Edit Engine Details

To edit the details of an engine, tap an item in the Roster screen, such as the Chessie GP35, the first item in the list below.

Roster view simple

The Detail Data screen appears:

engine detail

All the information visible here is displayed on your LEGACY remote. You can edit most of these details from your remote, but may find it more convenient to use LCS App for this. Of particular note are the touch screen icons, which can only be changed here or via the Windows software program “Legacy System Utillty,” available on lionel.com.

When you hit the Save button in the upper left corner, the revised engine detail data will be updated in your LEGACY base and immediately be visible in all LEGACY remotes on your layout.

It is important to understand that changing engine settings cannot create new features where none previously existed. For example, changing Control Type of an older TMCC engine to “LEGACY” won’t upgrade your engine. Instead, your horn and bell will cease to function! So it’s important that these options are set correctly so each engine operates to its full potential. That said, you won’t damage anything by experimenting. In the worst case, you can always use your CAB2 to delete an engine record and start over manually, or use an Engine Memory Module or Fastrack Sensor to restore the default settings for a given locomotive.

Engine Data

Engine #

As you know, individual engines are controlled by their TMCC engine ID number and your LEGACY system can store up to 99 engine IDs. Tap the blue circle with the right-facing arrow to set the TMCC ID number to match the value of your engine’s ID. Remember: you can only change the loco’s ID by throwing the Program/Run switch on your loco and entering a new value from your Lionel Remote. All you are doing in this screen is setting the value to match that which is already programmed into your loco.

Engine Name:

Enter the road name of your locomotive (“Union Pacific,” “ATSF,” etc.), up to 31 characters in length. Note that all characters will be converted to UPPERCASE.

Engine Road#

Typically this setting should be used to match your engine’s number boards. Up to four digits from 0-9 may be entered.
Engine Road Number Crop

Locomotive Type

Choose the type that most closely matches your engine or operating accessory. The type of engine determines the icons displayed on your CAB-2 and other operating parameters. Refer to your Lionel LEGACY System Manual for more information.

Control Type

For best performance, choose the type that most closely matches your engine or operating accessory. Choose the highest number (1-4 in the following table) that your locomotive will support. Refer to your Lionel LEGACY System Manual for more information.
Control Type Best For
  • Choose CAB1 only when R100 or TMCC is not supported. Provides relative speed control. Will run all command-equipped engines, but other control types offer more features and superior speed performance.
  • Sends 100 speed-step relative commands. Choose for engines with Electric Railroad or other after-market criuse systems with 100 speed step operation.
    3 TMCC Best for all non-LEGACY Lionel TMCC engines. Provides superior speed control compared to CAB1 mode.
  • Best for all LEGACY-equipped locomotives

Sound Type

For best performance, choose the type that most closely matches your engine or operating accessory. Choose the highest number (1-3) that your locomotive will support. Refer to your Lionel LEGACY System Manual for more information.
Sound Type Best For
  • RS Railsounds 2, 3 or 4. If your locomotive has unintelligible crew chatter when you press the "2" key, choose this option.
    • RS5 Railsounds 5.0 If your engine produces an intelligible conversation between engineer and dispatcher when you press the "2" key, choose this option.
    • LRS LEGACY Railsounds. Best for all LEGACY-equipped locomotives with Railsounds 5.5, 6.0 or RSL sound systems. Supports quilling whistle. NOTE: If you choose LRS and your whistle stops working, try RS5 instead.

Touch-Screen Icons

Touch-screen icons provide easy access to special LEGACY-only features. These icons are always set in pairs, like on/off, open/closed, etc. When Lionel creates a new LEGACY product, its two most commonly-requested special features appear in the Touch-Screen area, the bottom two keys one the left and right side of your CAB-2 touch-screen:

In some cases, your engine may have more than two special features. Using the LCS Roster/Detail Data screen, you can substitute your choice of Left or Right icons to access the special feature of your choice.

For example, the Lionel Milwaukee Road #261 S3 steam locomotive (6-11229) includes a red Mars light. If you’d prefer to have manual control over the mars light instead of one of the defaults set by the Orange Memory Module, Choose Mars Light from the Touch-Screen icons drop-down menu.

Another example would be LEGACY Diesels, where you might choose to replace the default Ditch Light icons with control for Ground Lights.

Adding an icon to an engine will not add new features to your locomotive, it just provides access to features already built in! To avoid confusion, only select icons corresponding to features already present on your engine. To read more about which Touch-Screen icons are appropriate for various engine types, refer to your Lionel LEGACY System Manual.
Save Changes to Base
When you edit any information for an engine, the Save Changes to Base button will highlight. Click this button if you want to save your changes. If you should try to navigate to another engine number without saving, you will be warned if you’ve got un-saved changes on the current page. You may save or discard changes as you wish. You can also force a re-load of all engine data from your Base using the File > Reload Engine Data menu.

Engine Photograph

All engines will appear with a default diesel “blueprint” in the Detail Data view. By clicking the blue camera button in the lower right of the photo, you may import your own image from your iPad’s Photo roll.

Hint: the photos shown below was shot against a white backdrop, and then cropped to a long rectangle shape for best results.


Deleting an Engine Record

Use this command with caution, because deleting an engine and then Uploading/Saving the change to your Legacy Command Base will also remove this engine from the displays of every CAB2 and LCS-compatible device in use!

To delete an engine record, tap the trash can icon at the bottom-center of the Engine Detail screen. A “Remove Data Item” pop-up appears, tap it to confirm or tap anywhere else on the screen to change your mind.

Adding an Engine Record

You may create entirely new engine entries in the roster by tapping the “Add Item” button. A new, empty Detail Data screen will appear. You must manually enter an unused TMCC ID and may optionally update any other data shown.

Saving Changes to an Engine Record

Changes can be saved to the local data stored in your copy of LCS App, or saved out to the Legacy Command Base where your changes will be visible by all CAB2 users and any connected LCS-compatible device. Once you are done making changes in the Detail Data screen, tap “Save” in the upper right corner. You’ll return to the Roster page. Notice that engine record is highlighted in blue as shown:

BLUE changed engine record

To save your changes to the command base, so they will be visible by all CAB2 users and any connected LCS-compatible device, tape the “Upload” button on the lower-right corner of the Roster view. Alternately, if you tap “Track View” with any blue records, you’ll be asked if you want to save the changed data to the command base. Answering YES has the same result as tapping the “Upload” button.