This page is under development and will consist of a comprehensive guide to DCC and how a beginner can find a way though its complexities, and be successful in enjoying its huge advantages on any layout – small or large.
DCC, like all consumer electronics, is subject to ever-increasing change.
A short history of DCC and where it has got to . . .
We cannot hope to cover the whole subject on this website – there are several fat books on it! But we will try to help de-mystify the subject in a common-sense way. Our own experience was that it is very difficult to get one easily-understandable guide to this complex subject. We will try to fill the gap for you. DCC enables a quality of control and realism previously unobtainable on electric model railways. You can now replicate many moves made routinely on real railways which modellers have traditionally had to avoid.
Never before has it been possible, anywhere on the layout, to ‘drive’ one loco into close contact with another, for them to be coupled and then move off together under individual control.
You can use one loco ‘in steam’ to move one or more other ‘dead’ engines, with only one engine making any noise. Double heading, or coupling a loco to assist one which has ‘failed’, are all possible in a way quite unavailable until DCC.
£8 decoder v £30 decoder. As ever, you get what you pay for . . .
Some once-leading manufacturers have stopped any development; others, like ESU, continue to innovate and improve; this is why we recommend their components as a good choice for those starting in DCC. Some components are priced to appeal to the mass market, and only have very basic control functions with no room for expansion or for the finer points. It is a fact of life that the more expensive components give far better results. We will review your options with you and suggest the best solution, when we have established what you need. We will not try to pressurise you into the most expensive equipment for the sake of it.
Wiring your layout
It is most important to recognise that the gauge of the current supply wiring to your track must be enough to carry the current required. Too many people wire up their DCC layouts with thin cable which is just not up to the job, then wonder why their system does not operate as it should . . .
A DCC glossary
The meaning of the many terms special to DCC coming here soon.