It's Here!!

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by msh, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. msh

    msh Member

    Yes... the Zephyr has arrived to the cheers of some and the boos of others. The "others" not withstanding, here are two pictures of the little thing. I'm not kidding - little.

    My five year old running two locos via DCC. I took 5 minutes to show him how to do it.

    Comparing size to his left hand. Who knew it was this tiny?

    Out of the box, it's jammin! Running two Atlas dual modes with NO effort at all. Lights aren't as bright as I had hoped, but I'm just getting a kick out of watching one go forward and the other go backward.

    Also got six decoders in the box to install in the others. More to come on that later. YEEE HAAAA! :D :D :D
  2. Jim de Bree

    Jim de Bree Member

    Electronics always get smaller

    As time passes lelectronic components alyways get smaller. I have an NCE system and the handheld Procab is about the same size.

    Isn't it amazing how quickly the small kids learn how to use electronic gizmos?
  3. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    MSH, Congrats!! Do you have that power pack to the right of the Zephyer connected as another throttle? Regarding the brightness (dimness?) of the lights in the Atlas units, I bought a pair of their 8-40's and found the same thing, it is the locos and not your new system. Enjoy!

  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Better be careful, your 5 year old may have so much fun he won't let you play with your trains anymore! :D :p :D
  5. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    The train store in Stockbridge I go to (Young Again Trains & Hobbies) has a Lionel O Gauge setup with DCC on it. Mark (who works there) showed my 4 year old son how to work the remote for the DCC and now my son runs it every Friday we go to the store after I pick him up from daycare. My son is always very careful with the trains and keeps them going slow so they won't derail. I want to add DCC to my setup, but I don't have the $$$ for that right now. Plus, I would have to figure out how to shoehorn it into these inexpensive Bachman engines I have....

  6. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Heck, Michael, you can have a Zephyr up and running for the price of a good locomotive. Decoders will of course cost extra, but there's nothing saying you have to buy all your decoders at once !!!!

    I'll have to check my LHS this weekend and see what Richard the Trainguy has heard about the Zeph.
  7. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Of course, the problem is that I know next to nothing about DCC. Any suggestions on some introductory reading on the topic?

  8. Topo

    Topo Member

  9. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Try just checking out the manufacturers web sites, I know the Digitrax one has links to sites by Allan Gartner and Don Crano, both very informative. Also check

  10. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member


    It is very easy!! I converted to DCC this spring after 32 years of block wiring. Boy I wished I had done it a very long time ago!! Decoders can be a little tricky but once you do a few they turn out to be not bad.
  11. msh

    msh Member

    Gary - The MRC throttle to the right was our primary source of juice until yesterday when the Zephyr arrived. It took me 10 minutes to end that relationship by hooking up our new electronic toy.

    Considering the fact I won't have but ONE analog loco left after installing all the decoders I got, my bet is it will get sold or otherwise be retired. Too bad - I only purchased it in May when I started this model railroading thing.

    McFortner - I didn't know anything about it either. So what? Some of the greatest pleasures in life revolved around learning new things. Dive in man. It's COOL!
  12. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    MSH, One of the beauties of the Zephyr is that you can use that old pack as another DCC throttle. You connect it to the jump port. I understand the unit has two jump ports, allowing you to use two old packs as throttles. Check it out!

  13. msh

    msh Member

    Ohmygoodness... you're right!

    See what happens when you start reading the manual from the beginning? Hadn't reached this far into the manual, so for some reason I thought that only applied to analog locos. Whooo!

    Page 35 clears this right up. Yes indeed..... another throttle. With the Zephyr throttle, the MRC, and the DT100IR I bought on Ebay, I've got FOUR!!

    Thank you Gary.
  14. Xaniel

    Xaniel Member

    Does anyone know where I can find a digitrax seller around europe? like uk, or something?

    damn, i've ordered my first BN LL GP38, and fogot to tell you. A week or two to arrive.
  15. Congratulations Bonkyrail, Keep us posted on how you like your zephy!!!! I will order one as soon as I have the $$$ :D :D
  16. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Glad to see that you are up and running with it.
    Have fun and enjoy.
  17. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Check out the Digitrax web site for dealers.
  18. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hi Mike, glad you got your Zephyr, after all that anticipation!! Bonky looks like he took right to it, too. Congrats ..:D :D
    I'm still DC in OB...
  19. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Here's a bit of info picked up from the Digitrax forum. 12 volts worth of batteries (or two 9 volt) a 100k pot and a polarity switch can constitute a throttle when connected to the jump ports. Now there's an inexpensive throttle!

  20. IMRL393

    IMRL393 Member

    Those wanting a Zephyr please note this was a very limited first run! Tony's Train Exchange only got FIVE units (and I bet they had 10X that number of orders). I ordered the first of last JUNE and didn't get one! The next wave of Zephyrs are not due out until mid-OCTOBER - just remember, I'm next in line !!!

    Waiting away in the QCA ......

    - George

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