DCC Control vs DC Control For Your Model Trains

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What are the advantages of DCC control of your model trains over DC control?

When operating a model railway, you want optimum operation and control over your locomotives.

The Digital Command Control (DCC) system revolutionizes the way model railways are operated.

While previous operational systems have only allowed the user to control separate stretches of track, DCC gives control of individual locomotives, adding a whole new aspect of reality to model trains and increasing enjoyment levels no end!

With the original DC powered model railways, the user could only control sections of the track.

Therefore all trains running on that piece of track would move the same way, rather than moving individually. Apart from being hard to control, the DC system was outdated and only appropriate for simple tracks.

If you were interested in expanding your model train layout or aiming to control your trains more realistically, there were severe limitations.

Whereas DC controlled trains were hard to control and limited by lack of technology, the DCC system offers a new spectrum of advancements.

For instance, many locomotives can be operated on one track and have completely separate controls, which include direction, speed, lighting, sound and smoke.

The cost might be higher but the extra enjoyment is well and truly worth it!

More realistic and impressive, DCC is an advancement that towers over the old DC system of control.

It is the only system now used by serious model railroaders and is much preferred, even by model train beginners.

Being able to expand your model railroad and add in more complex sections of track and locomotives with more functionality is irresistible.

The DCC control system has basically quadrupled the fun of building model train layouts and maintaining model railways.

The DCC control system can also be used on large scale model trains. Collectors with outdoor sets and locomotives can enjoy professional control over their system.

DCC allows you to appreciate the optimum performance of your model trains.

There is no comparison between the old DC system and new Digital Command Control.

While there is no comparison between the performance and opportunities presented by DCC and the old DC system, the new comes from the old.

It is a new form of the original DC signal, sent out on the rails. Each locomotive has an installed decoder that translates the signal and follows the operator’s controls.

You can have over 100 model trains operating on one set, if you so wish, and have each controlled separately. It’s as close as you can get to the real thing!

Overall, Digital Command Control is a technological breakthrough for model train collectors.

The same modern system used by real trains is now replicated in miniature, allowing collectors full enjoyment of their hobby and providing new opportunities to increase the scale and complexity of model railroad sets.

Although DC powered systems had their time, there is no looking back from the introduction of DCC.

Recommended for every model railroad, from beginner to veteran, the DCC system is in a league of its own when it comes to control systems for your model train set.

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. robert
    3 years ago

    So, in dc where you had to put the tracks in blocks, you dont have to with dcc. And this eliminates all the select switches for dc? But what keeps the dcc model running without blocks with the same electrical output at the same speed where ever the train is as opposed to the dc? Can you keep the same track with a cork roadbed or do you need to go to the new plastic clip ins? Last, is there a book about dcc vs dc? Thanks


  2. Dan Morgan
    3 years ago

    Hi Robert, The cork roadbed doesn’t have to be changed. Basically with DCC you provide a constant voltage to the track and assign addresses to the locomotives you want to control. When you send a message along the track to a specific address only the loco with that address will respond. You will find all the information you need in these DCC Guides


  3. robert
    3 years ago

    Thanks Dan for info on the DCC books. This will be very helpful to me where I am just getting my tables together and will see how much room I have.


  4. Allan
    2 years ago

    Hi,my daughter and wife have collected a large quantity of Lemax Village buildings over the years
    and i was thinking about incorporating them into a model raiway.I am led to beleive that oN30 scale is about right for these buildings,is this so?. Also can you tell me where the best place in Australia would be to buy this scale.I have been searching the web but cant seem to find a store that has a good range,regards Allan

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