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ESU "Full Throttle" LokProgrammer Summer Sale

From June 1st to August 31st, ESU will temporarily lower the MSRP of the ESU 53452 LokProgrammer Set by $50.00!

The MSRP will return to regular prices at midnight on August 31st.  

Streamlined Backshop has the complete line ESU digital products in stock now with more stock on the way.

No worries, we WILL accept backorders for this promotion for orders received before the promotion deadline.

Want the latest firmware updates like the new "Full Throttle" features?

Want the easiest interface for programming LokSound Decoders?

Want the latest and greatest sound file for an already-installed decoder?

Want a custom sound specific to your model or prototype?

Want the absolute best way to test a new decoder install?

The ESU 53452 LokProgrammer Set is THE DCC tool to have... 

... and now you can get it at a fantastic price!

ESU 53452 LokProgrammer Set

You want to listen to the sound spectrum of your favourite loco, or the special sound of that loco around the corner in the yard on your model railroad? No problem with ESUs LokProgrammer!

One prerequisite: A PC with sound card and Windows. Simply record the original sound of your engine and edit it at home with your computer. Many customers did this already successfully. Even if you dont yet belong to this elite group of LokSound Pros, the LokProgrammer is still a very useful tool for you. It is the easiest way to program your ESU-decoder. You need no programming experience, thanks to the graphic screen everything falls into place with a few mouse clicks.
  • Change the sound safed on the decoder.
  • Setting of all digital parameters of the Loksound decoder such as address of the loco, operation speed, maximum speed, braking deceleration, brightness of bulbs etc; you can set all options with your computer very easily - no cumbersome entering of CVs (configuration variables) with your command station.
  • Rearrange your sounds and transfer it to the LokSound decoder.
  • You can use all sounds that can be downloaded to your computer hard disk.
  • Sound can be allocated to different events.
  • Additional sounds can be activated via function buttons.

With the LokProgrammer you can erase the sound data of any LokSound decoder as many times as you wish, and replace it with a different sound. To this end we offer on our homepage more than 200 different, fully matching sounds of various prototypes and locos for downloading on your computer. Also you can edit just parts of a sound project: You don't like the decoders whistle? Just replace it with one of the many others. Suitable sources beside those offered by us, are in Windows *.wav format available. Sound even voice or music is no problem for our decoders. With the LokProgrammers aid you use the entire flexibility and functionality offered by LokSound decoders.


By the same token, all other ESU decoders profit from the LokProgrammers versatility; no matter if DCC, Multiprotocol - or mfx decoder. With its help its possible to edit all parameters of the particular decoder simply and conveniently. The available options depend on the kind of decoder. Beside addresses and acceleration - and deceleration settings, this concerns above all the allotment of function keys (function mapping), the allocation of special effects to the individual outputs, or the lamp brightness. The LokProgrammer can also help when optimizing back EMF parameters or the loadable speed table. All options can be programmed very conveniently: There is no tedious punching-in of CV-numbers at the digital station anymore.

Hook up

Its this simple: The LokProgrammer is a small programming box, which is wired between the PC and a programming track. To connect it you need either a vacant serial interface, or you use the included USBadapter cable (works with Windows 2000 or Windows XP). For power we include a 500 mA wall power supply. If your needs are greater (e.g. for gauge I engines), you can also use a conventional model railroad transformer.


After hook-up you start up the especially user-friendly LokProgrammer software, which is included on CDROM. This runs on all modern Windows-systems from Windows 98. Just put the loco with the ESU decoder on your programming track, and right away you can read, edit or program it. The LokProgrammer automatically recognizes the decoder in the engine.


The LokProgrammer is recommended not only for the use with our ESU decoders: By now, many well known model railroad manufacturers factory-furnish their locos with ESU-decoders, which of course can be modified again within the frame work of their technical specifications with the help of the LokProgrammer. You see, purchasing a LokProgrammer pays off in any case.


The LokProgrammer can also be instrumental in updating decoders. Almost all ESU decoders are updatable, in case you desire a new software version. To do this, you only need the LokProgrammer and a small update-program, which you can download from our homepage.

The Future

LokProgrammer software is being reviewed continuously. The latest, pertinent version can always be downloaded from our homepage, or can be installed automatically, through an internet-update function, on your computer.

ESU 51900 LokTester DCC Decoder Test Station

May be you know the situation: In front of you there is a digital decoder on the workbench, and before you undertake its complicated installation into the loco, you would like to know if the decoder works as advertised. But, how do you test it? The LokTester helps you: Its designed for testing decoders before these are installed into a loco. The LokTester is simply hooked up to your digital central station, or the LokProgrammer.


To make this as simple as possible for you, the LokTester comes with useful features: To connect the decoder, there is a 6-wire NEM 651 harness and an 8-wire NEM 652 interface, as well as a 21-pin mtc-interface available. Plug it on bingo! Locos without an interface board can be hooked up with alligator clips. A high quality, 5 pole skewed armature can motor with flywheel serves to check the motor output: Its this simple to test the slow-, and constant speed characteristics of your decoder. A LED-monitor informs you about the function of the head-, and rear light output, as well as function outputs AUX 1 (green), and AUX 2 (violet). A 20 mm loud speaker is included for testing LokSound-Decoders. A screw terminal assures safe connection between your LokTester and the digital central station-, or LokProgrammer. Due to its sensible features and simple handling, the LokTester will soon become an indispensable helper in your shop.

New ESU LokProgrammer Version 4.4.22

ESU has released the new version 4.4.22 of LokProgrammer software.

The most significant update in this release is a fantastic new feature called ESU "Full-Throttle".

You can see a few examples of this as well as how to set up these great new features in the following videos.

This great new feature can be incorporated in any ESU LokSound V4.0 or ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder.

It is absolutely necessary to update the firmware and upload a new version of the sound file using the ESU 53452 LokProgrammer Set because the new features require the "Full Throttle" sound template.

All files will be updated in due time and made available for download from the ESU website.  ESU "Full Throttle" sound files can be easily identified as they will have names ending in "FT" (Full Throttle).

The current list of ESU "Full Throttle" sound files includes:

73426 - 74426 for EMD 16 cylinder 645E: GP38, SD38
73431 - 74431 for EMD 16 cylinder 710G3A: GP60, SD60  NEW!
73436 - 74436 for EMD 16 cylinder 567C: F9, GP9, SD9
73447 - 74477 for EMD 16 cylinder 567D3: GP30, SD24  NEW!
75408 - 76408 for EMD 16 cylinder 645C: GP16, GP9RM, SD9M, GP20M  NEW!
73441 - 74441 for ALCO 12 cylinder 251B: RS11, RSD12, RS18, RS36
75409 - 76409 for ALCO 16 cylinder 251C: C425, C628  NEW!

ESU "Full Throttle" Decoder Operation for Diesels

It is often challenging to make a scale model preform like it has the mass of a 260,000lb locomotive pulling 5,000 tons or more! Some of this can be done with BEMF - when the loco "feels" a load, it will automatically rev up to work harder to pull this actual load. But this is often a flawed method in modeling. Today, model train car wheels are so free rolling that they often do not simulate sufficient drag to replicate a typical prototype situation. Also, often we do not sufficiently weigh our cars to represent a scaled-down version of the prototype. One of the biggest problems with BEMF controlled load is due to the fact that in our modeling and operations we often "simulate" loads inside a closed car. The payload inside a prototype car can weigh as much as 100-tons more than the car itself. This is especially important at operating sessions. Empties in and Loads out or vice versa. There is no way for a decoder to know the proposed weight of the cars it is pulling. Our "car cards", showing whether a car is loaded or empty, are seen only by the operator, not by our decoders!

To compensate for what the decoder cannot know, we have created Full Throttle decoder features! This series of new features includes "Drive Hold", "Run 8", "Coast", improved "Dynamic Brakes" and a new "Independent Brake" feature.

Drive Hold:

This feature allows the modeler to easily simulate a loaded or empty train by adding a single "Drive Hold" function button. When the button is pressed, the motor will remain at a constant speed, while the sound can be controlled independently from the motion with the throttle knob! This exciting, new feature gives the operator the ability to
have his or her train crawl in notch 8 or coast at 50mph. Then, by releasing the Drive Hold function button you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed and motion. No more switching between manual notching and programming on the main to go back and forth. All of this can be done on the fly with hardly even thinking about it.

Run 8:

There are times when hauling a heavy train over rolling hills that you may wish to remain in notch 8 at any speed desired. You could have the train slow, as it climbs a steep grade and then speed up upon levelling out. The Run 8 feature will allow for exactly that. Simply press the button and the prime mover will increase RPMs from wherever you are, all the way up to Notch 8 and hold. Once the function button is pressed, the sound is disengaged from the speed. Using the throttle knob you can now speed up or slow down with the sound remaining constant, at full throttle. 


The opposite of "Run 8". Often when coming to a stop, the throttle of a real locomotive is put into Idle and the engineer coasts to a stop. Another situation that occurs is that once a train is up to speed when operating over rolling terrain, the engineer can coast to maintain a certain speed. By pressing the coast function button, the sound drops from wherever you are to idle and remains there. Once this function button is pressed, the sound is disengaged from the speed. Using the throttle knob, you can now speed up or slow down the train with the sound remaining constant, at idle.


Along with Dynamic Brakes, a locomotive has an Independent Brake as well. This allows for the locomotive to stop more quickly than its regular momentum would normally carry it. LokSound Decoders now also have a working Independent Brake. This one is pretty self-explanatory - just press the brake and come to a stop! While this will
work with whatever deceleration settings are in the loco, it tends to work more realistically if the loco has a large amount of deceleration. With these settings the loco will drift or coast much further when the brake is not applied. Then, by applying the brake, the loco will stop in a much shorter distance. As a note, you can now do standing
brake tests by keeping the brake on and advancing the throttle knob so the sound of Notch 4 can be heard. In EMDs this is the point at which the Shaft-Driven compressor reaches its second stage, and pumps air faster through the train.

Dynamic Brake:

The ESU Dynamic Brake works like the prototype. Once applied, the sound will drop to idle. Then (once the electricity dissipates from the traction motors) the prime mover will rise depending on the prototype. Most EMDs rise to about notch 4. Other brands will vary. Once the prime mover comes up, the dynamic brake fans will be heard. During this time, a deceleration will be quicker since you "have your dynamic brakes on." Once you release the button the fan will shut off as the prime mover drops again to idle. After a short delay the prime mover will once again come up to match the speed of your throttle - (other Full Throttle features may affect where your prime mover sound returns after the dynamic brake is turned off.) Please note, if you come to a stop when your
dynamic brake is applied, the fan sound will cease and the prime mover will go down to Idle. You will need to turn it off before you begin to move or the cycle will start again. Prototype locomotive dynamics will not work while stopped.

The ESU Dynamic Brake has not really changed much with the new added features. But the new files will now work better when consisted together and using the Dynamic Brake. Also since not all locos have dynamics, you will now be able to set up your non-dynamic locos to work correctly with consisted locos using dynamic brakes. The
ESU Dynamic Brake Logic Feature does increase the deceleration rate so please take this into account. If your loco does not have dynamic brakes you should still apply the "Dynamic Brake" LOGIC when consisting so that the engine slows with other dynamic brake-equipped locos in consist. If your loco is not equipped with dynamic brakes
please choose Sound Slot 21 (Coast) for the sound on the dynamic brake function button. This will have your loco drop the prime mover sound to idle while the dynamic brake-equipped locos in the consist go through the dynamic brake cycles. You should not use the "Shift" logic with non-Dynamic brake locos. Doing so will result in the prime mover rising up to Notch 4. This is not correct for Non Dynamic Brake Locos in a consist. It needs to stay at idle.

The Full Throttle manual and New Full Throttle sound files are available for download at the ESU website.


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The ESU LokTester is a stand-alone DCC Decoder Test Station compatible with any brand of decoder or command station.

Screw Terminal
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6 Function LEDs
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The MRT Accutrak II Speedometer is a free standing, battery operated scale speedometer for 9mm, N, 4mm, HO scales.  The Accutrack II provides additional clearance for double stacks, AutoMax and other limited clearance cars.


Its design is based upon infrared beams which create a "trap" zone through which the train travels.

Accutrak II Features:

Ideal for DCC speed matching DCC


Operates on 2 AAA batteries


Scale Selectable  - N (1:148 and 1:160) or OO/HO (1:76.4 and 1:87)


Display in mph or kph

Use this handy portable tool to keep your servos centered while you mount them under the layout.

The tool consists of a battery box connected to a small circuit board that continuously puts out a centering signal for the servo (1.5 ms pulse).

Keeping your servos properly centered while mounting is the key to making the servos work best.

The battery box has an on/off switch to save your batteries when not in use.

Everyone using servos for turnouts needs one of these.

Requires 3 AA batteries.


RRampMeter is now marketed by DCC Specialties!

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