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Roco new item E10.3

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This new item has been announced by Roco. It is a starter set with the following features;

Digital starter set with E 10.3 electric locomotive and DB express train



For friends of the third epoch ("Epoche III") of the Deutsche Bundesbahn, this starter set offers a model E 10.3 locomotive with digital controls and additional digital functions. In addition to offering a wide range of sound functions, the digital controls can also be used to raise and lower the pantograph. The three express train cars, all in 1:87 scale, have doors which can be opened and closed using digital controls. This is accompanied by characteristic door noises.
Roco geoLINE track oval R3:
14 straights G200 (incl. 1 current connection element)
12 curves R3
Transformer 10725, 50 VA/3,2 A
Digital amplifier 10764, 50 VA/3,2 A
9999 locomotive addresses programmable
Initial voltage, acceleration, and deceleration can
be individually programmed (optionally with 14 or
28 speed steps)
Light separately controlled

It has the standard starter set stuff a DCC controller and track but what make sthis stand out is some of the digital features offered. The loco has raising and lowering of pantographs. Although this was previously offered by Maerklin and Trix it is still pretty rare. What it also has is opening and closing of coach doors accompanied by the correct sounds. Sounds good doesn't it? and all for the sum of 790 Euro's

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This truly an interesting innovation. Time will tell how successful it is, and I truly hope that it is successful. From here can we maybe hope to have baggage and box cars also having opening and closing doors?

But there are some questions that have yet to be answered:

Are there opening doors on both sides that can be opened independently?
Does each car have its own decoder?
How easy is it to change the address on the door opening chip?

Now if it was an Epoch II set I could be tempted, but alas it is far to modern for me!

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