Hardware Support: MRC/GaugeMaster Prodigy
Please download the latest JMRI
release to get the most recent version of JMRI's
MRC/GaugeMaster support. Support for MRC Prodigy is available
starting with JMRI version
In the UK the MRC systems is rebranded, rebadged and sold
by Gaugemaster. The two systems are exactly the same in
operation and components.
JMRI can connect to an MRC Prodigy Advanced2
command station via the USB Computer interface (MRC:1516 or
Gaugemaster:DCC55). This has been tested with the wired and
wireless versions of the interface.
JMRI should be able to support all of the MRC Prodigy
range of systems, however it has only been tested and
developed with the Advanced2.
To configure the connection:
- Open the JMRI "Preferences" under the "Edit" menu,
- Select "MRC" as the System Manufacturer.
- Select "Serial" as the System Connection.
- Select the Serial Port associated with the system.
- Select the Cab Address that will be allocated to the
Please note that this must be unique and not used by any
other handset, if you are to use a number above 8, then you
must refer to Prodigy instructions to ensure that the
system is configured to address the cab correctly
- Click "Save".
Programming, Turnout, Throttle and Power support is
available for a JMRI-connected Prodigy unit.
JMRI provides full support for
the reading/writing of decoders on the Programming along with
the ability to write changes to a decoder "On the Main".
Please note that the Prodigy Command Station will
automatically determine the programming mode (ie. Direct
The JMRI interface supports both 28 &
128 speed steps and all 28 functions.
If another handset has control of the same Locomotive that a
JMRI Throttle has, the changes made by the second Throttle
will be reflected on the JMRI Throttle.
Support for 14 speed steps has NOT been included.
Consisting is NOT currently supported
MRC-connected Turnouts have System Names
like "MT123", where "M" is the name for MRC System, "T"
means Turnout, and "123" is the address.
Triggering of MRC system Routes is
supported in JMRI. This is done by adding a Turnout with the
Route number + 1000, eg. for MRC Route 15, you would add a
JMRI Turnout with an address of MRT1015.
JMRI does not support editing/adding/removal of system
Routes stored in the MRC.
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