Re:Ways to DCC
Toolman: I totally agree with your comments about the MRC 2000 system. It was a good idea, just poor follow-through on MRC's part.
However, I take exception to some of your comments about Lenz. Lenz is NOT the only system that offers 4-digit loco addressing. I can do it with my Digitrax system, and I believe the NCE system also allows this. Digitrax can also run sound decoders (I currently have a Soundtraxx module) and can be set up for remote switching.
Digitrax also has both infrared and radio wireless throttles.
Don't misunderstand me, this is not a Digitrax commercial, nor am I disagreeing with your choice to go Lenz. I have switched to using Lenz decoders, as they have a goof-proof replacement policy (and boy do I need one). Both are great systems. The choice is totally yours. But please be carefull about statements posted. There is already much misinformation out there.
I believe in DCC 100-percent. I recommend it to almost everybody, and there are many fine systems available. I also recommend the new buyer to beware. Don't just look at web sites, and read literature. Go to your local hobby shop and ask to see demonstrations of the different systems. Remember that hobby shop people are sales people, and will try to influence your decision towards what they need to move. Also, ask the shop owners if they know of some layouts in the area you can contact and go visit. The best way to find out about any system is to run it.
Also, keep your own goals in the forefront. A system that works great for the large train club, may be too big and complicated for your small switching layout. As usual, I recommend you start small, with a system that can expand with your growing needs.
Remember: An engine and four cars is a toy train, Four engines pulling a hundred cars is a model railroad! MOPAC 1 - Director of the Western Kansas Division, Mid-Continent Region, of the National Model Railroad Association, also the Vice-President, Boot Hill Model Railroad Club