This decoder is small enough for N scale but strong enough for HO! From the start the design criteria for the M1 decoder was to make it small for N scale but fully capable of powering HO locos! At 0.355" wide and 0.132" thick it will fit in many N scale locos. With its smooth and strong 1amp motor drive with BEMF it is well suited for many HO locos especially where space is at a premium, such as the Bachmann Class 08 Diesel shunter or Hornby West Country or Merchant Navy locos. The M1P and M1-UK (both with NMRA plug fitted) are ideal for locos such as the Bachmann Class 20 diesel, which already has an NMRA socket fitted.
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If you would like information about this decoder with a NMRA 8 pin plug, select the M1-P or M1-UK decoder in our internet store. For a description of differences between the M1P and M1UK click here.
Auto detect allows operation on DCC only or DCC and DC power. TCS decoders are almost transparent on DC making the engine act like a decoder isn't there. Brake on DC allows you to control the lights while the train is in a DC block.
Quiet Drive is active at all times which greatly reduces engine noise.
Dither provides rapid bursts of power to overcome resistance. You control both the power and frequency. See slow speeds unequalled in the industry.
Lighting Effects: Auto reversing headlights, Mars, Gyra, Rotary Beacon, Single and Double Pulse Strobe, Opposite Dim, Flashing and Random flicker. Rule 17 headlight dimming can be set to occur when stopped, opposite the direction of travel, or both. You always have manual control.
Button control allows you to pick the control buttons of your choice.
Factory Reset lets you change most of your choices back to their factory default values if you get into a situation you don't like.
128 speed steps are active when Mid volts, Top volts, Start volts or the user loadable speed table is active for much smother operation.
Primary 2 digit addressing or advanced 4 digit addressing may be used.
Consist Addressing has a Special Feature allowing you to automatically turn off any undesired lighting when you add the engine to a consist.
Goof Proof Warranty as always. One year no questions asked replacement warranty. Handled entirely by TCS.
TCS decoders support all programming modes plus OPS mode (on track programming) and meet NMRA DCC standards for compatibility.
- One amp Motor drive rating
- Two amp peak load
- Two 100mA function outputs
- Length: 0.570"
- Width: 0.355"
- Height: 0.132"
Buy the M1 decoder with standard harness and without NMRA plug here.
There are two types of M series decoder with a NMRA plug attached.
The PMH variant has a 3.5" harness with the wires being soldered to the plug at right angles to the long axis of the board. The UK variant, however, has a 2" harness and wires that are soldered longitudinally down the board. This makes the UK a good choice for many UK RTR locos where space is at a premium inside the body and where the orientation of the wiring is an important factor.
You are advised to inspect the inside of the loco and measure the space available BEFORE ordering to make sure you order the correct type for the loco.
Buy the M1-P decoder complete with NMRA plug and 3.5" harness here.
Buy the M1-UK decoder complete with NMRA plug and 2" harness here.
For an instruction leaflet on the M1 decoder in PDF format, click here.
For more technical info about the M1 decoder and CV settings, click here