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 Posted: Sat Apr 23rd, 2016 07:20 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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TRAINWORLD's website has the Plymouth diesel and 0-4-0 tank in stock,
and they 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,
you will not be able to use other 2.4 GHz transmitters to control them.





I think it's good news of what may be coming down the pipe.
 
It can only encourage competition from other manufacturers.


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Loco Genie is 2.4 GHz but apparently cannot be controlled by non proprietary transmitters.

What interests me most about the Loco Genie is that it has sound !!  :)





I think it's hard not to argue that RC and RTR locomotives like this, is good for the hobby in general.





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I have used the MRC systems.

I now have the new 'Loco Genie' that is for the light steam and the heavy steam versions.





I paid 52 dollars for each.

I have plans to use these in conversions in a MTH O-scale Porter.

This will be a 3-rail to 2-rail conversion.

These units are very small and operate with only 7.4 Volts.


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I have installed the version that is in the HO loco, in some On30 440s.
They worked very well.

I tweaked the systems using DCC to adjust individual functions,
because they were programmed for the small locos they were in.

This version is a 2.4 GHz version used in those locos.

I kitbashed one of the engines to On30 and put the battery in a tender.
This allowed me to use existing lights and chuff matching wheel size.

This is merely a 2 wire hook up.
These cheap engines run very slow and the cost is low.

Steve


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This is very good news...
a DCC style board which can run off batteries.
Now yer' talkin'...

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I installed the diesel version of the MRC Genie in both a S scale unit and a O scale speeder,
and they functioned as advertised.

A friend installed the steam version in a Rex S scale engine,
I could not believe how well it sounded.

These were powered by 7.4v batteries,
or in the S scale a Pololu 12v step up was added because of space.

The cost of these units were less than 60 dollars.
They are the Best Buy in the R.C. market !


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Be aware that this system is only rated for 1.5 amp so G scale may draw too much current.

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