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Using a consist enables you to control each loco individually as well as together. You can drive the loco into the consist and control it's functions or lights. For example you may want the middle loco to have it's lights turned off.

If all the locos had the same address, you couldn't control them individually and turning on the lights would affect all three locos at once.

Once in a consist, the driving instructions go to all three at the same time obviously and they work together as one unit. As long as the speed tables, acceleration and deceleration are matched, you will have a more powerful unit.

Test them on a piece of track, uncoupled and a few centimetres apart. If they are properly matched, they should move together forwards and backwards without coming together. Sometimes, its tricky to get it right. Having the addresses separate allows you to fine tune the locos individually.
 
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