use accessory functions F1 and F2 to operate it. It is very easy to use and program. No accessory address mapping is needed.
Programming Accessory Decoders with CV #513
Press PROG until you reach “Prog Prog Track.”
Press ENTER until “CV #” displays.
Enter 513. Press ENTER.
Enter the accessory decoder address. Press ENTER.
Read your accessory decoder manual for proper addressing. Selecting Accessory Decoders
Press ACCY. Using 0 - 9, enter the accessory decoder address. Press ENTER.
“1or2” will display reminding you to press only 1 or 2 to control the accessory. Press 1 to turn the accessory on and 2 to turn it off. You can keep pressing 1 or 2 until you are done with accessory.
Press ENTER to escape accessory operation.
Accessory Routes (Prodigy Advance Cab only)
Grouping of turnouts (or accessories) can be consisted to form a route. The Prodigy Express DCC system allows up to 31 routes and up to 8 accessories in each route. Please do not set a route number higher than 31, nor add more than 8 accessories into one route.
Setting Accessory Decoder Routes (Master Cab only) (Prodigy Advance Cab only)
Press SYS and 5.
“Route SET” appears in display. Press ENTER.
Enter route number (1 – 31). Press ENTER.
“Add Accy #” will display. Using 0 - 9, enter an accessory address (1 to
If you want this accessory (turnout points) to move in a direction opposite its normally programmed direction (reverse polarity), use DIRECTION to set its direction. Press ENTER.
“Add Accy #” will display again, prompting you to add another accessory into the route. Repeat above steps to enter up to 8 accessories into one route.
When finished setting up your route, press ENTER.
Running Accessory Routes (Prodigy Advance Cab only)
Press ROUTE. Enter the Route number you wish to run. Press ENTER.
“1or2” will display reminding you to press only 1 or 2 to select the route.
Clearing Accessory Routes (Master Cab only) (Prodigy Advance Cab only)
Press SYS and 0. Then press ENTER.
Enter the route number. Then press ENTER.
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Connecting to Your Layout
Follow the diagram to connect the Command Station (base unit) to your layout.
Prodigy Command Station (base unit)
To Main Track
To Program Track
Plug the power supply into the base unit.
Plug the AC line cord (110VAC, 60Hz) into a wall outlet.
Using a small flat-bladed screwdriver, attach two wires (22 AWG or heavier) from the Main Track layout to the terminals marked Main Track and two wires from the Program Track to the terminals marked Program Track
Plug one end of the cable into the Cab/ Handheld and the other into a Cab Jack on the base unit. Do not use the jack labeled “Booster”, as this is for future upgrades and power boost. If you have more than one cab, you need an extention box for your extra cab.
Running a Loco
To run a loco, you have to first know its address. Most decoders you purchase have the factory default address #3. If you purchase a decoder equipped loco, its address may be its road number. Read your decoder and/or loco manual for your decoder address.
To select a loco, press the LOCO key. Using the numeric keypad (0 - 9), enter the loco address. Press ENTER. You have just acquired the loco. The Cab will automatically remember the loco address for later recall.
Use the DIRECTION key to set the loco’s direction. Turn the THROTTLE knob slowly to increase the loco’s speed. The selected loco, or current loco, will begin moving. You can also tap the +1 or -1 to adjust the loco’s speed. Do not hold the -1 key, since this is also the DEL key and will delete the loco. To toggle the headlight (F0) on or off, press 0.
A blinking loco address indicates that another Cab is also controlling that loco. This is just a reminder and does not affect your control of the loco. Howeve , since two Cabs are trying to control the same loco simultaneously, the loco may not act as you expect. One operator will have to relinquish control of the loco by deleting the loco from his Cab for proper operation.
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