Command Control System Survey

Discussion in 'Operations' started by Rick McClellan, Nov 14, 2011.


What command control system (if any) do you use on your layout?

  1. Railcommand

    1 vote(s)
  2. CTC80

    0 vote(s)
  3. Lenz

    1 vote(s)
  4. North Coast (NCE)

    15 vote(s)
  5. Easy DCC

    5 vote(s)
  6. Zimo

    0 vote(s)
  7. MRC

    4 vote(s)
  8. Digitrax

    27 vote(s)
  9. Other - Please specifiy in thread response.

    3 vote(s)
  10. I don't use a command control system.

    21 vote(s)
  1. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    I don't think you can call it a DCC system, but I have an Aristocraft Revolution radio control. You can program 99 locos on a single transmitter, as well as double-heading, and an accesory block is available to control other things like turnouts from the same transmitter. They have just introduced this in HO scale as well. It has an outdoor range of about 300 feet, so HO in thge basement would work very well. The G gauge model is abouit $240.00 [ 1 transmitter & 1 reciever] with more recievers @ $80. per. They also offer a " six" pack of recievers at a reduced rate.
    Can't wait to get all equipment lined out.
    Good haul at the trainshow today- 2 cars for my Firefly project.
  2. Friscotony

    Friscotony Member

    In my opinion, there is no wrong or right system that you should have. I have had the good luck to have operated on all 3 of the main D.C.C. systems and each has its good points and not so good points. While doing my personal evaluation, I compared notes as to how easy each was to use and where I had problems with each. A local group I am part of uses Digatrax for its Free Mo modules as this is the national standard system for Free Mo. Most of our problems there have been with the use of the loco net and having to match up with other groups so that it can be seamless. Each group seems to do things just a little different. For my home layout, I decided to go with N.C.E. One of the things I did not like about N.C.E. were the cabs they produced as they did not have loco recall on them. The new cab 6 does have this and this will be my standard opeator cab. With the purchase of the new cabs, I have gone wireless, but there are still several plug in points in case of battery failure. My goal is to have the ability to operate a max of 5 trains at a time, including yard jobs. So no matter which system you purchase, try to get to a layout to try each one out. Then kick back and enjoy

  3. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Are you sure? Mine has it. When did you buy your system?
    I though that NCE was the only brand out there with the recall button.

  4. Friscotony

    Friscotony Member

    My big paddle controller does have this. I should have said the cab 4's I have used did not have the recall ability. I also did not like the fact that they did not show in a window which loco you had control of or it direction. Cab 6 does all of this and has all 28 functions.

  5. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Tony, I don't think any of the small "utility" throttles have the recall option, except for the new cab06 from NCE. The digitrax throttles show you what loco you have, but it's not a digital display (hard to explain if you haven't seen one) and no they don't have recall. I think they have all the way up to F12 though.

  6. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Supporter

    For what it's worth my EasyDCC T9000 Throttle which for comparison sake is considered a Utility Throttle has a 15 loco recall.
  7. neuefruhling

    neuefruhling Member

    I use Lionel TMCC for equipped engines but I prefer conventional.
  8. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Ahhh. I still remember that smell from my old Lionel transformer after it got warm. I was 5. My first model railroad memory.
  9. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    Yeah me too. Warm and oily, if I remember right.
  10. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Exactly right.
  11. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    I used to like making the red short circuit light go on as a kid. I'd set a Lionel ROW sign, which had a metal base for the post, on an outer and middle rail, and watch the red light go wild. My dad didn't like that!

    Even so, that Lionel transformer lasted from 1949 to 1964, and it may be still going strong for all I know.

    They built them good at Lionel, eh? (Parody from "The Enemy Below")

  12. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    Das ist richtig, Heine!!
  13. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    Vas ist richtig?
  14. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    My line from The Enemy Below. Ja?


  15. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Ja, Still love to watch that movie - even after 84 times.
  16. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    Richtig ist probably mis-spelled. Been a while since German II im hochschule! it is for RIGHT [ correct]
    bis spater,
  17. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Richtig is correctly spelled. It is for correct, right (not right the direction).

  18. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    on all of my previous layouts, I have used what can be call "digitally-challenged" (DC) operation, using MRC TechII power packs and block wiring. I may stay "old-school" at first on my new layout, but I can foresee a DCC system in my future. All of the layouts I have operated in the Tulsa, OK area have some form of DCC or another, among which would be CVP, Railcommand, and Digitrax.

    Having this much exposure to DCC, plus seeing the ease of operations and learning how installing DCC is not really all that scary, have convinced me that DCC will be in the Arthur Sub's future.
  19. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member Staff Member Supporter

    This afternoon I received a brand-new NCE Power Cab starter set, which I purchased off of eBay. CUrrently, I'm looking over the instruction manual. I'll next get a couple of pieces of flex, hook up the power connectors, rig up the unit, and test-run my FM H10-44.

    I noticed that Ethan has the same setup, plus a YouTube video on how he got his rig working.

    I've also been busy laying cork roadbed in preparation for track, so I figure in a few weeks I should be ready to finally run my very own DCC-run layout. Frisco, of course..... ;)
  20. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    Way to go Bob.

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