According to the latest planned delivery dates list, LGB is delivering their streetcars next month.
Massoth now offers a matching ‘XLS-M1’ sound decoder (Art.No. 8235038), which plugs directly into the 28-pin Märklin/LGB digital interface. A loudspeaker is included.
LGB 20381 Streetcar Pacific Electric Los Angeles & LGB 20382 Streetcar Philadelphia
ZIMO announced a new servo decoder, the ‘MX821’:
“This accessory decoder fills a gap in the ZIMO range which has arisen because of the current accessory decoders MX820 (on sale for about a year), as opposed to the previous MX82, has no power outputs (and numerous other “goodies”).
– 8 full servo connectors, each with 3 pins (5V supply, ground, control line)
– 16 inputs for any switch (passing contact or toggle switch contacts) and each set of points can be moved to the desired position (e.g. to prevent forcing of the points)
– 16 outputs, different possible configurations, such as ground signals, but in particular to connect relays suitable for frog switching.
The MX821 can be controlled via conventional accessory addresses, or object-oriented (along the lines of StEin modules, see descriptions of the StEin modules).”
The MX821 comes in two versions: the MX821V is the full featured decoder (MSRP € 96,00), the MX821S is a reduced version without the 16 inputs and outputs (MSRP € 66,00).
ESU LLC (ESU in USA, Canada, Australia) started a ‘video teaching series’ on their YouTube channel. Here’s the introduction video:
Although I think the video series is primarily aimed at the smaller scales, I’m sure there will be some useful info for us G Scalers as well.
ESU published a new version 4.4.19 of their ‘LokProgrammer’ software on their website.
Link: ESU Downloads – LokProgrammer
Here’s my review of the new V 20 diesel engine from PIKO: Review: PIKO G 37550 V 20
I also converted the loco to DCC using a PIKO decoder and sound module, I’ve published a step-by-step guide here: PIKO G V 20 Disassembly & Decoder Install
Here’s the end result:
Last month, I posted ZIMO started producing their new large scale ‘MX699’ decoder, and according to ZIMO’s Facebook page the first MX699’s are now shipping!