Zephyr Express (DCS52)

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Digitrax: Zephyr Express (DCS52)

Summary: This command station/booster is considered an entry-level system, yet it is fully expandable using Digitrax's LocoNet throttle network. This unit includes and integrated throttle for controlling locomotives as well as stationary decoders.

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General information
Manufacturer Digitrax
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Common Name Zephyr Express
Product information

Product URL External Product Link
Product Manual URL External Product Link
Year Released 2019
Has computer
USB 2.0
Firmware Upgrade

Integrated Throttle Knobs and Buttons
Throttle Network LocoNet
DCC Features

Extended Addressing Yes
Consisting Methods
Advanced, Basic, Universal
Zero Stretching Yes
Max Current 3
Continuous Current 3

See the Video.


This command station / booster / throttle combination is what makes up the majority of the Digitrax Zephyr Express starter set.

Digitrax DCS52 Zephyr Express Starter Set

Despite being an entry-level system, it is expandable via LocoNet to create a comprehensive Digital Command Control system.


The Zephyr Express set includes


  • Three Ampere booster, at 13V for both H0 and N scale operations
  • Colour 2.4" LCD display
  • Backlit keypad
  • Integrated USB Interface
  • Brake/Direction lever
  • Speed control knob
  • Two and Four digit addresses supported
  • Twenty Slots
    • Supports up to 20 trains at once, and up to 20 throttles.

Jump Ports

Like the previous Zephyrs, one or two DC power packs can be used as throttles to control up to 2 locomotives via the Jump Ports.


The Zephyr Express features Address 00 for control of a non-decoder equipped locomotive.

  • More than 9000 addresses available
  • Two / Four Digit Addressing
    • 0-127 Primary Addresses


  1. Universal consisting, including a locomotive on Address 00
  2. Advanced Consisting
  3. Basic Consisting

Decoder Programming

  1. Built in read and write programmer
  2. Blast Mode

Programming Modes

  1. Direct
  2. Paged
  3. Register Mode
  4. Operations Mode

Firmware Updates

Digitrrax releases firmware updates for the DCS52.

The most recent is Version 0.9.

JMRI Support

See their support page at https://www.jmri.org/help/en/html/hardware/loconet/Digitrax.shtml

Digitrax Zephyr Demonstration Video

Digitrax Zephyr Express


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