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The RAIL-LYNX Transmitter is a hand-held unit with the operating controls on the front and a self-contained battery pack on the back.  The standard transmitter is available with either a AAA or AA battery pack.  A rechargeable battery pack version of the transmitter is also available.  A standard AAA battery pack transmitter will provide 50-100 hours of operation (duration depends on how often commands are sent).  A lanyard is attached, so the transmitter can be hung from the operators neck, thereby keeping it off the floor or off the layout.
255 Channels
255 channels are provided and these are selected using 2 thumbwheels. 
While 255 may seem like a lot, this capacity permits a large stable of locomotives to be programmed.  Since each receiver-equipped locomotive can store 2 channels, MU'ing and creating consists is easy
All programming is easily carried out direct from the transmitter.  Channel assignment, momentum & brake, and speed offset & speed curves may all be programmed direct from the transmitter.
Speed & Direction Control
The speed and direction of a locomotive is controlled in two ways.  Direction is selected by pressing one of the two direction buttons.  The speed knob (throttle) is used to start and stop the locomotive, just as with a traditional power pack..  The locomotive will restart in the same direction as before until the other direction button is pressed.
BUT, if the locomotive is running in one direction and the opposite direction button is pressed, the locomotive will ignore the command and not suddenly reverse direction.  The locomotive must be stopped first before it will accept a command to change direction.
The transmitter only sends data when a button is pressed or the knob rotated.  Therefore, it is unnecessary to continuously point the transmitter at a locomotive.  Once a locomotive receives a command it will continue to do whatever it was last instructed, until it receives another command, or loses power.  A small slide switch provides for reversing the phase of the direction buttons when using a reversing loop, 'wye', or turntable.
It is possible to start one locomotive, change the transmitter channel, enter a new channel and control another locomotive.  This feature is very useful for demonstrating your railroad to visitors, as you can control multiple locomotives with one transmitter by simply changing the channel switches.
Two or more transmitters may be set to the same channel and share the operation of a single locomotive.  This feature can be used for hand-off control of a locomotive from one operator to another, or to monitor and, if necessary, override the commands sent by a visiting or trainee operator.  In addition, this feature is particularly useful during a crowded open house where it might be difficult to follow a train around a large layout.  This becomes, in effect, a form of tower-to-tower control!  Any number of hand-held transmitters may be used simultaneously on a layout.
Other Controls
There are additional controls on the transmitter for built-in flashlight, emergency stop, and headlight/auxiliary lights.

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