>OK as long as the "newbies" are speaking, i'll look "dumb" with my
>question. I don't quite understand what DCC Control is. Do you buy
>Engines that way, is it sort of like Radio Control? Is it in N Guage?
DCC = Digital Command Control. There has been a lot written about it
already, but in short form:
* Rather than controlling the train by varying the voltage to the
rails, the voltage is kept constant (as a power source) and
locomotives can be controlled individally by sending digital commands
* This requires a "command station" in place of a power pack, and any
locomotive you want to run this way must have a "decoder" installed.
* Decoders not only interpret the commands, but perform the functions
such as supplying current to the motor, lights, etc.
* DCC is not scale specific, it can be used in any scale. Naturally
the smaller the scale, the more difficult it becomes to find a decoder
small enough and get it installed in the loco.
* Specific subject was some Atlas N-scale GP40-2's now being offered
(at extra cost) with decoders already installed.
As to my comment about N scale... I never said that putting DCC in N
scale was "impossible", just something I'd never do, for the same
reasons I don't kitbash or superdetail in N scale.
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