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 Posted: Sat Apr 23rd, 2016 02:20 am
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There's a new system being advertised by MRC which I believe uses a NMRA 8 pin connector. I also believe they are going to offer HO locomotives with it installed.

http://www.modelrectifier.com/genieproducts/locogenie.asp

I'm interested in hearing more.



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Looks like it could have some potential! a loco that will operate on DC, battery, Ac and DCC from either a DC controller, radio controller or DCC controller. Plus generic sound.

It appears that the radio throttle is sending DCC compatible commands and if you use DC/battery the loco auto senses the change.

One issue might be the mention that each loco needs its own transmitter and you can have up to 4 locos. this suggests they are using 4 different radio frequencies which might not be in the 2.4Ghz band.



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It appears that all these products are "out of stock"...so ???

And just 4 freqs, heck, my ancient 27MHZ AM equipment has 8 freqs. Well, maybe it will get going.

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W C Greene wrote: It appears that all these products are "out of stock"...so ???

And just 4 freqs, heck, my ancient 27MHZ AM equipment has 8 freqs. Well, maybe it will get going.

Woodie

That's the one thing I don't like about MRC, EVERYTHING seems to be OOS when I take a look.  To me that tells me it's no longer being produced and I ain't buying a system for 1 engine only to find out I can't outfit my other engines because they're OOS.

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OOS seems to be a "fatal disease" with many companies. Look back in this forum for the Craft (Aristo Craft) "HO Locomotive Engineer" system. They offered a small r/c board and a decent transmitter, several friends here in Dallas bought them. Then after a short while, AC dropped the product (probably because it didn't make them enough money!) and left those customers without any backup available. This was a decent system with a nice, small board that fit into HO locos and everything in On30 and larger. I was using my old 27MHZ r/c car boards and xmitters (still use them) and seriously thought about "converting". Glad that I didn't!
Give them time, maybe it sold out quickly, or maybe.....??

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TRAINWORLD's website show the Plymouth diesel and 0-4-0 Tank locomotives as in stock and retail for $65. RTR on dcc, dc, or ac rails with sound. Maybe they'll realize how attractive a built in battery would be. I have learned from MRC unfortunately that you will not be able to use other 2.4 GHz transmitters to control them. I still think it's good news of what may be coming down the pipe. It can only encourage competition from other manufacturers.

Patrick

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It appears that as far as UK modellers are concerned the only viable system available at the moment is the one from Deltang!. Developing radio receivers for locos based on the same 'generic' model radio control technology using the 2.4Ghz band provides flexibility and a degree of redundancy that other systems don't offer.

With control of only 4 locos the Locogenie system is not viable for me and the Protocab system available over here is crippled by very limited loco control and a large cost. Hopefully Bluerails system will offer flexibility and I notice they are now developing the APP to allow syncronisation of 'chuffs' and consisting. They need to downsize the receiver board though.



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IMO, at this time there are only two viable alternatives.

1. The wonderful stuff from Deltang.

2. The tried and true RC car stuff like Woodie uses. It is cheap, available and works.



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davecttr wrote:


With control of only 4 locos the Locogenie system is not viable for me



I was not aware of this, are you thinking of the Freedom One? Which is discontinued. The Loco Genie is 2.4 GHz but apparently cannot be controlled by non proprietary transmitters.

I agree that the Del Tang receivers are great! What interests me most about the Loco Genie is that it has sound! And, I think it's hard to argue that a RTR locomotive like this is good for the hobby in general.

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pmkramer wrote:
davecttr wrote:


With control of only 4 locos the Locogenie system is not viable for me



I was not aware of this, are you thinking of the Freedom One? Which is discontinued. The Loco Genie is 2.4 GHz but apparently cannot be controlled by non proprietary transmitters.

I agree that the Del Tang receivers are great! What interests me most about the Loco Genie is that it has sound! And, I think it's hard to argue that a RTR locomotive like this is good for the hobby in general.[/quote

Patrick:

Do you have a Del Tang of MRC system? I live in the San Diego area and have never seen anyone operating either system. If you have one, I would love to see it. You can contact me through http://www.deadrailinstalls.com



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