Digital Command Control (DCC) has revolutionized the operation of model trains, offering a level of precise control of motion, lights, and even sound just not possible with older DC systems. DCC requires a decoder in each locomotive. Some locomotives are available with decoders pre-installed, but what if you have older locomotives made long before DCC, or newer locomotives that can accept a decoder but do not have one pre-installed? Or what if you want to add sound or additional lights?
In these two volumes, you’ll see actual real-world examples of DCC installs in HO scale locomotives. See 20 examples of DCC installs! Even if the particular models shown aren’t exactly like yours, we’ve tried to include enough variety to provide examples of typical issues you’d be likely to encounter while installing your own decoders. There are steam locomotives, diesels, and even a cab car! Most models have sound, but the techniques apply equally well to non-sound installs, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!