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DC or DCC?

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In the latest edition of Model Railway Journal, Jerry Clifford’s editorial has some helpful thoughts on model railway electrics.  Edited highlights below….

The old and the new….

A good friend and very fine modeller recently said to me that, in his opinion, DCC was the ‘spawn of Satan.  He went on to argue that operators seemed to spend more time staring at a screen or handset that looked capable of powering the Starship Enterprise than they did driving a train…

…. Buried in this deliberately provocative statement, I think he may have a point.

I was sold on DCC while operating John Greenwood’s Wadebridge layout.  I pulled into the platform with my T9 and pair of Maunsell coaches bound for Padstow.  No sooner had I come to a halt when out of the yard popped a Beattie to deal with the tail traffic…  It was, and remains, this simple point…

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