Why Use Digital Command Control (DCC)?

  • Run Your Trains, Not Your Layout
    • Prototypical operation
    • Simple Wiring
    • Ease of use - select loco and run
    • Smooth low speed operation
    • Easy consisting - add or subtract a loco in a few keystrokes
    • Speed Matching
    • No complicated board to design, learn, remember and teach to your guests
    • Easy for operating sessions
    • Advanced features
  • With DCC Your Options are Many
    • Speed stabilization - Back EMF
    • Lighting Effects: Mars, strobe, ditch, etc.
    • Engine Sounds & more
    • Bi Directional communication - know where your locos are.
    • Turnout operation - routing
    • Computer Control
    • Control car lighting and uncoupling
  • Realistic Train Operations are Possible with DCC - Consider these Possibilities:
    • Back down the mainline and latch on the front of a slipping consist and provide “helper” service.
    • Experience all the "possibilities" of prototype operation, including the “corn field meets” (direct head-on crash) and “rear ending” - running up on another (moving or stationary) train and crashing into it!
    • Blow the whistle, ring the bell, turn on the lights, all with your hand-held "cab" controller.
    • Adjust speed vs. throttle curves for locomotives independently, allowing closer matching to each other (for Multiple Unit consisting - MU) or to the job (limiting the top speed of switchers, achieving finer control over the speed range desired).
    • Conduct simultaneous operating sessions in the same yard as other locos, without worrying about switch settings. Realistically cycle head and tail lights, based on the locos direction or engineers’ input.
    • Program acceleration and deceleration momentum profiles separately to better match the prototype.
    • Implement speed stabilization, where the decoder senses the speed of the locos motor relative to the speed setting being asked for and adjust the actual power to the motor to achieve the desired speed - great for consisting alike or dissimilar locos or working through switches and steam locomotives.
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