Before diving into the process of wiring your layout, be sure to check out this video on DCC Command Stations and Throttles! Now that you’ve seen exactly what you need in regards to equipment for a DCC equipped layout, it’s time to start wiring all of the pieces together! DCC expert and modeler Steve Barkley goes step-by-step with you in successfully wiring your layout. The first thing you are going to build is a control bus. Find out what materials you need to create control bus wires. See how building your own wire out of telephone wires is more beneficial than buying them. Not only are you saving money, but you have more control over the length of the wire when you build it yourself. Creating control bus wires has never been more easy and enjoyable until now when you use these wiring techniques.
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