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QUOTE (Dickens @ 13 Feb 2009, 15:37) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks for the first two replies. Perhaps in the end it becomes a choice between the less expensive DCC controllers and engines and the advantages of more straightforward control of engines,track areas and points setting.

Is there any advantage from the point of view of co-ordinating light signals and points by using DC?

No.

In a small layout DCC has advantages because the density of "motive power units" is likely to be higher and you do not need to plan in great detail before hand how long and exactly where you need your blocks.

You also have much better control over very slow running because you can adjust the CV's on the decoders to suit the characteristics of the motor of each unit.

This means you need to be able to read back CV's so if you choose DCC go for a decent system-such as the NCE.
 
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