Specifics on different DCC systems and hardware

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Well, there are many things that are important in picking a system. Unfortunately, a lot of the decisions made by newcomers is based on the throttle appearance and size. So rather than fight it, I'll put the sexy stuff first.

From left to right, A dollar bill, Zimo, Massoth, LGB 55016, LGB 55015, and NCE ProCab.

In choosing a DCC system you need to consider the entire system, how it works, how expandable it is, cost, compatibility, and yes, how much you like the throttle.


I'm over 50, and farsighted, so the larger the characters on the screen the better for me, because I don't wear glasses except for closeup stuff. 

Note: this is not about screen size, it's about how large the characters are on the screen. You can have a big screen full of tiny letters and it's not for me.

I also have been involved in the design of consumer electronics for a long time, and I have learned a lot about how to make a good system, the tradeoff between the number of buttons and the number and levels of menus.

I've listed several manufacturers' equipment here, and my experiences with them.

I always recommend NCE in terms of price/performance.

The European systems are full of features, often unique to just their decoders, and have more complex displays. I gave up my beloved NCE system for a Zimo system, which has unique features but is hard as heck to see in sunlight (color OLED high resolution touchscreen, each feature a strike against sunlight readability!!)







Notes on higher power boosters:

15 amp booster by Gallus, but the web site seems to be gone: http://www.modellbahn-gallus.de/

There is/was a 20 amp booster, max voltage 22 volts: http://www.perandones.ch/index.asp?inc=artikel


DCC Manufacturer ID table:

CV 8 should have one of the following numbers in it, identifying the manufacturer:

Additionally a manufacturer may put a version number in CV 7

1: CML Electronics Limited
2: Train Technology

11: NCE Corporation
12: Wangrow
13: Public Domain & Do-It-Yourself Decoders
14: PSI - Dynatrol / Lahti Associates
15: Ramfixx Technologies (Wangrow)

17: Advanced IC Engineering, Inc.
18: JMRI
19: AMW
20: T4T - Technology for Trains GmbH
21: Kreischer Datentechnik
22: KAM Industries
23: S Helper Service
24: MoBaTron.de
25: Team Digital, LLC
26: MBTronik - PiN GITmBH
27: MTH Electric Trains, Inc.
28: Heljan A/S
29: Mistral Train Models
30: Digsight
31: Brelec
32: Regal Way Co. Ltd
33: Silicon Railway / Praecipuus
34: Aristo-Craft
35: Elektronik & Modell Produktion
36: DCC Concepts
37: NAC Services, Inc.
38: Broadway Limited Imports, LLC
39: Educational Computer, Inc (DCCdevices.com)
40: KATO Precision Models
41: Passmann Modellbahnzubehoer
42: Digirails
43: Ngineering
45: ANE Model Co., LTD.
46: GFB Designs
47: Capecom
48: Hornby Hobbies Ltd.
49: Joka Electronic
50: N & Q Electronics
51: DCC Supplies, Ltd
52: Krois-Modell
53: Rautenhaus Digital
54: TCH Technology
55: QElectronics GmbH
56: LDH
57: Rampino Elektronik
58: KRES GmbH
59: Tam Valley Depot
60: Bluecher-Elektronik
61: TrainModules
62: Tams Elektronik GmbH
63: Noarail
64: Digital Bahn
65: Gaugemaster
66: Railnet Solutions, LLC
67: Heller Modenlbahn
68: MAWE Elektronik
69: E-Modell
70: Rocrail
71: New York Byano Limited
72: MTB Model
73: The Electric Railroad Company
74: PpP Digital
75: DigiTools Electronics Servicing and Contractor Ltd.
76: Auvidel
77: LS Models Sprl
78: Tehnologistic (train-O-matic) ROM
79: Hattons Model Railways UK
80: Spectrum Engineering US
81: GooVerModels / HAG Modelleisenbahn

83: JSS-Elektronic DE
84: Railflyer Model Prototypes, Inc.
85: Uhlenbrock Elektronik GmbH
86: Wekomm Engineering, GmbH
87: RR-CirKits
88: HONS Model
89: Pojezdy.EU
90: Shourt Line
91: Railstars Limited
92: Tawcrafts 1011100 0x5C 92 UK
93: Kevtronics cc
94: Electroniscript, Inc.
95: Sanda Kan Industrial (1981) Ltd.
96: PRICOM Design
97: Doehler & Haas
98: Harman DCC
99: Lenz Elektronik GmbH
100: Trenes Digitales
101: Bachmann Trains
102: Integrated Signal Systems
103: Nagasue System Design Office
104: TrainTech
105: Computer Dialysis France
106: Opherline
107: Phoenix Sound Systems, Inc.

109: Viessmann Modellspielwaren GmbH
110: AXJ Electronics
111: Haber & Koenig Electronics GmbH
112: LSdigital
113: QS Industries
114: Benezan Electronics
115: Dietz Modellbahntechnik
116: MyLocoSound
117: cT Elektronik
118: MÜT GmbH
119: Signaling Solution / W. S. Ataras Engineering
120: csikos-muhely
121: ECCO GmbH
122: Berros
123: Massoth Elektronik, GmbH
125: ProfiLok Modellbahntechnik GmbH
126: Möllehem Gårdsproduktion
127: Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc.
128:Frateschi Model Trains
129: Digitrax

131: Trix Modelleisenbahn
132: ZTC Controls Ltd.
133: Intelligent Command Control
134: LaisDCC
135: CVP

137: A-Train Electronics Products

139: RealRail Effects

141: Throttle-Up (Soundtraxx)

143: Model Rectifier Corp.

145: Zimo Elektronik

147: Umelec Ing. Buero

149: Rock Junction Controls

151: Electronic Solutions Ulm GmbH & Co KG (ESU)

153: Train Control Systems

155: Gebr. Fleischmann GmbH & Co.

157: Kuehn Ing.

159: LGB (Ernst Paul Lehmann Patentwerk)

161: Modelleisenbahn GmbH (formerly Roco)

163: WP Railshops

165: Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG)

170: AuroTrains

173: Arnold - Rivarossi

186: BRAWA Modellspielwaren GmbH & Co.

204: Con-Com GmBH

225: Elproma Electronics Poland

238: NMRA reserved



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