Digital n gauge query

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Digital n gauge query

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Post by Nigelsmith » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:16 am

Good morning all. My wife said I need a hobby and as I’ve always loved model railways, I have decided to dedicate a section of my garage to it. I am a total novice and know nothing yet. My wife has kindly bought me the Graham Farish Highlander set which as you probably know is a digital set. A friend has given me a loco which is doc ready. Im already confused. Can I use the doc ready loco on a digital track or do I need to purchase a decoder which I keep reading about. Sorry to seem so thick but this is a totally new venture for me

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Post by Tricky Dicky » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:46 am

DCC ready usually means it has a socket that will simply accept a plug in decoder. DCC fitted is the term used when the manufacturer has pre- fitted a decoder. Do take care to establish which type of socket is in the loco as there are several different versions, but as you are talking N-gauge it is most likely a six pin socket.

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Post by Nigelsmith » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:23 am

Thanks so much for the help

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Post by Brian » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:35 pm

Hi
To answer the question... Can you run a DCC Ready loco on DCC powered rails the answer is no, and even if the DCC system allows one DC loco to be run on address 0 (zero) it is not recommended.
You should convert the DCC Ready loco by fitting a decoder of choice and of a suitable size and pin arrangement. With N gauge the size of the decoder may become very important
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Post by Nigelsmith » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:52 pm

Thanks for that. I better get purchasing

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