DCC Starter Systems Comparison

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A comparison between various Digital Command Control Starter Systems.

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Some DCC Systems may be no longer available, they are listed because they appear on the used market at times. Systems from defunct manufacturers do not appear as they have been off the market for years and little to no information is available about them. Nonetheless some orphaned systems are still very capable.

DIGITAL COMMAND CONTROL SYSTEMS COMPARISON TABLE

This is by no means a complete and comprehensive listing. Some systems may not be listed as they are uncommon and information about them is hard to come by. For the most part the list is created from information publicly available on manufacturer websites and other sources.

Starter Set Comparison Tables

Manufacturers

Digitrax

See

Main article: DCC Starter Systems Comparison/Digitrax for a table with only Digitrax Systems
Lenz

See

Main article: DCC Starter Systems Comparison/Lenz for a table with only Lenz Systems
NCE

See

Main article: DCC Starter Systems Comparison/NCE for a table with only NCE Systems

Systems Comparisons

Not all systems are included in this table.

Updated July 15 2020

System Name Maximum Throttles Throttle Type Speed Control Addresses; Digits Maximum Consists Consisting: Universal or Advanced Speed Steps Functions Amps Feedback Communications Bus Programming Modes: Service or Ops Modes Separate Programming Track
Bachmann EZ Command 24 Base Unit Knob 10; 2 None None 14 10, F0-F8 3 No X-Bus Service No
ECos 50210 ? Base unit Knob 9999; 2/4 ? All 14/28/128 20 6 RailCom ECOsLink Main Yes
ECos Cab Control 2 32 Wireless6 16000; 2/4 ? 28
Roco LokMaus2 10 Hand-Held Knob, Centre Off 99; 2 None None 14/28/128 4; F0-F3 2.7 ? XpressNet Yes No
Lenz Compact/Atlas Master 5 Base Unit Knob 100; 2 ? Advanced 14/28/128 5: F0-F4 2.5 No No No
Gaugemaster / MRC Prodigy Advance 99 Hand-Held Knob 9999; 2/4 99 Advanced 14/28/128 9: F0-F8 5 Yes MRC Throttle BUS Yes Yes
Lenz Set 90 31 Hand-Held Knob 9999; 2/4 256 All 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 5 Yes XpressNet Yes Yes
Lenz Set 100 Buttons
Lenz Set 101 Knob 29: F0-F28
Digitrax Zephyr (DCS51) 10 Base Unit Lever 9983; 2/4 10 All 14/28/128 9 F0-F8 2.5 No LocoNet Yes , plus Blast Mode Yes
Digitrax Zephyr XTRA (DCS51) 20 30: F0-F29 3.0
Digitrax Zephyr Express (DCS52)
Digitrax Super Empire Builder/ SEB XTRA 22 Hand-Held Buttons, Two Knobs 22 9: F0-F8; XTRA: 30 5 All No
Digitrax Super Chief/ SC XTRA 120 120 13: F0-F12; XTRA: 30 5/8 Yes
Digitrax EVO Advanced 100 9000+; 2/4 ? 30: F0-F29 5/8 ?
Digitrax EVOD Advanced
Digitrax Evolution Express Advanced 100
Fleischmann Twin Center 64 Base Unit 2 Knobs 9999; 2/4 8 None 14/28/128 9: F0-F8 3 Yes Yes Yes
NCE Power House Pro 63 Hand-Held Buttons and Thumb Wheel 9999; 2/4 127 All 14/28/128 29: F0-F28 10 Yes NCE Cab Bus Yes Yes
NCE Pro Cab
NCE Power Cab 2
CVP Products 99 Base Unit Knob 9999; 2/4 Unlimited; No more than 256 locomotives in consists. Universal 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 10 No EasyDCC Yes Yes
Zimo MX31 30 Hand-Held Slider 10239; 4 Unlimited; No more than 256 locomotives in consists. Universal 128 12 10/ 2@8 Yes 115 kbit/s CAN bus Yes Yes
ZTC 511 0 Base Unit Lever 9999; 2/4 ? ? 14/28 28 5 No Extended X-Bus Yes Yes

Detailed Table

System Name Maximum Throttle
Capacity
Throttle Type Speed Control Maximum Concurrent Trains Address Range: Number; Two or Four Digit Analog1 Maximum Consists Consisting: Universal or Advanced Speed Steps Functions Maximum Output Current, Amps Software Upgradable? Feedback Communications Bus Computer Interface Marklin/Zero1 Compatible Auto Shuffle/Signal Speed Control Loco Number Readback5 CV Readback Programming Modes: Main or Ops Modes Separate Programming Track Number of Turnouts
Bachmann EZ Command 24 Base Unit Knob 2? 10; 2 Yes3 None None 14 9
F0-F8
3 No No X-Bus No No No No No Service No One
ECos 50210 ? Base unit Knob ? 9999; 2/4 ? ? All 14/28/128 20 6 ? RailCoM ? ? Marklin ? ? Yes Main Yes 1000
ECos Cab Control 2 32 Wireless6 Knob 32 16000; 2/4 ? ? All 14/28/128 28 6 Yes RailCoM ECOsLink Ethernet/USB ? ? Yes ? Main Yes 2048
Roco LokMaus2 10 Hand-Held Knob
Centre Off
99 99; 2 ? None None 14/28/128 4;:F0-F3 2.7 No ? XpressNet Yes No No No ? Yes No ?
Lenz Compact/
Atlas Master
5 Base Unit Knob 99 100; 2 yes ? Advanced 14/28/128 5: F0-F4 2.5 Yes No XpressNet Yes; no feedback to computer No No No No No No 99
Digitrax Zephyr XTRA (DCS51) 10 Base Unit Lever 10 9983; 2/4 yes 10 Both 14/28/128 30: F0-F29 3.0 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes, USB No Yes Yes Yes Yes , plus Blast Mode Yes 999
Digitrax Zephyr Express (DCS52) 20 Base Unit Lever 20 9983; 2/4 yes 10 Both 14/28/128 30: F0-F29 3.0 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes , plus Blast Mode Yes 999
ZTC 511 31 Base Unit Lever 16 9999; 2/4 ? 16 None Non-standard 9: F0-F8 5 Yes No XpressNet (Almost) Yes: Lenz interface Zero-1 No No No No Yes 1000
Gaugemaster / MRC Prodigy Advance 99 Hand-Held Knob 99 9999; 2/4 no 99 Advanced 14/28/128 9: F0-F8 5 Yes Yes MRC Throttle BUS No No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Lenz Set 90 31 Hand-Held Knob 256 9999, 2/4 yes 256 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 5 Yes Yes XpressNet Yes No No Optional: Requires external device Yes Yes Yes 1024
Lenz Set 100 31 Hand-Held Buttons 256 9999; 2/4 Yes 256 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 5 Yes Yes XpressNet Yes No No Optional: Requires external device Yes Yes Yes 1024
Lenz Set 101 31 Hand-Held Knob 256 9999; 2/4 Yes 256 Both 14/28/128 29: F0-F28 5 Yes Yes XpressNet Yes, USB No No RailCom Equipped Yes Yes Yes 1024
Digitrax Super Empire Builder/ SEB XTRA 120 Hand-Held Buttons, Two Knobs 22 9983; 2/4 yes 22 Both 14/28/128 9: F0-F8; XTRA: 30 8 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes ? No Yes No 999
Digitrax Super Chief/ SC XTRA 120 Hand-Held Buttons, 2 Knobs 120 9983; 2/4 yes 120 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12; XTRA: 30 8 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 999
Digitrax EVO Advanced 100 Hand-Held Buttons, 2 Knobs 100 9000+;2/4 Yes ? Both 14/28/128 30 5/8 Yes ? Loconet No ? ? ? Yes All Yes 999
DIGITRAX Evolution Xpress Advanced 100 Hand-Held Buttons, 2 Knobs 100 9000+;2/4 Yes ? Both 14/28/128 30 5/8 Yes ? Loconet No ? ? ? Yes All Yes 999
Digitrax EVOD Advanced 100 Hand-Held Buttons, 2 Knobs 100 9000+;2/4 Yes ? Both 14/28/128 30 5/8 Yes ? Loconet No ? ? ? Yes All Yes 999
Digitrax Evolution Express Advanced Duplex 100 Hand-Held Buttons, 2 Knobs 100 9000+;2/4 Yes ? Both 14/28/128 30 5/8 Yes ? Loconet No ? ? ? Yes All Yes 999
Fleischmann Twin Center 64 Base Unit 2 Knobs 199 9999; 2/4 ? 8 None; Non-standard 14/28/128 9: F0-F8 3 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 2000
NCE Power House Pro 63 Hand-Held Buttons and Thumb Wheel 250 9999; 2/4 ? 127 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 10 Yes Yes NCE Cab Bus Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes 2044
NCE Pro Cab 63 Hand-Held Buttons and Thumb Wheel 250 9999; 2/4 ? 127 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 10 Yes Yes NCE Cab Bus Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes 2044
NCE Power Cab 2 Hand-Held Buttons and Thumb Wheel 250 9999; 2/4 ? 127 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 10 Yes Yes NCE Cab Bus Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes 2044
CVP Products 99 Base Unit Knob 255 9999; 2/4 Yes Unlimited; No more than 256 locomotives in consists. Universal 14/28/128 9: F0-8 10 Yes No EasyDCC Yes No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes 2048
Zimo MX31 30+ Hand-Held Slider 256 10239; 4 digit ? Unlimited; No more than 256 locomotives in consists. Universal 128 12 10/ 2@8A Yes Yes 115 kbit/s CAN bus Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes unlimited
ZTC 511 0 Base Unit Lever 127 2/4 9999 Yes ? ? 14/28 28 5A Yes No Extended X-Bus Yes No No No No Yes Yes 2000

Notes

1) Due to patent and licensing agreements, Zero Stretching may not be available in every market.

2) ESU's Cab Control was developed for the North American and Australian markets.

3) Address 10, not recommended, see the manual.

4) Using a DC throttle connected to the E_Z Command.

5) Additional Optional Equipment may be required for read back capability.

6) ESU Cab Control (#50310) supports their own throttle, as well as smartphone throttles such as Engine Control.

Disclaimer

Due to changes in products offered, always check the manufacturer's website for the latest specifications and models. This list is by no means complete and authoritative with regard to what is offered at this time. Manufacturers may change specifications and product lineup without notice. Any specifications published here are from various sources, and are completely dependent on what the manufacturer/supplier publishes. E&OE

Last Updated JULY 2019