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sarasdad

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« on: October 16, 2017, 05:30:15 AM »

Considering the cost of decoders, with 5 needed would powerpacks be a good option?
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jonathan


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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2017, 07:15:35 AM »

Depends on how you like to run trains.

I have a medium sized layout, with a triple-track mainline, and two areas available for switching.  Yet, I like my trains to go roundy-round as I watch them.  So, my layout is DC, no decoders anywhere. 

I keep my DCC inventory separate for the club layout and modular train shows.

If you like to do switching/operations, there is an advantage to DCC and would be worth the cost.

But, if you're a roundy-round kind of operator, DCC may be unnecessary. Just an opinion...

Regards,

Jonathan
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Joe323

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2017, 07:39:30 AM »

You need to better define the kind of layout you are building and how you will run it.  In my case for example I do a lot of switching so I went DCC because it allows me to have 3 or 4 locomotives parked even though I usually operate only one at a time.
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sarasdad

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2017, 02:20:37 PM »

If you nhave Tony Koester's Realisti9c  Desigh on page 55 is siimilar to what Iam planing. Basically aoval,two passing tracks,reverse loop and several induserys. Iown an EE-Z Command and two dcc on boasrd locos. Iam thing a setup like our local NMRA uses when sone wants  to use  dci.e. switch one track to dc. Thank both of you for the replies.
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