|Summary||Manufacturer of DCC equipment including command stations, throttles, stationary and mobile decoders|
|Phone||+49 (0) 6403 900 133|
|Fax||+49 (0) 6403 900 155|
|Address||Lenz Elektronik GmbH · Hüttenbergstrasse 29 · D 35398 Gießen|
|Device Types||Mobile Decoder, Stationary Decoder, Command Station, Booster, Power Supply, Throttle|
Lenz has changed distribution and service arrangements in the US:
Emmets Railroad DCC Hobby Station, LLC
864 W. Crestline Avenue Littleton,
See New Distributor webpage for details.
- Lenz was represented in the US by Tried and True Trains (Debbie Ames) from 1995 to 2012. As of 2012, TTT closed when the owners retired.
- American Hobby Distributors then became the only authorized Lenz wholesaler in North America.
- In 1997, TLA Custom Models became the warranty/service centre for Lenz products, as well as providing support for Canada. As of 2013, TLA Custom Models became the support centre for all of North America. Lenz Agency legal functions, importation and distribution of Lenz product remains with AHD.
AHD/Tony's trains has changed hands as well, but the arrangement for service remains as it is until 2021.
- Should you need service, the only authorized Lenz service centre for North America is TLA Custom Models. They have the necessary software to upgrade Lenz equipment to V3.6.
Lenz Digital Plus Product Line
The main product is Lenz's Digital Plus. This is their Digital Command Control system. Lenz also produces a variety of DCC components and accessories. Please note that not all Lenz command control products are NMRA Digital Command Control compliant products.
Lenz is an electronics company, whose involvement in command control began in the 1980s as a contractor to Marklin.
In the early 2000s, Lenz decided to rename their products from Set 01 and Set 02 to Set 90 and Set 100 respectively. The throttles are almost identical to the older ones in Set 01 and Set 02. The electronics and software are much improved in the Set 90 and Set 100. The product names are derived from the throttle included in the set, an LH90 or LH100. The separate command station and booster combination have been replaced by an integrated command station/booster. The new unit also included RailCom and improved response times on large layouts with multiple locomotives in operation.
The LZV100 is the basis of the Lenz DIGITAL plus Set-90 and Set-100. Interface between the Command Station and input devices via a 4-wire cable, XpressNET.
The LZV200 Command Station has a number of new features:
- Store locomotive names
- Function names
- Operations Mode programming
- Accessory Decoder support for addresses 1-2048, turnouts 1-256
- XpressNet: Expanded to 128 devices
Power Station (Booster)
The current booster is the LV102 which provides five (5) amps of track power. Its primary use is to assist operators in providing sufficient power to large layouts or for larger equipment (Gauges O and higher (U.S.)). For large layouts, the layout is divided into power districts, each powered by a booster. The Command Station provides the DCC signal for operation; the booster provides power and transmits the Command Station signal. The throttle connects the user to the command station which sends the desired signal to the locomotive or auxiliary equipment the user desires to operate.
it is possible to drive a Digitrax booster using an LV100 by making a LocoNet cable, and connecting the RAIL SYNC wires (Blue and white) to the C and D terminals. Connect the white wire to C and the blue to D. Cut the other wires short and insulate them. For details see the Big Book of DCC published by Digitrax, and available by print on demand from Amazon.
One of the few items Lenz does not supply is a Power Supply. It has several recommendations for these.
Lenz offers only silent (i.e., no sound) decoders. The Gold line are their most expensive and full-featured decoders; the Silver line represents their "value" line. The recent upgrade to system 3.6 has permitted more commands to be processed through the throttle to the decoder.
Lenz offers the LH100 (Dispatcher Throttle) and the LH90 (Engineer Throttle). The former is entirely push button with a full numeric key pad. It generally makes operating multiple locomotives relatively easy. The latter is a dial control with a limited function key pad. While all functions can be accessed from the latter, the LH100 tends to be more intuitive. The LH90 tends to be a better single locomotive controller, although this would vary from user to user. Those persons used to dial throttles (such as most standard DC models) will generally find the LH90 preferable, particularly if only lights, sounds and direction are to be controlled by the operator. If more sophisticated function programming has been performed on the locomotive or auxiliary decoder, the LH100 might be preferred.
The LH100 supports f0-12, the LH90 only supports f0-8
Both of these controllers are Tethered (i.e., wired). They use Express Net, which is compatible with an Atlas system (Digitrax, too) Lenz has an unique wireless system which uses a device called XPA which permits a wireless phone handset to operate as a throttle, and it would operate similarly to the LH100 because of its full numeric key pad.
- 9999 addresses
- Rotary Speed control
- Addresses are entered via number keys
- One key allows to toggle between the last two addresses
- Stacking of 8 loco addresses
- F0-F28 decoder functions
- Locomotive decoder functions: switched or momentary
- Display indicates function
- LH101 can report the status of turnouts
- status of LR101 modules
- Program locomotive and accessory decoders: Program track and Programming on Main (PoM)
- Up to 1024 accessory decoders
- Routes Mode
- Club Mode: Handset can be limited to a single loco for an inexperienced operator.
- Works with the LZV100 Version 3.6 Software
Lenz has enabled computer operation of the system through LI-USB and RS-232. These may be most helpful on the programming track, although much more can be done, particularly with auxiliary devices, so that a Yardmaster's duties could be replicated, as well as a Division or District Roadmaster.
LI101F Computer interface
Serial RS232 to XpressNet Interface
- All XpressNet functions supported by the command station can be controlled via the PC (software available separately).
- Connection Speeds: 19,200/38,400/57,600 and 115,200 bps.
- LI101F Tool: Software required for setting the bit rate and XpressNet address. Windows 9x, 2000, ME, and XP.
- Operating system: Windows© 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7
- USB interface.
- Baud rate 57,600 Bps.
- Supplied software:
- Tool for setting the XpressNet address
- Throttle control panel
- CV editor for easy configuration of decoder settings.
LI-USB-Ethernet Interface offers a USB and an Ethernet interface for connection computer and/or router.
Touch Cab was an application for Apple iOS devices that enabled the user to use the device as a throttle. As of November 2015, the developer has ceased support. In March 2016 another developer has taken over the software and plans to update it.
It worked using WiFi connecting to a Lenz 23151 interface and a wireless router.
It also worked with ESU systems:
ECoS (50000) from ESU ECoS 2 (50200) from ESU Central Station 1 (60212) from Märklin Central Station Reloaded (60212 v3)