Originally Posted by spacomp92653
my question is this, in general are DCC locomotives and 'better' than DC locomotives when buying new equipment??
I intend to run only DC on this layout and am using Bachmann ON30 equipment. Do they use better motors or is the DCC circuitry any advantage if only run on DC track?
For example does a DCC loco on DC track able to run quieter, smoother, slower or is it the same as the equivalent DC loco?
I notice the price difference between DC and DCC locos
The DCC circuitry does make a very big difference in how smoothly, and slowly, a locomotive runs, but only if your layout is DCC controlled. It won't improve anything to use a DCC locomotive on a DC layout. Which sort of begs the question, "Why stick to DC, instead of upgrading the operation (considerably) by simply switching to DCC?
It's not all that expensive. You can buy an NCE powercab controller (the type I use on my own layout) for $200 or less. Decoders are in the $25-$50 dollar range depending on whether you want sound or not. I think if you're running On-30 steam, you will like sound very much but you can save some money by using non-sound decoders if you prefer.. I'm also guessing you may not have all that many locomotives in On-30? The fewer the locomotives to convert, the less money you'll need to spend on decoders.
You can also run either DCC or DC by simply installing a DPDT (Double Pole, Double Throw) toggle switch to connect your layout to either DC or DCC (never both at the same time!) That way you can convert, or buy one locomotive with DCC. Try it, I think you'll like it, If you do then you can run your other locos on DC until you decide to install decoders in them.
DCC is not complicated to install, or use. In fact the wiring for a DC controlled layout is typically much more complicated than the super simple, "two wires from controller to track" that DCC requires. Even installing a decoder and sound speaker in a locomotive is not difficult, especially in one as large On-30. I do it in N-scale locomotives. If you can read directions and know how to solder, then you can install a decoder. There are also plenty of locomotives available that already have DCC decoders and sound, installed for you, at the factory.
Of course it's your railroad, and therefore your decision. If you want to stick to DC you can. However if you want the slowest, smoothest operation of locomotives that sound like real locomotives, then go DCC.
have fun with whatever you choose;