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Detailed DCC Starter Systems Comparison

This table shall be considered the authority, as changes made to it may not be reflected in other tables.

January 2021
System Name Maximum
Throttle
Throttle
Type
Speed
Control
Maximum
Concurrent
Trains
Address
Range
Extended
Address
Support
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:
Service or Ops
Separate
Programming
Track
Number
of
Turnouts
Bachmann EZ Command 24 Base Unit Knob 2? 10 No Yes3 None None 14 9
F0-F8
3 No No X-Bus No No No No No Service No One
ESU ECos 50210 ? Base unit Knob ? 9999 Yes ? ? All 14/28/128 20 6 ? RailCoM ? ? Marklin ? ? Yes Ops Yes 1000
ESU ECos Cab Control2 32 Wireless6 Knob 32 16000 ? All 14/28/128 28 6 Yes RailCoM ECOsLink Ethernet/USB ? ? Yes ? Ops Yes 2048
Roco LokMaus2 10 Hand-Held Knob
Centre Off
99 99 No 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 99 Yes ? Advanced 14/28/128 5: F0-F4 2.5 Yes No XpressNet Yes;
No feedback
No No No No No No 99
Digitrax Zephyr XTRA (DCS51) 10 Base Unit Lever 10 9983 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 20 9983 10 Both 14/28/128 30: F0-F29 3.0 Yes Yes LocoNet Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes , plus Blast Mode Yes 999
Gaugemaster / MRC Prodigy Advance 99 Hand-Held Knob 99 9999 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 Yes 256 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 5 Yes Yes XpressNet Yes No No Optional Yes Yes Yes 1024
Lenz Set 100 31 Hand-Held Buttons 256 9999 256 Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 5 Yes Yes XpressNet Yes No No Optional Yes Yes Yes 1024
Lenz Set 101 31 Hand-Held Knob 256 9999 256 Both 14/28/128 29: F0-F28 5 Yes Yes XpressNet Yes, USB No No RailCom Yes Yes Yes 1024
Digitrax Super Empire Builder/ SEB XTRA 120 Hand-Held Buttons,
Two Knobs
22 9983 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 120 9983 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 100 9000 ? Both 14/28/128 30 5/8 Yes ? Loconet No ? ? ? Yes All Yes 999
DIGITRAX Evolution Xpress Advanced 100 Hand-Held 100 9000 ? Both 14/28/128 30 5/8 Yes ? Loconet No ? ? ? Yes All Yes 999
Digitrax EVOD Advanced 100 Hand-Held 100 9000 ? Both 14/28/128 30 5/8 Yes ? Loconet No ? ? ? Yes All Yes 999
Digitrax Evolution Express Advanced Duplex 100 Hand-Held 100 9000 ? Both 14/28/128 30 5/8 Yes ? Loconet No ? ? ? Yes All Yes 999
Fleischmann Twin Center 64 Base Unit 2 Knobs 199 9999 ? 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 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 250 9999 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 4 Hand-Held 12 9999 16 Advanced, 4 Universal Both 14/28/128 13: F0-F12 10 Yes Yes NCE Cab Bus Optional No No No Yes Yes Yes 2044
CVP Products 99 Base Unit Knob 255 9999 Yes Unlimited 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 ? 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 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.

CVP and Zimo Consists: Unlimited; No more than 256 locomotives in consists.


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 JANUARY 2021