Getting Started with NMRA DCC
with specifics & examples for S Scale
This thirty-five page document was written to assist model railroaders with getting started with NMRA DCC. It starts out with a brief explanation of DCC for the uninitiated including the basic components of a DCC system, and provides some pointers to other sources of information on DCC. Selecting a DCC system for your model railroad is a lot like selecting your car -- each person has specific needs and desired. While we often get asked "Which system do you recommend", we won't recommend a particular manufacturer's system. However in this document you will find a seven page section on "Selecting a DCC system". It will walk you through some of the features and functions you will find advertised for DCC systems, and hopefully provoke some thought
& research on the reader's part for those features and functions in a DCC system that are most important to him/her.
Other sections of this document include information on DCC power stations, power supplies, bulb/lamp selection for use with DCC decoders, speakers for use with DCC sound decoders. And finally we have include some specifics for the S scale modeler including DCC power stations for S scale layouts, stall & operating current measurements for a large selection of S scale locomotives, and information on installaitons in S scale locomotives.
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