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Hi Dave,

Here's a contender for your Berlitz Guide to DCC - Aspects of Modelling: Digital Command Control by Ian Morton. Ian is a regular contributor to Hornby Magazine, so without knowing the content of this book, I'm guessing it could help you a lot. Hopefully some book owners will be along shortly with comments like "Yeah, it's the greatest thing since sliced bread"....

From your earlier description of your progress with DC and sections etc, I don't think you'll have a problem with DCC if you approach it in the same way as you did DC.

And an explanation of "heavier wire". Unlike DC, you can have more than one loco running at once in a section. So you have more than one motor requiring power which means more electrons. With DCC, most layouts can be live all the time with a single command station. Apart from some starter sets, most command stations will pump out around 4 amps. This is compared to the 1 amp or so which is the max for DC controllers and modern motors (Bachmann / Hornby) take at most 150mA. To shift more amps you need thicker or heavier wire if you are to make sure the volts you start with are the volts that appear at the other end of the wire.

I hope this helps, even if it's only a little bit

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