FAQ:What is Status Editing?

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A Digitrax DCC System has additional memory built into the command station. A portion of the user programmable memory is called Status. When an address is entered for the first time, the command station stores information about this address in a memory location called a Slot. When viewing or editing the Status, it is actually some of the data in the slots that you are actually looking at.

Typical Digitrax systems allow 10 to 120 slots, meaning 10 to 120 Locomotive Addresses and/or throttles. This is in part why Digitrax offers such a balanced system. Newer command stations such as the DCS240 offer up to 400 slots, in combination with the correct throttle.

Programming means programming the multifunction decoder’s memory using a programming track. Status or Status Editing, refers to programming the command station's internal memory, not the decoder.

Selecting a new or existing decoder address on a throttle shows the status of this decoder. This is shown in one of two ways, depending if Primary or Extended addressing is used.

With a Primary address the throttle will show AD:xy, AD = Decoder Address, and xy = Status Code. With extended addresses it will show St:xy on a rotating display. This Status will either be the system default, or the status previously entered into the command station.

Editing Multifunction Decoder Status

This process was often required in the early days of DCC, telling the command station that this decoder does not understand the 28/128 speed step mode. To get a new decoder working, a status edit was needed to switch the command station's default behaviour to 14 Step Mode for this decoder. This was often encountered with early Lenz, Marklin and Arnold decoders.

DT100 Throttle

Select a locomotive on a DT100 throttle by pressing the SEL/SET button.  Once the desired address is shown on the display, press FUNC before pressing the SEL/SET button again. This key press sequence enters the Status Edit mode. Use either the throttle knob(s) or the Up/Down buttons to change the status. Once the desired status is set, pressing SEL/SET saves the value to the command station.

DT4xx Series

DT400 Series Throttle

Press the EDIT key to begin Status Editing

What Do the Actual Status Codes Mean?

Main article: Digitrax Hints/Status Codes


Adapted from a webpage by the late Don Crano (site no longer available).