Product Review: PIKO SmartControl light

By TOM MARSH/Cowcatcher Magazine Model railroaders seeking an affordable, easy-to-use DCC system for smaller layouts should consider the PIKO SmartControlâ light Basic Set. The set is designed for use with HO, N and TT layouts and has advanced features not seen in other entry-level DCC systems. At an MSRP of $194.99, PIKO has positioned the SmartControl light Basic Set as a less expensive alternative to its full-featured $494.99 SmartControl system. Setting up the SmartControl light on a small layout is plug-and-play simple. It takes longer to remove the system from the box than it does to get a train running. Just connect the layout track to the SmartBox light track power port, plug in the throttle and connect the AC/DC adapter. Selecting a decoder-equipped locomotive entails pressing the LOK (German for locomotive) button on the SmartController light, entering the address via the keypad and pressing the LOK button again. Then turn … Continue reading Product Review: PIKO SmartControl light