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Model Railroading Introduction to Digital Command Control

There’s probably no single advancement in running model railroad locomotives in the last half-century more significant than Digital Command Control, or DCC. It simply has revolutionized the way we run and control not only trains but signals, turnouts and many other functions – all from a hand control throttle known as a cab. Veteran modeler…

Enhancing Your Layout Operations with DCC Components

A digital command control system will transform your layout and make it easier to operate. If you are considering upgrading your layout with DCC components, then you may want to do some research prior to installation. If you are completely new to DCC systems, you’ll want to check out a quick overview provided by modeler…

Installing DCC from Start to Finish DVD & Download

Bundle: Installing DCC From Start to Finish (DVD + Download) Steve Barkley, your host, is a life-long modeler. Like many of you, Steve swore he would never convert his layout to DCC and never use a computer to assist with his operations. But once he got started and discovered that everyday modelers can add DCC…

Wiring Your Layout – Setting Up Computer Control

Connecting a computer to your digital command system is useful for controlling and monitoring your layout. In order to connect your computer to your digital command system, you will need to download DCC software. Modeler and DCC Expert Steve Barkley demonstrates how to use the program WinLok 2.1 to create a diagram of your layout.…

How to Use a Model Railroad DCC Block Occupancy Detector

Knowing where current is flowing can be essential to a well operated model railroad. When operations become more involved and you have multiple trains running at once, it’s important to have a complete sense of which lines are in use and which are clear should you need to alter your schedule. If you’re like us…

Choosing the Right Wire Gauge for Your Trackage

You don’t need any special skills or background in electrical engineering to properly connect the trackage on your model railroad layout to your digital command center. All it takes to safely and correctly wire tracks to the DCC on your layout is a basic understanding of resistance and wire gauge, along with a quick trip…

DCC Command Stations and Throttles

It’s time to take a look at the components you need to put DCC on your model railroad layout. DCC expert and modeler Steve Barkley introduces to you the materials you’ll need to begin putting DCC on your layout. In this video, learn the necessary information for determining the right command station for you. See…

MRA Virtual Webinar: Installing DCC and Sound into Locomotives

Thank you for registering for our exclusive webinar. This event streamed LIVE on Wednesday, August 31st at 1:00 p.m. CT. The event has ended but you can still purchase the class if you’re interested in owning “Installing DCC And Sound Into Locomotives.” Take an extra 70% off your purchase with code LIVE70. Click here to…

Using DCC to Control Model Railroad Signals

Want to add some fun and a great bit of realism to your layout? Consider adding model railroad signals. Watch as modeler and DCC expert Steve Barkley describes how a signal driver card operates your model railroad signals system. Actually, they operate like a decoder for your signaling system. Steve grew up in the 1950s…

Trackwork & Wiring Essentials 5-Video Set

5-Video Set: Trackwork & Wiring Essentials Your railroad track and wiring are at the foundation of any layout you create in this great hobby. Decisions you make will be reflected in your final result. To help you make the process easier, and your end result better, we’ve assembled this 5-video set with over 5 hours…