How to make your own train images as icons on the Märklin’s Central Station

EGNE IKON TIL MÄRKLIN CS2 | MAKE YOUR OWN ICONS FOR CS2 | MACHEN SIE IHRE EIGENEN IKONEN FÜR CS2 | Photo: 0rvik

GET A NICE OVERVIEW OF YOUR TRAINS IN THE CENTRAL STAION BY UPLOADING PICTURES OF YOUR OWN LOCOMOTIVES.

 
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Are you one of those who have Scandinavian locomotives installed on your Märklin Central Station 2, and that misses Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish trains in the selection of train icons? And therefor have to choose either the blank logo or standard icon with the three question marks on it? It’s understandable that Märklin only wants to have their own train models represented in the locomotives icon selection. But they still have a limited number of their locomotives placed on the list, the same applies to cranes, wagons, and other digital equipment.

To me it was just a great irritation – why have the opportunity to have pictures of the locomotives on the controller, when one does not get to add the trains one have and use. At the same time, I had a wish to quickly distinguish different trains of the same type, for example I have four NSB EL18. Moreover, some of the locomotives have two decoder addresses, and it would be great to add a symbols or train numbers on the icons that says something about the decoder / device you want to select.

Therefore I searched for ages on the internet for a way to add pictures onto CS2. And finally, on a forum, I found the solution. So now I have added pictures of all my locomotives into the list of the trains and devices installed. So now I don’t have to read through trains names to find the unit I’m looking for to control. Here you can see how to proceed in order to upload your own locomotive icons (or symbols if you prefer) into your Märklin Central Station 2. Read NB at the bottom first!

 
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New update to Märklin Central Station 2

MÄRKLIN CENTRAL STATION 2 |  OPPDATERING OG MOBILTELEFON APPLIKASJON | UPDATE AND MOBILE APPLICATION | NEUHEIT UND MOBIL APP | Foto: 0rvik

NEW UPDATE FOR THE MÄRKLIN CENTRAL STATION 2 AND TWO NEW PHONE APPS

 
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After a long hobby break it was time to bring out the model trains again. The first thing I did was to check if there were some new updates of the software to the Central Station 2 for Märklin. It turned out that there was big news! A brand new version had come – Software-Version 3.0.1. This ensures that one can use all the exciting features offered in Märklin’s new launch MFX +. This will be implemented in most new train models by Märklin in the future.

Due to technical solutions the version 3.0.1 is only available to those who have the ability to plug in a network cable directly to Central Station. For those who only have the ability to update via USB-stick only get access to version 2.0.1 of the firmware. Are you one of those who want to refresh the central station program it is very easy and you will find downloadable files, procedures, and more on Märklin’s Online Software update page. I think this page is only in German, but the update is multilingual.

Moreover, I have annoyed me that Märklin remote control solution for mobile has only been available to those with Apple products like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This they have finally done something about, and has launched two mobile apps, Märklin Main Station, and Märklin Mobile Station. (There are also some unauthorized free app with similar features). This ensures that one can control the locomotives, and other features of the Central Station, wirelessly via a shared wireless network / WiFi. The perfect remote control for your model railroad!

I downloaded and installed the Main Station, and was surprised how easy it was to install / connect, not to mention how direct the response was. Incredibly fun to be able to control all lok functions , switch tracks, lights, and more via the mobile. One also has the ability to control four trains simultaneously. Mobile Station seems to be something different, I shall be downloading that as well to see what layout and features it has. You can see and read more about MFX +, the Central Station update and the new mobile applications, below.

 
 

IF YOU BUY A CENTRAL STATION 2, OF THIS YEAR, THE UPDATE IS IMPLEMENTED

 
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MANY NEW EXCITING FUNCTIONS

 
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MFX Marklin Central Station v. 3.0.1


 
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