I want to buy a Digitrax DCC system and would like some feedback as to some
good places to order from in terms of good prices and good customer
Second, what is the state of the art for Digitrax? I was thinking in terms
of the radio controlled Super Empire Builder or Super Chief. Is there
anything coming down the pike in the immediate future which I should hold
S>First question:S>I want to buy a Digitrax DCC system and would like some feedback as toS>some good places to order from in terms of good prices and goodS>customer satisfaction.S>Second, what is the state of the art for Digitrax? I was thinking inS>terms of the radio controlled Super Empire Builder or Super Chief. IsS>there anything coming down the pike in the immediate future which IS>should hold out for?S>Thank you!
I asked this same question a couple of weeks ago. I too am looking at
the Super Chief radio controlled system. It doesn't appear anything new
is coming except the possibility if bidirectional signalling between the
decoders and the control stations. I am not sure how long off this is
and whether the NMRA has totally agreed on the standard. I do plan to
get the 8A booster and not the 5A booster on the starter system. Just a
few bucks more for it. I am looking at Tony's place to buy it. He has
a good reputation and good prices. See:
the Radio Super Chief is $514. Note you'll need some type of power
supply. They sell an 8A one for $37.
I have the Zephyr system since I just needed something to program and test
locos. I run on a modular layout. We're still in a building phase, but plan
to get the Super Chief I think. Not 100% sure yet.
I got the system, decoder and a UP-5 for a good price from Youngwood Model
Railroad Supply, http://www.ywdmodeltrains.com/ . But that was my pref.
You'll get as many answers as there are shops out there.
Both Loy's Toys (http://www.loystoys.com ) and Tony's Train Exchange
(http://www.ttx-dcc.com ) are known for extremely good service, though
I've always felt that Loy's was a better source for Digitrax information
than Tony's. Also, when I needed some components in a hurry last summer,
I had very good results from Gordy's Hobby Express in Bethel, Ohio
(513-734-3232). I regularly visit his booth at train shows and leave
lots of money there.
No new systems have been announced or hinted at yet from Digitrax. As
far as anything new in the way of a base system from Digitrax that
improves on the Super Chief, I can't see much need in the near future,
since the system architecture doesn't require changes to the command
station to support new features Digitrax develops. Radio capability was
added without any changes to the command station, as was detection,
signal control and Digitrax's transponding.
Personally, I think that the Empire Builder in any of its forms
potentially has a significant liability in that it isn't designed to
read back CVs from a decoder. Now, if you intend to use a computer with
a PR1 or the more robust LocoBuffer to handle decoder programming, this
isn't so much of an issue, but if you plan on just using the command
station to handle your programming, you're much better off with the
Super Chief or, if your needs are more modest, the Zephyr.
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