DCC FAQ

IS THE SYSTEM FOR HO AND N SCALE?
Yes, the Commander and Generator combined can be used to run HO and N scale trains equipped with decoders.

CAN I USE THE SYSTEM TO RUN MY ATLAS N SCALE SD60 equipped with a Lenz decoder, OR MY SD35 equipped with a Digitrax decoder?
Yes, our system will control trains equipped with decoders from almost all manufacturers.

IS THE NEW DUAL-MODE DECODER AVAILABLE IN HO AND N SCALE?
At this time the Atlas Dual-Mode decoder is only available for HO scale.

HOW MANY LOCOMOTIVES CAN I RUN WITH THE COMMANDER?
The Commander can control up to 99 locomotives. However, keep in mind that the number of locomotives which may be run simultaneously using one Commander and one Generator for power depends on the total current draw of each locomotive. The Commander is capable of supplying 2.5 amps continuous and will shut down at 3.0 amps. Based on this, you can run 3 engines which draw 0.75 amps each, or 10 locomotives which draw 0.25 amps each, or 25 locomotives which draw 0.1 amps each. If you require power above that supplied by the Commander, up to 3 additional power stations may be added.

DOES THE COMMANDER SUPPORT ADVANCED CONSISTING?
Yes, you can do advanced consisting very simply if your Commander includes Version 3.2 of the software. All newly manufactured Commanders already include this software. Commanders that were manufactured earlier can be upgraded with the new Version 3.2 software, if they haven't already been upgraded, either by their owner or by returning the Commander to Atlas for an upgrade. In addition, if your Commander has not been upgraded, you can still do Advanced Consisting in a more complex and untraditional way. Click here for details.

WHAT TYPE OF ADDRESSING DOES THE COMMANDER SUPPORT?
The Commander supports 2-digit addressing. The Dual-Mode Decoder supports 4-digit addressing.

CAN I RETROFIT MY ENGINES WITH THE ATLAS HO DUAL-MODE DECODER?
Yes. You can install the new HO decoder into almost every Atlas engine produced over the last 15 years. In addition, the HO dual-mode decoder can be installed into other manufacturers’ engines with a motor-mounted light board (Kato, some Athearn, Proto-2000, etc.)

HOW CAN I ADD EXTRA POWER TO MY ATLASMASTER DCC SYSTEM?
You can do this by following the instructions provided here.

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