DC/DCC

DC (Direct Current) and DCC (Digital Command Control) are two ways in which to power your model railway. This section is dedicated to the varied world of both as we try to demystify one of the most debated subjects in railway modelling. 

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The BRM Guide to DCC Decoders

Struggling to differentiate between your digital chips? In our latest online…

22 September 2021

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How to animate a shunter

Hornby's attractive, versatile shunter is proving popular with modellers and…

22 September 2021

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How to fit and program a DCC point motor

Fitting point motors used to mean lots of time-consuming wiring and soldering,…

22 September 2021

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Smartphones and DCC: The changing face of connectivity

DCC users are increasingly swapping traditional DCC handsets for smartphones…

22 September 2021

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Ask Phil - Curing sticky point motors

Question: I have fitted Peco point motors to my layout and while most work…

22 September 2021

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How to fit a point motor

Effective point motor operation is vital to any layout. Phil Parker shows how…

By Phil Parker | 22 September 2021

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How to motorise a turntable kit

These impressive features of larger steam depots have long-interested modellers.…

By Phil Parker | 22 September 2021

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How to DCC Chip a SPUD

This popular ready-to-run motor bogie of 1980s design has driven many…

By Phil Parker | 22 September 2021

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Wiring your model railway: top tips

When it works, we ignore its existence, when it doesn’t, we can be tempted to…

20 September 2021

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Ask Phil: Wiring a crossover

I am expanding the Hornby Family Fun project for my grandson. My aim is to have…

By Phil Parker | 16 July 2021

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How to design a control panel for your model railway

Switches, wires, lights and push buttons combine in these often-complex spaces.…

17 June 2020

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How to fit a DCC uncoupler

Tired of manually uncoupling your rolling stock on a shunting layout? We install…

04 April 2020

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The BRM guide to decoder CVs

Fine-tuning a digital decoder to suit driving or operating requirements can seem…

21 August 2019

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How to wire a reversing DC loop

Adding a return loop to your layout increases operational flexibility, but can…

29 July 2019

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Model Railway Design Software: Everything you need to know

Here we take a closer look at how software can benefit your model railway and…

09 July 2019

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