DCC

Digital Command Control - Decoders, command stations, track and throttle wiring, etc.

Big on Features, Light on your Wallet - an introduction to SoundTraxx new Econami line of decoders

Clinician: 

Join Jarrette Ireland from SoundTraxx for a complete overview of all of the exciting new features and SoundTraxx classics found in the Econami line of decoders. This clinic will cover the new Hyperdrive 2, Flex Map technology, and current board formats. Designed with Value in the mind this new line of decoders are perfect for any scale from N to G. This clinic will cover the sounds found in steam, diesel, and electric versions of this decoder.

Activity Changes: 
Day Time Room Changes
Saturday, Aug 29 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens New

Signaling your layout with DCC for control/operations

A discussion of the fundamental processes and steps necessary to design and build/install a successful layout railroad signaling system - basic to advanced.



Presentation will include the methods and hardware variations (options) needed to install and operate various prototype signaling systems. Included will be our experience and lessons learned having done/assisted/advised on several layouts in the Pacific Northwest and west coast. Time will be allotted for questions and answers during and following the presentation.

Day Time Room
Wednesday, Aug 26 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sellwood
Saturday, Aug 29 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Bachelor

Getting started in DCC

Clinician: 

Bruce will discuss the transition from a DC layout to running DCC. Emphasis will be on keeping things simple for the newbie, instead of exploring lots of exotic but rare needs. Discussion will include: system selection, wiring, locomotive selection, etc., with an eye toward the future.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mt. Hood
Saturday, Aug 29 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Cumberland West layout infrastructure

Clinician: 

The materials and methods used to support MRR operations. Topics include Hybrid NCE/Digitrax DCC, multi-line phone system; Color Position Light signals; computer controlled interlocking towers; automated running and integrated operations paperwork.

Day Time Room
Friday, Aug 28 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

NCE DCC clinic

Presentation and discussion of all the various NCE DCC products, demonstrations, and Q&A.

Day Time Room
Monday, Aug 24 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

DCC wiring

Clinician: 

This clinic talks about how the DCC system gets connected to you layout. It talks about the different type of wires used on the layout helping you understand what to do to maximize the success and reliability of the system. Both small and large layouts are discussed along with solving some unique wiring problems. No, you do not necessarily need to rewire your layout to enjoy DCC, but it helps to understand the big picture and know what to do when there is a problem.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

DCC decoder programming

Clinician: 

This clinic talks about the DCC decoder which is a device that must be installed in every locomotive for the DCC system to work. With the hardware installation done, now comes the most computer like part of the installation, programming the decoder. Programming the decoder correctly is critical to its success but it is easier than you think. However since decoders come with so many options to set, this clinic will help you sort all this out and get you going.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

DCC decoder install

Clinician: 

This clinic talks about the DCC decoder which is a device that must be installed in every locomotive for the DCC system to work. Part of the installation involves the electrical connections for the track, motor, lights, and in some cases sound. Picking the right decoder can make a big difference in how easy this will be. With so many to choose from, this clinic will help you sort all this out and get you going. This clinic is not a demonstration clinic.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Mt. Saint Helens

DCC basics

Clinician: 

This clinic talks about the advantages of DCC over DC in operating and wiring your layout. It also covers the basic components used in DCC systems plus some basic notes on both decoder & layout wiring including mixing DC and DCC. Finally, a discussion about what you should think about in selecting a DCC system plus information showing pictures of various systems being offered. If you know nothing about DCC, this is the clinic to start with.

Day Time Room
Thursday, Aug 27 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens

Braking, Switching, Running: Railroading with SoundTraxx Technology

Clinician: 

From auto-synchronizing exhaust to full train line braking, learn how SoundTraxx Tsunami Digital Sound Decoders can enhance how you run your railroad. SoundTraxx rep Jarrette Ireland will use prototypical scenarios to demonstrate the many features built into Tsunami decoders for locomotives and rolling stock. He will also showcase the Tsunami SoundCar and its new Intelligent Consisting feature, which makes consisting a breeze with the "wave of a wand." Be sure to bring your DCC questions!

Activity Changes: 
Day Time Room Changes
Saturday, Aug 29 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mt. Saint Helens Moved to this Room

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