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LokPilot Micro Direct OEM – #397-54650$31.95 Add to cart
LokSound Select micro Direct, “Universal sound for reprogramming” – #397-73199$85.95 Add to cart
5240162 NCE Light-It Universal Lighting & Signal Decoder 6 Pack – #524-LightIt-6$36.62 Add to cart
5240161 NCE Light-It Universal Lighting & Signal Decoder 3 Pack – #524-LightIt-3$18.68 Add to cart
Loksound V4.0 Direct – #397-54700$103.95 Add to cart
LokSound Select Direct Micro for Locos before 2017 – #397-73100$85.95 Add to cart
Commonwealth 3 Axle Pickup Kit, Baldwin AS-616 or any 6 Axle Baldwin – #691-603$12.95 Add to cart
5240154 NCE Switch-It Mk2 accessory decoder – #524-SwitchitMk2$28.04 Add to cart
5240151 NCE Fixed DCC decoder 8 Stall Motor turnouts – #524-Switch8Mk2$64.70 Add to cart
Loksound Select Direct – #397-73700$85.95 Add to cart
6″ Digital Caliper$12.95 Add to cart
Rite-Way Magnetic Clamping Systems – O and HO Scale – #RW-HOCTS – Temporarily out of stock$19.95 Read more
Digitrax 20 Amp Power Supply 13.8-23 volt DC – #PS2012E$147.95 Add to cart
Model RailroaderDigital Command Control changed all of that. Digitrax was the first US company to offer a complete system that supplied constant power to the track so that locomotives equipped with decoders could perform all sorts of independent controls and actions. These decoders make it possible to run multiple trains with ease, and without the large bank of switches that were formerly the norm. The standardization of Digital Command Control allows equipment from different manufacturers to operate in unison. Not only does this offer model railroaders more versatility in their layouts, it also makes the products more affordable to the consumer.
Are there any disadvantages to using Digital Command Controllers?The benefits of using DCC equipment far outweighs the negatives, but there are some things to consider before taking the plunge. If you've run a model railroad for a number of years, it's likely that your locomotives aren't equipped with decoders. This may require a significant investment if you run multiple locomotives. If you own newer locomotives, it's likely they have sockets that accept a plug-in decoder, but if they have to be installed it's highly recommended to get help from a professional. At Litchfield Station, our model railroad experts can install decoders into any locomotive, some of which are full of amazing features that will take your layout to the next level. If you're capable of installing your own decoders, we also have all of the equipment you need that will make this process far easier. Some newer locomotives come equipped with decoders already installed, and some manufacturers offer complete systems that makes creating a new layout very easy. If you would like to learn more about decoders or complete DCC train systems, contact us and speak with our model railroader guru.
Choosing a DCC train system for first-time model railroadersIf you're new to model railroading, you may be overwhelmed by the many systems available in our online store. However, most manufacturers offer complete systems for the first-time railroader that are easy to set up and control. Most of these systems are also quite affordable and run between $150 and $350. If you have a model railroading club in your area, or know someone who is into the hobby, it's a good idea to talk to them and get some input according to what you want out of your layout. You can also check out a number of useful online resources concerning Digital Command Control, as there are many model railroader forums with hobbyists ready to offer their opinions and answer your questions. Beginners may be best served by purchasing locomotives with decoders already installed, and even though advanced features like flashing lights and rotary beacons may be appealing, these often require additional light installations that are more suitable to the advanced railroader. Like so many other things in life, the least expensive isn't always the best. By gathering information from other model railroaders, you can select a DCC train system that will help you expand your layout over the years, rather than continually upgrading to a new system every few years. If you would like help choosing the right Digital Command Control for your needs, don't hesitate to contact Litchfield Station, and get advice from a model railroader with a lifetime of experience.
Which DCC train system is the “best?”Volumes could be written on this topic, but the truth is that the “best” system is entirely different for every model railroader. One hobbyist may have budgetary limitations that influence their choice of Digital Command Control system while another is only limited by their imagination. Many railroaders will also claim that one brand is better than another, but all of the major DCC manufacturers make a wide variety of models, and there is no way that they're capable of being familiar with them all. When attempting to answer the question of which Digital Command Control train system or brand is the best, the truth is that there is only one accurate answer. It's up to you. DCC Train The best DCC train system for you is one that does what you need it do and allows you expand your layout, if that is your intention. Some of the most popular Digital Command Control manufacturers include Digitrax, NCE, ESU LokSound, and Lenz. At Litchfield Station, we carry all of the brand names you've come to trust, but if you're new to DCC trains and model railroading, we offer the following information to help you choose the “best” system for your needs.
Asking the right questions to help you decide on your DCC systemIt's easy to get caught up in the marketing of any product, and DCC is no different. Different brands flaunt their specifications, claiming to have the “biggest” or “most powerful” feature, but this doesn't mean a thing if the feature isn't necessary to run the layout you choose. As mentioned above, it is extremely helpful to talk to other model railroaders about what they use and why. Pay close attention to what they say, and even take notes that are pertinent to your interests. When you narrow down your choices to three or four Digital Command Control systems, you can ask yourself the following questions to pinpoint your final choice.
- Are the controls easy to use?
- Do you like the layout of the throttle?
- How steep is the learning curve?
- How difficult is it to control multiple trains at the same time?
- How difficult is it to program locomotive decoders?
- Can you upgrade the DCC system?
- Can the turnout be thrown?
- Can you connect the DCC to a computer with ease?