This page is a guide to setting up DCC fast, easy and inexpensively.
It takes a DIY approach to setting up a DCC base station and then expanding on that to show you how to use simple throttles to complete control using JMRI.
However, the more you use the advanced capabilities of DCC, the more complex it gets. And complex can be an understatement. Lower in this page is a printed DCC Guide that shows you how to set up and solve the problems that you can run into with advanced systems, including commercial systems.
A group has rewritten, and continues to improve the rewrite, the DCC codes. We have broken down what they have done and to make it easier for you, assembled packages of the electronics that are needed. Now here are the relevant links.
How To Install DCC++ Tutorial Library
The tutorials below will take you step by step through everything that you have to do. Below is the list. Images to the left link to supporting videos.
DCC Base Station – How to make the Base Station more often referred to the Command Station (CS).
DCC WiFi Control – How to install Wifi for control from your phone or other remote device.
DCC Power And Wiring – A necessary step.
DCC Software Automatic Installation – How to use a simple installer (very easy and fast)
DCC Software Installation Using Arduino IDE – For those who prefer to use the IDE.
DCC Ex Throttle – Control trains from your computer.
Engine Driver Throttle – Control from a phone.
All the information in the tutorials above have been condensed from the work done by a group of volunteers who are continuing to make this system more fantastic than it is already. Their work can be found her. DCC-Ex
. Their work can be found her. DCC-Ex
If you choose to use a commercial system or use the DCC++ Ex advanced features, the information below is extremely important. The information requires payment, but it will save you time as well as valuable equipment.
What follows is some descriptive information.
You will need sound information to get started right and avoid burning up expensive equipment – like that controller you saved months to buy.
This guide gives you what you need. DCC is clearly and simply explained:
- From how DCC Works to types of controllers
- Power districts
- Turnout control and wiring
- Short protection
- Control from your iPhone
- Computer control
- Installation of free control systems
- Converting dc to DCC (layout and locomotives)
- Properly wiring a new layout
- Running DC and DCC locomotives on the same layout
- Programing decoders
- Automatic control
- And then trouble shooting this high tech system.
- Plus answers to important common questions
- and much, much more.