The new Kinesis DCC is a flexible wireless digital control system, which Bachmann describes as “unlike any other”, stating that it has been “built from the ground up” and developed entirely in-house.
Bachmann Europe has been giving live demonstrations of the system at regular intervals during the weekend exhibition.
Kinesis is built around Bachmann's RailController computer control software, and provides control of a model railway via PC, App or the wireless Kinesis Edge Handset.
Bachmann will release the Kinesis Wireless DCC System Starter Pack in 2024, selling at a Recommend Retail Price of £399.95.
Each Starter Pack includes a Kinesis Hub DCC Base Station, a Kinesis Edge Wireless Handset and a full licensed copy of RailController software. This allows users to operate their model railway with DCC via PC, App or with the Edge Handset, with operation synchronised across all devices so that the user can use multiple devices simultaneously.
The Hub DCC Base Station has 2.4GHz wireless capability and built-in Wi-Fi and USB connectivity. It connects to a PC running RailController and provides outputs to the main track and programming track. The Hub's backlit LCD Screen gives real-time information, and the 2amp power supply provides sufficient power to run N, OO, OO9 and O scale models. The manufacturer will also make a high power booster available to provide extra power if needed.
The user can connect the Hub to any layout, and can use the RailController software on a PC or using Android and Apple compatible Apps to control locomotives, points and accessories.
Via 2.4GHz connection to the Hub Base Station, the Edge Wireless Handset provides quick, responsive, uninterrupted communication. The OLED screen has a display that the manufacturer describes as crisp and clean. The numeric keypad is supplemented by a second, dedicated expandable function keypad with ten function buttons (operating in up to six banks).
The Edge can be used to read and write CVs, and to write short, automated programs, which can be done directly from the Edge, or using more sophisticated programs from RailController.
Users can download locomotives, points and accessories from RailController and access them instantly from the Edge handset, which shows loco names and function and allows easy operation of multi-aspect light signals.
The wireless handset has a range of up to fifty metres, provides up to twelve hours of use and can be charged via the USB port. An optional charging dock is available separately.
Each Hub Base Station can support up to five Edge handsets, with extra handsets available to buy separately.
Bachmann boasts that the Hub DCC Base Station “unlocks the full potential of RailController” by allowing CVs to be read and written using the software alone. The new RailController App – which is available for Android and Apple devices – gives a simplified, hand-held version of RailController.
Rosters, points and accessories are all replicated in the app, so users can create a mimic track plan with RailController and switch between the locomotive controller and track plan instantly in the app by rotating the device. When using multiple devices, changes made on one device mirror on all connected devices, which enables seamless transition from one device to another, or from one user to another.
Technical support will be available, along with a new Community Support Forum on which users can share their experiences and knowledge of the system with each other.
Look out for further details ahead of the Kinesis release in 2024.