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DCC Conversions

DCC Conversions

Digital Command and Control (DCC) brings a whole new level to the control of trains on a layout, including better low speed running and realistic operation. Many trains can share the same section of track and each train can be controlled separately in any direction and speed. Lights stay illuminated at a constant brightness even when the train is sat idle, and can be controlled individually. DCC brings many improvements to a layout, which is why it is becoming so popular in this hobby.

DCC ready trains can be converted by directly plugging a DCC decoder in to an NEM socket, and non DCC trains will need to have the decoder hard wired. It can be challenging to some hobbyist’s to fit a DCC decoder, even an N gauge DCC ready chassis can prove difficult due to the lack of space and tight fit, therefore decoder selection is crucial. I can provide you with bespoke DCC conversions, installing a decoder of your own choice, or a high quality decoder recommended by myself appropriate to the application and from your requirements. All conversions include testing on a test track and programming the decoder to obtain optimal smooth slow speed operation.

The performance of your DCC converted models can be improved further by installing a stay-alive circuit to your decoder. The issue of running over a set of points, or rail joint, to find your model has stopped moving due to bad pick-up no longer exists. This scenario is much more prevalent with Sound fitted models on a short wheelbase, when the sound stops and has to be reset, much to the frustration of the layout operator. I provide a retro-fit service to install a stay-alive circuit to your existing decoder, or as an added option to the conversion service. This service is provided subject to the suitability of your decoder, and an inspection may be required before work commences.

Other services can also be undertaken at the same time as a conversion, such as cab or interior detailing, directional and prototypical lighting, weathering, and servicing (recommended for used models) before a conversion takes place.

To book a conversion or to discuss your requirements click on the ‘Book now’ button below.

Prices

The prices in the table below provide a rough guideline, accurate prices will be given when booking a conversion. Please note these prices do not include the price of a decoder, this is charged separately and according to choice.

DCC ready £12.00

Non DCC (Dapol/Farish*) £24.00

Non DCC (Other/US Outline) £30.00

* some Farish locomotives (split chassis) require Digi-Hat conversion kits @ £9 each. Generally 1 kit will be required for steam, and 2 kits will be required for diesel.

DCC ready £12.00

Non DCC (Any) £24.00

Non DCC (Split chassis/Wrenn) £30.00

DCC ready £12.00

Non DCC (hard wired) £30.00

Non DCC (hard wired with lighting rewire) £58.00