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Switching to DCC
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 5:31 PM
I am using DC right now on a small layout which I am planning on expanding. If i were to switch to DCC how should I do this?

Can I run DCC and DC together (on two different attached layouts)
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Posted by Jacktal on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 7:39 PM
You could....the hard way.You'd have to have two separate trackworks,completely isolated from eachother on the same layout,and have dedicated locos for DCC since DC locos won't run on DCC while the other way around is possible.And what about your control panel....complicated to say the least.

Why don't you convert your DC layout to DCC and have fun operating.It's fairly easy to do,won't cost you much as you already have the DCC system and the whole trackwork will be compatible.Converting is THE only solution thast makes sense...to me anyway.You could use your DC power supply for lights and accessories,etc.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 8:01 AM
I am in the process of converting my DC layout to DCC. The non-decoder locomotives can be run off the DCC throttle by using "channel" 0.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:02 AM
There are a lot og good places to get info on the web. Try these to get started:
www.wiringfordcc.com
www.loystoys.com
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 31, 2003 5:44 PM
Originally posted by Cmdr.WedgeAntilles
If you have a small layout-and are using DC now-and you have a few blocks so that you can run more then one train at a time. Switching over to DCC is very easy. Just hook up the DCC unit in place of your DC power pack- and then leave all your Block switchs on-If like I do- you have an engine or two that you have not converted yet- I just park them in a yard track or siding someplace and turn off the power to that section of track.-that way they do not sit there buzzing like crazy. I think once you get started using DCC you will be amazed at how neat it is.
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Posted by traindealer on Friday, October 31, 2003 9:35 PM
I strongly suggest you run everything on DCC. I tired to save a few bucks when I first went to DCC, by running the switch yard on DC and the main line on DCC. It only took one time for the switch engine to span the gap between the DCC trackage and the DC trackage to knock out the MRC Command Station. Repairs was twice the cost of the extra decoders. Totally DCC is the only way in my opinion.
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Posted by tomytuna on Saturday, November 1, 2003 3:52 AM
I switched to DCC when i started back into the hobby, found it easy IF you purchase the easy to use MRC DCC set up. I actually purchased another brand 1st and found it so complicated that it drove me crazy as i'm not a computer programmer and instructions not used friendly. Well, after returning that unit and getting the MRC, I have had nothing but fun and a smile. You can keep one engine at a time assigned to regular analog use if not equipped with a decoder....all the best and have fun...Tom
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Posted by sully57 on Saturday, November 1, 2003 12:51 PM
tomytuna:
re: your post. Do you mean you actually returned your DC transformer ? I ask, because I bought new Tech II DC, and now am rethinking my decision. Did you find that costs were substantially higher for DCC, with power pack, decoders etc.

I toss this out to all: is it reasonable to assume that most new locos being made are either DCC-ready, or at best DCC-friendly ?

Also, it's my understanding the major difference (DCC vs. DC) is that one can direct individual locos on the same line. Are there any other reasons to align with DCC? Or is it just that, in a nutshell?

PS yes - I plan to get a book on it ! Thanks.

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