DC, Direct Current, Oldnoob question but what is the difference between the two?
I sometimes I run five trains on four tracks with DC. The trick (fun) is to work the turnout so that there is not a train crash. Each train runs at a different speed off of the same powerpack. it can geat CRAZZYDC stands for direct current (vs. alternating current)... It is the type of current used on two-rail track, where as AC is used on three-rail track... With DC you will only be able to run one locomotive at a time on a track unless you separate it into blocks...
DCC stands for digital command control... This allows you to control multiple trains on the same track at the same time by taking the DC frequency and transforming it into an AC frequency... If you want to have a big layout this is the way to go... Here is a little tid-bit on DCC...
See, that is the kind of response I was looking for.This might not apply to DCC. Each engine needs wattage (power). the more engines consuming wattage the more the trasnformer must supply. (Watts = volts X amps) If the trans former can not supply the power it might over heat. With DC the trains will just run slower with more trains pulling power from the same transformer. I am not sure if it is the same with DCC. Hope that helps.
Kevin, I don't have any exprance with DCC. I think I might like it, I just can't take that jump right now.See, that is the kind of response I was looking for.
With what most of the "older" hobbiest I have talked to, they are against the DCC. Such as, they dont think it will stand up to all the pull on the transformer for long periods of time. I dont see having to keep switching things back and forth between lines in order to keep up with what is all happening. But, at the same time, I dont want to spend $100 or a lot more for a DCC system that want handle at least what it claims to.
Decisions, decisions, lol.