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Pros and Cons of Raipro Operating System

Rick asks readers:

“I would like to hear any feed back from a user of Railpro systems. The pros and cons as I’m still in the planning and design stage of building a layout. Thanks”

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5 Responses to Pros and Cons of Raipro Operating System

  • David Stokessays:

    Rick, it looks like you’ve got us stumped – I for one admit to ignorance, I’ll Google it and compare the blurb with those systems I know and get back. If you don’t hear from me it’s ‘coz I still don’t know.

    • Stephen Rileysays:

      I found this on the web so I guess we should work from there.

      Ring Engineering RailPro Frequently Asked Questions

      http://www.ringengineering.com/RailProFrequentlyAskedQuestions.htm

      Our RailPro system is more capable and can do things DCC systems cannot because of Direct Radio, and it is much simpler to use than a typical DCC system. …. Basically, any information you can find which shows how to wire the locomotive for DCC can be use to wire the locomotive for RailPro operation because the …

  • Jaysays:

    I have looked at Rail Pro by Ring Engineering. It’s a great new concept with the ability to run trains using DCC or Radio. I believe the radio part is Blue Tooth, but I’m not sure. I don’t know if any off the shelf locomotives come with Rail Pro installed. The modules appear larger than the typical DCC decoder, and from what I’ve seen, they cost more, but sound great. You can actually run a Rail Pro equipped locomotive on battery power, you can’t do that with DCC. I like the controller for Rail Pro that will have an image of the loco you are running, but that controller was pricey. I was excited when I first looked at Rail Pro, but disappointed at the costs. I have a large fleet of DCC, and won’t be changing over, but to someone new starting out, who doesn’t mind paying a little more, Rail Pro has lots of bells and buzzers you will probably love. I have not used a Rail Pro system, I have watched the on line videos. The big plus for Rail Pro is that it is compatible with DCC, and that you can add battery power to locomotives if you have the room for them. The Controller is also nice, being wireless.

  • Mark Johnsonsays:

    The main drawback is you will tie yourself to 1 manufacturer. The system is not compatible with anything else. If the appeal was the big, simple touchscreen that operates absolutely everything, take a look at the Z21 system from Roco/Fleischmann. It also works from a do-all touchscreen, it’s just as easy to use, you don’t have to buy controllers, and it’s compatible with anything meeting NMRA standards. The black version supports a programming track, the white version doesn’t.

  • Tim Morloksays:

    Rick made a typo: The product is Railpro by Ring Engineering an R/C program for operating trains rather than DCC. See and compare a ringengineering.com/RailProToDccCoparision.htm .

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