Zimo consisting tips


First, remember that there are 3 types of consisting, read about them here:  DCC consisting (near bottom of page)

As October 2017, only basic/universal consisting is supported, first support was just before Christmas 2016.

I hope Zimo will see the light as other advanced systems have, and support advanced consisting. The overhead of universal consisting can be a problem in large layouts or with many locos in the consist, and the advanced features (making the sounds come from the lead loco automatically in advanced consisting) are well known and that is why advanced consisting is part of the NMRA specification and supported in virtually all DCC decoders.

Using universal (old style) consisting on the MX10 & MX32

The idea is you need all the locos in the consist to be available in LoR (Loco Recall) before consisting. When completed, locos in a consist will marked with "Tx" where x is the group number 1-9. The yellow triangles indicate direction of the individual locos in a consist, point up is forwards, and point down is reverse.


  • First you may have to add to the consist twice... the first time you add a loco, it may not show as in the consist. Just do it again
  • reversing a loco direction in the consist: Press TP on the loco to be reversed in direction, DO NOT PRESS AND HOLD
  • Now you get a screen in german with missing characters. "traktions einstellungen" (Traction Settings) and the top line may have a [H] or OFF
  • Press the reverse key (R) and then hit escape (A does nothing)
  • OFF seems to leave the loco alone, [H} seems to reverse it
  • Note that the yellow triangles, that used to report the direction of the locos do not update, so ignore them


translation of new Traction Settings menu:

First line Richtungsabgleich  (towards reconciliation)      and at the end of thiis line you have         Gleich (equal) or OFF

second line Geschwindigkeit (speed)

last line in red Aus Traktion nehmen  (remove from traction)


The bottom line has an A (but no text) and ESCape E  .... so the A does not seem to be necessary when changing direction with the R key...


also the yellow triangles that used to let you see the relative direction of the locos don't show this any more.

 How to Consist:

First, you need to be sure the locos you wish to consist are "in" the MX32, using softkey III, the "LoR" (which I think is Loco Recall).

You should see all of the locos you want there. If all the locos you want for the consist are not there, or is already turquoise in color, it/they is not available, yet.

(you should either enter them, or use the Object Database to "bring" them into the local handset.)


OK, for this example, we are going to consist loco numbers 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 The last loco in the consist must run backwards in this case, an ABBA configuration of EMD F3 diesels.

Below, you can see all locos from the LoR screen, and they are green (available).

start consist

Next use the scroll wheel to go to a loco, and press the T/P key. The letter "T" will appear, along with 2 asterisks "*", note you have 3 seconds to make an entry here.

setting first

Now, within 3 seconds from pressing the TP, you enter a number for the consist number (1 through 9 I believe), this sets the loco as a member of a Traction group (European for consist)

Here I enter "1" for the Traction/consist 1

set first

After pressing the number key (I used one) the loco is now marked as in consist T1., BUT, if you dont add a second member to the consist within 5 seconds, the "T1" disappears!

OK, now select the rest of the locos and add them to the consist in the same manner at your leisure.

all in consist

Note that if you press the R (reverse) button just before pressing the number key for the traction group, that loco's direction will be reversed, this is not in the manual, nor does the triangle reverse direction until after your press a number key.

Don't worry if you did not get a loco in the reversed direction, you can edit later.

But in our case, we are more interested in the directions of the locos, since we need the last loco to be running backwards (EMD F3 ABBA consist).

So go to Loco Recall again, and scroll to the loco to be reversed (in this case 2003)

You can see from the triangles that all the locos are going in the same direction.

Now press the TP key, and you get a menu.

consist edit

Do not hit the reverse button! This reverses all locos in the Consist (why?)

Press the A key and that loco will reverse:



Now Escape out with the E key.

To operate the consist, you can select any of the locos in the consist when controlling speed and direction.

When operating any loco in a consist, you will see "Tx" after the loco number, where x is is the consist number.

To control functions, you need to select the loco you wish for bell, whistle, etc, the system does not change which loco gets function messages if you reverse direction (that SHOULD be added, but I suspect that then the concept of front/middle/last locos would have to be added, just like NCE does.

I'll have more on the speed setting of the individual locos later, looks straightforward, and I would strongly suggest speed matching all your locos in the first place.

Notice also that you can enable the East / West in addition to the Forwards / Backwards, using the shift and the direction button, and you will also see another triangle

forwards / backwards is the up and down pointing triangles

East / West is the left/right triangles.

Using advanced consisting on the MX10 & MX32

Not implemented as of 2016.01.03 - one can only hope



The text below is a translation from the manual for reference, not much there, especially about reversing the direction.

(This is google translated from section 15 of the German manual 2016.12.23)

In order to justify a traction operation (ie a combination of locomotives for which speed, direction, MAN and shunting function are to be controlled jointly for all participants), the following procedure is used: The starting point is the operating state FAHR DRIVE); The addresses provided for the traction must already be in the Ramp (return memory).

Softkey III > RUF Display (if it is not already shown); In the list there is a column concerning tractions (by address). On the one hand, the addresses already assigned to this lane are drawn in, on the other hand the "blocked" addresses::

TX means:Assignment of a TRACTION NOT possible because Either in the foreground OR in traction.


Scroll wheel > select the first vehicle that is to be used for the new traction, and then assign the traction to the selected vehicle with the TP key + digit key also (T1, T2, T3, etc.) 3 sec timeout).

The traction designation ("T1", "T2", ..) is visible in the RE line and in the main field (if locomotive is in the foreground); The line AND the main field text take the color turquoise (blue-green).

The assignment of a traction causes the address in question to be marked "TX" on other lanes in the respective rudder, and is therefore no longer available for traction generation there.

Scroll wheel + TP key + digit key > Select additional addresses and add them to the respective traction with "T1", "T2", "T3", ....


To change the "direction" of a loco within a consist:

Sure, select the consist (traction) on your cab in driving mode, press softkey III to show your LoR, select via scroll wheel your last unit in consist, which you want to run reverse. Press key T/P and then key R (to change the direction), now the last unit runs in reverse direction in the consist/traction.)

These lines are also turquoise, as well as an automatic rearrangement: afterwards, the participants in the traction are interrelated.


If there is a traction (i.e., at least two addresses identified by "T1", "T2", ".." or "T9"), these lines are automatically shifted upwards and the respective vehicles are controlled together.


That is, Speed, direction, MAN are traced at all addresses, regardless of which of the addresses is currently in the foreground, and for which, e.g. The travel controller is actuated.

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