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E-Z Command ® Digital Command Control System

 

Bachmann is pleased to introduce an affordable Digital Command Control System (DCC).

We're pleased to offer the next step in digital command control (DCC) with the E-Z Command® Digital Command Control System.  In partnership with Lenz Elektronik GmbH, Bachmann incorporates the latest digital technology to bring you  DCC system that is both easy to use and affordable for novice and experienced hobbyist alike. E-Z Command® allows modelers to digitally control speed, lighting, eight special functions and direction of multiple locomotives.  But unlike other complicated DCC systems, E-Z Command® simplifies the programming process by simple main-track address programming.

E-Z Command®  is compatible with all DCC locomotives manufactured by other manufacturers.  E-Z Command®  has been extensively tested by the NMRA and is certified to meet and conform with all of it's standards and recommended practices for digital command control. 

E-Z Command®  is sold as as a separate controller or packaged together with a digitally equipped locomotive.  The E-Z Command® system is sure to command its place as part of your model railroad empire.

 
Features include:
  • digital command control of multiple locomotives in N, HO and On30 Scale
  • plug and play compatibility with all DC and DCC systems
  • digitally controlled speed, direction, lighting, and sound
  • one-button address and direction on-track programming
  • ability to control up to 10 digitally equipped trains
  • convenient space to write down the identification of the locomotive
  • 28 speed step control
  • 1 amp AC wall pack power supply
  • simple plug-in wiring
  • DVD and printed instructions
  • built-in control for existing non decoder equipped locomotives
complete E-Z Command®  manual in PDF format
E-Z Command®  DCC Turnout Instructions in PDF format

Setting up The E-Z Command® digital command system

Setup is a snap:  For ease of use the plugs and sockets are sized to prevent accidentally plugging a connection into the wrong socket.

Sockets on the unit:

  1. Output to track  - use supplied plug in wires for E-Z track® or connect supplied connection wires to existing wires  that connect to your railroad
  2. I/O socket - connect further devices such as the E-Z Companion®   by plugging the device into this port.
  3. Input from Bachmann analog controller - to control the one non digital locomotive using a separate controller
  4. 16 volt input  - use the 1 amp plug in AC wall power supply provided.
 

Selecting the locomotive you wish to operate

Simply press the button for the locomotive you wish to operate.

Each locomotive has an address which is selected by pressing the corresponding button. You can write down the identifier of the locomotive next to the button it is assigned to.

The direction of travel is selected by pressing one of the direction arrow buttons and the desired speed is controlled by turning the knob.

It's that simple!

Bachmann has included a convenient pad next to each button so that you can write down which locomotive is assigned to each button.  This will help you remember which button activates which locomotive.

 

Assigning a locomotive to a new address:

By default, a new decoder-fitted locomotive will have an address of 3.

  1. Activate the locomotive by running a short distance and bring the locomotive to a stop.
  2. Press button 3 (ie  the button for the locomotives existing address)
  3. Keeping button 3 depressed, press and release the STOP button
  4. Release 3 (the address button) - the Power LED is now flashing quickly
  5. Press and release the button for the new address the locomotive is to be set to - the locomotive
    moves slightly to indicate its response and the power LED is now flashing slowly.
  6. Press and release the STOP button.
 
Note: During programming you should remove all locomotives from the track other than Bachmann Decoder on Board locomotives or locomotives with a decoders that have a feature called "Service Mode Decoder Lock".  Locomotives with decoders that do not have this feature that are left on the track will also be programmed to the new address information.
 

Reversing the locomotive's forward direction:

On Digital systems, forward and reverse are relative to the the locomotive and not the orientation of the locomotive on the track. When you tell the locomotive to go forward it moves in its predefined forward direction. Sometimes you may wish to redefine the forward orientation of a locomotive.  It is possible to set  the direction that the train will move when you tell it to go "forwards" be

  1. Activate the locomotive by running a short distance and bring the locomotive to a stop
  2. Press and hold the locomotive's address button.
  3. Keeping the address button depressed, press and release the STOP button
  4. Release the address button - the Power LED is now flashing quickly
  5. Press the reverse direction button to set the direction opposite to its normal direction
  6. Press and release the address button - the locomotive
    moves slightly to indicate its response and the power LED is now flashing slowly.
  7. Press and release the STOP button
 
Note: During programming you should remove all locomotives from the track other then Bachmann Decoder on Board locomotives or locomotives with a decoders that have a feature called "Service Mode Decoder Lock".  Locomotives with decoders that do not have this feature that are left on the track will also be programmed to the new locomotive direction information.
 
Controlling Locomotive Functions:
 
In DCC you can control many additional functions in a locomotive in addition to speed and direction.  Bachman Decoder Equipped Locomotives allow you to turn on and off the locomotive headlight as well as dim the headlight. Other DCC locomotives can have many more functions for the control of sound, special lighting effects and even coupler control.  E-Z Command can control up to nine independent functions.
 
Press the yellow Function button. This button toggles between function control mode and selecting a locomotive to operate mode.

The flashing LEDs adjacent to the button indicates the address of the train under control. When the led is flashing you are in function control mode.

F10 switches the basic lights function on and off. On most decoders this is directional and is useful guide to the direction that a train will move when the control knob is turned.

F1 to F8 control further functions on customer fitted advanced specification decoders.  (F1 dims the headlight for Bachman decoder equipped locomotives.)
 
When you are through controlling functions and you desire to select a new locomotive to control press the yellow button again and the address led will become solid indicating that the system is in address mode.
 

Digital and analog:

E-Z Command® can operate:

  • Nine digital trains as 1 to 9 and one analog locomotive as 10

or, using the item 46605 analog controller as a plug in

  • Ten digital trains as 1 to 10 and one analog locomotive controlled separately by the 46605.

Note: When operating an older analog locomotive be sure to monitor it closely.  Some analog motors are subject to overheating and damage when they are run for long periods of time on  DCC systems.

       

      Running multiple trains:

      In DCC control it is possible to run multiple trains at the same time. 

      1. Press the address button of the first locomotive you wish to control

      2. Operate the train using the speed knob, the direction button or the function buttons.

      3. Press the address button of the second locomotive you wish to control.

      4. The first locomotive will continue to operate at the speed and direction you instructed it to operate in step 2.

      5. The locomotive  that matches the address button that is lit can now be controlled by the speed knob or have its direction and functions controlled. 

      Note: The number of locomotives you can control at the same time is limited by the track power available and the power needs of the individual locomotives.  Normally 3 or 4 Bachmann Decoder on Board locomotives can be run at the same time.  The track power can be increased by using a separate power booster (sold separately-available late 2005)

      Remember - the system relies on you to prevent crashes - If a collision is imminent press the STOP button to cut  power to the track. While power is cut you can correct the problem by changing the speed or direction of all locomotives  by pressing the appropriate address button and changing the speed knob.   Trains will resume their new assigned speeds and direction when the STOP button is pressed  second time.

       

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