Empire Builder

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Starter Set by Digitrax:

Empire Builder

Summary: The Empire Builder starter was an intermediate level starter system. Included a DB150 Command Station/Booster, DT100 throttle, a Multifunction Decoder, and an LT1 LocoNet Tester.

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General information
Manufacturer Digitrax
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Release information

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Year Released 1998
Year EOL 2000
Predecessor Big Boy
Successor Empire Builder II

Max Current 5
Command Station DB150
See command station for additional features of this starter set.


The Empire Builder was also available in a Simplex Radio Equipped set.

Empire Builder Features

DB150 Command Station / Booster

  • Full LocoNet Capabilities for easy installation and system expansion
  • Up to 22 locos and 22 throttles in command station mode
  • Can be used as an Intelligent Auto Reversing Booster
  • Compatible with any LocoNet throttle
  • Built in broadcast write only programmer
  • Built in 5 Amp Digital Command Control Booster Rated at 80VA
  • Many command station options are user customizable
  • Auto reset for overheat & short circuit protection
  • Selectable for N, HO, and large-scale layouts
  • Track Status indicator shows voltage and signal type (DCC or "Zero Stretch" Analog Signal for conventional operation.)
  • Stabilized Track Drive Output
  • Over Voltage Protected
  • Sync output configures DB150 Operating Mode and connects the DB150 to expansion boosters
  • High impedance balanced or unbalanced signal input receivers on the LocoNet Interface allow boosting of several different types of command control signals
  • Auto shutdown if command control drive signal is lost so that the layout will not revert to DC operation if a cable or connection is broken. The trains won't just "take-off" if they are not getting the DCC signal

DT100 Features:

  • Works as an advanced throttle on Loconet
  • Easy to read LCD display
  • Two throttle knobs, using encoders
  • Supports 4 digit addressing
  • Function control F0-F8
  • Displays turnout position and supports position feedback
  • Access to 3 service mode programming methods and operations mode programming
  • Fast Clock
  • Edit and create Routes
  • Customizable throttle preferences

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