Model railway terms. What do NCE and DCC mean?

Have learned (at 80 that digital trains co-exist with older analogue. Am real beginner and answer to suit a 10 year old would be appreciaed. Are there other terms relating to HO that I should know?

DCC is Digital Command Control: its a method for controlling the trains speed and direction where digital signals are sent to a decoder in the LOCOMOTIVE that determine speed, direction and other options. EACH locomotive has it’s own decoder with a unique “address” which allows the operator(s) to run multiple trains (2-99) at the same time without the complex wiring on old DC systems. Here is a link to a “professional” explanation: http://www.ncedcc.com/whatisdcc.pdf

Model trains of Yore were DC: Direct Current… the track carried the power with NO signals, and if you wanted to run multiple trains, you had to wire the track into BLOCKS, with only one train on a block at a time.

NCE (North Coast Engineering) is a BRAND of DCC: http://www.ncedcc.com/

I built my layout with DCC two years ago and am just amazed and amused at the simplicity and the ease of realistic operations. I can run 4 trains on my mainlines, 4 helpers, and 3 yard engines… my only limitation is the SPACE.

GOOD LUCK with the HOBBY !!

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2 Responses to Model railway terms. What do NCE and DCC mean?

  1. Robert S says:

    DCC is Digital Command Control: its a method for controlling the trains speed and direction where digital signals are sent to a decoder in the LOCOMOTIVE that determine speed, direction and other options. EACH locomotive has it's own decoder with a unique "address" which allows the operator(s) to run multiple trains (2-99) at the same time without the complex wiring on old DC systems. Here is a link to a "professional" explanation: http://www.ncedcc.com/whatisdcc.pdf

    Model trains of Yore were DC: Direct Current… the track carried the power with NO signals, and if you wanted to run multiple trains, you had to wire the track into BLOCKS, with only one train on a block at a time.

    NCE (North Coast Engineering) is a BRAND of DCC: http://www.ncedcc.com/

    I built my layout with DCC two years ago and am just amazed and amused at the simplicity and the ease of realistic operations. I can run 4 trains on my mainlines, 4 helpers, and 3 yard engines… my only limitation is the SPACE.

    GOOD LUCK with the HOBBY !!
    References :
    Model Railroad Geek

  2. reasom77 says:

    If you're just starting out, you should check out the magazine Model Railroader. Also, the National Model Railroad Association might prove useful. Worldsgreatesthobby.com has got not only some interesting links and the locations of stores across the country, they've got a place where you can find other model railroaders in your area (clubs). A lot of train ppl are generally easy to talk to.

    As far as DCC goes, it's really amazing; very realistic. You should see the guys my hunny hangs out with – they get so excited when they get a new engine *with* sound.. ^.^ It's cute.

    http://www.trains.com/mrr/
    http://www.nmra.org/
    http://www.greatesthobby.com/wgh/
    References :
    My hunny. ^.^
    He says if you have any questions, to let me (him) know.

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