What about DCC? Digital Command Control for the Daneburg Subdivision

October 19, 2017 6 Comments

With a layout arriving any day and no DCC to run it we needed to figure out what to use...

One of the outstanding items that we needed to work on to make sure that all of our ducks were in a row to get the Daneburg Subdivision up and running again was to figure out what we were going to do for Digital Command Control on this layout. Because the Layout is coming from Europe, the DCC system that Pelle was using was 220V, so naturally it stayed with Pelle (he says the Daneburg subdivision was his last layout but we're secretly hoping that he'll use that DCC system on some future project).

With and incredible layout heading our way we wanted to get the DCC arrangements taken care of. There are a lot of great DCC systems available but the favorite among our team here is NCE. So of course we gave our friends at NCE a call and told them what we were looking for and they took great care of us! A few days later the package pictured below arrived with a ton of goodies to get the Daneburg Subdivision running smooth. 

NCE DCC on TrainLife for the Daneburg Subdivision

Stay tuned for future posts about the process of putting this system in and the process of making DCC work!

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6 Responses

Tom
Tom

October 20, 2017

Strange … My Digitrax Zephyr will work on 110 V and 230V – only the power cord connector must be replaced.
Probably there are many small power adapters for accessories in use. Tandy will sell a 110V one without a problem.

Joel Dee
Joel Dee

October 19, 2017

Come on, admit it, you like the feel and operation of the NCE? 110-220-440 in doesn’t matter to a controller that wants only 5 or ten amps
of power fed to it. Come on, admit it.

John Hill
John Hill

October 19, 2017

Laptop power supply with the appropriate voltage and current specs.
Laptop power supplies are switch mode devices, AC input voltages are anything between 90 and 240VAC, be sure to read the laptop power supply spec sheet. With a laptop supply, all required is the correct plug with the power cord.

Jon Calon
Jon Calon

October 19, 2017

The voltage to the rails would not be any different and many DCC systems are built to use any power. For example the Digitrax systems need only swap out the transformer supplying power to the boosters, and with the more modern switching power supplies, they can run on any AC voltage out of the wall, plug adapters notwithstanding.

Or is Digitrax the only one out there with the power supply not built in?

Bob Aris
Bob Aris

October 19, 2017

System choice is always difficult and each will make up their minds depending on their needs. Many years ago after much looking I settled on NCE like yourselves and I have never regretted that choice. In the early days I did a home modification to my handset for wireless transmission using an NCE kit (no longer available). It worked just fine but after about a year it started doing peculiar things like random control loss. Being in the UK I expected hassle in resolving the problem but a phone call to NCE determined that the issues were not what they would expect. They agreed to send me another transmitter on the understanding that upon receipt I would return the faulty one, which I did. I thought, and still think, that represents outstanding customer service and trust especially as the replacement continues to serve me well. I think you have made a great choice guys!
Look forward to seeing the Daneburg subdivision up and running.
Best regards, Bob

Buzz Lenander
Buzz Lenander

October 19, 2017

Excellent Choice!!! Our New Mexico Rail RunNers NTrak N-Scale Club has been using NCE for over nine years now and we think it is Great!
I operate on several layout routinely and NCE is my favorite system to use.

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