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. Of course, using DCC requires a decoder in each locomotive. Some locomotives are available with decoders pre-installed, but what if, like many modelers, you have a collection of older locomotives made long before DCC was invented, or newer locomotives that have a provision for DCC but do not have an actual decoder installed?
In this volume, we’ll tackle 12 real-world examples of DCC installs in HO scale locomotives, ranging from easy plug-and-play installs to slightly more difficult wired installs that only require a bit of skill with a soldering iron. You can follow along as we install our decoders, discuss things like lighting, resistors and speakers placement, and touch on programming. 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 is a steam locomotive and an assortment of diesels, both with and without sound, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Featured Models include, Atlas Master B23-7 (featured twice), Athearn RTR GP60B, Blue Line SD40-2, Athearn RTR F59PHI, Atlas Master B40-8W, Kato SD40-2, Bachmann Spectrum 4-4-0, Kato SD40, Kitbashed B23-7, Athearn “Blue Box” SD40-2, Atlas C40-8 and a Three-Way Comparison – Atlas B40-8Ws. The DVD includes a bonus still photo library.