innews: firstname.lastname@example.org: We can have 6 digits on the side if you include multiple units although Southern region manages to identify its units by the last 4 digits careful not to overlap. No such luck with locos 87001, 67001, 47001, 37001, 27001 overlap on 4 digits admittedly less likely to overlap than 2 digits but you which which number manufactures are bound to pick for locos they make.
The one good point about the Hornby system is that you can allocate free
text as well as an address to a loco, text held on command station. So
you could map the full six digit loco number to a 1-255 address, which
is probably more easy to use than remembering the last 4 digits and
Bachmann are doing the same with their system. 4 digits were all that is
required in the US as that is all the digits they use to identify locos
with duplicates between different rail roads.
- posted 15 years ago