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Lionel Opens App For More ‘Smart’ Trains

NEW YORK — Lionel, makers of the legendary train sets, recently announced it is opening its Legacy command protocol (LCS) in an effort to make it possible for consumers to control any brand of trains from a mobile device.

According to the company, any manufacturer can use the LCS Wi-Fi protocol to support its unique locomotive command sets. “Within this framework, hobbyists will be able to control different manufacturers’ locomotives seamlessly from one app running on a smartphone or tablet,” Lionel said in a statement.

The company will have its LCS Wi-Fi module on display during the show.