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    Posted: 04 Mar 2014 at 9:27am
Before I obtained the CS2 (latest version)I used Mobile stations. I could only program 80 addresses. Now I can program 255 adresses, plus there is a plethora of additional features. Just great!

It is possible to program shuttle trains, such as 'Auto Reverse'. This is in conjunction with some contact tracks and switches.

The 'Loco List' accumulated on the CS2 transfers flawlessly into both of my Mobile Stations. Wonderful! This allows us to directly access four running engines as it gives us four independent throttles, all on the same contiguous track, using only one power supply.

It has a 'Keyboard'. I can change the the nomenclature of items as I please.

You can plug in a USB mouse for ease of operation, if you so desire. Of course, you can also hook it up to a computer, if this tickles your fancy.

There is a screen that reflects your track lay-out, showing all the turn-outs. This one, I have not explored much, since all my turn-outs are wired in the analogue fashion.

More later as things evolve.

In short, this was the best Christmas Present I got in a long time.

I am aware of a lot of problems with digital model train operation I don't seem to have,at all,thanks to the Maerklin system.
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The CS2 also has a Voltmeter indicating the applied track voltage and an Ampmeter telling you what amperage is drawn, at any given time.

To find this you open up the set up screen. At the bottom of this you will find the word 'Information'. Touch/click on it. A new screen tells you all this information.

Edited by Choo Choo - 12 Mar 2014 at 7:24am
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There is a Blog dealing with the CS2. There will be another one coming soon. Check this out.
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Now there are four blogs posted, all about the Marklin Central Station 2 (60215). Go, check it out.
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During all the time I spent familiarizing myself with the new Maerklin Central Station 2 (60215), I completely forgot about an additional feature it offers.

It has something to do with a recently introduced Maerklin locomotive decoder. Maerklin calls it mfx+.

So, what does it do that mfx doesn't?

If you have the CS2 (60215) and you introduce a loco that has the mfx+ decoder on board, you will experience something never seen before in the digital model railroad world.

After introduction of an mfx+ loco, you need to punch the appropriate buttons/icons, alas, you will find yourself on board of an engine. The display screen shows all the important controls needed to operate a locomotive. It distinguishes between the different types, namely Steam, Diesel and Electric. It even features fuel consumption gauges. If this feature is activated, you may have to 'refuel' in order to keep going.

It appears to me I have to get one of those newfangled locomotives, just out of curiosity.

I did not write about this issue in my 4 blogs. Well, we will cross this bridge once I get to it. I can always add or write another blog.
We shall see.

Gee, there is always something, ain't it? Those somethings seemingly will never stop.
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Now,there is Blog 105. More information about the CS2 (60215). I keep working at it, slowly, but surely.

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Wow you have 255 trains....way too much! Still married or did she give-up! The CS 2 is a great unit, I am saving my pennies for one. Maerklin seems to have the corner on digital control the other systems either are under powered or not up to the quality of the CS2.
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Roger -

I don't think the Märklin system is the first to have the driver's function.  The Roco Z21 also has cab control, with the driver's view from the cab, and the functional controls for each kind of engine - not merely steam, diesel or electric, but also (in limited selection) for particular locos.

One of these days someone is going to hook up a micro camera on one of these systems, so that the view you see on your screen is your engine going down your layout - and you in the driver's cab, obeying signals, and controlling the train with the throttle, etc.!

So now there are TWO really cool systems!  Looking forward to hearing more -

Cheers,

Gordon (pardon the intrusion - I momentarily escaped from the N scale corner!)




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Railwriter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2015 at 5:00pm
Gordon,
 
Roco has offered camera loks for some time now in HO.  These integrate with the Z21 system so that you see not only the controls but the actual view from the model locomotive.
 
It's my understanding that these are not being produced in very large quantities, but each year a couple of different locomotives are offered with the camera option.
 
No, I don't have one of these.  But, it is my understanding that you do NOT have to have a Z21 system to use one of these camera loks.  The video can go to a regular laptop via bluetoth, while you operate the lok via a Multimouse or other control.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Model Train Projects Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2015 at 8:10pm
Hey Roger,

I think the CS2 can program way more than 255 addresses, at least in DCC mode it should be able to program 10239 addresses ;)

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