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Hello hawkmouth.

Welcome to the forum. where are you from?

You will find plenty of advice for your DCC questions in the DCC section fo the forum but i will have a go at answering your question.

in theory n gauge loco'c can be chipped for DCC. and it has been done. But generally it is very fidelly work and finding space for the decoder can be very difficult if not impossible.

but there are many n gauge loco's that come DCC ready. so they wouldnt be a problem. as far as i know, the only brittish outline loco that comes DCC ready is the Peco collet loco -and it aint cheap!.

If i were you and i had a clean slate, i would either go for n gauge DC or HO/OO DCC.

You also have to bear in mind that as people get older, often they just cant see the N gauge stuff. many people shift up a scale mid-life.

As far as buying controllers is concerned, its really a case of how much do you want to spend? i think its better to save up and get the best you can afford, even if the loco's you get at first are really nothing special. one day you might get a nice loco and find that your controller cant cope with it or cant operate some of the functions.

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