Lionel Universal Remote Firmware Version 1.1
We’re excited to announce a new version of code for the Lionel LionChief Universal Remote! (6-83071)
This updated version of the code includes the following
changes made over Version 1.0:
Connect to ANY Lionel LionChief engine!
No more worrying about compatibility with certain LionChief Locomotives! This
remote will control any LionChief Locomotive we’ve ever produced.
Multiple bugs have been fixed. Version 1.0 would
sometimes disconnect from all locomotives it was controlling, and they would
all need to be manually reconnected. That issue has been taken care of!
More intuitive lighting features! As you may
know, you can control up to three locomotives at once with the Universal
Remote. In version 1.0, the number (channel) button on the remote would be lit
when you were controlling an engine with that channel. With the update,
channels that are connected to a running locomotive, but are not the current
channel being used, will be dimly lit, indicating that there’s a locomotive
that’s running on that channel. Channels not in use will continue to have no
Updating your remote:
If you already have a Universal Remote, there are a couple
of different ways you can upload Version 1.1 to it.
Over-the-air Updating APP: Visit the Apple Store
on compatible Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) and download this APP. It
will use the Bluetooth connection on your phone to connect to the Universal
Remote and load the new firmware! For a more in-depth explanation of how this
works, you can watch our instructional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qFfcpcsyTs
Note: An Android Version of the Over-the-air
Updating APP is still being worked on and will be available soon.
Send your remote to Lionel Customer Service: You
can send in your LionChief Universal Remote to Lionel Customer Service and
we’ll take care of the updating for you. This comes with a $20 service charge.
Please call Lionel Customer Service to get a RA number to send your remote in:
(586)949-4100; open Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.
What version of code is on my remote? Look at
the back cover of your Universal Remote. A small red circle sticker on it means
your remote has been updated to Version 1.1 already from the factory. If you do
not have the red sticker, chances are likely that your remote still has Version
1.0 on it and needs to be updated.
What if I’m happy with my remote as-is? Updating
the firmware is not required! If your Universal Remote already runs all of you
Lionel Locomotives and you’re happy with its performance, updating is not
See below for a list of Ready-to-Run train sets that are not compatible with version 1.0 of the Universal Remote:
6-81287 Union Pacific Steam Remote Freight Set
6-81331 Iron Arry
6-81332 Iron Bert
6-81031 Lionel Junction Dinosaur Diesel Remote Set
6-81288 Lionel Junction Pet Shop Diesel Remote Set
6-30228 0-8-0 Chattanooga Set
6-30233 Pennsylvania Flyer Remote Set
6-81259 PRR 0-8-0 Remote Broadway Limited
6-81262 Union Pacific Flyer Remote (0-8-0)
6-30207 Santa Fe RS-3 Remote Scout Freight Set
6-81263 Jersey Remote RS3 Passenger Train
6-81480 John Deer Remote Set
6-30206 Alien Invasion Remote RS-3 Set
6-81101 Remote Polar with 10th Ann Logo
6-30218 The Polar Express Remote Set
6-30183 Lionel 2-4-2 Remote Scout Steam Set
6-82151 Bass Pro Shop 2-4-2 LionChief Scout RTR Set
6-30205 2-4-2 Remote Xmas Set
6-30214 Peanuts Halloween 2-4-2 Remote Set