GOSH...I am full of questions this morning...

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by vanda32547, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. vanda32547

    vanda32547 Member

    Can a engine unit... say with a Digitrax decoder work on other DCC systems like MRC Prodigy DCC System AD150 ?

  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Sure. Part of the DCC "standards" are that the components, such a decoders, be interchangable between brands. Sometimes special functions are not supported, but the loco should run. Fred
  3. 2slim

    2slim Member

    To kind of echo what Fred said, an engine with a certain decoder installed, ie Digitrax, will not only run on another DCC system, such as Atlas, MRC, Lenz, etc. but will also still operate on a DC layout. You won't have contol of the lights or sound, (if equipped) but it will still work. In fact, the only concearns when selecting a decoder is does it have enough amps to run the loco you want to put it in, is there enough room inside the loco and do you want any special lighting effects or sound.

  4. mykroft

    mykroft Member

    There are other concerns.

    One is the programming. You can turn of DC support, and not all DCC systems support 4 digit addresses, so if you have a loco with a 4 digit address and DC turned off, it won't work on a DC layout or a 2 digit DCC system like the MRC Prodigy.

    Of course, on the DCC layout, you can always reporgram the loco.

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