> I would bet that over 95% of the people who buy brass, especially high-end brass do
> not run it except to see that it will run; most not even then. They are largely
> collectors and are not interested in the merits-or demerits- of DCC. Although there
> are exceptions, brass is typipcally a poor runner having cheaply made or poorly
> engineered drive systems.
That agrees with my own observations, except that I think about half of that 95% put the
brass models on display on a mantle or in a display cabinet and the other half put the
models, unopened, into a drawer or cabinet to wait for the prices to rise. These.
latter, speculators are the ones I blame for the hideous prices brass models now command.
Some of the early brass actually ran pretty well. I have an Akane B&O EM-1 (2-8-8-4)
which runs beautifully -- it makes quite a sight on the point of a loooooong cut of
hoppers with a wagontop caboose bringing up the rear :-) . On the other hand, I have a
Lord and Lady Baltimore (NJ Custom Brass?) that have trouble pulling themselves around
the layout (the prototype Lady was a bit slippery, but the model is ridiculous!).
Someday, when I have nothing better to do, I will get out the hammer, wrenches, and
milling machine and see if their performance can be improved. On the other hand, I have
lots of better things to do.
> NOTE: Puckerbutts please notice that I allowed for exceptions.
Your weasel wording was masterful. You have my admiration for your lexical athleticism.
> Those who wish to operate brass usually have to do a lot of work on it before it will
> run anyway, so there should be no problem installing DCC.
Installing the DCC would probably be the easy part. Getting the engines to run decently
would be the major part of the project.
> Are there still active MRRs out here who want DCC, but do not know how to install
Probably more than a few. Some (older) engines can be a bit of a challenge to pick a
decoder for. A lot of them (like the Athearn SW-7) have next to no space in the shell
that is not filled with mechanism or weight. The "standard" DCC installation is quickly
mastered, but there are some pathological cases on the market as well (I still have not
figured out what I can do to install a decoder in an old SW-7 that still runs quite