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Yes you can use a MTS decoder 3, BUT I don't know just how to wire it in as it has plugs and have never experimented with the new decoders...but it should come with a wireing diagram and quite possibly will have a plug adapter on one end, and maybe wires on the other to hard wire it in...but thwe later I am just sumizing.

As for a decoder for each wheels set, the decoder 2s' were rated at 1 amp that's why you needed a decoder for each motor set...but when they made the decoder 3s'  they are rated at 3 amps so they can be used on LGB engines that have 2 motors without any trouble!
And or better suited for other brand engines now with the higer amperage rating.

As we all know that the LGB motors are the best on the market for effecientcy.

Maybe the best advice is to purchase one and give it a go and possibly wire in a 3 amp fuse in the track pick up...not sure about that one though.

Hope this helps...


Bubba
 

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Posted By nwracing on 03/27/2008 8:43 AM



Good morning,

Presently my famiy is running a LGB MTS System that my sons have decided they are now ready to expand.
We purchased a LGB White Pass Loco Model # 2055 and want to add it to the lay out.
Will a LGB MTS Digital Decoder 3 work?
Do we need a decoder for each wheel set( the underside is marked 2055 l & 2055 ll)?

In addition, will adding another Loco require adding more power?

Thank you,


Edward


Sorry forgot to add that if you are going to run more than 1 engine at a time...you will need to increase power supplies...when I ran LGB MTS track power the 5 amp LGB power supply was not enough when you run lights and possibly smoke....I ran 3 engines at a time with lights and the 5 amp LGB power supply was always tripping...I upgraded to the bridgewerks Mag 15...not saying you need to increase that much but at least a 10 amp power supply...if you run different brands along with your LGB engines....the other brands draw more power then the effecient LGB motors...5 amps in not enough even for more then 1 LGB engine running lights and smoke.

Before I upgraded to the Bridgewerks Mag15s' I tried using the power extender and splitting the layout into 2 seperate, blocks while controlled by the central station as LGB instructs...but I always encountered at the transition part of the layout from one block to the other my engines seemed to hesitate even stopping at that point.....

Did I do something wrong..I followed the instructions...not sure, I went to the Mag 15s' and never had a problem with the 15 amp reserve....again not saying that you need to use that much power..but 5 amps is not enough, with what was stated above.

There is a plethera of power supplies out there, just make sure it is a good one...another thing to possibly consider is that I am not sure if the LGB will run with the Aristo pulse width power control amps they offer.....not sure......I will leave that one for another responder.

Maasoth makes electronics for LGB...check with Klus with Maasoth here in the US....he can be reached at
 1-770-886-6670    for your questions about compatability issues..Kluss is a SUPER guy!!!!

Good luck 

Bubba  










 
 
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