GROUPS THAT WORK WITHIN THE CLUB
The DCC Group
The upsurge in the use of DCC led to the formation in early 2014 of a small but enthusiastic group of club members who are either actively operating DCC, contemplating an upgrade to DCC or just interested in this new aspect of our hobby.
To this end the DCC group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month in the Clifford Road clubroom.
The format of the evenings is diverse and we may discuss:
· Aspects of DCC and its application.
· Upgrade and modification of member’s locomotives including full installation of sound.
· Testing and analysis of installations that members may have undertaken.
· Programming of Loco and Accessory Decoders.
· Running members DCC installed locos.
To achieve this we have constructed two portable dual gauge (00 & N) baseboards. One is an end to end twin track with cross over, and the other a dual oval (again 00 & N) for continuous running/training in controller usage. Being portable and light they can be used for outside demonstrations at exhibitions or borrowed by members for personal use should they so wish. We have converted ‘Detford’ our club 00 gauge fine scale layout to be switchable from normal DC control to DCC for running on a Wednesday. We have also converted ‘Ensbury’ our club N gauge layout to be switchable from normal DC control to DCC for running on a Wednesday. Additionally this layout having been constructed with four different electrical sections (UP main line, Down main line, Branch line and maintenance siding/depot) does allow us to run DC and DCC concurrently. Obviously not on the same track!
Also the Branch line of ‘Ensbury’ has been further modified to operate all the points and signalling via a multi output Accessory Decoder. We have been successful in converting many older DC locomotives including a 1976 Hornby 00 Castle class to full DCC sound, and an early Hornby ‘Black Five’ with Tender drive ‘ring field’ motor. The Group uses an NCE SB5 smart booster feeding both the 00 and N gauge layouts. This is connected to a laptop running JMRI software. Also connected is a Cab06 hand held controller. Additionally a wireless router enables use of member’s smart phones as wireless throttles.