I've noticed that there have been some threads lately about "DCC Ready" locos not
working when they get home.
"DCC Ready" does NOT mean that it has a decoder already installed.
DCC Ready does NOT mean anything really. It's just some marketing bullshit that all
the toymakers use to try to get you to think that you are getting something special.
Every single electric motor powered, model RR locomotive that has ever been
manufactured is, and always was, DCC ready.
Yeah, yeah, I know, it's irritating as hell, but it is not really "false advertising"
as much as it is an attempt to lie without actually lying. The only thing "DCC
ready" really means is that if you are skilled enough you can install a decoder in
it......after you buy a decoder somewhere else.
To me, that qualifies it as a bullshit claim, as I can install a decoder in anything
that has a twelve volt, 24VA motor in it. AC or DC doesn't matter. There are others
who could put a decoder in a prototype locomotive and make it work. You just have to
know what you are doing.
SOMETIMES...the thing will have an NMRA plug, sometimes it won't. But you don't have
to do anything to an "ordinary" locomotive that you don't also have to do to a "DCC
Ready" loco in most cases to install a decoder. Even locos that have the plug usually
have to be re-wired to get the lights to operate properly and under user control.
That has always been the case with Proto 2000 and me. I just rip out the lightboard
and start from scratch. I do it better than they do anyway<G>
So just forget about claims of "DCC Ready" and dismiss them as BS, because that's
what they are.
DCC EQUIPPED is a-whole-nother ball game. Many Atlas Locos are "DCC Equipped" such
that you can move the jumper to the DCC position inside the loco and you are ready to
run on address three. Decoder and everything is already there and programmed.
Don't mistake "DCC Ready" for "DCC Equipped"
They DO NOT mean the same thing.