LGB “EPL” Components Overview & Alternatives

Last Updated: 27 August 2021


What is LGB “EPL”?

To control electrical switches and signals, LGB invented the “EPL” system. The EPL system is an integrated program of switch drives, contacts, controls and other electric devices you can use for remote and automatic control of your layout.


Components Overview

Component LGB PIKO
On/Off Control Box 51800 – Discontinued / 51805 – € 79,99 35261 – € 74,00
Switch Control Box 51750 – Discontinued / 51755 – € 79,99 35260 – € 74,00
Electric Switch Drive 12010 – € 33,99 35271 – € 35,00
Supplementary Switch (for advanced circuits) 12070 – € 29,99 35265 – € 28,50
Track Contact (for use with loco magnet) 17100 – € 16,99 35272 – € 19,00
Loco Magnet (for use with track contact) 17010 – € 6,99 35269 – € 7,70
Reed Contact (triggered by track magnet) 35267 – € 12,30
Track Magnet (for triggering reed contacts) 17050 – € 6,29 35268 – € 6,15
Reverse Loop Track Set 10151 – € 64,99

Prices: MSRP 2021


On/Off Control Box / “Schaltpult” (DE)

  • LGB 51800 – Discontinued, Lehmann eraLink
  • LGB 51805 – Newer version, Märklin eraLink
  • PIKO G 35261 – Link

LGB 51800 On Off Control Box / SchaltpultLGB 51805 On Off Control Box / SchaltpultPIKO G 35261 On Off Control Box / Schaltpult

The On/Off control box requires a power supply (check the manual for requirements).


Switch Control Box / “Stellpult” (DE)

Switches and signals can be controlled by using a switch control box from either LGB or PIKO. Both manufacturers offer a control box with four electrical switches, which means up to four switches or signals can be controlled.

  • LGB 51750 – Discontinued, Lehmann eraLink
  • LGB 51755 – Newer version, Märklin era Link
  • PIKO G 35260 – Link

LGB 51750 Switch Control Box / StellpultLGB 51755 Switch Control Box / StellpultPIKO G 35260 Switch Control Box / Stellpult

The switch control box requires a power supply (check the manual for requirements).


Electric Switch Drive / “Weichenantrieb” (DE)

  • LGB 12010 – Link
  • PIKO G 35271 – Link

LGB 12010 Electric Switch DrivePIKO G 35271 Electric Switch Drive

Both switch drives are listed as waterproof. I have only tested the PIKO drive in a completely-under-water situation, where it kept working flawlessly. Moisture isn’t the only challenge these drives have to face, dirt is one as well.


Supplementary Switch / “Zusatzschalter” (DE)

  • LGB 12070 – Link
  • PIKO G 35265 – Link

LGB 12070 Supplementary SwitchPIKO G 35265 Supplementary Switch


Source: LGB, PIKO