LGB ‘MTS’ Digital System

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Latest update: 8 August 2015


In the Lehmann era, LGB offered their own digital system called ‘MTS’ (Multi Train System) or ‘MZS’ (Mehr Zug System) in German. The MTS system was a favourite of many LGB fans, with the second and third generation of the system still in use on many layouts. However, the MTS system is now considered to be outdated. Märklin discontinued the MTS range in favor of their own ‘CS2‘ digital system.

I’ve found some contradictory info on whether the MTS system is fully compliant to the DCC standard or not.

The first generation MTS system was manufactured by Lenz, later generations by Massoth.

LGB MTS 1 MTS 2 MTS 2p MTS 3
 Manufacturer  Lenz  Massoth Massoth  Massoth
 Introduction  1995  2000  ?  2006
 Track Voltage  ?  24 V  24 V  24 V
 Maximum Power Output  ?  5 A  5 A  5 A
 Loco Addresses  1 – 8  1 – 23  1 – 23  1 – 23 (with LGB remote)1 – 10239 (with Massoth Navigator)
 Operation  Serial  Serial  Serial + Parallel  Serial + Parallel
 Speed Steps  14  14  14  14 / 28
 CV Programming  No  No  No  Yes

First Generation MTS / MZS 1:

LGB 55000 MTS 1 Starter Pack (Central Station + Train Mouse + Decoder)
LGB 55010 MTS 1 Train Mouse
LGB 55100 MTS 1 Starter Set (Central Station + Train Mouse + Diesel locomotive with decoder)

Second Generation MTS / MZS 2:

LGB 55005 MTS 2 Central Station
LGB 55105 MTS 2 Starter Pack (55005 Central Station + 55016 Handheld controller + Decoder)
LGB 70255 MTS 2 Starter Set (55005 Central Station + 55016 Handheld controller + 2 digital locomotives + 2 freight cars)

Third Generation MTS / MZS 3:

LGB 55006 MTS 3 Central Station
LGB 55106 MTS 3 Starter Pack (55006 Central Station + 55016 Handheld controller)
LGB 70257 MTS 3 Starter Set (55006 Central Station + 55016 Handheld controller + 2 digital locomotives + 2 freight cars)