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DCC wiring is simple, right? Just two bus wires that control everything? Well, not quite! If you are looking to get a little more than just running trains in two ovals, DCC can ‘look’ tougher than traditional DC. BUT, if you take the right steps in the beginning and understand the basics right, it is not only easy, it’s pretty fun too!
I will be starting with building a new model train layout in the coming months, but before that I am going to test my electronics, build some essential components and run a full simulation of computer control and automation in a small test bed. I am also taking this opportunity to record the steps in detail so that for anyone starting with a DCC model train layout can benefit from these methods. IN another words, if you are searching for a ONE STOP SHOP for all DCC and wiring related topics, you might have just found the right place. In next few months I will unravel the secrets of DCC, signaling and automation to best of my abilities.
In Volume 1, I lay the foundation of DCC wiring and handle some basic but crucial topic of modern model railroad wiring. The emphasis is definitely on planning – superior the electrical plan of your railroad better off you will be when you start building it. I also touch upon different types of turnouts like Peco Electrofrog and Micro Engineering Insulated Metal Frog turnouts and how to wire them to your railroad in different configurations. Finally, I shared some time tested best practices to follow during electrical work that can go a long way to build bulletproof wiring for your model train layout.
If you’ve read till here, then make sure to check out my series on basic computer control for model trains using JMRI. Links to all 3 parts are here:
Part 1: – linking your model railroad to a computer and configure JMRI
Part 2: – basic controls of turnouts and routes
Part 3: – control your model railroad using a mobile device
Based on the feedback that the background music in this video is too distracting, I felt compelled to provide a ‘no music’ version so that you have a choice to pick based on your preferences. This episode is too important for the series, so please ensure to follow closely, especially if you are new to DCC.
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