Re: [HOn3] Re: BS C-19 running issues
- This is a true confession!
I was one of these modelers - too many locos, too old to change, too
many wires to switch, and no "DCC friendly turnouts!
The truth was I was just being closed minded - maybe just lazy! Most of
my suspected fears were unfounded. Once you go to DCC its a whole new
world of model railroading.
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> Christopher, I've seen many modelers like you preach the same tune, and
> later convert to DCC. DCC is like marriage, it has a lot of frustrations,
> but the benefits outweigh the hassels....LOL
> It seems to me that this fancy new-fangled DCC stuff may be a bit more
> of a
> hassle than it's worth. How many posts have I seen in here about passenger
> car decoders not working right, or balky locomotives? And this isn't
> even a
> dedicated DCC group! Sure, it simplifies track wiring, but as I have
> seen on
> this group several times, it adds multiple new layers of complexity
> that are
> much more difficult to figure out than with standard DC. Sure, sound is
> great, lighting functions are neat-O keen, being able to consist multiple
> locos on one train is the bee's knees, but I doubt that I will be
> going for
> anything DCC in the near future. I can't see spending a few hundred
> on DCC cab equipment for my small layout, plus anywhere from 20 to 100
> dollars or more for decoders for all my engines, passenger cars, cabooses,
> turnouts and whatever else can be hooked in, plus all the hours spent
> converting the layout from DC to DCC, plus all the hours spent hooking in
> the decoders and cram ming them into my teeny weeny locos and getting
> programs right, plus more hours spent trying to figure out why some or all
> of it ain't working. I see too much troubleshooting time and frustration
> with all that. If that's a part of the hobby that you like, go for it. As
> for me, for the forseeable future, I will be sticking with plain old
> DC and
> having more time to play trains. Keep it simple, stupid.
> My Two Cents worth
> Christopher Bisset, Brass Hat
> PB&J Railroad (HO/HOn3 and now 2.5" scale) Baird, Texas, USA
- That's the way I see it too.
I should add to this that I have run multi-engine analog trains for years on my HO layout, without any problems. I don't see why this should not work in HOn3 as well. The only thing to do is to cover up those headlights. So I tend to keep the multi-engine consists with the same head engine.
And finally, while sound can be cool for a while, it tends to become annoying in the long run. Particularly since the tiny loudspeakers are no substitute for the real thing.
But to each his/her own, of course.