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To view your Cab address, unplug the cab. Press and hold 6 button while plugging in the cab. The current Cab address will momentarily display. If you wish to change it, enter a new address (1-20) followed by ENTER. Otherwise, press ENTER to exit. Do not duplicate Cab addresses.

Example

Adding More Cabs

The base unit of your Prodigy Express DCC system has one Cab Jack. If you use more than one Cab or you want to install extra Cab Jacks around your layout, you need to use MRC Prodigy Advance Extension Plates (item no. 0001501). With those plates you can easily install Cab Jacks all around your layout. The base unit is able to power 6 Cabs. After that, for every 5 Cabs you need a special extension plate with a built in power supply (item no. 0001502) to boost power for Cabs. This item must be ordered directly from MRC. Please visit our website for more information.

Setting Last Cab Allowed to Program Locos on the Main Track (Master Cab Only) (Prodigy Advance Cab only)

This feature prevents “novice” operators on your railroad from mistakenly reprogramming everything on the layout.

  • 1.

    Make sure your Cab is the Master Cab.

  • 2.

    Press SYS and 7.

  • 3.

    Using 0 - 9, enter the number of the last Cab allowed to program on the

Main Track. Press ENTER.

If you press the SYS, 7, 3 and ENTER. Cab #4 and above cannot program on the Main Track.

Example

Setting Last Cab Allowed to Program on the Program Track (Master Cab Only) (Prodigy Advance Cab only)

  • 1.

    Make sure your Cab is the Master Cab.

  • 2.

    Press SYS and 8.

  • 3.

    Using 0 - 9, enter the number of the last Cab allowed to program on the

Program Track. Press ENTER.

If you press SYS, 8, 2, and ENTER, Cab #3 and above cannot program on the Program Track.

Programming Decoders (Prodigy Express and Advance)

The Prodigy Express allows you to easily program most NMRA compatible decoders. It guides you step by step through the programming process. No hexadecimal numbers are needed, nor an engineering degree, to program decoders with this system. The Prodigy Express allows you to program decoders on a separate Program Track or on the Main Track layout, all without affecting any other locos operating on the Main Track.

Decoder Terminology

Note

Before you start programming, please familiarize yourself with the following terminology.

2-4 Operation

MRC Prodigy Advance

Note

After setting up your consist group, use the consist number to run the consist.

  • 1.

    Press the LOCO key. Make sure “Loco” appears on the LCD. If not, press the LOCO key again. Enter the consist number and press ENTER.

  • 2.

    Turn the throttle and all the locos in the consist will start moving together. To control an individual loco’s accessory functions use either the consist number or the loco’s original address. Read your decoder’s manual to find how to control the accessory functions.

Clearing Advanced Consists

  • 1.

    Press PROG until “Cons cLr” flashes in the display. Then press ENTER.

  • 2.

    “Cons#” will display, prompting you to input the consist number. Enter

number of the consist you want to clear and press ENTER.

Once you clear the consist, each loco will respond immediately to its original speed command.

If you forget the consist numbe , each loco’s address in the consist must be reprogrammed its address on the Program Track, or program CV19 to zero.

Universal (Old-Style) Consisting (Prodigy Advance Cab only)

This feature allows you to use older decoders that do not have CV19 to support Advanced Consisting. In this type of consisting, the base unit stores all the information of the consisting locos and makes them run as a single loco. When you adjust the speed of the lead loco, the base unit distributes the speed setting to all the original loco addresses in the consist by sending the speed command to each individual loco. Although the consist acts as one loco, there is a slight time lag between the locos you may not be able to detect.

Locos consisted in this fashion will revert to their original addresses and direction settings when removed from the layout. If they are removed from the layout and placed back onto the layout during the same session, they will remain consisted. They will not be “consisted” if removed to another layout.

The Prodigy Express DCC system allows only ONE Universal Consist at a time regardless of how many Cabs are in use. One Universal Consist per system, not per Cab. Once programmed, the base unit will remember the consist group until you clear it. Turning off the base unit power will not clear it.

Programming Universal (Old-Style) Consists (Prodigy Advance Cab only)

  • 1.

    Press CONSIST until “oLd SET” flashes in the display. Then press ENTER.

  • 2.

    “LEAd Loc” will flash, prompting you to enter the address of the lead loco. Enter the lead loco’s address. Press DIRECTION if you want the loco’s direction reversed (forward is default setting) and press ENTER.

  • 4.

    “Add Loco” will flash, prompting you to add another loco into the consist group. Enter a loco address. Press DIRECTION if you want the loco’s direction reversed (forward is default setting) and press ENTER.

MRC Prodigy Advance

Operation 2-9

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