Product: PowerCab

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General information
Common Name Power Cab Manufacturer NCE
Product URL Manual URL
Integrated Throttle Knobs and Buttons Max Current 1.5
Computer Interface Yes Software Upgrade Possible Yes
Communications BUS NCE Cab Firmware Upgrade Possible
Separate Programming Track Yes
DCC Features
Address Range 2/4 Max Simultaneous Trains 12
Support Consisting Basic, Advanced, Other Max Consists 16
Speed Steps 128 Max Switches 2,044
Functions 28 Feedback Yes
Zero Stretching No Ops Mode Programming true
Auto Shuffle Train / Signal Speed Control No LocoNumberReadback Yes
CV Readback Yes

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Basic, Advanced, Other

The NCE Power Cab is a full feature small layout DCC system intended for more common home size layouts. It has a full 2 line 16 character LCD display the uses full english words or phrases that are easily understood. Integrated menu system guides you step by step on what to do and when. The NCE PowerCab has two modes of operation. 1) As standard ProCab which is a full feature NCE cab that can be used with any NCE other system as a spare throttle. 2) In PowerCab mode where it becomes a complete standalone DCC system with a cab, Command Station and booster integrated inside the Cab case and powers the layout. In this mode, it must be connected to the layout at all times since track power flows down the PowerCab cable.

In PowerCab mode, The NCE PowerCab supports a full featured programming track capability but does not use a dedicated set of terminals. Instead it internally switches dynamically from normal full power booster mode to limited current Programming track mode using the same track terminal wires. It can run up to 12 trains simultaneously but the actual number of trains is less due to the limited 1.5a current rating. Smaller scales will be able to run more trains than larger scales.

The PowerCab is expandable in many ways.

  • You can add up to 3 more walk-around cabs for a total of 4 operators.
  • You can add radio to the system to allow the use of walk-around radio cabs.
  • There is a USB computer interface allowing computer based train operation, decoder programming and WiFI throttles.
  • You can upgrade the current to a full 5A with the addition of the NCE SB5 (Smart Booster 5Amp). This upgrade also free's the PowerCab itself up so it too can work as a walkaround cab providing 4 walkaround cabs.