My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: DCC

10 Steps to Choosing a DCC System

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-01
Page:
108
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
This column covers ten things to consider before buying your DCC system.

8 Ways to Enhance Operation With DCC

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
96
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
This article covers walkaround control, consisting, helper service, multi-train control, Rule 17 lighting, whistles, signals, fast clocks, and lighting effects.

A Slide-away DCC Programming Track

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-12
Page:
25
Description:
Describes how to build a small pull-out shelf or tray that holds a single piece of track connected to the programming output of the DCC command station.

Add DCC Sound to an Alco S-2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
42
Author:
Don James
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how the author installed a SoundTraxx Micro-Tsunami into an HO-scale Atlas S-2 engine. Includes speaker and capacitor installation. Lights are also discussed. There is a side-bar on how to make printed-circuit-board bus bars

DCC Buyer's Guide

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
64
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
This article is a good introduction to DCC. It explains terminology, answers common DCC questions, discusses throttles, command stations, power stations, decoders, the various starter sets available at that time, and has a sidebar on what's available for three-rail O-scale.

DCC Buyer's Guide

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-12
Page:
74
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
An overview of DCC, and a listing of the various models available to model railroaders.

DCC Corner: A Word to the Wyes

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
80
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
Dealing with wyes when using DCC.

DCC Corner: Keep Your Trains Running with Power Districts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
104
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
Information about how to wire one booster per district and how to protect blocks using automobile tail lamps.

DCC for Traction Layouts

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
51
Author:
David Gairo
Scale:
O
Description:
Installing a DCC decoder in a trolley.

DCC Power Supply

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
14
Author:
Ted Horvath
Description:
The author describes how he was unable to complete the 18-volt, 10-amp power supply project described in issues #23 and 24 of this magazine until he could find the perfect mounting box for the electrical components.

Decoder-controlled Caboose Lighting

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-03
Page:
98
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author discusses what he had to do to install a Digitrax TF4 decoder in a caboose to gain a flashing amber roof-top beacon and red marker lights.

Decoding Decoders

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
94
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
What do the various wires on a decoder mean?

Demystifying Command Control Part 18

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
57
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
How addressing works, broadcast address, primary address, extended addresses, consist address, addressing ideas, accessory decoders.

Demystifying Command Control Part 19

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-09
Page:
74
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
DCC-ready connectors, new interfaces, wireless cabs.

Demystifying Command Control Part 20

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-10
Page:
75
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
Accessory decoders.

Demystifying Command Control Part 21

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
69
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
Another look at CV's and their functions. What is a CV? Anatomy of a CV. NMRA Recommended Practices. How a decoder deciphers CV's. Changing CV settings. Service mode programming. OPS mode programming. Methods of change. Different functions, same CV.

Demystifying Command Control Part 22

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-12
Page:
88
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
In this installment the author covers operating a layout equipped with DCC. It covers walk-around benefits, smaller local control panels, indicating turnout positions in dwarf signals, and how to deal with people who are die-hard DC buffs.

Demystifying Command Control Part 24

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
72
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
This is the last installment of this series. The article contains a glossary of DCC terminology, and a listing of DCC manufacturers, of DCC suppliers, and of DCC services.

Demystifying Command Control Part XI

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-01
Page:
71
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
This article covers the nasty topic of finding and fixing problems with both d.c. and DCC layouts. Handy flowcharts are provided to help hunt down problems.

Demystifying Command Control Part XII

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
78
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers sound decoders and how to install them, including how to make a speaker box for a tender.

Digital Command Control

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2003-03
Page:
36
Author:
Jeff Garrett
Description:
Primer on DCC.

Electric Flywheel

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
54
Author:
Jon Ames
Scale:
N
Description:
Locomotives come to an instant stand-still when they loose connection with the track on DCC. The author shows how he installed an Uninterruptible Signal Processing unit by Lenz to work with their decoder. This provides up to 4 seconds of power to the engine should it loose contact with the rail. He installed it in a Kato Mikado.

Getting Started with DCC

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-02
Page:
82
Author:
Allan Crowe
Description:
Mostly a beginners article, but it offers a fresh perspective on what it is like to convert an existing layout from block control to DCC. The author uses NCE's system, but tried to keep it as generic as possible.

How Compatible is DCC?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-10
Page:
92
Author:
Debbie Ames
Description:
The Amherst Railway Society show was used to test the compatibility between the various manufacturers of DCC components. A table of command stations, decoders, and programmers is provided with the article. It is an interesting historical perspective of DCC's early days.

How Sound Decoders Work

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
94
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
How sound decoders are created.

How Sound Decoders Work

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
40
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
This article describes how sound is converted to digital bits, stored in a decoder, and how the sound is reproduced in our engines.

Installing DCC Decoders

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
49
Author:
Dennis Murphy
Scale:
N
Description:
The article describes the author's experience installing an HO-scale decoder into the dummy B unit of a set of Life-Like's PA/B units. Shows close-up photos of the actual modifications and installation.

Installing DCC Decoders in American Models Diesels

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Summer
Page:
13
Author:
Bob Werre
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he makes a flat space in the diesel engines onto which to mount the decoder.

Installing Sound Decoders in Diesel Locomotives

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-09
Page:
94
Author:
John Edwards
Description:
Sountraxx decoders for HO, S, and O scale. Installation descriptions for Proto 2000 E-unit, Stewart FT, Proto 2000 GP7/9, Kato SD45, Proto 2000 FB-1, Atlas GP40, and Athearn S70.

Locomotive Lighting Effects

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-02
Page:
94
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
This article discusses, in general, how to install lights in locomotives, and then programming the decoder to perform special lighting functions using Decoder Pro.

Model Railroading Take a Look at DCC Part XXXIV

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-02
Page:
52
Author:
Larry Puckett
Description:
This part in the series covers the Life-Like QSI Sound Decoder, the Bachmann E-Z Command, and the MRC Prodigy Advance

Model Railroading Takes A Look at DCC Part 35

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-11
Page:
30
Author:
Larry Puckett
Description:
Covers throttles, the Digitrax UT4/UT4R, Digitrax decoders, throttle pockets (holders for the throttles), and the new DCC Specialties "the Hare".

N-scale Atlas Shay DCC Decoder Installation

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-05
Page:
24
Author:
David Derway
Scale:
N
Description:
Installing a Lenz LE0511W decoder in the Atlas Shay. The article includes lots of close-up detail photos and drawings of how to do this conversion.

Power Buses and Districts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
94
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
The first part of the article discusses the basics of good wiring and why that is important when DCC is used (as opposed to cab-control). The rest of the article discusses the benefits of well-thought out districts to help even the load and reduce total shut down in case of shorts.

Power Districts For Digital Command Control

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-01
Page:
90
Author:
Paul Chandler
Description:
This is an extensive look at why we need power districts, and how to design and construct them. Includes information about how to build small control panels to allow for shutting down of individual power districts for maintenance and debugging.

Sound for Brass Steam

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
92
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he went about installing a sound decoder into a Soo Line 2-8-2 Mikado from Division Point Hobbies.

The EasyDCC Command Control System Part 6

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-07
Page:
94
Author:
Keith Gutierrez, Lee Rayburn
Description:
This article covers the basics of accessory decoders, installing, and programming them. Included are a diagram of how to wire a Lenz LS110 accessory decoder to a twin coil switch machine. Another diagram covers how to wire a System One stationary decoder to a slow motion switch machine.

Tips for Using Wireless Throttles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
78
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
Dealing with rechargeable batteries, holding on to throttles (various solutions), and picking good receiver locations.

Turning a Layout Hi-tech

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-09
Page:
76
Author:
Steven Barkley
Scale:
HO
Description:
Photography by Bob Werre. The author describes his process for switching to DCC, replacing wiring, installing stationary decoders for Tortoise switch machines, implementing a computerized CTC panel, and animating signals.

Using DCC on NTRAK Modules

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
55
Author:
Jim Fitzgerald
Scale:
N
Description:
This one-page article describes how to wire NTRAK modules for DCC and includes a basic diagram. The real purpose of the article is to reference the web site that maintains the NTRAK DCC standard: http://trainweb.org/nrmrc

Using DCC to Match Locomotive Speeds

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
78
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
The article covers speed matching, manipulating CV2, 5, and 6 to set a basic speed curve, and developing a method for locomotive speed matching.

Using Decoder Pro

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-09
Page:
73
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
This article does a good job reviewing how the Decoder Pro software application works. It lacks details about how to hook the computer up to your DCC programming track. The application is free. (related web page)

Wiring a DCC Turntable

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
115
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
This article describes how to control the turntable motor using a locomotive decoder, and how to use the decoder's light function output to control the power to engine house stall tracks.

Wiring a Peco Electrofrog Crossing for DCC

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
92
Scale:
N
Description:
The article covers reversing modules to handle the polarity changes encountered in crossings.

Wiring Reversing Sections for DCC

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-04
Page:
72
Author:
Mike Polsgrove
Description:
This article describes how to wire a reversing loop and a wye when using DCC.

Working With Older Brass Diesel Locomotives Part 2

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-03/04
Page:
51
Author:
Daniel Dawdy
Scale:
O
Description:
Converting an older brass engine to DCC is not as simple as it may sound. This installment continues with painting the shell, and adding glass and details. LEDs and the decoder installation are next. (related web page)

Zero 1 for N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
62
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes how he managed to get command control into his N-scale engines. He used the Hornsby Zero 1 system.