How to Pick the Best Model Train Operating System for You… And Why It Isn’t Just a Matter of DC vs DCC

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How to Pick the Best Model Train Operating System for You… And Why It Isn’t Just a Matter of DC vs DCC

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Picking the best model train operating system for you is extremely important, and it’s not just a matter of DC vs DCC. In this month’s special report, we will give you the information that you need to make an informed decision from among the five most popular control systems.

You will learn the differences between traditional DC (direct current, which is also a power source), Digital Command Control (DCC), Digital Command System (DCS), Trainmaster Command Control (TMCC), and Legacy Control System (LCS). You’ll also learn brief histories of the various systems, the difference between power system and a control system, and what types of model trains can be operated with each.

In addition, we’ll tell you about what our Insider’s Club members, our Facebook group members, and model railroaders across the world have said about making the switch from DC to DCC. Most cite complexity and cost as the main reasons they don’t want to switch… but how those that have made the switch to DCC say they’ll never go back to DC!

If you are an older, experienced modeler, odds are you are still using analog control, whether DC or AC. One of the most common questions we see is “why not stick with DC?” Indeed, for many of you who have been model railroading for a long time, DC is what you know, what you prefer, and you probably see no good reason to switch to anything else. After all, we are most comfortable in constancy and change is often difficult for many of us to accept.

But for those that prefer DCC, the overwhelming reason was the extra features, most importantly prototypical sound that DCC sound equipped model trains are capable of. Do note that not all DCC model trains are equipped with sound, but they can usually easily have speakers and the sound decoders added (for an extra investment, of course).

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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