You can run a DC loco on a DCC system if the controller will allow it to be
ROCO LocoMaus does NOT allow the use of ID 0 for DC engines (and others may
be the same?)
but all four of my engines (ROCO and LENZ decoders) will run on a DC system
Thanks for all that, its been very helpful. I must say the more and
more I study DCC, the more I want to give it a go. The only thing
which is still worrying me is how difficult it would be to chip the
older locos which arnt DCC ready. Of course, that could be an excuse
for buying some new stock!
Older locos can actually be easier to chip, as long as your are confident
with a soldering iron. I have several older Hornby locos with the open X03
type motor, these are quite easy to chip, just need to make sure that the
spring wire holding the brushes against the motor are fully insulated.
Hornby ringfield and the Lima pancake motors are also quite easy, just have
to make sure the motor brushes are insulated.
The only locos that might be difficult are my Mainline 2251 class GWR 0-6-0
and early Bachmann locos where teh motor is incased inside the chassis
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Don't worry. Just do. I've never had a case where the hard part was
the wiring, the hard part has always been finding a good space for the
decoder to hide.
And... as to "one loco" DCC layouts... let me take a moment to praise
DCC in kid's layouts. If you expect to have a young hand at the
throttle, there is a great benefit to being able to set the top speed
resulting from 100% throttle. And also, it is much more intuitive
explaining direction in terms of Thomas' boiler head instead of some
obscure "this switch sets the direction of the track" nonesense.
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