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Command Station:


Summary: A 5amp booster. This allows the Power Cab to be unplugged, and the Power Cab functions as a pro cab when used with an SB5, which also powers the Power Cab.

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General information
Manufacturer NCE
Check PriceMSRP
Manufacturer Part Number 5240032
Common Name
UPC Number
Release information
Product URL Product Link
Manual URL Manual Link
Has computer interface None
Firmware Upgrade Possible
Year Released
Year EOL
Integrated Throttle
Throttle Network Cab Bus
Programming Modes
Separate Programming Track
DCC Features
Extended Addressing
Max Simultaneous Throttles
CV Readback
Max Simultaneous Trains
Supported Consisting Methods
Max Consists
Speed Steps
Max Switches
Zero Stretching
Auto Shuffle Train / Signal Speed Control
Max Current 5
Continuous Current 5
Auto Reverse
Input Power Waveform
NBE SB5 System Diagram.jpg


SB stands for Smart Booster and is specifically targeted to Power Cab users. The SB5 booster is an upgrade path for the Power Cab system. Other NCE boosters such as the DB5, PB105, and the PB110 are not "smart" as they receive their commands from the command station, such as the CS02, or this SB5 smart booster.

NCE Smart Boosters are a complete standalone command station and booster in a single unit. The command station portion of the SB5 is nearly identical to the software as the Power Cab, in fact, the software revisions between them are the same.

Important: The SB5 becomes a booster only with systems other than the Power Cab. It behaves much like a PB5. If the system does not have a Power Cab, it's cheaper to purchase a booster only without the smart features.


The Smart Booster allows up to 6 throttles to run trains, in exchange for giving up the programming track feature. The programming track feature continues to be handled by Power Cab and adding an NCE AutoSwitch. The programming track feature was not added to the Smart Booster is that would be duplicating an existing feature found in the Power Cab.

Note: The SB5 is a replacement or a complete command station feature wise without the Power Cab.

Using the SB5, allows the Power Cab to be truly walk around as the Power Can be unplugged while trains are running.

Additionally, 3 cab bus accessories can be used.

Works with auto reversers and circuit breakers.

Power Supply

A 12/13.6 volt 5 Amp power supply is included with the SB5.


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