I have been modelling using DC control for around 20 years but as I am building a new layout I thought I should investigate DCC control for its obviousadvantages. I purchased an E-Z Command Controller and a Bachmann 36-553, 3 function decoder with EMF. I set up a couple of lengths of track, plugged in and tried some DCC ready locos I have. The Bachmann models : 56xx, Ivatt 4-6-0 and Crab all ran very erratically with jerky movements. I then tried a Hornby Q1 which ran very well with excellent slow speed control. I contacted Bachmann Technical Services who informed me that the problem was due to the Bachmann! motors not being compatible with the decoder's EMF CV settings and these would need adjusting-which I cannot do with the EZ controller. I was aware of the 36-552 2 function decoder so I suggested should I try one and the gentleman from Bachmann said I should. Armed with a 36-552 I tried this in the same locos. The result is that they run but there is an annoying humming noise from the motor, including the Q1, with which I was quite impressed with using the 36-553 decoder. Before I put the DCC controller and decoders on e-Bay and return to wiring sections with a bank of switches can anyone help and convert me back to DCC!
I have been modelling using DC control for around 20 years but as I am building a new layout I thought I should investigate DCC control for its obvious