New Digitrax stuff for Z layouts
- Hi Gang,
Here are a couple of photos that I took at the Digitrax booth at
NTS2002. There were two newsworthy items on display.
First, there is a new smaller decoder available for Z locos. It is
the DZ143 model. You can see it for yourself in the following
jpeg in comparison with the larger N and HO scale decoders. I
believe that several of our fellow members have already had the
chance to work with these decoders.
The same images can be found in the Z_Scale "Photos" area at
the very end of the list of albums.
The next item of interest is a new hybrid DCC throttle which is
targeted for the small analog layout market such as those of us
using 2 or 3 throttles to control our layouts. This throttle was
developed in partnership with Kato of Japan for the Japanese
set-track market. The unique aspect of the Zephyr is the ability to
plug 1 or 2 standard throttles into the Zephyr and to be able to
control analog and DCC locos on the same layout with no need
to scrap the existing wiring and power packs.
The Digitrax rep approached me to suggest that the Val Ease
Central RR would be a good candidate for the Zephyr since I
have 3 throttles on the layout. He even offered me a 20%
discount as a Digitrax demonstrator at train shows.
The throttle and power supply are expected to retail in the $195
US range and will be available this Fall (September-October
target). The throttle can be purchased without the power supply
for $165 US or there abouts.
Chief Imagineer - Val Ease Central Railroad
P.S. I'm still thinking about their offer...