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I own an MRC Prodigy "Advance". Don't purchase an original Prodigy, as I hear there are shortcomings in this system - limitations that were improved upon in the current offerings (Prodigy Express and Prodigy Advance). The most important difference in the two current systems is the amount of amps. This is key if you are going to run several locos at once, thought I am not sure how much it impacts N scale, I am using it on an HO layout.

I can say that it is a nice system for the money. I paid $167 US for it from (currently they are selling it at $177.50). They aren't particularly expedient in their shipping (says next day - not my experience with them so far) or attentive with customer service (days to respond to email), but the price was right.

Read up on it at You can also compare w/ the Prodigy and Prodigy Express, download the user manual, etc.

I use MRC 1650 decoders in all my Locos (mostly Hornby - that's why I love this forum), and I have not had any problems so far. These decoders are cheap (about $23US, or a little less in the 3-pack). I am not sure that these would be small enough for N gauge, however, but I mention it to let you know that with these decoders and the MRC controller I have not run into any issues running Hornby locos.

I am not sure what else to say - if you have a particular question, please let me know, and I will try to answer.


Jim C>
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