i havent ordered it yet. We are in the very early stages of planning. Not sure if we want a mountain, industrial or town setting. We cant seem to pull the trigger on it yet... We will keep you guys informed as progress happens.
Thank you for welcoming us into the N Scale forum and we cant wait to lose our minds and go overboard with this hobby!
I do N scale and just started back on an HO project as well. I got a pair of glasses so N scale is fine now lol... As mentioned before, modeltrainstuff is GREAT! I would recommend the Digitrax Zephyr Xtra DCC system if you go DCC. It is $170 and programming is easy. Most locos are between $55 and $85 w/o decoders and upwards of $110 and $120 with decoders. A drop in decoder is usually between $23 and $35 depending on brand (TCS is great!) so you actually will save $20-$40 doing it yourself and it is easy to install. Welcome to N scale and have fun!
Chessie we miss you!
My Youtube Channel w/ my train vids!
Buying the pieces separately gives one more options and customization possibilities. All DCC controllers will control All DCC locomotives regardless of brands - that is the point of having it the standard.
In the mid 90's you could get a fair N scale engine for $30 which is just the cost of a average decoder.
Last edited by videobruce; 10-31-2012 at 04:53 AM.
For what it is worth I have a NCE powerCab and have used it for a total of 1.5 hours and found it so much more satisfying to actually run trains instead of running the layout
as in my 2 previous DC layouts
BUT to each his own
Well, the model railroad magazines have been pushing DCC real hard, I think because of the money involved in advertising. Poles show DC is still going strong despite the magazines ads. I'll stick with DC personally, but I'm an old dinosaur anyway. It would cost me thousands to buy over a hundred decoders. If I can wire a DC layout, anyone can. ha ha
All the young guys want DCC. Not an easy choice, good luck.
+1the model railroad magazines have been pushing DCC real hard, I think because of the money involved in advertising.It's the easy, lazy to do things. They can do it from their idiot phone.All the young guys want DCC.
I'm not so sure. With DC power, if you get two trains on the same track, they'll run in the same direction and at about the same speed. With DCC, you can do what you want, up to and including full-speed head on collisions.
This setup is going to be operated by a 10-year-old. Your call.
"Against dirty track, the Gods themselves contend in vain."