Category Archives: Electronics

Programming Issues with Massoth S, LS, XLS Decoders

In the past weeks, I have seen messages about programming issues with the Massoth S, LS and XLS sound decoders on both the German Massoth forum, and also on the Dutch Grootspoorforum.

In their latest newsletter, Dutch shop Grootspoor.com acknowledges there are indeed problems with these decoders. Some of the decoders produced since February 2015 won’t allow new sounds to be programmed. I don’t know how many decoders are affected percentage-wise, but I still wanted to share this info with you. This kind of problem usually causes a few headaches…

According to Grootspoor, the only solution is to send the faulty decoders back to Massoth. So if you have purchased a new decoder with the described issues, contact your local shop or Massoth directly for a solution. I have a good experience with the Massoth customer service, so I’m sure they will resolve these problems soon.

Link: Massoth

PIKO Deliveries in April

The following items from PIKO are scheduled for delivery this month:

  • 35269 Loco Magnet
  • 35272 Track Contact
  • 37220 Steam Locomotive with Tender BR 24, DB III
  • 38243 Steam Locomotive with Tender “Camelback” SF (Digital with Sound and Smoke)
  • 38630 Wood Coach D&RGW #330

PIKO G 38243 Steam Locomotive with Tender Camelback SFPIKO G 38630 Wood Coach D&RGW 330

Although they are not on the list of planned deliveries, the new ball bearing metal wheels with power pickups (30 mm & 35 mm) appear to be available already in the PIKO webshop.