Wiring for DCC – Buzzers

I want to draw attention to an excellent website that has been around for a long time. Its longevity is a testimony to its usefulness. When folks are new to DCC there are a lot of questions. I have been visiting Allan Gartner’s Wiring for DCC website for a long time, way before I bought…

DCC++ Clinic Powerpoint

I was asked recently to do a clinic at the Maritime Federation of Model Railroaders annual convention in Summerside, PEI the weekend of May 26,27,28. I prepared a PowerPoint for it and much of the information is covered in other posts I have made but I thought I would make the file available for others…

DCC Starter System

The most often asked question for someone interested in DCC is; “What system is the best?” That’s almost an impossible question to answer. No one system is “best”. The systems put out by manufacturers today are all good. They each have their pros and cons. I did a lot of research before jumping in. I…

DCC Install in a Walthers Sperry Rail Service Car

I began by testing the car on a friends DC layout. It is a smooth running unit. I have the newer model where the drive is improved to a geared power truck. We begin with gathering the required items for the install. The box says nothing about being DCC ready so I assumed this would…

Programming the Arduino for DCC++

Go to https://www.arduino.cc, click the Software tab at the top, scroll down and click on Windows Installer You can download or contribute to the project and download. Make note of where you saved the installation file. Open the installation file and agree to the license Leave all options checked and click Next Accept the default…

DCC Boosters

So you’ve got a DCC++, NCE Power Cab or other relatively small current DCC system and you want to expand but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a bigger DCC system. There are options out there that will get you a 3 to 5 amp booster for under $100. One of…

DCC++ Power Supply

You need a source of DC power that will connect to the motor shield and be a source of the DCC signal that will be sent to the track. The motor shield is rated at 2Amps but the code for the DCC++ base station limits the current to about 800mA. This can be adjusted by…