In this video I take a class 57 ‘Scott Tracy’ in the new Virgin Pendolino livery, a loco by Bachman, in her natural, out of the box DC state, test her, open her up, fit a DCC chip to her and then test her again – all in less than 10 minutes! TRANSCRIPT: Right, this video is going to be quite different to the others, this one’s going to be something special. This is a standard D seal okay we’ve got here by Batman class 57 Virgin Thunderbirds livery is used to rescue broken-down voyagers broken-down pendolino and I do believe they’re going to start pulling their own coaches soon and full of rakes with mark three carriages. But what we’re going to do in this video is basically take a DC loco like this one converter two DCC and then put it back on the track and show you [More]
This video gives a DCC introduction and demonstrates the differences between DC and DCC The DCC Demonstration is intended to show the many advantages of digital command control over direct current DCC Introduction Digital model railway control systems are an alternative to control a layout and simplify the wiring and add more flexibility in operations. A number of control systems are available to operate locomotives on model railways. Analog systems where the speed and the direction of a train is controlled by adjusting the voltage on the track are still popular while they have recently given way to control systems based on computer technology. a useful introduction to DCC technology  
Opening and fitting a DCC Concepts Zen decoder to a Bachmann Derby Lightweight DMU. Look out for the second video in this series on fitting DCC decoders, that shows fitting the second decoder to the non-motorised half of the unit. TRANSCRIPT: The Darby lightweight two card EMU set from Backman – we’ll be opening this today and fit in DCC chips to it as well as getting commissioned so I’m using one of these which is DCC concept Zen with keep alive which is a neat thing plug-in chip together with a background six pin small chip to go in the second unit so it takes two decoders this one which makes it a bit hungry in terms of requiring lots of lots of chips so there’ll be like a unit in green unit that I’ve been hoping to get for quite some time I can remember back to any [More] How to upgrade LokSound DCC decoders with Full Throttle. TRANSCRIPT: Today I want to talk to you about the process I went through to upgrade my lock sound decoders while back locks down released some new software that they call full throttle and it’s new decoder software and one of the really nice things about the lock sound decoders is as long as you have a lock programmer you can actually download new software into the actual DCC chip that locks out chip that’s inside your locomotives and effectively upgrade the sounds and the features in that locomotive without actually having to physically replace the DCC decoder that’s in there and so the software came out a little bit ago I just had never gotten around to upgrading my lock sound equipped engines and so but I went ahead and did that over the last couple of days and [More]
About a year or so ago I stated in one of my video’s that I would do a how to video about installing DCC decoders in to HO locomotives. Well finally an opportunity presented itself that allowed me to make a video on 1/24/13. Since I had to by a dual mode DCC decoder for my recently purchase Athearn RTR Amtrak P42 #108 I had a chance to make the video. In this video I go into great detail as to how to installed DCC decoders in DCC ready locomotives which have the 8 or 9 pin plugs in them from the factory. This enables the modeler to chose a decoder brand of his or her choice for the model and its takes minutes to install them. Then I talk about installing decoders in non DCC ready engines, like Atheran blue boxes, older Bowser engines and a few others. These [More]
The Decoder… without this simple yet so important device DCC as we know it would not be possible, although the more complex and sophisticated the decoder the better however they will set you back, BUT you get what you pay for in DCC
I’ve recently discovered how much better a premium decoder can be compared to some cheaper, budget DCC decoders alternatives. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this one as there are so many decoders out there…
Tutorial on how to fit a DCC decoder on Hornby’s R3320 ‘Golden Eagle’ TRANSCRIPT: Hi guys welcome back to another video. Today we’ve got a sort of how-to demonstration sort of video and as you can see from down here I’m going to be basically doing a tutorial on how to fit one of these – which is a DCC decoder. Obviously you can get quite a few different versions of these. This is sort of one of the more basic relatively cheap ones but obviously you can get some more complicated – with I think like water and coal usage, then obviously you can now get the sound units as well. Sure a lot more expensive, but yeah I’m essentially going to be converting this engine here which is the Hornby Golden Eagle. So it’s a new release by hornby that’s only been out in the last year or [More]
UPDATE: I know the Zimo controller is spelt Zimo – I put one too many ‘Ms’ in when writing it out in the video. With so many DCC controllers and decoders on the market, and so many people reporting problems with them all – I thought I’d take an investigative look into this, Columbo style! Haha – In all seriousness however, it’s a very important issue that affects the majority of people into model railways. Part 2 (If you’d like to see one) will be all about the decoders themselves. Please do leave a comment, share your experiences with us all and if you’d like me to check out any of your videos and/or give them increased exposure – let me know! Thank you – – – Other Hints & Tips: The Your Model Railway Village Series: The N Gague Project: – – – Sound Effect: Train Passing By, from [More]