As a multi-protocol control device with its high-resolution, modern color touchscreen, two locomotive controllers, as well as a built-in track diagram control board, the Central Station 3 offers the possibility of simple, easy control of locomotives and of the entire layout. Up to 32 functions can be controlled on locomotives, and up to 320 Motorola or 2,048 DCC solenoid items are possible with accessory items.
Moreover, the Central Station 3 has two built-in locomotive card readers, an SD card slot for storage expansion, as well as a built-in speaker for playing back typical model railroad sounds. A powerful booster is built in to provide power to the layout for running trains and controlling solenoid items.
The Central Station 3 is capable of operation with multiple devices, i.e. additional Central Station 3 plus (60216) units can be operated together on a layout with the optional cable (60123). Additional locomotive controllers, more Layouts, and more Keyboards expand the operation of the layout, in which joint and separate configurations for the layout areas to be controlled can be maintained in the Central Station 3 (plus).
Extensive reports and practical notes about applications for the CS3 can be found to view and download on the pages of the Märklin Magazin.