TCS Command Station

Command Station

This product is currently under development. The feature list below is not complete, and images may not accurately represent the final product.

The TCS command station brings DCC to the modern era by leveraging recent technology and industry developments. Layout Command Control (LCC) and RailCom® support enables consistent bi-directional communication between your locomotives and peripheral devices.

The TCS command station also includes out-of-the-box support for wired throttles via an on-board RJ-11 connector. You may use this connector to interface with several different kinds of wired throttles, including NCE, Lenz, SystemOne, and more! Support not only includes literal hard-wired throttles, but also wireless systems such as those offered by NCE, or third-parties such as WiFiTrax. The TCS CS-105 command station is rated for 5 Amperes of continuous current, but can be throttled back via user configuration to suit your needs. Especially for smaller layouts and scales, the system can still supply all of your Z, TT, N, and HO locomotives without boiling their shells! For lager scale enthusiasts in G and O scales (narrow gauge variants included), add-on boosters will keep your workhorses steaming ahead no problem!

CS-105 List of Features:

  • Separate outputs for Mainline and Programming (service mode) tracks
  • User-configurable Short Circuit Detection
  • 5 Ampere maximum Continuous Current Rating (add-on Boosters Available)
  • One RJ-11 bus for wired throttles or peripherals
    • Up to 62 Cab Bus (NCE, Ramtraxx, and SystemOne) Throttles and Accessories (via RJ-11)
    • Up to 31 XpressNET™ (Lenz, Roco, ZTC, etc...) Throttles and Accessories (via RJ-11)
  • One RailCom detector
  • One dual-RJ45 Header for LCC Communication
    • Support for LCC/DCC Data Transmission Over LCC
    • Up to 400mA per-port supplied by the CS-105 itself
  • System settings are fully-configuable via TCS WiFi Throttles
  • Configuration also available through Smartphone, Tablet, or PC via WiFi
  • Unlimited WiFi Throttle Connections Through Auxiliary LCC-enabled WiFi Base Station(s)
  • Up to 4 LCC WiFi Throttles via on-board WiFi when used in Access Point Mode
  • Up to 260 Locomotives and Consists
  • Intelligent Stack Management
  • DCC Programing on the Main (with CV read-back via RailCom)
  • DCC Direct and Paged Mode Program Track Programming
  • Support for Märklin/Motorola Protocol Decoders


JMRI Integration
With the TCS command station at your disposal, integration with JMRI has never been easier. You can use JMRI PanelPro to configure settings for your TCS Command Station and Universal WiFi Throttle. You can further set up and maintain custom configurations for different connection modes. TCS plans to also include further support for JMRI such as the ability to load your roster from JMRI (including custom names and information given to locomotives within JRMI).

Programming Options
Take advantage of several different programming options with the TCS Command Station. RailCom programming on the mainline allows for live CV read-back without the need for a dedicated programming track! Or, you may use an isolated programming track to use Direct or Paged mode programming. The TCS CS-105 Command Station does not require an add-on "programming booster" for programming operations, unlike some command stations offered today, and older-generation systems available in the past.

When programming a decoder, the TCS throttle can display information about the CV down to the individual bit, giving users the ability to further understand and visualize CV's, and manipulate them at the bit level, which is especially useful for CV's used to configure multiple options, such as CV29 or CV61. In addition, when using a TCS throttle, you may press the Help button after entering a a NMRA standard CV number to display a "plain text" explanation of the CV and what it does.* TCS is striving to offer the most user-friendly programming interface possible, while not compromising the operational capabilities in favor of "simplicity."

*note: TCS is not liable for discrepancies in programming as a result of manufacturer-specific deviations from NMRA standards.

LCC Integration
LCC Bus connections on the command station allow for direct interfacing with LCC layout devices and modules. You can communicate with any LCC system to control switches, adjust layout lighting, and anything else that the LCC bus is connected to.

You can read more about LCC on the DCC Wiki.

RailCom® Integration
RailCom enables bi-directional communication between the command station and decoders. This allows for read-back of CVs while programming on the mainline. The inclusion of RailCom opens up significant opportunities for future features and expansion.

RailCom® is a registered trademark of Lenz Elektronik, GmbH

Physical Throttle Compatibility
The TCS Command Station is cross-compatible with current hardware from other manufacturers. It currently includes support for up to 62 NCE, Ramtraxx, and/or SystemOne Throttles and Accessories via the on-board RJ-11 connector. The connection supports all NCE cabs such as the Power Cab, Pro Cab, and also NCE wireless throttles! The RJ-11 connector can alternatively support up to 31 XpressNet™ (Lenz, Roco, ZTC, etc...) Throttles and Accessories!

Power Supply Options
The CS-105 Command Station and B-106 boosters will be available with two power supply options - 12V or 15V - These power supply options will determine your track voltage.

The TCS Command Station Prototype:

CS-105 Side A
CS-105 Side B

 

Boosters

Add-on 6 Ampere boosters will be available for larger layouts, scales, and clubs that require additional power; however, the TCS command station may also be used with other manufacturers’ command stations and boosters through an LCC adapter cable.

The TCS booster will also be available with the same user-configurable current-limiting user options as the command station.

Below is an example of a "layout" set up with the TCS WiFi Command System.

Connecting the TCS Booster

 

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