LCS Partner Program
We at Lionel are very excited by the creative software work being done by the wider model train community. The Legacy Command Protocol is freely available and can be downloaded here. Using this document and an SER2 module, anyone can write code and send both TMCC and LEGACY commands to their train layout. Those who would like to connect to the LCS system via WiFi or directly control the features of LCS products like SensorTrack can request additional, detailed protocol information through the LCS Partner Program.
Today, LCS Partners are helping to grow and enhance the Layout Control System. Each developer brings their own unique perspective to software-based control of your layout. And there’s room for more! Interested individuals, clubs and companies are all welcome. Are you interested? Please send an email and we’ll get back to you with details. Write us at: lcs-dev-support(at)lionel.com and please replace the (at) with the @ symbol before you send.
LCS Partner Showcase
Read on to learn about LCS Partner products AVAILABLE NOW for Android and Windows-based personal computers!
eTrain Command Console (L)
eTrain Command Console (L) is a new Windows-based software program that works with LCS. Developed by LCS partner Harvy Ackermans, this great new program is loaded with Legacy features for controlling locomotives and building lash-ups, as well as providing specific support for Crane Cars, Station Sounds Diners, Vision Tank Cars and more. It also operates switches and routes. And the program's unique "scenario" feature lets you record a series of commands from any Lionel CAB remote or the eTrain program, then playback these scenarios at any time.
eTrain Command Console (L) uses a wired serial-port connection from your Windows PC to the SER2. Also available is the optional eTrain Command Mobile, an Android App which works in conjunction with the copy of eTrain Command Console (L) running on your PC. The eTrain Command Console (L) has been tested on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. A Lionel LCS SER2 (6-81326) with a Lionel LCS DB-9 Cable with Power Supply (6-81499 ) and either the #990 LEGACY Command Set or the CAB-1L/Base-1L Command Set are required.
Click here for purchasing information and to find out more by reading the FAQ and User's Guide.
Here are a couple screen shots from this great program:
Legacy Engine Control Panel (detail)
Full Engine Control Panel (click to enlarge)
The first available LCS Partner App is “Bluetrain” from industry innovator Bob Krivacic. It’s an Andriod app that connects to LCS WiFi and operates TMCC, Legacy and Vision products. And it can be used simultaneously with any other LCS-compatible smart device or Lionel Cab remote controller.
You can find BlueTrain on Google Play following this link. Here’s a pair of screen shots from this great app: