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QUOTE (16A @ 11 Mar 2009, 16:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Stets

I am a DC to DCC convert who resisted the move quite voiciferously claiming it "has little or no advantage over DC" as I had just about everything you could want with DC. But, now I've switched over, I can't begin to put into words how much more enjoyment I get from my layout - seriously, and the difference is similar to the step up from clockwork to electric models. If we carried out a poll on this forum of members who had switched from DC to DCC asking how many regreted the move the answer would probably be none.

'Being put off by what sounds like complicated technology?' don't be. You don't have to know anything like all of it, just a few basics that's all you need. Once you get into it, like so many things, your natural interest will grow and develop your knowledge base, this is a growing technology, most manufacturers are now starting to develop new ideas and products to increase our enjoyment so, why choose to miss out?.


Stets, just like 16A refered to above, I too was DC man all the way through my bones ( as my career was in DC).
I converted to DCC to allow the 3-4 operators on my evolving new layout an easier life & at that stage of conversion, it was the right decision at that time. Since then, the new layout has had changes which really negated the main reason why I converted.

That said, if I had modified the previous DC layout ( 20 x 12 ft - with 3 large & 1 small stations & 8 completely hidden dead end storage sidings) a small bit & altered the train operating paperwork ( train orders/timetables, etc) I had no real reason to completely rebuild the layout or convert to DCC - I worked out that I would have saved well over $3500 or more in the last 18 months. Hind-sight is a marvelous thing!!

Now DCC is no more complicated than DC, just different - a bit less wiring, a bit more electronics & it does make operating easier & for those just starting out in the hobby, the only way to go.
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