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Ok so I am going to go the Arduino route for now... I have 11 DC loco's that I want to convert as well and I have purchased one Digitrax DCC 2 encoder. Have not installed it yet but would love to get my hands on an inexpensive already dcc equipped Loco so I know my setup a) works and b) when I convert mine, I know my test track is ready for it and the loco should work...

so what is a relatively plain/simple dcc equipped loco????

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a diesel is usually less money than a steam loco..
lower end [less detail] offerings are less money
used without sound [but including DCC] are usually the cheapest
 

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for the price of them on that site.. ill have to keep my eye out. May not be worth converting my current trains. Just replace as a basic DCC decoder is $20-$40...
 

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Now if you could switch out the "Shells" it would match better although it is close. You may have to change out the couplers also.
 

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What is a Digitrax DCC 2 'encoder'? I haven't heard
of it nor can I find anything about it on line.

Don
 

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What is a Digitrax DCC 2 'encoder'? I haven't heard
of it nor can I find anything about it on line.

Don
I think he is talking about the Digitrax PR4 USB to LocoNet Interface with Decoder Programmer. I could be wrong tho.
 

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its in but my kid and i have mma 4x this week. hope friday to setup a program track and get dcc++ working...

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got dcc++ working.. man is this thing slow!!! I hear most dcc trains are as they are scale speed...sp i read. maybe im wrong.
will post video later
 

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well, -most- are better than scale speed, lol

depends on what you have for track voltage, as a minimum you should have 10.5 Volts DC measured through a bridge rectifier, which translates to 12 Volts actual DCC voltage [ there is a 1.4 volt loss through the two sides of the bridge diodes] ..
you probably don't have that ... you will need a 15 volt power adapter [or so] to get that ..
Note: this is on the MAIN track ...
 

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lol i cheated.. googled it and it said dcc will run on dc so i threw it on the track.. 11.11v dc... and thats when it didnt seem fast
 

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Based on your video that train is flying fast. That speed is way more than a prototypical look. Can you use your control to tune in the CV's to provide momentum which would help rid the loco of the fast starts and stops?
 

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Based on your video that train is flying fast. That speed is way more than a prototypical look. Can you use your control to tune in the CV's to provide momentum which would help rid the loco of the fast starts and stops?
not sure. i am redoing our master bedroom so when i get free time, i go and play around. Never enogh time. I do want to find out though.

so that is fast....ok. i gotta remember this scale is small. not like my O gauge.

I just was caught off how it seems the dc trains I have seem faster.
 

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It may be that the DCC controller in combination with the decoder in the engine provide incrementally more precise speed steps than the DC operation. The instructions that came with the engine may indicate if the CV's are programable. I believe that you would be looking to make adjustments in CVs 2,3,4,5,6.
 
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