Crest Electronics recently closed its doors, but there seems to be good news on the horizon for fans of the Train Engineer / Revolution RC system.
Some rumours are going around about someone taking over Crest Electronics products. I don’t know who is behind this new ownership yet. Some people know, but are not allowed to say anything yet.
Robby Dascotte from “RLD Hobbies” posted the following message on the myLargescale forum: “It is progress and should be available in 2 -3 months under new ownership“.
Remember these are all rumours for now. If there’s an official announcement at some point, I will of course keep you updated.
Massoth announced a new version of their PC module. The new version (#8175201) offers some improvements over the old one (#8175101), and is already available for purchase. MSRP € 129,00 / $ 169,00.
This new revision of the DiMAX PC Module comes with optimized Hardware for FastUpdate-procedures. It requires a DC power supply of 2 Amps minimum (#8135301 Power Supply 4.7A). AC power supply is not supported any more for technical reasons. It comes with a new kind of clamps using a lift mechanism that allows instant wear-free use of clamps and cables. The new PC Module is already in Stock and shipped. #8175101 is not available any more.
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.
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
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.
Article Number 8216100. MSRP € 164,99 / $ 219.
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.
Crest is best known for their “Revolution” RC system, which is mostly popular in America.
Source: Crest Electronics