2011 Volume 1

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Highlights From This Catalog

For much of the 20th century, three rail O gauge trains ran on analog AC power and were controlled by conventional power supplies that regulated track current. Individual control of locomotives on the same track was not possible without complex block wiring and intricate control panels. While conventional AC control ensured that trains from the 1920s and ‘30s could run alongside the latest engines from today’s manufacturers, it didn’t provide convenient control over an O gauge layout — and engine performance was inferior to the DC control used in other scales. Then along came command control, with Lionel’s TMCC system appearing in 1995 and M.T.H.'s DCS following in 2002. Suddenly there was a new way of controlling trains, one that gave the operator more realistic engine performance and true command over his empire, with the ability to individually control different trains on the same track at the same time!