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Overview of TCS Throttle Modes



We have several different throttle modes on our decoders, but what are they all? And how do you use them? Watch the video to find out!

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Thanks for Another Great Amherst Model Railway Train Show!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the TCS booth and made this year's Amherst Model Railway Train Show awesome!

We received a lot of great feedback and interest on the Throttle and Command Station we are currently developing.
From our visitors we heard that the ergonomic throttle design and WiFi throttle interface make this an exciting new option for modelers like you.
Check back regularly for updates on this exciting new product!

A few other features we are excited about:
• The FIRST fully LCC compatible Command Station
• 8 Remappable buttons for customized operations
• Throttle is a standalone WiFi Throttle device capable of controlling any system connected to JMRI
•Throttle can be automatically or manually updated directly over the internet
• Leveraging state of the art technology from more advanced industries




Announcing Two New Bachmann Steam WOWKits

Designed for the
Bachmann Spectrum K4 4-6-2 and more!


Designed for the
Bachmann Spectrum 4-6-0 and more!

 

WOWSound is the original "Full Throttle" Diesel Decoder

We call it "Manual Notching" but it is essentially the same feature. This feature is on every WOWsound diesel decoder ever made. This includes version one of the WOW diesel decoder released January 2015.



Manual Notching allows you to independently adjust the prime mover sound or "notch sound", and separately control the speed of the locomotive. TCS Manual Notching works very simply without any set up.

Here is how to do it.

Using the throttle, you set the desired speed of the loco, and by using the Manual Notch up button (10) and Manual Notch down button (11) you can change the notch sound to the desired notch! Yes it is that simple! The notch sound you manually select locks in and overrides the throttle selected notch setting. Manual Notching is available full time in all throttle modes.


Check out our Manual Notch training video!

When you change the throttle the decoder automatically takes back control and sets the appropriate notch sound. To override the decoder's selected notch setting simply use the Manual Notch up and down buttons at any time. Manual Notching overrides the automatically selected notch sound. You can notch up before you even move the locomotive!

By default, TCS "Manual Notch Up" is button ten, and "Manual Notch Down" is button eleven; However, if Manual Notch mode is something that you would like to use often then we recommend you re-map the Manual Notch buttons to three and four respectively. Moving the notch buttons to buttons three and four makes it more convenient to access them on most throttles compared to the default of buttons ten and eleven.

This can be done very simply through Audio Assist™, no need to ever program a CV. Jump to the bottom of this article for an Audio Assist™ quick-reference guide for re mapping Manual Notch buttons.

Ultimately, the most fun, premier, and realistic way to notch your locomotive is to allow the exclusive TCS Auto-Notching feature control the notch sound. The decoder automatically sets the notch according to the load, not the speed. Real life locomotives could be in notch eight yet crawling at slow speed because of a heavy train and steep grade. Your TCS decoder by default is configured to Auto-Notch giving you the correct load-based sound! The decoder does this by measuring the load on your locomotive and calculating the required power to move that load. It is awesome to experience TCS' Auto-Notching in action, offering the most realistic operational experience possible of any decoder on the market. Auto-Notching is a TCS exclusive feature! There is even a simple way to calibrate the Auto-Notching feature for your locomotive using Audio Assist™. Your TCS decoder will Auto-Notch without doing the calibration, but the calibration is there to customize exactly how you would like to hear your locos working on your railroad.

 



9 Steam WOWKits

These 9 locomotives are WOWSteam kit confirmed:
Bachmann Locomotives:
Consolidation 2-8-0 WSK-BAC-1
Heavy 4-8-2 WSK-BAC-2
J Class Steam WSK-BAC-3
Alt. for Richmond 4-4-0 WSK-BAC-4
2-8-2 WSK-BAC-5
Richmond 4-4-0 WSK-BAC-6
Spectrum 4-6-2 WSK-BAC-7
Spectrum 4-6-0 WSK-BAC-8

Walthers Locomotives:
Proto 2000 0-6-0 WSK-BAC-2
NOTE: Locomotives highlighted in orange above have been recently added to our installation list.
Each of these WOWKits contains everything you need to economically convert a locomotive to WOWSound DCC with built-in Keep-AliveTM. These WOWKits fit a wide range of locomotives so check the list below to see if your engines are included! Click any of the images below to get more information on these WOWKits.
1
Walthers WOWKit
   

8
Bachmann WOWKit
 



36 Diesel WOWKits

These 108 locomotives are WOWDiesel kit confirmed:
Athearn Locomotives:
Genesis Collection:   Ready-To-Roll Collection:
GE ES44AC GEVO WDK-ATH-1   GE AC4400CW WDK-ATH-5
EMD F2 / F3 / F7 WDK-ATH-3   GE AMD103/P42 WDK-ATH-5
EMD F9 WDK-ATH-9   EMD CF7 WDK-ATH-5
EMD F45 / FP45 WDK-ATH-3   GE DASH 9-44CW WDK-ATH-5
EMD FP7 WDK-ATH-1   EMD F59PHI WDK-ATH-5
EMD GP38-2 WDK-ATH-2   EMD GP35 WDK-ATH-5
EMD GP40-2 WDK-ATH-2   EMD GP60M/B WDK-ATH-5
EMD GP50 WDK-ATH-2   EMD SD45 WDK-ATH-8
EMD SD35 WDK-ATH-5   EMD SD45T-2 WDK-ATH-4
EMD SD45 / SD45-2 WDK-ATH-3   EMD SD50 WDK-ATH-5
EMD SD60I / SD60M WDK-ATH-1   EMD SD60 WDK-ATH-5
EMD SD70 / SD70I WDK-ATH-3   EMD SD40-2 WDK-ATH-7
EMD SD70ACe WDK-ATH-1   EMD SD40T-2 WDK-ATH-7
EMD SD70M WDK-ATH-3   EMD GP40X WDK-ATH-8
EMD SD70M-2 WDK-ATH-1   EMD GP60 WDK-ATH-10
EMD SD70MAC WDK-ATH-3   EMD MP15-AC WDK-ATH-11
EMD SD75M / SD75I WDK-ATH-3      
EMD SDP45 WDK-ATH-3      
EMD GP7 WDK-ATH-6      
EMD GP9 WDK-ATH-6      
EDM SDP45 SD45M WDK-ATH-1      


Atlas Locomotives:
ALCO RS-3 WDK-ATL-1
ALCO RSD 4/5 WDK-ATL-1
ALCO RS32/36 WDK-ATL-2
ALCO C424/5 WDK-ATL-1
ALCO RS-11 WDK-ATL-1
ALCO RSD12 WDK-ATL-1
ALCO RS-1 WDK-ATL-2
GE DASH 8-32B WDK-ATL-2
GE DASH 8-40BWH WDK-ATL-3
GE DASH 8-40C WDK-ATL-4
ALCO C420 WDK-ATL-3
GE U30B Ph. 2 WDK-ATL-3
GE U30C WDK-ATL-3
EMD GP39-2 Ph. 1 & 2 WDK-ATL-3
EMD GP38 WDK-ATL-3
EMD GP38-2 Late Ph. WDK-ATL-3
EMD GP40-2 Ph. 2 WDK-ATL-5
GE C30-7 WDK-ATL-2
GE U23B WDK-ATL-3
EMD GP7 WDK-ATL-2
EMD SD26 WDK-ATL-3
FM Train Master 1B WDK-ATL-4
FM Train Master H-24-66 WDK-ATL-4
EMD MP15-DC WDK-ATL-2
EMD SD35 WDK-ATL-3
ALCO C420 Low Nose WDK-ATL-6
ALCO C420 Phase 1 WDK-ATL-7
DASH 8-40B V2 WDK-ATL-8
Trainman NRE Genset II WDK-ATL-9
FM H16-44 WDK-ATL-2

Bowser Locomotives:
Baldwin S-12 WDK-BOW-2
Baldwin DS-4-4-1000 WDK-BOW-1
ALCO C-636 WDK-BOW-3

Bachmann Locomotives:
EMD SD45 WDK-BAC-1
EMD SD45 Early WDK-BAC-3
EMD GP30 WDK-BAC-4
InterMountain Locomotives:
GE U18 WDK-INT-1
EMD SD40-2 WDK-INT-1
EMD SD40-2W WDK-INT-1
EMD FT WDK-INT-2
GE ES44dc WDK-INT-2
GE ES44ac WDK-INT-3

Kato Locomotives:
EMD F40PH WDK-KAT-1
EMD GP35 WDK-KAT-1
EMD SD40 WDK-KAT-1
EMD SD40-2 Mid Prod. WDK-KAT-4*
EMD SD70MAC WDK-KAT-1
EMD SD80MAC WDK-KAT-1
EMD SD90/43MAC WDK-KAT-1
GE AC4400CW WDK-KAT-1
GE C44-9W WDK-KAT-1
ALCO RS2 (Old Run) WDK-KAT-1
EMD F40PH WDK-KAT-2
EMD RS-2 WDK-KAT-3
EMD SD40-2 WDK-KAT-3
*Kit Coming Soon

Life-Life Locomotives:
EMD BL2 WDK-ATL-2
ALCO FA1 WDK-LIF-1
EMD F3A WDK-LIF-1
EMD GP30 WDK-ATL-2
EMD GP38-2 WDK-ATL-2
EMD GP60 WDK-ATL-6
EMD GP9 II WDK-KAT-3
EMD SD45 WDK-ATL-7
EMD SD7 WDK-KAT-1
EMD SD9 WDK-ATL-3
EMD SD60 WDK-LIF-3
EMD SD50 WDK-ATL-2

Walthers Locomotives:
EMD GP7 WDK-KAT-1
EMD SD45 WDK-KAT-3
EMD E8A WDK-WAL-1
Each of these WOWKits contains everything you need to economically convert a locomotive to WOWSound DCC with built-in Keep-Alive
TM. These WOWKits fit a wide range of locomotives so check the list below to see if your engines are included! Click any of the images below to get more information on these WOWKits.

3
Bachmann WOWKit

3
Bowser WOWKit

3
Kato WOWKit

11
Athearn WOWKits



 

9
Atlas WOWKits

3
InterMountain WOWKits

1
Walthers WOWKits
   

3
Life-Like
WOWKits

Come see TCS at one of the upcoming shows!

Train Show Location Date
Mid Central Region Super Convention Cincinnati Marriott North
6189 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester OH 45069
May 17th-20th, 2018

Come see us at a WOW Clinic!
Event Location Time/Date Notes
Mid Central Region Super Convention Cincinnati Marriott North
6189 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester OH 45069
May 17th-20th, 2018
Exact date/time Coming Soon
Introduction to LCC (Layout Command Control) and the TCS Throttle and Command Station.

Online Guided Programming Tool
Looking to program features that aren't in Audio Assist™? Check out our Guided Programming Tool that makes programming your decoder as easy as navigating a menu!




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of DCC decoder installations in tons of HO-Scale, N-Scale, and Z-Scale locomotives!

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