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Chapters included on this Model Train Video DVD

How DCC differs from traditional DC layout control (Chapter 1 - video 3)

Chapter 1: How DCC differs from traditional DC layout control

DCC brings a lot of useful new capabilities to walkaround layout control, and expert modeler Joe Fugate outlines the many helpful advantages of DCC. Opens with a great new scene of a rollby at Rice Hill and lower quadrant semaphores in the distance! (concepts)

Chapter 2a: DCC bus wiring basics

Joe Fugate covers many DCC wiring best practices in this how-to video. If you want to make sure you wire your layout so it's reliable and easy to debug, then you will find the many practical hints and tips in this segment to be worth their weight in gold. (hints/tips)

Chapter 2b: DCC booster basics

With DCC, adequately powering your track via your layout power bus can make or break your layout's DCC performance and your ability to debug issues. This video segment discusses all the issues you need to consider while planning the foundational booster and power district side of your DCC layout wiring. (concepts, hints/tips)

Chapter 2c: All about DCC friendly turnouts

Dispel the confusion over DCC friendly turnouts and finally understand what your options really are for handling turnouts with DCC. Covers both live frog and dead frog options, plus Joe Fugate shows how to alter a non-DCC friendly turnout to make it compliant. (concepts, hints/tips)

Chapter 3a: DCC programming track hints and tips

If you don't locate and wire your layout's programming track properly, a loco improperly bridging the programming track gaps could accidentally burn out your DCC command station circuits. Learn how to make your programming track foolproof and ready to do 'blast mode' programming of modern decoders. (hints/tips)

Chapter 3b: Using DecoderPro to program DCC loco decoders

If you want to take your loco decoder programming to the next level of ease and convenience, you need to consider the free open source program DecoderPro. Joe Fugate shows you step-by-step how to download and install DecoderPro, and how to get it working with any of the major DCC systems. (1-2-3)

Chapter 4a: DCC short management, part 1

The nemesis on DCC layouts is getting a short. Learn how to permanently end the cry of 'who shorted the layout?' and to make it possible to 'shortproof' power districts so the rest of the trains in the district keep running even if another train happens to cause a short. (concepts)

Chapter 4b: DCC short management, part 2

In part 2 of DCC layout short management, Joe Fugate explains step-by-step how to install inexpensive short management to shortproof your layout so only the train causing the short quits running, and all the other trains keep running, even in the same booster power district. (1-2-3)

Chapter 5: Programming DCC diesel loco lashups

If your DCC layout is set in the diesel era, then running multi-unit loco lashups will be common operating procedure. Joe Fugate discusses in depth how to create DCC loco consists that run well together and allow you to have full access to the functions of your consisted locos. (1-2-3)

Chapter 6a: Working loco headlights in DCC, part 1

Working headlights and gyralights add drama and realism to your trains, and adding these sorts of lighting effects to your locos can be done with relative ease if you're using DCC. In this video segment, we show you step-by-step, how to add dazzling lighting effects to your diesel locos. (1-2-3)

Chapter 6b: Working loco headlights in DCC, part 2

In part 2 of this video, we build on part 1 and do an actual headlight installation in a Kato diesel, carefully demonstrating the install process and then show how we program the decoder to get the exactly the lighting effects we want using the free program DecoderPro. (1-2-3)

Chapter 7a: Installing a SoundTraxx diesel decoder, part 1

Adding sound to your locos can really bring your layout alive, and with DCC adding sound has never been easier. In part 1 of this video, we install a DCC sound decoder into a Kato diesel, showing you many tricks you can use to easily install a sound decoder into any loco in your roster. (1-2-3)

Chapter 7b: Installing a SoundTraxx diesel decoder, part 2

In part 2, we show you how to program the many options typically available in a sound decoder using the free program DecoderPro, and we give you many expert best-practices for picking optimum settings to use in any sound decoder-equipped loco on your roster. (1-2-3)