Upgrading to Version 1.3

August 15th, 2010 1 comment

I followed the steps on pages 75-76 of the Legacy manual to upgrade from 1.2 to 1.3.   The manual claims that 1.3 upgrade is a so-called “full reprogram update” which means a full update, rather than just an operating system-only update will occur, and the Base and CAB2 will be returned to factory default settings.  Translation:  You will will lose all store names and settings and have to re-program them.   I did not find this to be true.  After the update, my GN GP-9 and Acela were still available.    Here are the steps in case you ever misplace your manual.

  1. Make sure the CAB2 is powered off (press the red C TC button)
  2. Insert the 1.3 CAB2 upgrade module into the CAB2
  3. Press and hold SET
  4. While holding SET press CTC to turn the CAB2 on
  5. As soon as the red indicator light starts flashing, release the SET button.

When the update is complete, the CAB2 will automatically restart.  The whole process took less than 20 seconds on my CAB2

To upgrade the base, unit:

  1. Remove the power plug from the base to power it off.
  2. Insert the 1.3 Base update module
  3. Turn the base over to find the CHANNEL SELECT button.
  4. Press and hold CHANNEL SELECT while plugging the power cord into the base.
  5. The yellow center LED will begin to flash.  Release the CHANNEL SELECT button and wait for the yellow and LIONEL lights on the side of the base stop flashing.

When the update is complete, the base will automatically restart. Again, the whole process took less than 20 seconds on my base unit.

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Restarting RailSounds on a Legacy Engine

October 17th, 2009 No comments

If you have shutdown RailSounds with the RailsSounds SHUTDOWN icon while in Control mode (need picture) and want to restart it, do one of the following.

If the engine is still currently selected:

  1. Press the ENG button. The engine ID will flash, and the Touch Screen will change to Address mode.
  2. Press the Startup icon in the lower left.   If you press and hold the Startup icon, you will also hear the Tower Communications dialog.

If the engine is not selected, first address it using either the SELECT button or the ENG button.

  1. Press ENG twice.   See note below.
  2. Press the “Startup” icon in the lower left.

The engine’s smoke unit will likely come on unless you’ve disabled it with the switch on the engine itself.

Note: Pressing ENG twice is necessary to get the Touch Screen to go into Address mode for the engine you just selected. You will see that after using the SELECT button method to address the engine, the Touch Screen won’t show the STARTUP or SHUTDOWN icons.  You are essentially in CAB-1 mode instead of Address mode. Pressing ENG two more times will cause the Touch Screen to go into Address mode and show the STARTUP icon for you the engine you just selected.

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Addressing an Engine

October 17th, 2009 No comments

The CAB-2 Touch Screen has two modes of operation: Control mode and Address mode.  All engine addressing is done from, well…Address mode! Engines can be addresses using either the engine ID# or the engine’s road number.

To address an engine using engine ID#:

  1. Press ENG.
  2. Use the touch screen to enter the engine ID#.   The main display will change to that engine. You can begin controlling the engine by pressing STARTUP.

Notes: Pressing ENG puts the touch screen in Address mode. If you enter an engine ID# does not exist, the main display will indicate CAB1 mode with the ID# you entered selected, but there is really nothing else you can do except select a real engine! Pressing ENG repeatedly will cause the CAB-2 to alternate between the last two engines you’ve used.

To address an engine using its road number:

  1. Press SELECT.
  2. Enter the road number.
  3. Press ENG.
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Adding a New Legacy Engine

October 17th, 2009 No comments

Setting the Engine’s ID

  1. Set the Program/Run switch to “Program”
  2. Place the Engine on the track
  3. Power up to 18 Volts
  4. Press ENG and an ID number from 1 to 99 to identify the engine
  5. Press SET (lower left corner of remote)
  6. The horn should blow and/or the head light should flash.
  7. Power down the track
  8. Set Program/Run switch back to “Run”
  9. Power up the track
Downloading the Engine Memory Module
  1. Address the engine by pressing ENG followed by the ID number you used aboved
  2. Press the INFO button
  3. Insert the Engine Memory Module in the CAB2 Remote
  4. Press  “Load Module”
  5. Press  “Yes” to complete the download
  6. Press the red CTC button to complete the process

Addressing the new Engine

  1. Pressing SELECT
  2. Enter the engine’s road number
  3. Pressing ENG
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Charging Indicator Lights

May 16th, 2009 3 comments

There are two “Charging Indicator Lights” located on the front of the Legacy Command Base as shown below.

The charge controller uses a four-state cycle, so while the CAB-2 is charging, the lights will be in one of the 4 following  states:

  1. Slow Alternating Red. This indicates “Preconditioning” state, or bulk phase of the charging cycle.   When the battery voltage reaches 3.0V, the charger transitions to the next state.
  2. Fast Alternating Red. This indicates “Fast” state, or trickle phase of the charging cycle.  The charger monitors the trend of the battery voltage and the charger transitions to the next state.
  3. Slow Alternating Green. This indicates the final state of the charging cycle known as the “Top Off” state.  After 60 minutes in Top Off, the charge cycle is complete and the charger transitions to the Complete state
  4. Both Lights Solid Green. This is the “Complete” state.  At this point the charging cycle is complete.

First Steps with Lionel Legacy

May 16th, 2009 2 comments


  1. Register your new Legacy system at www.lionel.com/RegisterLegacy
  2. Remove the base from the box and familiarize yourself with the back of the unit
  3. Remove the protective cover from the antenna jack and attach the antenna.  For the time being, point the antenna straight up.
  4. Attach “U Track” connector to track common
  5. Power up.  Green light should stay lit, “Legacy” and “Lionel” (on side) lights should be lit, and the Legacy light will dim/brighten continuously.
  6. Insert Batteries into CAB-2
  7. Press the CTC button on the CAB-2 to power on the remote.  If the display lights up, skip to step 9
  8. Place the CAB-2 in the Command Base.  The charging lights on the base will begin to blink alternately.  From new, the CAB-2 may need to charge for 30 minutes or so before you can use it.   See Charging Indicator lights for details on how the charging lights behave.

Starting Up Your First Engine

  1. Place an engine on the track and power up the track to 18V.
  2. Press the ENG button.
  3. Enter the engine’s address on the keypad.
  4. Press  STARTUP in the lower left hand corner of the keypad.   The engine will begin its start up sequence.


18V is recommended by Lionel, but more or less within the limits of your transformer will not damage the system.

The ENG button is the small grey button under the main display all the way to right.  It may appear as ‘E1’ instead of ‘ENG’ in the display the first time you use the CAB-2.

If your engine’s address was already changed from the factory default (#1), you can use that number right away with the CAB-2.  Otherwise for new engines right of out of the box, use engine number  #1.

If you are using a TMCC engine, the display will indicate ‘CAB1 MODE.’

If you press and hold STARTUP, you may hear Tower-Comm or Crew-Talk before the engine starts.

Running Your Engine

  1. Turn the Throttle Knob to the right until the train begins to move.
  2. To change direction, press down on the BRAKE/BOOST button.
  3. Press Up on the BELL/WHISTLE button to turn the bell on/off
  4. Pull Down on the BELL/WHISTLE button to blow the whistle or horn.
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