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QUOTE (JasBo @ 5 Apr 2007, 22:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Guys,

I'm new here, so hello all.

I'm planning building a layout in OO guage using mainly diesel rolling stock. I've never dealt with DCC before but after visiting a specialist DCC dealer in my local area I am contemplating building my new layout in DCC.

The only problem is, I know nothing about DCC. I plan to run, on average, 3 locos at once. The dealer which I met today told me about a NCE Power Cab controller and said he sold it for £95. Is this a good deal, as like a said, I've never dealt with DCC.

Another query I have is connection. How does it all get wired up? The dealer, again, showed by copper strip stuck under the rails with a small wire attached and said it was then wired to the controller. I didn't take it all in and I'm still not sure of how to wire it up.


Any suggestions / advice would be very welcome.

Thanks,
Jas
Hi Jas I use the Power Cab and I have been happy with it. I find it fits well in the hand and it is easy to use. I think the price is about right although you may find it a little cheaper by shopping around. I buy my NCE stuff from Digitrains of Digby and they are very helpful. That is the point though if you have a local dealer and they are helpful that is tons better than buying slightly cheaper from someone miles away who you have to deal with over the phone no matter how good they are. Face to face is much better I think and then you can build up a confidence in them and their ability to help you.

Yes the copper tape is good and it has good points but then a lot depends on how big you are planning on making your layout. As regards help wiring up the DCC there are loads of links from this site and no end of helpful stuff to ease the task for you. Just ask on here and you will always get good advice.

Good luck with it.

Chris
 

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QUOTE (JasBo @ 6 Apr 2007, 11:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks guys, I'll have a look round to get a feel for all this info


@ Chriswright, What a coinsidence! It was digitrains in Digby I was actually talking about.
Well I have found them to be both knowledgable and friendly and both myself and my local club have purcahsed from them. At the club we have used the tape but I think we are all of the opinion we would use wire if we did it again. Don't get me wrong the tape does work and if you want to you can hide it on top of the layout but as already said before it does restrict you if you want to change the layout at a later date. You probably need to consider whether to use insulfrog or electrofrog points as well but that will be well discussed on here if you have a look. One other thing NCE have just released an update for their systems according to the excellent Bromsgrove Models site you can link to that from here as well. Good luck with your layout.

Chris Wright
 

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QUOTE (JasBo @ 7 Apr 2007, 12:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks for the info Chris.

Where abouts is your club? Maybe I could pop along one time to have a look, if it's not too far.

Cheers, Jas
Caistor and visitors are always welcome.
 

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QUOTE (JasBo @ 7 Apr 2007, 20:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ah, Caistor. That's a little bit too gar for me, I live in Ashby, the next village along from Digby


Anyway, that's for the info again.
No problem. We do have an exhibition in September at Caistor town hall.
 

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QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 10 Apr 2007, 15:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>We have an invite to a show in your area for 18/19 Sep' with St.Laurent & our trade stand - is that your one by any chance ?
Hi Brian well according to my diary that date is a Tuesday/Wednesday which seems strange days for an exhibition. Ours is on the weekend of the 8th and 9th. I know we have sent out a number of invites but I am not sure who to as that side is done by another of our group. I doubt it though as Margate is a long way away and our club is only small so we try and keep expenses of visiting layouts to a minimum. (tight is another description). We are at Caistor in Lincolnshire but there is of course more than one Caistor.

Cheers Chris
 
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