What is DCC anyway?
- Digital Command Control
- NMRA command control standard
- Supported by multiple manufacturers
- Offers a simplified lower cost wiring system.
- No computer experience needed.
- Basic and advanced systems are available. (Low $ entry level to full club systems.)
Is my layout a candidate?
|||||If you run a One Horse road|
|||If you run 2 or more trains at a time|
|||||If you (want to) have yard operations|
|||||If you (want to) have helper operations|
What can DCC do for me?
- No more whos got my train?
- Run trains not the control panel
- Guest operators can run trains easily
- Simplify or eliminate control panels
- Walk around control
- Plug around (with speed/direction memory)
- Cordless throttles
- Track can be used to distribute power and control
- Other accessories
- Fine tune locomotive performance
- Adjustable start voltage/maximum speed
- Speed matching for good MU operation
- Smooth steam loco operation with Torque Control
- Mars, Strobes, Beacons, firebox flicker
- Operating ditch lights
|Typical DCC system setup||||Advanced DCC system setup|
- Gives each locomotive a unique Address
- Address can be 2 digit or (optional) 4 digit. (Set to Loco #)
- Detects DCC commands and implements it when Addressed
- Motor Speed, Function output, MU, etc.
- Drives motor
- Low heat pulse power for good starting torque and running
- Implements optional Momentum and Speed Tables
- Modern high frequency quiet drive (Silent RunningTM)
- Headlights, lighting effects, etc.
Typical Decoder Wiring
Considerations before you buy
How much power do you need (Power Budget)
- Its not size but quantity
- Allow 1/4 - 1/2 Amps per locomotive
- About 8-10 locomotives per 5 Amp booster
- Sub-divide booster districts into separate power districts
- Use EB3 DCC circuit breaker for each power district
- a short in one power district will not shut down the whole booster
- 10 amp boosters are not for HO
- 220 Watts is enough to melt code 70 rail
- locomotive wires vaporize if a short travels through the loco wires
- Probably more than you had with DC operation
- If its easier to operate, more operators will show
- Now you can really have multiple trains moving in the yard or in a town
- What kind of cabs will you need?
- Intermediate cabs - simpler
- Full Feature Pro Cab
- Engine terminal operator - setting up consists
- Master operator stop the fast clock, etc
- Cordless Intermediate and Pro Cab
How do I get started?
- Dont buy anything (yet)
- Try different systems to see which suits you best - get the one YOU like.
- Try running locomotives, programming locomotives, etc.
- Look over our catalog to see the extent of our systems and decoders