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I have a DC layout with blocks. Can I connect a DCC system on top of the DC and use either one I want? Not at the same time of course.
 

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Sure. You'll need to connect the DCC to all the blocks of course.

Most new DCC devices will also run on DC. I've never done it though, so can't comment on that.
 

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Thanks for answering, and yes, I run a DCC Broadway LTD Mikado on DC , but I cant control any of the features such as bell or whistle. And with almost all new locos coming in DCC I thought I would use both systems since I dont want to lose my current roster of DC locos and I dont want the hassle of installing decoders. Too much work for me! By the way that Mikado is a fantastic performing loco!
 

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I have a DCC NCE Powercab. The layout is all DCC. I have never thought about running DC but it could open a lot of opportunities. How would you run DC engines?
 

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I'm not certain that it works that direction. You can run many new DCC units on DC, but I don't think you can run DC on DCC track.

The bachmann DCC ez-command controller allows you to connect a DC transformer to it and run DC trains that way. Not sure the Powercab has that option. Check the manual.
 

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The safest way to have a DCC or DC layout is
to use a Double Pole Double throw switch. Thrown
one way DCC power is fed to the tracks. Thrown
the other way DC is the track power.

It will be necessary to throw all of your 'block'
switches to the same 'power pack before
making the switchover.

It is important that DC is NEVER connected to the
tracks when operating as DCC. The DCC system will be damaged.

It is also important that no DC loco is standing idle on
the DCC track. The motor can be seriously damaged.
It is recommended that you have special spur tracks
than can be 'turned off' so you can park your DC
locos safely.

Don
 

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It is also important that no DC loco is standing idle on
the DCC track. The motor can be seriously damaged.
It is recommended that you have special spur tracks
than can be 'turned off' so you can park your DC
locos safely.
I can see that happening very easily, even with experience MRR's. ;)

IOW's think twice about doing this.:smilie_daumenneg:
 

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A dc loco on dcc track makes one god awful noise. No doubt in that. On the digitrax system you can use the address of 0 to run a dcc loco but definitely don’t suggest it. You can on the ez command by bachmann too you hit address 10. Disclaimer... I don’t suggest doing that!
 
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