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New Pulsed Smoke Unit from Massoth

Massoth has announced a new pulsed smoke unit for small locomotives, designed to fit in steam locomotives with a small boiler. The new smoke unit also features an integrated option for cylinder steam function.

Massoth 8415001 Pulsed Smoke Unit for Round Boiler Locomotives

Some of the features according to Massoth:

  • Fully Integrated Decoder
  • Update function with track
  • Integrated option for cylinder steam function
  • CV Programming
  • POM Programming
  • Direct track connection
  • Fully Protected against overheating and running dry
  • Period of operation up to 10min per filling depending on operation
  • Parallel function triggering

The smoke unit (Art.No. 8415001) is not available yet, but will be availabe soon according to Massoth’s website. I don’t have pricing info yet.

Link: Massoth 8415001

Source: Massoth / Gartenbahn Profi

New Massoth XLS-Onboard Sound Decoder Now Available

Massoth has started shipping their new “XLS-Onboard” sound decoder, which is a direct swap for all LGB locomotives equipped with an LGB onboard decoder.

We know you have been waiting for this brand new product! The next 2016 novelty will be shipped within the next few days. The new XLS-Onbard extends the range of Sound Decoders with a very important and necessary module. For the first time, all LGB Locomotives equipped with LGB Onboard-Decoders (and sound module) or the DCC-Decoder-Interface may be retrofitted with the univeral XLS-Onboard Sounddecoder. It replaces defective components, retrofits Locomotives with Decoder andSound and takes the Locomotive to the edge of DCC technology (Always analog and LGB MTS compatible). And the best, it features the LGB Onboard connector system which means that it can simply be replaced by plugging in the existing connectors in the locomotive. This is true Plug and Play. Shippment is currently prepared. The LGB typical Sound Projects are available through the Massoth Service Tool (MST) online.

Massoth 8216100 XLS-Onboard Sound Decoder for LGB

Article Number 8216100. MSRP € 164,99 / $ 219.

Source: Massoth

Crest Electronics Closing on 31 July 2016

Navin from Crest Electronics has sent the following email to customers:

Dear Crest Electronics Customers,

We have made a good product, but have not developed sufficient additional items to allow us to cover our overhead. I have devoted the past 2 ½ years to try to make this venture successful and failed.

We will be closing as of 7-31-16 and I will look for a day job. In the meantime, you can mail any repairs to me at my home at 74 Williams Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07304 and I will do the necessary repairs after my day job. However, I can’t do free warranty repairs, so call me in advance for a quote and send a check with the repair plus return shipping costs. The phone number of my portable will remain the same at 201-565-6069, though it will be better to reach me in the evenings.

It’s been a pleasure to serve you and I look forward to a long time of keeping your equipment in tiptop shape.

Yours truly,

Navin Shievdayal
Crest Electronics

Crest is best known for their “Revolution” RC system, which is mostly popular in America.

Source: Crest Electronics

New Massoth 10 Amps XXL II Loco Decoder Now Available

Massoth is now shipping a new version of their powerful eMOTION XXL decoder.

We are now shipping the new generation of high amperage Loco Decoders with a total load of up to 10 Amps to fit all those energy hungry engines (up to 8 amp motor load and 2 amp function load). What else is new? The new load control with a super smooth low speed drive, the integrated Servo controls and full SUSI-BIDI integration. The eMOTION XXL II is the first decoder to support the new SUSI-BIDI standard (RCN601): It enables the decoder and SUSI-components (e.g. sound, smoke unit, etc.) to communicate with each other. And one more thing: The userfriendly function mapping from the 8FL, 8FS and XL II PluG is used here also with another new feature! For the first time, each function output can be activated with two seperate function commands. This allows multiple effects!

Massoth 8153101 eMOTION XXL II Loco Decoder 10 Amps

The new XXL II decoder is available under article number 8153101. MSRP € 89,00 / $ 119.

Source: Massoth

Update Issues with Massoth DiMAX Central Stations

An important notice for Massoth DCC users. Massoth placed a large red info banner on their homepage regarding possible failures when updating their DiMAX central stations. Statements in English and German below:

Due to possible failures when updating DiMAX Central Stations with the current Massoth Service Tool please use the former DiMAX Update Tool from the WIKI to update your Central Station.We are working on a solution and will inform you about the solution as soon as possible.

Aufgrund von Updateproblemen bei Massoth Zentralen mit dem Massoth Service Tool bitten wir darum das DiMAX Update Tool aus dem WIKI für Zentralenupdates zu benutzen!
Wir melden uns sobald das Problem wieder behoben ist.

When Massoth publishes an update about the situation, I will relay that info here on GSN as well.

[Update 10/07/2016] Massoth released an update on the situation. The problems are solved by updating the Massoth Service Tool software.

Due to possible failures when updating DiMAX Central Stations with the current Massoth Service Tool please do an online update first!!

Source: Massoth