT400

KB772 DT400 Throttle Overview

The DT400 and DT400R are full function hand held throttles that include 2 independent throttles and a common keypad to control up to 13 functions (0-12), turnouts and programming.The DT400 offers wireless infrared remote operation used in conjunction with a UR90 or UR91 Receiver Unit.  The DT400 requires a 9 volt battery for infrared operation; the DT400 does not require a battery in normal walkaround operation. If you do not install a battery, the throttle display will be off while you are unplugged from the system. The DT400R offers wireless radio remote operation when used in conjunction with a UR91 ...

KB577 DT400 - Playable whistle on F2 button

  Q:  I have read in some of the model magazines that the F2 button on the DT400 is a pressure sensitive playable whistle button. I have not noticed any difference in sound with the F2 button on my DT400. Is there some way to determine if this feature is present on my throttle? A:  Most Digitrax DT400 and all DT402 series throttles have the capability of implementing the playable whistle feature when used with Digitrax sound decoders.Prior to the release of Digitrax sound decoders this feature was considered as an experimental throttle feature and was not fully documented. Once Digitrax released ...

KB445 Customizing the DT400 Option #2 - Throttle Default Decoder Operation

Each DT400 can be set up to operate new decoders selected by that DT400 as any decoder status code you choose. New decoders are defined as decoders that have not been selected in your system. Your DT400 is set to expect to operate mostly decoders that are 128 speed step capable, so when a new decoder is selected the DT400 defaults to that status code. If you operate mostly decoders that are only able to recognize 28 speed steps, you can change this setting.

KB101 DB150 Track Power Indications with DT400 Series Throttle

The DT400 series’ Track Power Indicator and the DB150’s track status indicator show whether track power is on or off. The first time you plug in your DT400 series throttle, track power will usually be off. To run trains, you will need to turn on the track power. Look at your DB150 and/or DT400 series to determine whether the track power is on or off. 1. When track power is off: DB150 TRACK STATUS indicator is off DB150 OFF LINE indicator is on and DT400 series Track Power Indicator is off (Track Power Indicator is a small dot in the top line on ...

KB425 DT400/R - Tetherless Operation - Releasing a Locomotive

Two options are available for releasing tetherless operated locomotives. These options are set by DT400 Option #3. No tetherless release allowed: if the LOCO Key is pressed while the DT400/R is running in tetherless mode, the addresses selected will not be released unless the throttle is plugged in to LocoNet. This is the factory default. Tetherless release allowed: if the LOCO Key is pressed while the DT400/R is running in tetherless mode, the address selected on that side of the throttle will be released immediately and that throttle will become inactive. To re-select this loco address plug your DT400/R in ...

KB429 DT400/R Tetherless Operation - Overview

DT400R is a radio equipped throttle. To use your DT400R as a radio throttle, you will need to install a radio receiver on your layout. All DT400s are “InfraReady.” This means that your DT400 comes with IR LEDs that will send infrared signals to the layout. To use this InfraReady capability, you just need to install one or more infrared receivers on your layout. A 9 volt battery must be used to power the DT400/R for tetherless operation. Using DT400/R as a tetherless throttle is easy: 1. For Infrared operation, plug in at least one Digitrax IR receiver (UR90 or ...

KB421 DT400 Series Tetherless Operation - Fast Clock

When using the fast clock option, the DT400 series will keep track of and display fast time based on the last synchronized system fast time when the DT400 was connected to LocoNet. If the fast time is edited by another throttle connected to LocoNet, the DT400/R will not see this change until it is plugged into LocoNet at which time its display will be updated.

KB424 DT400/R Tetherless Operation - Multiple Unit Operations

Consists must be assembled and broken up while the DT400/R is plugged in to LocoNet. MU operations are locked out while the DT400/R is running simplext tetherless. Once a consist is assembled, it can be operated normally using the DT400/R in tetherless mode.

KB510 DT400 Series - Throttle Clicks

Q: I have a Digitrax DT400 throttle. The left speed knob accelerates the locos at one speed unit per "click". However the right knob accelerates at three speed units per "click". How can I change the right knob to one unit per click? Each rotation of a throttle knob on the DT400 series throttle generates 24 clicks.  Digitrax supports 14, 28 and 128 speed step operation in decoders; each click on a DT400 series throttle knob is related proportianally to the number of speed steps used by the decoder. So, for a 128 speed step decoder each click is approxiamtely 5.33 speed steps.Perceived throttle ...

KB778 DT400 Series Throttle Turning Track Power On & Off

The track power indicator on your DT400 shows whether track power is on or off. If the track power indicator is lit then track power is on. There is also a Track Power indicator on your command station.To Turn Track Power On:If the Track Power Indicator is not lit, turn track power on as follows:1.  Press the PWR Key2.  Press the Y + Key and the Track Power Indicator on your DT400 display and on your command station will come on solid. If the Track Power Indicator is blinking, press the Y+ Key again to make it solid and turn ...

KB275 DT400 Problems with DCS100 and DB150

Q: I connect my DT400 to my DCS100 and it works fine, but when I add a DB150 working as a booster the DT400 stops working. What is wrong? A: A number of things may cause this, so you can use the diagnostic features of the DT400 to solve this problem. Experience has proven that the most common LocoNet problem is related to pins 3 and 4. By following this diagnostic procedure, you can narrow down to the source of the problem. Starting with DT400 without a battery [The throttle has no battery for this test to assure it executes ...

KB771 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles L (Left) & R (Right) Throttle Knobs

Digitgrax refers to the throttle knob on the left side as the L Throttle and the throttle knob on the right side as the R Throttle. This corresponds to the L & R that appears on the throttle. The throttle knobs on the DT400 use “encoders.” They give very smooth, fine speed control. In 128 speed step mode it takes four complete rotations of the knob to go from stop to full speed. When you select a locomotive that is already moving on either throttle knob, that throttle will continue to run the locomotive at the same speed and in the ...

KB426 DT400/R Tetherless Operation - Safety Selection Feature

While tetherless, the DT400/R operates as a one-way transmitter. The DT400/R must be plugged into LocoNet to select an available locomotive address. After an address is selected on your DT400/R, you can unplug from LocoNet and run the selected addresses with infrared or radio. The throttle will automatically convert to infrared or radio operation for all speed, direction, function, operations mode programming, and switch commands. Digitrax uses this safety selection procedure, which requires throttles be plugged into LocoNet to select a loco address to run. This is an important operational safety feature. Digitrax chose not to allow one way address ...

KB729 DT400 Series Throttles - Function Controls

The DT400 can control Functions 1 - 12.Note: DT400 can access F0-F12 when used with the DCS50 Zephyr or DCS100 Super Chief command station. DT400 can only access F0-F8 when used with a DB150 Super Empire Builder command station.To enter Fn (function) mode:1. Determine which throttle you want to control functions on and make it the active throttle by single clicking the throttle knob or by turning the throttle knob a couple of clicks.2. DT400’s numeric keypad is always active in function mode during normal loco operations. When the mode indicator on your DT400 shows Fn, simply press any number ...

KB486 PM42 - Programming Op Switches with a DT400 series throttle

Q:  How do I program the PM42 Option Switches (OpSw) with a DT400 throttle? A:  The PM42 OpSw settings are used to set up the PM42, adjusting the trip current, short circuit management (including sensitivity), and/or auto-reversing. Note: The factory default setting on all PM42 OpSws is “thrown” or “t”. Follow the steps outlined below to program the OpSw settings of the PM42 using the DT400 series throttle with any Digitrax command system. 1) Connect the PM42 to a DCS50, DCS51, DB150, DCS100, or DCS200 with a standard LocoNet cable. 2) Connect the PM42 to an external power source; Digitrax ...

KB100 DB150 - Track Power On and Off with a DT400 series throttle

How To Turn Track Power On and Off with the DT400 series throttle Turn track power on: Press the PWR Key, then press the Y + Key and the Track Power Indicator on your DT400 series display and on your command station will come on solid. If the track power indicator is blinking, press the Y+ key again to make it solid. Turn track power off: Press the PWR Key , then press the N - Key . The Track Power Indicator on your DT400 series and on your command station will go off. To Exit: Exit PWR mode by pressing the ...

KB367 DT400 - Erratic Behavior

I have a DCS100. I do not understand why my DT400's speed increases (all the way up to 99) sometimes when I plug it in. Also, sometimes the Loco number (when selected when this is taking place) will increase too. There is no control enabled when this is taking place. If I plug in a DT100 it operates normally. One of the buttons on the DT400 may be stuck, leading to this behavior. Take a look at the control panel of the DT400 and you will probably see this stuck button since it will not be in a fully returned ...

KB444 Customizing the DT400 Option #2 - Tetherless Operation Mode

Each DT400 can be set up with radio capability and/or infrared capability enabled, all tetherless operation disabled and power save enabled or disabled. DT400 is shipped with IR only enabled and DT400R is shipped with Radio & IR enabled

KB766 DT402 & DT400 Mode Indicator

The mode indicator, located at the bottom center of the LCD, shows the DT402/DT400 series throttles' current mode of operations. The DT400 automatically defaults to the Fn mode & returns to this mode whenever the EXIT Key is pressed. The Mode indicator usually shows what the numeric keys are associated with. For example, in Fn mode, any entry on the numeric keypad will affect functions. In Sw mode, keypad entries will change turnouts and in Lo mode, entries on the keypad will enter loco address numbers, etc.

KB779 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Layout Connection

The DT400 can be connected directly to the LocoNet port of your command station or to any Universal Panel of your LocoNet system.

KB427 DT400 Series Tetherless Operation - LocoNet ID Change

If you are operating in a show environment where there are other model railroads operating which use Digitrax wireless throttles, you must insure that your railroad's LocoNet ID is different from others that are also present. Your DT400 series will log on to the LocoNet ID offered by compatible infrared or radio receiver it sees when plugged in to LocoNet. The default LocoNet ID is 00. It may be necessary to change the LocoNet ID if more than one club is operating in close proximity at a train show so that the commands sent by one club will not interfere ...

KB733 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles - Emergency Stop - Local

DT402 & DT400 series throttles have two ways of doing an emergency stop. When you use Emergency Stop, the deceleration rate programmed into the decoder will not have an effect and the stop will be immediate.Local Stop Press the EMRG STOP Key to stop the loco that is active in the throttle display. To resume operation, use the throttle knob associated with that address to increase the loco’s speed.Press the EMRG STOP Key again to stop the loco that is associated with the other throttle on the DT400 or DT402 series throttle. To resume operation, each operator must use their throttle to set ...

KB462 Hex Display & Decimal Display - DT400 Series Throttles

All CV values except for 2 digit and 4 digit addresses can be displayed as either decimal or hexadecimal numbers by the DT400. When you are using the L Throttle knob to browse through CVs 002 through 255, you will use the R Throttle knob to set the CV value you want to program.By default, the DT400 displays the CV values as decimal numbers 000-255 (nnn). To view the numbers as hexadecimal simply press the R throttle knob and you will see the CV value change to the hex equivalent of the decimal. Hex numbers are displayed as xnn. For ...

KB780 DT400 Features and Specifications

DT400 is designed to maintain a close similarity in function & feel with Digitrax DT300, DT200, & DT100 series throttles. This family resemblance makes it easy to add new throttles to your Digitrax Command Control System and be able to use them in ways similar to the existing throttles that you are already used to. DT400 can be used with any Digitrax LocoNet System or other LocoNet compatible DCC system.   User friendly Multi-line Backlit LCD with easy to read icons and messages.   Prompts in the display guide you every step of the way. To make operation easy and ...

KB454 DT402 & DT400 Battery Installation

For normal tethered operation, DT402/DT400 throttles do not need a battery. If you want to use your DT402/DT400 as an infrared or radio throttle (R & D version), you must install a 9 volt battery.  You can use rechargeable batteries.DO NOT USE ANY OTHER TYPE OF BATTERY-AA BATTERIES DO NOT WORK. When you install the battery, the throttle will report the battery voltage and then display Idle. Once you plug in to LocoNet, the throttles will begin operating infrared and Ds and Rs will begin operating as duplex and simplex radio throttles. We recommend that you remove the battery from throttle if it is unplugged ...

KB542 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles - Programming DS54 CVs

  Changing the value of a DS54 Configuration Variable with a DT400 is easy if you follow the steps listed below. 1) Disconnect the DS54 from the LocoNet, aux power source, all inputs and all outputs. 2) Short the pins of the Enable Link. 3) Connect the DS54 track terminal inputs to the isolated programming track.4) Connect the yellow (feedback) wire from any DS54 Output (A, B, C or D) to either rail of the isolated programming track. 5) DT400 Programming Steps:  6) Remove the yellow feedback wire connecting the output connector to the isolated programming track.7) Remove the wires ...

KB441 Customizing the DT400 Option #3 - Recall Stack Depth

The DT400 recall feature can be configured to keep a list of the last 4, 8, or 16 addresses that were previously selected in the throttle. The number of locomotive addresses stored is determined by changing the values of Option 3 of the DT400; the default setting is 4. It is not possible to clear out the stored locomotive information held in the stack. Locomotives in the Recall Stack rotate out as newer locomotives are selected, usually on a FIFO (First In, First Out) basis, but there may be exceptions. For many users, searching the Recall Stack may complicate matters ...

KB492 Programming DCS100 and DCS200 Option Switches with a DT400 Series Throttle

Note:  These instructions are the same for DCS100 & DCS200 (DCS200 omitted for clarity).1. Refer to the DCS100 Option Switch Table to decide which option switches you want to change. Also note that there are special instructions for OpSw's 36, 37, 38, & 39. 2. Move the MODE toggle switch on the front of the DCS100 into the "OP" position . The LocoNet Railsync will go inactive & all other boosters plugged in to LocoNet, including the one that is built into the DCS100, will shut down. 3. Disconnect LocoNet from the DCS100 you are configuring. 4. Connect your DT400 ...

KB742 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle EMRG STOP Key

Your DT402/DT400 throttle comes from the factory set for “Local” Stop. When you press the EMRG STOP Key , the loco address that is active on your display (the one with the blinking smoke) will stop.When you press the EMRG STOP Key again, the loco address on the other throttle of your DT400 will stop.You can use the OPTN t Key to change the EMRG STOP to “Global” Stop.With global stop option enabled, pressing the EMRG STOP Key will stop all locos on the layout and you will see the throttle's track power indicator blinking on and off.To resume operations, press ...

KB730 DT400 Series Throttles - Make F2 Latching or Non-latching

DT400 Series Throttles - Make F2 Latching or Non-latching The F2 button on the DT400 is meant to control locomotive whistles and horns, so it is configured to be "momentary" or non-latching.  This means that the key will activate the horn or other function for as long as you hold the key down and stop when it is released. This was done to facilitate the use of a playable whistle in sound decoders. If you are not using F2 for this purpose on your layout, you can change the way the F2 key on the throttle works so that it latches on and ...

KB420 DT400 series Tetherless Operation - Control Lock

While the DT400 series throttle is being used tetherless, there are occasions when you may want to disable the throttle's controls to prevent accidental commands being sent to the railroad. For example, your train is in a siding waiting for another train to pass. You put your throttle in your pocket and go take a break. By locking the throttle controls, you will not be able to accidentally start your train if you bump your throttle knob or press the Y + Key . To lock the controls on your DT400 1. Press both the Y + and the N ...

KB447 DT400 - Changing Throttle Option Settings

To change DT400 Option Settings 1. Consult the Throttle Option Setting Tables found in the DT400 manual to determine which settings you want to make for each of the 6 available options. 2. Press the OPTN t Key and the display will show: 3. The right side of the display will show the current value for OP#1. The default setting for OP#1 is x01. Notice that these values are entered in hex format. The “x” in front of the value lets you know to expect to use hex numbers. Pressing the throttle keys will not change to decimal values in this ...

KB731 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles - Locomotive Direction Control

DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles Locomotive Directrion Control There are two ways to change the direction of the locomotive address from the DT402 and DT400 Series Throttles:Double click the Throttle Knob to reverse the direction of a locomotive running on that throttle:1. Double click the Throttle knob that is controlling the locomotive. Press down on the knob quickly two times (2 distinct key presses within 1/2 second).2. The locomotive selected on that throttle will change direction.3. Repeat the process to reverse again, etc.4. Double clicking the R Throttle knob will reverse only the locomotive running on that throttle. Double click ...

KB456 DT402 & DT400 - Fast Clock Operation

Many operators use a fast clock during operating sessions to simulate prototypical operations. Traditionally, the fast clock is on the wall in view of the train operators; it is set up to run at a faster than real time so that an operating session can simulate prototypical operation on a compressed time scale. LocoNet has its own networked fast clock for all Digitrax throttles connected to your system. The fast clock display is a 4 digit 12 or 24 Hour format clock. To display the fast clock simply press the CLOC c Key. The fast clock display will remain active while ...

KB49 DT400 - Can I Clear the Recall Stack?

I entered in a locomotive address by accident. Is there a way to clear the recall stack? The only way to clear a particular address that has been stored in the recall stack is to enter additional locomotive addresses so that the address in question "rolls off" the stack.

KB422 DT400/R - Tetherless Operation - Switch Mode

The DT400/R will operate in Switch Mode while tetherless. It can operate turnouts and routes using the OPTN t & CLOC c Keys in the normal manner.

KB428 DT400/R - Tetherless Operation, Fast Clock Caution

Fast clock caution: If you use power save mode, the DT400/R’s local fast clock copy will deviate from the LocoNet system clock. The fast clock will re-synchronize with your LocoNet system fast clock when it is plugged in again.

KB430 DT400 - Strange Locomotive Lights

The headlights of my locomotive aren't acting properly. If you can’t control the operation of the lights in your locomotive with the DT400 (in default 128, or 28 speed step mode), be sure that the decoder is programmed in advanced 28 speed step mode. Do this by programming CV29 with a decimal value of 06.

KB432 DT400 - Nothing is responding

Is track power turned on? Is your throttle in Idle or stopped and displaying a flashing track power indicator in the LCD? Press the PWR Key followed by the Y+ Key . You should see the track power indicator on the DT400 come on solid.

KB443 Customizing the DT400 Option #3 - LCD Backlight Brightness Setting

The backlight intensity can be set for off, low, medium or high intensity. The brightness of the backlight affects battery life, the brighter the LCD, the shorter the battery life. When your DT400 is untethered from LocoNet, the backlight automatically reduces brightness by one setting to conserve battery power.

KB448 Key & Knob Clicks - DT402 & DT400

  DT402 & DT400 can be set to click each time you press a key or turn one of the knobs. Some users prefer this auditory feed back and others don’t. DT402 & DT400 throttles are shipped with key & knob clicks enabled.

KB744 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Exit Key

The EXIT Key is used to exit the current throttle task without making changes. Pressing this key will usually return the DT402 and DT400 series throttles to Fn mode for regular locomotive operation.

KB758 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Function Key

The FUNC Key is used to enter function control mode. Function control mode is the default mode for normal locomotive operation with the DT402/DT400 Series Throttles. Press this key during any throttle task to return to normal loco operation mode with function controls active on the numeric keypad.

KB761 DT400 Track Power On-Off-Stop Indicator

The DT400 display LCD includes a small star shaped dot which indicates the status of the track power. No indicator = System track power is OFF (Press PWR followed by N-)Indicator On Steady = System track power is ON (Press PWR followed by Y+)Blinking Indicator = System is in “STOP” and track power is ON (Press PWR followed by Y+ and Y+ again)

KB762 DT400 Function Display

The DT400 includes an LCD information display.  This display includes information about the active functions of the selected locomotive. The functions 0-12 which on or off for the currently active loco address are displayed on the top line of the LCD. The functions for the active throttle (the one with blinking smoke) are displayed. To view the function status of either throttle, simply press the throttle knob to display the active functions for that throttle.

KB763 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle L & R Speed Bar Graphs

Each throttle has a bar graph located above the text area of the LCD. Each bar graph indicates the speed setting of the L & R Throttles graphically from a single dot (0% throttle) to 20 dots (full throttle).  This is useful when the text area is showing information other than speed.

KB769 DT402 & DT400 Series LCD Loco Icon

On The DT400 and DT402 series throttles, the L & R Loco Icons are used to indicate whether an address is available for selection. A blinking loco icon means that the address is available for selection and a steady loco icon means that the loco address is currently selected or in use by another throttle.

KB775 DT400 Controls, Buttons and Knobs

The DT400 and DT400R are full function hand held throttles that include 2 independent throttles and a common keypad to control, up to 13 functions (0-12), turnouts and programming.

KB741 DT402 & DT400 Series Numeric Keypad

There is a numeric keypad on the DT402/DT400 throttle.  The numeric keys on the keypad are primarily related to the throttle mode shown in the LCD’s mode indicator area, but can be used for numeric entry and function control in other modes. For example, when the command station is in the Function Mode Fn, the numeric keys are used for function control. When the command station is in the Locomotive Mode,Lo, the numeric keys are used to enter loco addresses. When the command station is in the Switch Mode is Sw, the numeric keys are used to enter switch addresses.In ...

KB564 DT402 or DT400 Series Throttle -Select a Locomotive Address to Run

Selecting a locomotive address to run on your DT4001. Place the locomotive you want to run on the track.  Turn the throttle knob you want to run a loco on slightly counter clock-wise letting the controller know you want to address that side. 2. Press the "LOCO" key 3. Select the address of the loco by entering it using the numeric key pad.,4. Press the "LOCO" key to complete address selection.

KB768 DT402 & DT400 Series LCD Direction Indicators

On the DT402 and DT400 series throttles, the direction indicators are located in the LCD Display directly below the Loco Icon. There are separate indicators for the L (left) and R (right) throttles. If the arrow points to the front of the loco, the throttle is in the forward direction. If the arrow points to the back of the loco, then the throttle is in the reverse direction. If there is not a locomotive selected on a throttle the loco icon will not appear.Note: These direction indicators are for DCC equipped locos only. They will indicate direction based on the ...

KB770 DT402 & DT400 Series Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

The DT400 has an informational liquid crystal display (LCD).The display shows: Mode Indicator   Track Power Indicator   Tetherless Indicator   Text Area   Throttle Addresses (L & R)   Throttle Direction (L & R)   Loco Icons (L & R)   Smoke Icons (L & R)   Functions 0 - 12, active throttle only   Bar Graph (L & R)   Semaphore Indicator (L & R), not currently implemented

KB446 Customizing the DT400 Option #1 - Local/Global Stop

DT400 can be set up to handle stop commands globally or locally. The default is local control. With local stop, when the EMRG STOP Key is pressed once the loco on the active throttle will stop and when the EMRG STOP Key is pressed a second time, the loco on the other throttle knob will stop. To resume operation, use the throttle knobs to increase speed of the locos from 0. With global stop enabled, pressing the EMRG STOP Key will stop all locos on the layout and you will see the DT400’s track power indicator blinking on and off. ...

KB435 DT400 - Shut Down and Resume Procedures for Command Stations

Some users prefer to “dispatch” or release all addresses active in their system before shutting down. This can prevent unexpected results when you power up the layout again. 1. Turn track power off: Press the PWR Key followed by the N - Key , the Track Power Indicator on the DT400 and the Track Status Indicator on your command station will go off. 2. Move the command station’s “MODE” switch to the “SLEEP” position. 3. Turn off the power supply to the system. The power to the command station can be left on all the time if desired. In “sleep” ...

KB737 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles - Recalling a Locomotive

DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle-Locomotive Recall The DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles store the last 4, 8,or 16 unique loco addresses used by the throttle in a recall stack; your throttle defaults to a 4 address recall stack.  Users often discover this feature when taking their throttle for use on another Digitrax railroad; they plug their throttle into the new LocoNet and discover their own locomotive addresses are still in their throttle.  The presence of stored locomotive addresses may make operations on your railroad easier.For example if you have your throttle set up for an 8 deep recall stack and the last 8 ...

KB736 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle - Stealing and operating a stolen loco address

Stealing is  also known as Forcing An Address Selection or SharingIf you try to select a loco address that is already selected on another throttle the DT400 will display “Steal?=Y” in the text area. This is a safety interlock to prevent operators from taking control of locos that are already selected on other throttles. Occasionally it is necessary to override this interlock to gain control of a loco that is “lost” for whatever reason. This override is called stealing & can result in having a single loco address selected on two different throttles at the same time.To steal an address ...

KB754 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles Y (+) & N (-) Keys

The DT402/DT400 Throttles include two multipurpose keys.The Y + and N - Keys are used: To turn track power on and off   To increase or decrease loco speed   To link and unlink locos during MU’ing   To accomplish tasks using system editors These two keys can be set up to act in two different ways:Repeating: so that if you hold a key down it will continue to increase or decrease step by step until you release the key. This option is active when your throttle is set up for ballistic tracking. Your DT402/DT402 throttles are shipped from the factory ...

KB739 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles - Fn Mode

Function or “Fn” mode is the default mode for the DT402 & DT400 throttles because it is the mode that runs your trains.In Fn mode, the throttle knobs, reverse direction keys and Y+/N- keys are used to control locos.  The numeric keypad is used to access functions for the currently active loco address.  In Sw Mode, the keypad is used to operate track switches. This means that you can continue to control your trains while turning on and off functions and operating turnouts.If a throttle has a locomotive address selected, the associated loco icon and direction indicator will be lit. In ...

KB572 DT400 Series Throttle - Removing A Loco From A Consist

  To remove a loco address from a consist using a DT400 or DT402 Series throttle: Note: Duplex Radio throttles can remove locos from consists without the need to plug in to LocoNet.  Simplex Radio & infrared throttles must be plugged into LocoNet to remove loco addresses from consists. 1. On the L Throttle Knob, select the loco address that you want to remove from a consist. 2. Press the MU Key to enter consist mode. 3. Press the N - Key to remove the loco address from the consist. 4. The L Throttle automatically becomes active with the loco ...

KB765 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle L (Left) & R (Right) Throttle Display

The DT402/DT402 series throttles have displays which give you information about the performance of your railroad.The decoder address selected on the L Throttle is displayed on the bottom line of the LCD to the left of the Mode Indicator. The decoder address selected on the R Throttle is displayed on to the right of the Mode Indicator. The address can show as either the 2-digit or the 4-digit decoder address. If no address is selected the display will show “SEL.” If a 2-digit address is selected (00-127), the display will show two or three digits. If a 4-digit address is ...

KB735 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle - Locomotive Speed Control

DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle - Locomotive Speed Control To control the speed of a locomotive:1. Select the loco address on either throttle2. Turn the throttle knob clockwise to increase speed and counterclockwise to decrease speed or3. Use the Y + & N- Keys to increase and decrease speed.The % of full speed will be displayed in the text line of the display on the L or R side depending on which throttle is controlling the loco. The % of full speed will also be displayed on the bar graph above the text area in the display.If a loco address is ...

KB451 DT402 & DT400 - Throttle Option 2 Default Decoder Status & Tetherless Operation

Throttle Option 2Throttle Default Decoder Status 128/28/14 speed steps Each DT402/DT400 can be set up to operate new decoders selected by that throttle as any decoder status code you choose. New decoders are defined as decoders that have not been selected in your system. Your throttle's default setting is to operate decoders that are 128 speed step capable, so when a new decoder is selected the throttle automaticaly assumse that all decoders selected are that 128 speed steps. If you operate mostly decoders that are only able to recognize 28 speed steps, you can change this setting.Tetherless Operation Mode Each throttle can be set up with radio ...

KB562 DT402 & DT400 - Programming Locomotive Addresses & other CVs

Programming the locomotive decoder with DT402 or DT400: Place the loco on the programming track 1.  Press the "PROG" key. 2. Make sure "Pg" is displayed in the bottom center of the display if you want to use Paged Programming Mode.   If not, press the PROG key until the programming mode you want to use is displayed.3. "AD2" should be displayed on the left side of the screen. 4. If you want a two digit address (01-127) use the right throttle knob and select the address you want to program into the loco.  If you want to program a 4 digit ...

KB573 DT402 or DT400 MU Adding a Locomotive to a Consist

Duplex Radio throttles (D throttles), do not have to be plugged in to add loco addresses to consists. Simplex Radio (R throttles) and Tethered/Infrared throttles must be plugged in to LocoNet to add loco addresses to consists.  To set up a consist using your DT400/DT402 Series throttle: 1. Select the loco address of the TOP loco on the R Throttle Knob. 2. Select the address of the loco you want to consist to the TOP loco on the L Throttle Knob. 3. Move the two locomotives into position. The locomotives can be headed in either direction. They can be adjacent to each other ...

KB773 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles How to Select & Run a DCC Equipped Loco

How to Select and Run a DCC Locomotive Using a DT402 or DT400 Series Throttle 1. Activate the throttle's left throttle knob “L” by turning it a 1/4 turn in either direction or by clicking the throttle knob once. The left side address will begin flashing. If nothing is selected on this throttle it will flash “SEL”.2. Press the LOCO Key. The left side of the display will begin flashing. The illustration above shows the LCD display just after you press the LOCO Key to select an address on the L Throttle when nothing has been selected on that throttle before and ...

KB777 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Basic Operation

1. Plug the DT402 & DT400 series throttle into any functioning Digitrax LocoNet System or other LocoNet compatible system and you are ready to go! You can use any LocoNet jack on your system.2. First, you will see the DT402 or DT400 version number screen: This screen shows the throttle's software version number. It is displayed for a few seconds each time you power on the throttle.3. Next you will see the power indicator screen: This screen indicates the power available to the throttle. When you are plugged in to LocoNet, this value will be between 9 & 15 volts. When you ...

KB776 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Display Basics

The DT402 & DT402's screens are an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) that is designed to show you what you are controlling with the throttle.  It also facilitates programming and other features of the LocoNet system. 1. The handheld has two throttles called the left throttle (L) and the right throttle (R).2. There are two direction indicators. One for the L throttle and one for the R Throttle. If the direction indicator is lit, and there is smoke over the loco icon there is an address selected on that throttle.3. The direction indicator with blinking smoke indicates which throttle is currently active. The ...

KB740 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle - Track Power ON & OFF

DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles Track Power ON and OFF When track power is on: The Throttle's Track Power Indicator is on solid (small dot in the top line on the right side of the LCD)   Command Station TRACK STATUS indicator is lit   and Command Station OFF LINE indicator is off To turn track power on: Press the PWR Key and the LCD will display a screen similar to this: Press the Y + Key to turn on track power. Press the PWR Key again to exit Power On/Off Mode. You may also press any other key to go directly ...

KB774 DT400 How to Run an Analog Loco on Address “00”

'It is possible to operate one conventional DC locomotive at Address 00.  In many cases, this is the first locomotive that beginners use when they first get their command control system.  In other cases, this locomotive is one which cannot be easily converted to DCC.  Regardless, although it is possible to use your Digitrax system in this way, it is not a recommended approach.1. Place an analog locomotive (one without a decoder) on your layout.  While the analog loco is sitting still, you will hear the characteristic “singing” caused by the DCC track signal when it is applied to analog ...

KB460 DT402 & DT400 - Operations Mode Programming

Ops Mode programming, also known as "Programming on the Main" lets you change the configuration of an individual decoder while the locomotive is on your railroad without having to move it to the programming track.Operations mode programming lets you program CVs in DCC locomotives equipped with Ops mode capable decoders while they are on the mainline. A typical use for Ops mode programming would be to change the acceleration rate (CV03) or the deceleration rate (CV04) of your locomotives to simulate the weight and braking capability of the train to compensate for changing the number of cars or power units on a ...

KB628 Performing factory decoder reset using Digitrax DCS100 & DT400 series throttle

Overview:To reset locomotive electronics to factory defaults the user must set CV08 to a value of 08. It is recommended that this procedure be performed on the dedicated service mode programming track using direct mode programming.* Note: This is the only programming procedure that we recommend using the programming track for. All other programming should be performed on the main track using Operations mode programming.Procedure:1. Place the DCC equipped locomotive on a dedicated service-mode programming track.* Note: The rails of this track should be connected to the PROG A & PROG B outputs on the DCS100 command station.2. Set the ...

KB87 DT400 series Loco Key

The LOCO Key is used for selecting loco addresses on to the throttles so that the address is controlled by the throttle. Sometimes people call this “assigning locos to throttles.” DT100, DT200, & DT300 series throttles used the SEL or SET/SEL Keys for this throttle task.

KB423 DT400/R Tetherless Operation - Programming

Ops mode programming is the only programming method that will work while the DT400R simplex is operating as a radio throttle. If you press the PROG Key to enter programming mode, the DT400R running as tetherless will default to the Po mode (ops mode programming). The DT400R must be connected to LocoNet to use service mode programming and access any of the other programming modes available.

KB433 DT400 - EMERGENCY Stop

If the layout starts to “get away” on you, either PRESS the PWR Key followed by the N- Key or, turn the track power to “SLEEP” on the command station. Either way, the layout will stop to give you a chance to regain your composure. To resume operations where you left off, press the PWR Key followed by the Y+ Key

KB434 DT402 & DT400 - EXIT Key

  If your DT402 or DT400 display isn’t showing you what you expect based on the manual, press the EXIT Key to return to normal operating mode-Fn. Then try the throttle task again.

KB437 Customizing the DT400 Option #6

Do Not Change This Value. Option #6 sets the throttle type. All DT400’s are throttle type x44. You should not change this value.

KB438 Customizing the DT400 Option #F

Option #F sets the radio frequency used by the throttle when in radio mode. This setting is x0A. This value is informational only, users are not able to change this value.

KB439 Customizing the DT400 Option #4

Option # 4 sets the throttle ID of your throttle. Each throttle in your LocoNet system can have its own unique ID to support advanced LocoNet functionality. Products that use this feature will usually require each throttle in your system to have a unique ID. We recommend changing this ID only when specifically directed to do so by the manufacturer of a LocoNet compatible product that requires unique throttle IDs for operation. You may use any ID in the range of values x00-x7F (hex) and you must be sure that every throttle in your system has a unique ID #.

KB442 Customizing the DT400 Option #3 - Fast Clock Format

The fast clock can be set up to run in 12 hour format or 24 hour format.

KB459 DT402 & DT400 - Busy or Fail Message During Programming

A  “Busy” message during programming means that the system is temporarily busy.  Simply try the task again.  When the system is no longer busy, you will get a “Good” response. A  “Fail” message during programming means that there is a problem with the locomotive on the programming track.  Check to be sure the loco's wheels are making good contact with the programming track.  Make sure that the decoder is properly installed in the locomotive.   Make sure the connections to the programming track are secure.  Make sure the programming track is powered. 

KB732 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles - Emergency Stop (Entire Layout)

To stop everything on the layout, press the PWR Key followed by the N - Key while the track power is on. This will turn track power off and will cause all locos to stop. Press the PWR Key followed by Y + Key again and the locomotives will start running again at the same speed they were running prior to STOP mode. To exit PWR mode, press the PWR Key or the EXIT Key.

KB743 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Enter Key

The ENTER key is used to complete the current throttle task and return to Fn mode for normal operations.

KB747 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle PWR Key-Power

The PWR Key is used to enter power mode for turning layout power on and off. Once you press this key, you will be prompted to use the Y+ key to turn power on or the N- Key to turn power off.  The PWR Key is also used to turn on and off the flashlight feature. The flashlight LED will be on as long as you hold down the PWR Key.

KB748 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle BACK Key

The BACK key lets you go back one step.

KB749 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle FIND Key

The FIND Key is used in conjunction with a layout instrumented for Digitrax Transponding and locos or cars equipped with transponders to find the location of those pieces of rolling stock on the layout.

KB750 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle EDIT Key

The EDIT Key is used to enter the Edit Mode for editing the fast clock, routes, signaling, etc. It is also used to status edit decoders while in locomotive address selection mode.

KB752 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle DISP Key-Display or Dispatch

The DISP Key is used both for displaying programming information and dispatching loco addresses.

KB755 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Direction Reverse Keys

The L & R Direction Reverse Keys change the direction of travel of the loco on the related throttle when the throttle is in Fn (Normal Operation) Mode. The R Direction Reverse Key changes direction of the address on the “R” or Right Throttle. The L Direction Reverse Key changes direction of the address on the “L” or Left Throttle.  You can also reverse the locomotive by double clicking the throttle knob.

KB756 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle SWCH Key

The SWCH Key is used for entering switch control mode. Once this key is pressed, you will be prompted to select a switch address and issue a thrown or closed command. Switch control mode is used in normal operation for operating turnout machines and in set up mode for setting up option switches in the throttle and command station.

KB757 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle MU Key

The MU Key is used to enter consist or multiple unit (MU) set up mode.Once the MU Key is pressed, you will be prompted by the throttle to use the Y+ Or N- Keys to add locos to or remove locos from consists (MUs)

KB759 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle L & R Semaphore Indicators

The L & R Semaphore Indicators are used when cab signaling is implemented on the layout. These semaphores offer three indications:

KB760 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Tetherless Indicator

The tetherless indicator shows when your throttle is using either infrared or radio communications.

KB764 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle LCD Text Area

The Text Area of the LCD consists of the eight characters in the middle line of the display. This is where information like locomotive speed, decoder status, turnout position, fast clock, text prompts, messages and programming data are displayed.

KB746 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle OPTN, "t" Key- Option or thrown

The OPTN t Key is used to enter the Option Mode to set throttle and system options. It is also used to issue t (thrown) commands when the throttle is in Switch mode.In the case of turnout control:t=thrown, when a "t" command is sent, the turnout is set for the diverging route through the curved leg.

KB461 DT400 & DT402 - Programming CVs other than address

In addition to the locomotive address, there are different Configuration Variables (CV's) that have been defined to handle many characteristics you might want to use for your locomotives. These include operational characteristics such as acceleration, headlight functions and others. The manual for each decoder type has a complete listing of CVs that are available in specific decoders, what they do and the suggested values for each CV. Simpler decoders have few CVs while advanced decoders may have many different CVs 1. Place the decoder equipped locomotive you want to program on the programming track If you are using operations mode ...

KB332 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Basic Operation and Quick Start Guide

These are the basic DT400 and DT402 series throttle operating instructions designed to get you “up and running” quickly and to minimize your “frustration level” as you learn to use the throttle.   Turning Track Status On and Off To run your layout you must be sure track power and track status are both ON.  Follow these steps with your DT400 or DT402 series throttle to do this. Press the "PWR" key on the bottom left side of the throttle. The words “+ON  -OFF” will come on in the display. Press the “Y +” key quickly and you should see the ...

KB745 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle CLOC, "c" Key-Clock Display or closed

The CLOC, "c" Key is used to toggle between displaying and not displaying the current fast clock time. It is also used to issue c (closed) commands when the throttle is in Switch mode.In the case of turnout control:c=closed, when a "c" command is sent, the turnout is set for the main line with routing through the straight leg of the turnout.

KB457 DT402 & DT400 Switch Mode - Turnout & Switch Operation

  What is Sw (Switch) Mode? Switch mode is used by throttles for sending commands to accessory decoders and for changing option switches in your LocoNet system. The most common use of switch mode is for operating turnouts.Switches are either thrown or closed.To change the position of a switch or turnout: 1. Press the SWCH key to enter switch mode. When you enter Switch mode, the throttle knobs & direction keys continue to control the loco addresses running on the throttle. Loco speed is displayed on the bar graph and loco direction is displayed on the direction indicators for each ...

KB571 DT400 Series Throttles - Nested Consisting

When a consist is added within a different consist, this is called a nested consist.1.  Select the TOP loco of the consist you want to control the nested consist on the R Throttle.2.  Select the TOP loco of the consist you want to nest on the L Throttle. 3.  Press the MU key followed by the + Key to create the nested consist.4.  When it is added to the current R Throttle “TOP” loco it will become a “nested” consist. The nested consist is MU'ed and is part of the new nested consist. To remove a consist from the nested consist, select the TOP loco of ...

KB767 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle Smoke Icon

The Smoke Icon is located just above the Loco Icon. Both the L & R Throttles have a smoke icon. If a loco is selected on either throttle, the Loco icon will appear beside the address of that loco. If nothing is selected, there will be no Loco icon and the address area will show SEL. The blinking smoke icon indicates which throttle is currently active (having its function states displayed in the top line of the LCD). Since both throttles must share the keypad, only one at a time can have access to the keypad and function controls. The ...

KB728 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles - Controlling Functions For Locomotives In A Consist

Even though an individual locomotive is part of a consist and you can’t control its speed and direction separately from the consist, you can still control its function outputs independently as follows:1. Press the LOCO Key and select the address of the locomotive that is a part of consist for which you want to control functions.2. Press the LOCO Key again to select the loco address to your throttle. The speed value will show “cn” to remind you that you can only control functions on the loco and not its speed.3. Use the steps described above to turn on or ...

KB738 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttles - The SEL Message & Selecting An Address

DT402 & DT400 Selecting and Running A Locomotive If a throttle knob does not have a locomotive selected when you make it active by turning or pressing the L or R Throttle knob or Reverse Key, flashing “SEL” will appear in place of the locomotive address in the LCD display. This is a prompt for you to select a locomotive on that throttle. 1. Choose which Throttle (L or R) you want to use to run a locomotive.Make it the active throttle by turning it a 1/4 turn in either direction or by single clicking the throttle knob. If there ...

KB661 DT400 Slot=Max Error Message

Does your throttle say slot=max ?This means that the system's capacity to handle operating locos is full. The DCS100 can run up to 22 or 120 addresses at the same time. If you have the slot=max message, be sure that all locos that are not running are released from throttles or set DCS100 OpSw 44 to closed to increase the number of address slots available to 120. The DCS100 command station that comes with all Genesis, Empire Builder and Chief series starter sets are set with a factory default of 22 slots.  So, once you begin to operate significantly more locos, you may need to ...

KB475 DT400 Series Throttle - Operations Mode Read-Write

  Q:  How can I write and read the Configuration Variables of Mobile Decoder on the mainline using the DT40x Throttle? A:  Operations Mode Programming, also known as Ops Mode, lets you program a locomotive decoder's CVs while it is on the main line. With the addition of transponding in Ops Mode, you can write and read back CVs in DCC locomotives equipped with most modern decoders while they are on the mainline. Some older decoders before Extended Packet Format was used are not able to do this.For example: A typical use for Ops mode programming would be to adjust an engines ...

KB563 DT402 & DT400 - Multiple Unit Operation Consisting

To run two or more locomotives together as a multiple unit lash up or consist controlled by a single locomotive address: Place the two or more units you wish to MU on the track. 1. Select the TOP loco (the one that will control the consist) on the right hand throttle knob. 2. Select the loco to be added to the MU on the left hand throttle knob. 3. Make sure all the locos in the consist are traveling in the same physical direction on the track (both going to the left or to the right) 4. Press the "MU" key 5. Press the "+" key 6. ...

KB734 DT402 & DT400 Series Throttle - Bring Locomotive to a Complete Stop

Bring Your Locomotive to a Compete Stop Turn the Throttle Knob that the loco address is selected on counterclockwise until the speed display shows 00 and the loco stops moving. This lets you slow down your loco and stop it in a prototypical manner.If you have set up deceleration for the loco and you move the throttle knob to 0% speed, your loco will slow down and come to a stop at the programmed deceleration CV value.   We strongly recommend that you run your locos with the factory default of no deceleration until you are familiar with your system. If ...

KB453 DT402 & DT400 - Low Battery Power Indicator

While it is running as a tetherless throttle, the DT402 and DT400 R and D versions automatically check the power available to the throttle each time a battery is inserted and each time it is plugged into or unplugged from LocoNet. The battery's voltage will be displayed in the text area of the throttle briefly each time the throttle is plugged in or is unplugged from LocoNet. When you plug in to LocoNet the number displayed will be the power provided by LocoNet. This value will be between 9 & 15 volts. Other characters will also be displayed in the LCD depending on ...

KB464 DT402 & DT400 - Programming Mobile Decoder Addresses

  Duplex Radio Throttle do not need to be plugged in to LocoNet to Program Decoders.  Simplex Radio & Infrared throttles must be plugged in to LocoNet to program CVs on the programming track. Ops Mode Programming can be done without plugging radio throttles in to LocoNet. IR throttles must be plugged in for Ops Mode Programming. 1. Be sure that only the loco you want to program is on the programming track. If you are using operations mode programming, the loco you want to program can be anywhere on the layout but it must have a decoder that is ...

KB458 DT402 & DT400 - Read Back CVs

The DT402 & DT400 can program and readback CVs with the DCS100 or DCS200 (Super Chief) or the DCS51 or DCS50 (Zephyr). You must use the programming track for this unless you are using Ops Mode with transponding installed to allow for Ops Mode readback.  Infrared and simplex radio throttles must be plugged in to LocoNet to read back CVs & their values.  Duplex radio throttles do not have to be plugged in for reading back CVs.Systems with a DB150 command station (Super Empire Builder) are not able to read back CV Values programmed into decoders. To read back CV values: 1. Place the decoder ...

KB440 Customizing the DT400 Option #3 - Tetherless Release

DT400/R’s are shipped from the factory with tetherless release disabled. This prevents you from accidentally touching the LOCO Key and entering address selection while you are running your throttle in tetherless mode. DT400 can be set up to allow locos to be released from the throttle when it is in tetherless mode (IR or radio) by setting DT400 Option #3 according to the following table. Op#3 Value (hex) Backlight Brightness Clock  Format Recall Stack Depth Tether- less Release x00 Off 12 hour format 4 No x01 Low intensity 12 hour fomat 4 No x02 Medium intensity 12 hour format 4 ...

KB417 Converting to Radio

Q:  If you buy the infra ready set and down the road want to upgrade to the radio is it necessary to buy a whole new set? If not what is required to upgrade the existing set? A:  The DT400 or DT402 can be converted to DT402D duplex radio or DT402R simplex radio.  The conversion must be done by Digitrax. If you plan on using the IR features of the DT400 or DT402 , you will need one or more UR90 infrared receivers.If you convert the DT400 or DT402 to duplex radio, you will need a UR92 duplex transceiver which handles both infrared ...

KB915 Simplex Radio Safety Selection-Why Do I Have To Plug In To Select A Loco?

Digitrax's “safety selection” is an important operational safety feature. Digitrax chose not to allow one way address selection to prevent multiple operators from being able to select and send commands to the same addresses at the same time. Having multiple operators sending commands to the same address can result in serious problems in an operating session because locos can appear to be out of control. Simplex radio throttles like the DT402/R, DT400/R, DT300/R, UT4/R and similar throttles operate as one-way (simplex) infrared or radio transmitters. The DT402, DT400/R, DT300/R, UT4/R must be plugged into LocoNet to select an available locomotive address to run on ...

KB344 PM42 - Programming

On Page 9 of the instructions (under 5.0 Op Sw Set Up) I am to connect my DT400 throttle to my powered PM42 . . . 1. Does “powered” mean having the PS-14 power supply to the PM42 connected and energized? Yes. We took another look at the documentation and it means that the PM42 should be operating with its own power supply. What you are doing is using the DT400 to program the internal controls of the PM42; to do so would require that the PM42 be in its operating state, thus the power supply. The DT400 is merely ...

KB112 Reset Procedure for Mobile Decoders

CV08 is the factory reset CV for all FX3 decoders and also the Manufacturer ID CV for all decoders. This procedure is performed on a programming track. To reset all CV values to their factory default, program CV08 to a value of 008/x08 while the locomotive is on the programming track. To reset all CV values except for 28 step speed tables to their factory values set CV08 to a value of 009/x09. Earlier Digitrax decoders must be reset manually, CV by CV. This procedure may or may not work with other manufacturer's decoders. When you "read" the value of ...

KB351 Broadway Limited - Blueline Locomotives

Overview: Broadway Limited has issued a new line of H0-Scale locomotives called "Blueline". These locomotives are equipped with sound decoders that can be operated in a conventional Direct Current environment. They also are fitted with an 8-pin DCC Medium plug to allow for conversion to a DCC operating environment. Among other decoders, Broadway Limited recommends using our DN143IP mobile decoder for this purpose. Converting these locomotives is simple, but programming a 4 digit address can be a challenge. BLI has a support page which indicates that changing the locomotive address and other CV's can be done in OPS Mode (also ...

KB105 Super Empire Builder Quick Start Guide

These instructions will get you up and running quickly. A full description of all controls and technical reference information are included later in this section of the Tech Support Depot. This section assumes that you are using a new set straight out of the box. If your set is radio equipped, we recommend that you follow this quick start guide without using radio to learn the basics. When you are successfully running your radio throttle tethered to the system, then go to the DT400 series tetherless overview article to learn how to install the radio option. Connect the DB150 to the ...

KB593 Throttle Knob-Not Responding

Q:  I have three engines lashed together. The sound is coming through . However when I turn the knob there is no response. The engine in the window is blinking and there are two stationary dots above A:  If you are using a DT300 series or DT400 series throttle, make sure that the Track Status Indicator dot in the upper right of the display just below the right throttle knob is on solid.  If it is not on at all Track Power is OFF.  If it is blinking, Track Status is in Idle and the throttle knobls will not move the locos.  To ...

KB913 Adding Radio or IR

Adding duplex radio, infrared or simplex radio to your existing Digitrax system is simple because of LocoNet.InfraRedYou probably already own a DT300, DT400, UT4 or DT402 series throttle. All of these are "InfraReady." These all come with two IR emitters pre-installed. All you have to add for IR operation is one or more UR90 Infrared Receivers to your layout. Most layouts require multiple UR90s because the infrared signal is line of sight. This means that your receiver will need a sight path to the throttles.Simplex RadioDigitrax throttles with an "R" at the end of the part number are simplex radio ...

KB694 TF4 - Testing for correct transponder operation

Testing the installed TF4 for correct transponder operation1. Place the unit with the installed TF4 on an empty transponding track section. This test assumes that the transponding track section is already set up, tested and is working before you start TF4 testing.2. Using a DCC throttle, select the TF4 address that was programmed into the TF4 and verify that the transponder detector identifies the presence of the transponder device. Depending on how you have set up your transponding reporting to the system, your system should detect the presence of the address in that transponding section.For example, if you have an ...

KB315 Resetting Super Chief

There are times, when all else has failed, that it is best to simply start over. To reset Super Chief, you can use the Chief's option switches to start fresh. *Special Instructions for DCS100 Op Switches 36, 37, 38, & 39 For Op Switch #36-#39 to work properly:   In this example, a complete reset will occur (Option Switch 39). 1. Place the DCS100's MODE toggle switch on the DCS100 in the Center OP position 2. Press the SWCH key on the DT400/DT402/DT500 3. Press 3 and then press 9 4. Set the OpSw of choice to c by pressing the ...

KB569 DT402 & DT402 Series Throttle Dispatching addresses or consists

Dispatching is a special feature incorporated in the LocoNet language to meet the needs of operators that wish to enforce a strict discipline in how operators gain access to locomotives during an operating session. Dispatching also lets you run consists with basic throttles that can't set up their own consists and run four digit addresses on basic throttles that only have two digit capability. It lets you have newcomers run trains on the layout without giving them access to the entire operation. When you dispatch a locomotive address or consist to your LocoNet system, you make it available to be ...

KB99 Shutting Down & Resuming with the DB150

Shutting Down the System When you are finished with your sessionDispatching All Locomotive Addresses Some users prefer to “dispatch” or release all addresses active in their system before shutting down. This can prevent unexpected results when you power up the layout again. 1. Turn track power off: Press the PWR Key followed by the N - Key , the Track Power Indicator on the DT400 and the Track Status Indicator on your command station will go off. 2. Move the DB150 command station’s “MODE” switch to the “SLEEP” position. 3. Turn off the power supply to the system. Leaving the ...

KB627 Tower 55 locomotives-Programming a 4-digit address using Digitrax Zephyr Xtra (DCS51) or Zephyr (DCS50)

Note: The programming shortcut for 4-digit addressing outlined in the Digitrax Zephyr manual will not work to program the Tower 55 decoder in any programming mode on the Zeyphr throttle due to a programming timing issue with the DSC50. Please use the procedure referenced in this bulletin to access this feature.Note: If the DCS50 or DCS51 is being used as a command station with a DT400/DT400R throttle connected via the Loconet ports, then the programming shortcut for 4-digit addressing outlined in the DT400/DT400R throttle manual will work to enable the 4-digit address capability of the decoder when using the DT400/DT400R throttle ...

KB329 Route Basics

The Super Chief can be used to operate routes. A Route is a group of turnouts and their specified positions that will be triggered by the activation of a single "TOP" switch address to a specified position. The DCS100 Super Chief supports up to 32 routes. Each route consists of a list that contains a TOP turnout address and its position (c or t) and up to 7 other turnout addresses and their positions. Routes are stored in the DCS100's memory and can be operated by any throttle in the system that can send switch commands. Each of these 32 ...

KB680 Can I add Radio and IR to my Zephyr Xtra?

  Can I add Radio and IR to my Zephyr Xtra?Yes.Adding radio and/or IR to Zephyr and Zephyr Xtra is the same as adding it to any other existing Digitrax layout or Digitrax Starter Set. Digitrax offers InfraRed, Duplex Radio and Simplex Radio systems for wireless operation.  Any combination of these wireless methods can be used on the same layout at the same time.Infra Red Wireless OperationAll current Digitrax throttles are Infrared capable (InfraReady) in that they come from the factory equipped with the IR emitters required to send IR information to LocoNet.  To use this functionality, you only need to ...

KB679 Adding Radio and IR to a Big Boy Starter Set

Can I add Radio and IR to my Big Boy?Yes.Adding radio and/or IR to Big Boy is the same as adding it to any other existing Digitrax layout or Digitrax Starter Set. Digitrax offers InfraRed, Duplex Radio and Simplex Radio systems for wireless operation. Any combination of these wireless methods can be used on the same layout at the same time.Infra Red Wireless OperationAll current Digitrax throttles are Infrared capable (InfraReady) in that they come from the factory equipped with the IR emitters required to send IR information to LocoNet. To use this functionality, you only need to add one ...

KB840 Zephyr - Functions F0-F8

DCS50 Zephyr can control Functions F0 - F8. Most DCC mobile decoders have function outputs that you can use to control lamps, LEDs, sound, smoke generators and other on/off devices installed in your locomotives. Most locomotives made today come with a head light and sometimes with a rear light, too. With DCC, these are controlled by the decoder’s function outputs. You can also install additional DCC controlled lighting such as cab lights, Mars lights, ditch lights, rotating beacons and others on your locos. The addition of these functions can add to the fun and realism of your locomotives.You must have ...

KB163 Using Broadway Limited Locomotives with Digitrax - Function Controls F9-F12

Function Controls F9-F12 Some Broadway Limited Locomotives use Functions F0-F12 when running in DCC mode.  In some cases F9-F12 do not respond properly.  To remedy this problem, simply reset the locomotive to the factory default setting per the Broadway Limited Instructions you received with your locomotive. Note:  F9-F12 are accessible on the DT400 throttle when used in conjunction with the DCS100 command station.

KB214 UT4 - Throttle ID?

Can the UT4 or UT4R be set to have its own unique throttle ID like the DT300/DT300R and DT400/DT400R? There are several uses for this functionality, including it being useful when looking at logs of LocoNet traffic from PanelPro/DecoderPro when trying to diagnose problems and identify potentially faulty throttles. This from A. J.: Each UT4 has a unique ID programmed as serialization at manufacture, and is distinguishable from DT400's etc. The UT4 has values of EX1 as {x74/x75} in the LocoNet messages with EX2 equal to the unit factory serial number.

KB310 Throttle Cable Length

Nowhere in your literature do I find the length of the cable for tethered DT throttles. The length is not published because there are variations between each order supplied to us by our vendor. Before the "coily" cords, the cable length was 7 feet. Checking my own DT400 throttle, the coiled cable is 31 inches long "at rest" and 84 inches at its maximum extension. However, it is quite likely that you will have a cable which might be slightly different. The DT400R will have a very short cable, long enough to connect to LocoNet to call up or release ...

KB339 Reading back manufacture codes

I have a Zephyr and a DT400 throttle. My locos have chips of various manufacture. Is there a method, without dismantling the loco of reading which chip is fitted in it? Well, we can't speak for other manufacturers, but if you take a look at the Digitrax decoder index, you will note that many Digitrax decoders have a Manufacturer's ID of "129". This is found by reading the value of CV#8. Some other manufacturers also use Manufacturer's IDs, and you will need to consult their documentation for this information. Note: CV08 is also used to reset Digitrax Series 3 decoders ...

KB412 Battery Compartment Cover

If you break or lose the battery cover for your DT400 series, DT300 series,DT100 series, or UT series you will need a replacement cover. This part is now available from Digitrax through your dealer.

KB790 Super Chief Overview

Super Chief superseded Chief II.Super Chief IncludedA DT400 throttleA DCS100 Command Station BoosterA UP5 Universal PanelInstruction Sets

KB791 Super Empire Builder Overview

Super Empire Builder superseded Empire Builder II Super Empire Builder Included A DT400 throttleA DB150 Command Station/BoosterA UP5 Universal PanelA Short LocoNet CableInstruction Manuals

KB879 Broadway Limited Locomotives F9-F12 with Digitrax

Function Controls F9-F12 Not Responding Properly on Broadway Limited LocomotivesSome Broadway Limited Locomotives use Functions F0-F12 when running in DCC mode. In some cases F9-F12 do not respond properly. To remedy this problem, simply reset the locomotive to the factory default setting per the Broadway Limited Instructions you received with your locomotive.Note: F9-F12 are accessible on the DT400 & DT402 series throttles when used in conjunction with the DCS100 command station.

KB1023 Soundtraxx Tsunami CV47 Playable Whistle

There have been several inquiries lately about Tsunami CV47 and the Playable Whistle function of the DT400 and DT402 throttle.  Digitrax does not use CV47 for any of its decoders and therefore this CV is not mentioned in our documentation. After doing some research we found that CV47 must be programmed to a value of 127 to enable the Playable Whistle on Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders.    

KB495 Run a four digit locomotive address with UT1 Utility Throttle

Although the UT1 can only handle addresses between 00 and 99, it can be used to operate one four digit locomotive address. 1. On the UT1 dial up 992. On a DT100, DT300 or DT400 series throttle, dispatch the four digit address you want to run on the UT13. On the UT1 press the ACQ (acquire button) to run the four digit addressNote that dispatching is a special state and the first UT1 throttle to press the Acquire button after the dispatch from another throttle will acquire that address to run.

KB449 Ballistic vs. Straight Line Throttle Knob Tracking

Ballistic TrackingWith ballistic tracking, the faster you increase or decrease the the throttle knob, the faster the data changes in the throttle. When ballistic tracking is enabled, so are typematic keys. With typematic keys, when you press and hold the Y + or N - Keys, the values will continue to increase or decrease without having to do a separate key press for each increment. DT402/DT400 are shipped with ballistic tracking enabled as the factory default setting. Straight Line TrackingWith straight line tracking each movement of the throttle knob causes a fixed rate of change. When you use straight line ...

KB72 Cajon Pass, Salt Lake & Santa Fe RR

I am putting the finishing touches on my 10 x 20 foot H0 railroad. It is a copy of the Cajon Pass, Salt Lake & Santa Fe RR by John Armstrong (#86 in the 101 Track Plans by Linn Westcott) [Kalmbach Publishing, ISBN 0-89024-512-6; still in print]. I have decided to go with DCC and my local hobby store recommended Digitrax. The layout is in my basement, I will be the only operator, the plan has 54 track switches (34 NJ International twin coils and 20 Tortoise turnout motors). Can you give me an idea as to what equipment I ...

KB841 Zephyr - Functions

DCS50 Zephyr can control Functions F0 - F8. Most DCC mobile decoders have function outputs that you can use to control lamps, LEDs, sound, smoke generators and other on/off devices installed in your locomotives. Most locomotives made today come with a head light and sometimes with a rear light, too. With DCC, these are controlled by the decoder’s function outputs. You can also install additional DCC controlled lighting such as cab lights, Mars lights, ditch lights, rotating beacons and others on your locos. The addition of these functions can add to the fun and realism of your locomotives.You must have ...

KB150 Turntable Control

I have an old Diamond Scale turntable; this turntable uses a rotary switch to select which stall or track you want to align the table with. It is basically a closed connection, or relay connection to select the track you want. I was wondering if it was possible to use the DS64 to create a closed connection (relay output) to activate this connection for the turntable position. Basically I want a relay output from the DS64 to be addressed by my DT400. Using throttle control This should be fairly easy, but not in the way that you envision it. The ...

KB328 Editing Routes

To go to the Edit Routes (Er) mode using DT400 series, you must pass through the clock editor: 1. Start in Fn mode. Press the EDIT Key to enter Edit Mode. Press the EDIT Key again to enter Ec (Edit Clock) mode. Press the EDIT Key again to enter EF (Edit Fast Rate) mode. Press the EDIT Key again to enter EA (Edit Alarm) mode. Press the EDIT Key again to enter Er (Edit Routes) mode. The DT400's display will show the following screen when you enter the Edit Routes mode. This display shows: Er (Edit Routes) in the Mode ...

KB276 DS64 - Push Buttons

In addition to controlling turnouts via LocoNet with your DT400 throttle or with a computer program such as Railroad & Co., you can use local push buttons to operate turnouts. These buttons can be mounted near a particular turnout on the layout fascia or on a local track diagram. In this way, train crews can operate a turnout with a push of the button. The momentary push buttons are connected to the DS64 inputs marked S1, S2, S3 and S4. The return connection of each push button is made to "+COM. Here, a momentary button is connected to operate Turnout ...

KB375 Super Empire Builder & Slot=max

If your throttle says "slot=max", this means that the Super Empire Builder's capacity to handle operating locos is full. The DB150 can run up to 22 addresses at the same time. If you have the "slot=max" message, be sure that all locos that are not running have been released from throttles. This will free up room inside the DB150 for other locos to run. A DCS100 command station can run up to 120 locos so, if you are having this problem often, you should consider adding a DCS100 to your LocoNet system. To Release Locomotives 1. Use the throttle to ...

KB358 I Stored the Battery in my Throttle and it Got Very Hot.

When your throttle is not in use, we recommend that you store the throttle by removing the battery and putting it back in the battery compartment with the polarity reversed. Be careful here, see Diagram 4 for proper orientation. Although this example is for the DT400, the same caution applies to all other Digitrax throttles. When the battery is placed in the incorrect orientation, the battery terminals short out against the battery tensioning spring (on left), causing the battery to rapidly discharge and get very hot in the process. Correct: Incorrect:

KB842 What are CVs (Configuration Variables)?

CVs are decoder memory locations that hold loco address, operational  configuration and performance settings. Adjusting them to customize the performance of a specific locomotive is one of the main advantages of DCC over DC running. - Doug StuardThese are special storage locations or "pigeonholes" in your mobile decoders. By programming various CVs, you can control each decoder's performance characteristics. CVs store information like the decoder's short address, long address, start voltage, mid-point voltage, loadable speed tables and many more. Once you have programmed these characteristics, the decoders "remember" them until you change them again. Most manufacturers use a similar set ...

KB220 Selecting another locomotive at speed

What happens when I select a loco that is currently running at a different speed than the throttle is set to? example... running loco 'a' at half speed then switch to loco 'b' does loco 'b' suddenly change speed to half throttle? (which is the last position the knob was indicating for loco 'a' this would make for a nice crash if I planned on backing loco 'b' out of a siding, and it goes forward instead at 50% right into a bumper) You're right, when switching the loco 'b', the newly selected locomotive would be commanded to operate at ...

KB16 Which Throttle works with which Universal Panel, UR90(IR), UR91(Simplex Radio) or UR92 (Duplex Radio)?

The following chart indicates: Which Digitrax throttle (DT400, DT400R, DT402, DT402R, DT402D, DT500, DT500D, UT4, UT4R, and UT4D) Works with which LocoNet interface throttle panel (Universal Panel, UR90, UR91, and UR92) Under which types of communication (Tethered, IR Mode, Simplex Radio, or Duplex Radio). Throttle Interface Chart Throttle UP Panel Tethered UR90 Tethered UR90 IR Mode UR91 Tethered UR91 IR Mode UR91 Simplex Radio UR92 Tethered UR92 IR Mode UR92 Duplex Radio DT400 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No DT400R Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No DT402 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ...

KB570 Releasing An Address From A DT40x series Throttle

When you are finished running a locomotive address, release if from your throttle so that it is available for other throttles to select and run.  This also clears slot space in your command station to allow other addresses to be run in the system. Note:  Simplex Radio & Infrared Throttles must be plugged in to LocoNet to release an addresses from your throttle.  Duplex radio throttles can release an address from your throttle without being plugged in to LocoNet.To release an address from a throttle: 1. Use the throttle to set the locomotive's speed  to zero. 2. While the loco's address and ...

KB494 Upgrading Old Starter Set

Q:  I just purchased a used Digitrax set consisting of a DB150, UT2 and a PS515 for a very low price. What do I need to add to bring this up to current standards? A:  Because of Digitrax LocoNet, it is easy to add the latest components to upgrade on older starter set.  What you purchased was originally called a Genesis Starter Set.  The PS515 did not come with it but it is the perfect power supply for the DB150.   Your next step depends on what you want to do with your railroad.  In this case, the components you have will be ...

KB940 Decimal and Hexadecimal Numbers

Over the years, different Digitrax throttles have used a combination of decimal, modified hexadecimal and hexadecimal numbers for entering CV numbers and CV values.  The following information is provided as a programming reference to show you how these different schemes work so that you will be able to use your throttle to program decoders.UT1 & UT2 Utility Throttles use decimal numbers exclusively for CV numbers and CV values.  Because these throttles use 2 selector switches that can access the numbers 0-9, you are limited to programming only CV#s and values from 00 to 99.DT100 Throttles use a modified hex numbering ...

KB180 Q&A - Helper District & Nesting

Is it possible for the same locomotive to be part of more than one consist? In the strictest sense, no. Nor would it be a good idea to do so since you could never be sure who is controlling a particular locomotive. It is possible to join one consist to another in what is called nested consisting. Suppose I want to use a locomotive as a helper to get trains up a steep grade. I would need to form it into a consist with several different main line locos. Is it possible to set up several consists (each made up ...

KB455 Route Basics - DCS100 or DCS200

You can use your DT400 series throttle with a DCS100 or DCS200 to set up routes that are triggered by operating a single turnout address to make it either c (closed) or t (thrown). Setting up and operating routes is similar to consisting locomotives because you can cause more than one unit to operate based on a single command sent to the system. We call the turnout address that other turnout addresses are “consisted” to, the TOP address. To operate a route, use Sw (Switch) mode to select the TOP turnout address in the route and move it to either closed or ...

KB241 4-digit Addressing Formula

Zephyr and systems using the DT400 will automatically program 4-digit address' with no math required. Those using other systems must manually program a 4-digit address. If you want to program a 4 digit address you simply cannot take the desired locomotive address and split the number and stick it into CV17 & CV18. The following example will NOT work: Locomotive 2345 CV17 = 23, CV18 = 45 – This isn’t how 4 digit addressing works. This method WILL work: Here is a simple method for figuring out what values belong in CV17 & CV18: The desired locomotive 4 digit address ...

KB158 UR91 Discussion

Here at the Tech Support Depot, it has been our goal to improve operators' understanding of the Digitrax system of model railroad command control. We often see thoughtful words from others who are not employed by Digitrax that still have an in-depth understanding of the product line. Here, Doug Stuard talks about the UR91; these words originally appeared on the Yahoo Groups Digitrax discussion list, and are used here with his kind permission. UR91 and Throttle Antenna The UR91 antenna is the pair of 3" wires that sprout from the PC board that are arranged in a "V" similar to ...

KB45 Duplex Radio, Simplex Radio & Infrared-How do they work together?

The ability of a variety Digitrax throttles to work together on layout equipped with a variety of wireless technologies is part of the beauty of LocoNet.  With LocoNet, it is simple to add components to the system and have all of them work together. Digitrax infrared throttles will operate on any layout equipped with UR90 infrared receivers, UR91 simplex receivers and/or UR92 duplex transceivers.  All of these panels are equipped with infrared receivers.  All current model Digitrax throttles have infrared emitters that will work wirelessly with any panel that has an infrared receiver.  All current Digitrax throttles can also be used ...

KB489 Programming DCS100 or DCS200 Option Switches with a DT300 throttle

Instructions below are for both DCS100 & DCS200 (DCS200 omitted in text for clarity).1. Refer to the DCS100 Option Switch Table to decide which option switches you want to change. Also note that there are special instructions for OpSw's 36, 37, 38, & 39. 2. Move the MODE toggle switch on the front of the DCS100 into the "OP" position . The LocoNet Railsync will go inactive & all other boosters plugged in to LocoNet, including the one that is built into the DCS100, will shut down. 3. Disconnect LocoNet from the DCS100 you are configuring. 4. Connect your DT300 ...

KB415 DCS 100 & 200 Front panel

The 5 Amp DCS100 and the 8 Amp DCS200 share the same front panel layout. There is a variety of indicators, switches and connectors: Power Input The two POWER IN terminals on all Digitrax boosters & command stations are the power input connections. Power On Indicator This green LED indicates that the power to the DCS100 is on. Ground Terminal The terminal marked ground provides electrical safety features and an RF ground reference for minimum radiated noise. This should be the ONLY point of any DCS100 installation that is connected to the AC safety ground pin provided on most 3 ...

KB67 BDL168 - Setting Up Board ID

When the BDL168 is connected to LocoNet, it will communicate coded detection information to the system. If you wish to report BDL168 status to LocoNet and attached devices or computers that can interpret these messages, you will probably want to set up a unique board address for each BDL168. This is done so that the BDL168 Board ID does not conflict with the Board ID of other devices on the railroad. Board addresses can range from 01 to 999. It is recommended that you make a record of the addresses you use for all devices connected to your layout. Setting ...

KB236 CV29 - 2-digit or 4-digit Addressing

  CV29 is assigned a single value which chooses a combination of specific effects: 1. Speed step control. 2. Speed table On or Off. 3. Analog mode conversion On or Off. 4. Normal Direction of Travel (NDOT). 5. 2 digit addressing or 4 digit addressing. 2-digit or 4-digit Addressing The decoder's address is the identification number programmed into specific decoder that lets that decoder recognize commands sent to it by the command station. Once you program the decoder's address, it will be remembered in the decoder until you re-program it. All Digitrax current production decoders can be set up with ...

KB159 Lots of Locomotives, Few Operators

  My layout is in N scale, with an 85 foot double track main, a 12 track storage area, small yard, and engine facility. The layout measures 10 X 14 with two helices. There are a total of 34 engines, many of which are with their trains in the storage area. All of the already made-up trains (11) have two or three engines on them, ready to be brought up via a helix to run on the railroad. Currently, the road is divided into six parallel blocks (DC); 12 blocks in all. In the future, I plan on adding a ...

KB189 Case Study: PUTRA Powering the Kelana Jaya Rail Line (Part 3 of 5)

The Kelana Jaya Rail Line model is a DCC intense layout, using many Digitrax command control components to achieve the goal of training operators of the actual rail line. The railroad was built in the 1990's and many of the Digitrax devices used for the Kelana Jaya Rail Line model have been superseded with improved units. Components used for the Kelana Jaya layout: 28 Mainline turnouts 11 Yard turnouts 39 Tortoise switch machines 84 Dwarf signals (yellow/green, red/green, red/yellow) 38 Mainline block signals 38 Heavy duty SPDT switch relays Digitrax Components Used for the Kelana Jaya layout: 1 DCS 100 ...

KB468 Zephyr - Consisting Tail to Tail

Q:  I'm wanting to know how to MU two locomotives together that are in a tail to tail configuration. I know that this can be easily done with a DT400 or DT402 throttle but not sure how to do it with the Zephyr. A:  Make sure all the locos in the consist are traveling in the same physical direction on the track (both going to the left or to the right). Remember that "reversing" takes place in the locomotive not on the track, so it is important that the engines be traveling in the same direction when they are MU'd.  ...

KB947 The Difference Among DCC Systems & DCC Companies

In response to questions about the differences among the DCC systems that are currently available from different companies, I offer the following comments & observations. You may have heard that all the systems are pretty much the same or you may have seen “comparison” charts in various DCC companies’ literature, in magazines or “analysis” on the Internet by “impartial observers.” Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to break down the system and company differences on a simple chart & the people who write the “impartial analysis” are usually not really impartial. As you read these comments, please keep in mind that ...

KB313 250 Square Feet Layout

  I have an "M" shaped 250 square foot layout with 500 feet of track and twelve locomotives. What Digitrax equipment would I need? You don't say what scale this railroad will be modeled in, which is important since the locomotives in smaller scales draw less current than larger decoders. However, for purposes of estimation: Twelve Locomotives. Each locomotive is going to draw, at the very least, 5 MA for the decoder. If it has LED lights, then it will typically draw 15 MA more; conventional light bulbs will draw 50 MA. A typical H0 locomotive will draw 600 MA ...

KB868 Troubleshooting DS54 Stationary Decoder Problems

Before sending your Digitrax DS54 stationary decoder in for repair try these steps to see if you can “bring it back from the dead” and save a trip to the shop and possible repair charge.If you find you need to send in an item for repair, click here For Digitrax Repair Procedures and InformationAre there burn marks on the DS54 decoder?You'll need to send it in for repair!Understand CV programming with different throttleCV values shown are 00 or 000 for decimal and x00 for hex. Read your manual carefully to be sure you are using the appropriate values when programming ...

KB987 General Command System Troubleshooting and Tools

This article stops in a strange place??  We need to find the rest of it and split it up into meaningful chunks.  Also needs meta stuff Troubleshooting in General:Regardless of the guides, manuals, tips, suggestions, experts or whatever, troubleshooting can occasionally degenerate into a vast chasm of darkness and confusion.  It would be impossible to cover all the areas that have, can or may cause problems. This is a general guide to identifying and resolving problems with Digitrax Complete Train Control.  Keep Good Records:Although it may seem to be a pain while setting up your Digitrax system, keeping layout records ...

KB1048 Digitrax Command Control - The Future Is Now (2016 version)

Digitrax Complete Train Control By Zana & A.J. Ireland Digitrax Complete Train Control makes reliable, realistic train operation and simplified layout wiring a reality. Digital Command Control is incorporated within the Digitrax system to let you control multiple trains independently on the same section of track without blocking. In the real world, engineers control the speed and direction of real trains. Engines operate under their own power independent of the track. Each engine has its own motion characteristics like how fast it speeds up (acceleration) and how long it takes to slow down (deceleration). A locomotive's performance is influenced by ...