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Old 26-04-2018, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
Sorry if this has been discussed on other threads but I will ask anyway
I am starting an n gauge layout 6ft x 2.5ft which will have a main line, branch line and sidings for a goods yard. I will have up to 3 locos on the tracks at any one time.
So my question is what dcc controller to use? Iíve been looking on that well known auction website and have seen the Hornby select, Bachman ez command and the Bachman dynamis(36-505). Which are all in my price range! Iíve read that the select does not work with all decoders but has anyone had this issue?
Iím not going to be using sound on my layout.
Any advice you could give this newbie will be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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The main disadvantage of the Select controller is that it unable to change important CVs in the decoders.....that may be the same with the EZCommand......HB
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The basic Bachmann controller is very easy to use but limited. The one I had was with a trainset and it only had nine available DCC addresses and one DC address. I've never used a Hornby DCC controller or the Dynamis.
Another option for a starter controller is to buy a secondhand Lenz Compact. These are often sold at good prices, have 99 (Later ones had more) loco addresses, points addresses etc. They were also able to be used as a slave to the better Lenz systems.
I've often seen them for around £45 which is a very good price. (Try Hattons). You will need a seperate transformer though.
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Old 26-04-2018, 08:33 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the info.
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A quick thing I forgot to mention about the Lenz Compact. The only real practical restriction you may find, which is due to the controllers age, is it only has three loco functions, which was ample for when it was first introduced as nothing had DCC sound back then. If you want a controller to control DCC sound, I do advise buying a more advanced controller. The Lenz Compact was aa very good entry level controller and was expandable as a command station or can be used as a slave controller should it be programmed to do so. Lenz controllers back then were also fully comparable with the Roco Multimaus controllers which were sometimes found in more expensive H0 and H0e trainsets. Hence, many Roco owners would expand their systems by buying Lenz products as both "Spoke the same language" as regards to hand controllers, command stations, boosters etc.
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You can get the latest Bachmann Dynamis controller for £240 or the Hornby Elite controller for £205 from Hatton's........Either would be a good introduction to DCC and will run a good size layout with several locos and accessories.......HB
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The NCE Powercab is an excellent starter set and not too expensive at about £150. The Powercab can become part of a much larger system if needed and doesn't go to waste.
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Why does it need to be new. You can pick up an Elite for €100 ish. Mine was €110. John
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