28 November 2023
Bachmann unveiled its new Kinesis Digital Command Control (DCC) system during the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition.
The Kinesis Wireless DCC System Starter Pack will be released in 2024 with a recommended retail price of £399.95. Each Starter Pack includes a Kinesis Hub DCC Base Station, a Kinesis Edge Wireless Handset, and a fully licensed copy of RailController software, allowing users to operate their model railway with DCC via PC, App, or with the Edge Handset, with operation synchronised across all devices so that multiple devices can be used simultaneously.
The Hub DCC Base Station is central to the Kinesis system, with 2.4GHz wireless capability and built-in Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, the Hub connects to a PC running RailController and provides outputs to the main track and programming track. The Hub’s backlit LCD Screen provides real-time information, while the 2amp power supply will provide enough power to run N, OO, OO9 and O scale models – a high-power booster will also be available to provide additional power where necessary. With the Hub connected to any layout, locomotives, points and accessories can be controlled using the RailController software on a PC or using Android and Apple-compatible Apps.
The Edge Wireless Handset connects to the Hub Base Station via 2.4GHz wireless, while the numeric keypad is supplemented by a second, dedicated expandable function keypad with 10 function buttons (operating in up to 6 banks). CVs can be read and written using the Edge, which also allows users to write short, automated programs directly from the Edge, or run more sophisticated programs from RailController. Locomotives, points and accessories can also be downloaded from RailController and accessed instantly from the Edge handset, showing loco names and functions and allowing the easier operation of multi-aspect light signals. With a range of up to 50 Metres, the wireless handset provides up to 12 hours of use and is chargeable via the USB port, with an optional charging dock available separately.
Up to five Edge handsets can be used with one Hub Base Station and additional handsets will be available to purchase separately.
The new RailController App for Android and Apple devices provides a simplified hand-held version of RailController, with rosters, points and accessories all replicated in the app for easy and enjoyable operation. Create a mimic trackplan with RailController and switch between the locomotive controller and trackplan instantly in the app by rotating the device.
Look out for further details ahead of the Kinesis release in 2024.
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