E-Z Command System Features
| E-Z Command®
has lots of features but is it expandable?|
Yes! In 2005 Bachmann will release several new components that
will plug into the I/O port on the back of E-Z Command. These
include a walk around Companion unit that an additional operator can
use to control trains anywhere on the layout. We have also
announced a control unit for turnouts and a 5 amp booster. As
your needs expand expect our DCC offerings for DCC to expand as well.
Can I operate my existing non DCC locomotives on my E-Z Command
E-Z Command® supports the operation
of one non decoder locomotive at a time. When button 10 is pressed the speed
control and direction buttons control the non decoder equipped
locomotive. Alternatively you can plug the AC power pack into a
Bachmann analog throttle and plug the throttle into the E-Z command
using the supplied cable into the E-Z Command. When this is done
the analog throttle controls the non decoder equipped locomotive and
Button 10 controls a digital locomotive with the address of 10.
Can E-Z Command control DCC light and sound functions?|
E-Z Command® can control up to nine DCC functions (F1-F8 plus
headlight). Controlling a sound equipped locomotive is very
easy. The functions are all on/off. For a short whistle you
have to press the button twice quickly.
Does E-Z Command support
When you slow down or speed up your train quickly the decoder in the
locomotive will use its built in momentum to control the speed change
of the locomotive. Acceleration and Deceleration are a function of parameters stored in
the decoder. Bachmann decoder equipped locomotives come with these
parameters preset for best operations.
Can I operate multiple locomotive in a
E-Z Command® supports what is referred
to as basic consisting. Using Bachmann decoder equipped
locomotives or any other manufacturers locomotives that implement
service mode decoder lock you can easily assign multiple locomotives
to the same address while the locomotives are anywhere on the layout.
Since you can also set the locomotives direction on the main line you
can set up both head to head or head to tail consists.
trains can run at once?
comes with a 1 amp power supply
which can supply 1 amp of DCC power to the track continuously and up
to 1.5 amps peak power. The number of locomotives that can be operated
at once depends on the current draw of the locomotives chosen.
Modern locomotives require less then 1/4 of an amp while older
locomotives can draw much more. You can typically operate 5 or more
Bachmann decoder equipped locomotives at a time.
Can I use 2 or more E-Z Command®
have more than 10 trains on the layout at once?
Not at this time. E-Z Command®
can currently control only 10 DCC
addresses. Several locomotives can be assigned to the same address
and thus be controlled as a consist. You can of course also select up to 10 locomotives from your larger
fleet to have on the layout at once, reprogramming the locomotive
decoders for each session to suit the address numbers available.
when I overload my system?|
If you overload your E-Z Command®
system or a short occurs the 'stop' led and address '1' led will flash
rapidly. This tells you that a short has occurred. After a
short period of time a built in protection circuit will cut power to
the unit. For additional safety it is best to remove power from
the system. When the short is removed and the unit cools down
the system will resume operation.
If I use a bigger
power pack can I get more current out of the unit
(>1.5A) or do I need to use another brand power booster between the E-Z
Command Control System and the layout?
The E-Z Command Control System is rated at 1.5 amps. You
should use the transformer supplied with the unit. If you need
additional power then you should connect your E-Z Command to a more
powerful DCC booster for more power.
Can I use E-Z Command® with a more powerful DCC Booster?|
No Problem. Bachmann has announced a 5 amp booster
for 2005. E-Z Command can also be used with other boosters on
the market. E-Z Command is compatible with the NMRA power
stations built to conform to NMRA RP-9.1.2 Opto-isolated
(Current) Interface. These power stations are built to
handle input voltages of up to 22 volts. Digital plus by Lenz power
stations are built to this specification.
To connect to another booster connect the track
output wires from E-Z Command and connect them to the booster control
bus input. For Lenz equipment this would be the C and D
Configuring locomotives to
operate on E-Z Command®
What is a programming track?|
A programming track is a low current
section of track used to check out new decoder installations.
A separate low current programming track is needed only for the first
time programming of locomotives with user installed decoders. The low
current protects the decoder if the installation was performed
To install a programming track on your E-Z Command®
control system, connect
a resistor in series with one
track wire to an isolated section of track.
The recommended resistor is a 100 ohm 10W Wirewound Resistor, Radio
Shack Catalog #: 271-135.
Do I need a programming track?|
E-Z Command® was designed to be "easy" to use. While a separate
programming track is useful for new decoder installations it is not
needed for normal operations. E-Z Command® implements a DCC
feature called "Service Mode Decoder Lock". This feature allows
you to reprogram the address or direction of travel for any of your
locomotives while on the main line which eliminates the need for an
isolated programming track. You can still install a programming track if you
it is not an absolute necessity.
My decoders do not have the service mode decoder lock, can I still
Absolutely! Service Mode Decoder Lock is a great
feature to help make DCC easier to use. While this feature makes
programming a lot easier, E-Z Command®
also allows you to easily use
locomotives with decoders that do not have this feature.
To program locomotives that do not implement Service Mode Decoder
Lock perform the following steps
Turn the throttle knob counterclockwise
Remove all locomotives from the layout
that do not implement Service Mode Decoder Lock. (all Bachmann US
decoders and decoder equipped locomotives have this feature, if in doubt check the manual of decoders
from other manufacturers).
Press and hold the key for the new
address you desire the locomotive to have.
Now press and release the 'Stop'
button. Release the address button
The 'Stop' LED will blink fast.
Place the locomotive on the track that
you desire to assign a new address.
Press and release the button that
corresponds to the new address you desire. This should be the same
button you presses in step 3 above, The 'Stop' LED will now
blink slowly. The programmed locomotive will make a series of small
clicks indicating that the programming is successful.
Now press and release the 'Stop'
button again. The 'Stop' LED will change from slowly blinking to
being on solidly.
Replace all the locomotives that do not
implement Service Mode Decoder Lock back on the track and resume
If you forget to remove locomotives with
decoders that do not implement Service Mode Decoder Lock they will
all be programmed with the new address you select in step 5.
No problem just reprogram then back to the desired address one at a
Can E-Z Command program
Currently the E-Z Command® Digital Control System can only reprogram the
decoder's address and the
direction of the decoder. It cannot currently be used to program decoder CVs. There are more advanced
systems and ‘stand alone’ programmers that can do this.
Once programmed, the settings in the decoder registers are stored
permanently and will determine how the decoder controls the locomotive.
You can tailor your locomotive using an advanced programming system and
use it with those settings on E-Z Command®.
Bachmann Decoder Equipped locomotives
How do I take care of my DCC equipped locomotives?|
Taking care of
any locomotive requires that it be properly maintained including
properly lubricating the moving components. There is no
difference between maintaining a DC or DCC equipped locomotive.
Can I operate my Bachmann DCC equipped locomotives on my
DC power pack?|
Absolutely. Bachmann Decoder Equipped
locomotives will operate safely on standard DC power packs.
Are Bachmann DCC Equipped locomotives compatible with other DCC
Yes Bachmann DCC equipped locomotives have earned an NMRA
C&I Warrant which ensures that the decoders faithfully follow the NMRA
Bachmann non decoder equipped locomotives and DCC
What does DCC Ready mean?|
DCC ready means that the motor has been
isolated and provisions have been made for the installation of a
decoder. In HO scale we also try to install an NMRA 8 pin plug
to make decoder installation E-Z.
What decoders do you recommend for your locomotives?|
recommend decoders that have earned NMRA Conformance and inspection
warrants such as products from Bachmann, SoundTraxx and Digital plus
Why does Bachmann put capacitors and
chokes in its locomotives and must I remove them to use with DCC?
Bachmann sells its model railroad locomotives worldwide. Many
countries require very strict electronic emission controls. In order
to meet these controls we are required to install suppression
capacitors and inductors on our locomotives. Most DCC decoders
(including Bachmann E-Z Command decoders) can
work properly with these components installed. If you want to
install a decoder that requires removal of these components, Bachmann
will continue to warrant the locomotive so long as the locomotive is
used in the US or Canada.
The capacitors can be removed without effecting operation. If
you remove the inductors you will have to install a wire in its place.