Manufacturer: Zimo

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Summary: Manufacturer of DCC systems and decoders


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Summary Manufacturer of DCC systems and decoders.
Main URL
Address Schönbrunner Straße 188, A – 1120 Vienna Austria, Tel: 00 43 1 813 10070
Device Types Mobile Decoder, Stationary Decoder, Command Station, Booster, Power Supply, Throttle, Other

ZIMO has been manufacturing digital command control systems since 1979. Their first system could operate 99 trains and featured 16 speed steps.

They began manufacturing NMRA DCC systems in 1994.

The Zimo MX31ZL cab has a USB socket for software upgrades, via connection to a computer or a memory stick.

The system employs a throttle network they call Can Bus.


In 1978 ZIEGLER & MAIR was founded, later in 1980 the company ZIMO ELEKTRONIK was founded, initially as a part-time activity of the owner (Peter W. Ziegler), becoming his main focus in 1987.

ZIEGLER & MAIR or ZIMO has been involved in the development and production of digital control systems for model railways from the very beginning.

1979: The first systems were sold, base unit BGT1, control panel FP1 and vehicle receivers. The terms "base device" and "driving console" have been used since then and will continue to be in use for many years.

Within the ZIMO digital systems of the 1980s and 1990s, signal-dependent train control was a unique selling point, then advertised as a combination of the train driver and the conductor function, later generally accepted as an HLU method.

In 1990, the first SMD (Surface mount Device) pick and place machine was purchased, replaced by a more modern system in 1999.

Until 1996, ZIMO products were based exclusively on the independent ZIMO data format (as it was subsequently called), then changing to NMRA DCC.

In 2009 a completely new production plant (stencil printing, assembly, reflow soldering furnaces) was built. A little later an AOI (Automatic Optical Inspection) system was purchased to streamline production processes and further increase the reliability of the delivered products.

From 2011, ZIMO increasing became a decoder supplier for the model railway industry. The decisive factor for this was the flexibility which was made possible by production in-house.

In the years after 2016, system technology came to the fore again, with the MX10 base station, control console MX32 and the stationary device modules StEin.

2019 saw the introduction of the MS decoders, a new class of sound decoders, which set new technical standards.

Zimo DCC Products

For a listing of their products, see the Zimo Products page

The Zimo website has only German language pages for their starter sets.

Starter Sets


Zimo offers a form of automation often called HLU, or Signal Controlled Speed Influence. It has been in development for over 30 years, and offers a number of features.

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