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Old 10-01-2018, 06:43 PM   #1
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Recently purchased the Gaugemaster Prodigy Express. It's a fair price and sufficient for my needs and I can expand if I want to. I was led to believe that there's no problem with accessing sounds on your locos (I will only have two maybe three) but manual unclear on this. Anyone any experience of this please?

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Old 10-01-2018, 07:59 PM   #2
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I ought to have added I am modelling in OO with Bachmann and (possibly) Hornby locos.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:46 PM   #3
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To access the sound function on decoders you will use the F keys on your handset, a quick check of the manual shows F1 to F12 is available for loco functions i.e. F1 for cab lights.

In addition to this when buying a loco fitted with sound you should get some instructions with all the different sound applicable to the function keys.

I use have Prodigy Advance2 and I'm certain I have F1 to F19 available.

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Old 10-01-2018, 10:12 PM   #4
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Using a Prodigy Advance and Advance2 myself and an all my decoders, Bachmann and Zimo, F0 turns the lights on/off F1 turns the Sound on/off, F2 is horn/whistle etc etc the others can be sound file specific but the first 3 have always been the same.

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Should you venture into the North American HO market you will find that the Function buttons vary, for example F8 often being used for sound. The trend is to increase the numbers of functions available and 28 are now fairly common. Not sure if the Prodigy Express can be remapped to pick and choose the sounds you would like.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:16 AM   #6
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That's all really helpful thank you. It's 30 years since I built a layout and, oddly enough, much has changed!
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According to the Gaugemaster manual for the Prodigy Express it has F0 to F15 functions (16 functions) available.
However, MRC the manufacturers in the USA of the Prodigy range, replaced it some while ago with a updated PE2 (Squared) version. The PE2 has F0 to F28 available. Link to MRC PE2
Whether Gaugemaster are using this new version is very unclear? I feel a call to the Gaugemaster technical help team would quickly resolve this (Tel: 01903-884488).
Even if still at the base version with 16 functions it will cover virtually all sounds functions. There may a few F17 and above that it cant operate but these wont distract form the main sound available.

Edit... See post #10 below F0 to F28 available.
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If hoping to operate Hornby TTS sound decoders with it then F17 is chuff/coast on steamers, F18 is Aux function on steamers and F25 Aux function on diesels, which are typically used for firebox glow on the former or cab lights on the latter.
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Whether Gaugemaster are using this new version is very unclear? ...
The Gaugemaster branded Prodigy Express is also the "Squared" model.
Their original Gaugemaster branded Express had the buff coloured handset, but the Squared replacement is in MRC black.
They changed over to the new model a few years ago, although their online copy of the user manual, is the one for the long replaced old model.

Look at the bottom of the handset to see the model name.


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You are absolutely correct. Since I posted originally last month I contacted GM and they confirmed both the Express and Advanced are square (2) versions.
This means they can access all functions F0 to F28.
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