Wiring DC layout for future DCC

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by kooter, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. kooter

    kooter New Member

    I can only run DC for now was wondering how I should wire my layout for future DCC.
  2. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

    It sort of depends, how are you planning to wire it for DC? How many cabs? What sort of wiring?

  3. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    kooter, concerning your use of DC, how many trains do you plan to run at the same time? Just one? Or more than one? This will affect the way you wire your layout for DC. Once we know this, we can give you some pointers for wiring.
  4. kooter

    kooter New Member

    Thanks Jeff and Gary I will try to post my track plan and a little more info. Should of done that in the first place.:oops:

  5. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    well,couldnt you just use the blocks for DC as short circuit blocks for DCC? just leave all the switches ON or take the block switches out and wire it all as one bit bus with circuit breakers in between for isolation if a problem occurs.im no electrician (dont ask me how i know that :mrgreen:) but i think DCC wiring is more straight forward than DC so it should be simpler.tell me if you dont understand this :p. its kinda hard to explain the things that pop into my mind...--josh

    EDIT:also tis site may help with wiring your layout.itll give you an idea on how DCC is wired.its quite simple in reality. Wiring for DCC by Allan Gartner - Home (Index) Page
  6. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

    The general answer would be that yes, you'd just select one throttle for all blocks, hook the DCC to it, and away you go. But depending on what he's planning to do he can make things easier or harder on himself, I'd choose easier.


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