& DCC (in a nut-shell)
and Mike are very experienced
in the mechanical repair of any Model Railway Locomotives or Rolling Stock.
Costs are £8.00 Per Service/Investigation(OO,N other gauge please enquire) plus Parts/Time.
We will phone if we think that the repair is uneconomical.
This page is being redeveloped to cover new technolgical advances.
Information below is of a general nature, but the new pages will be more specific. If you need exact requirements please phone 01509 812177 and ask for Mike (Mike has been heavily involved in DCC for more than 10 years).
(Digital) is becoming more widely available. With the introduction of the Bachmann
Ez-Control, the Hornby Elite and Select systems, it is more affordable. (Other
more established makers are available and their products are more reliable and
offer considerably more facilities, but are more expensive).
to the control of locos using DCC are not underestimated, Slow running, realistic
Acceceleration/Braking is exceptional.
DCC also improves the pick-up capabilities
of the loco itself.
Any loco that is running
poorly because its mechanisms are old or faulty will not be improved by DCC Chipping.
Cost for a DCC System are the Controller (this controls the whole system),
A transformer if not includede in Controller (or if higher total ampages is required
- Running 5+ of locos at once) and Decode Modules (Chips) per loco.
locomotives can be chipped (Fitting a Decode Module), the chip enables a loco
fitted to be identified electronically and controlled electonically.
are 2 criteria which must be meet before fitting chips:
ampage to start loco (Stall Ampage Loading), and
when full loaded (Criuse Ampage Loading).
size of chip being used, against the space to fit it.
depend upon Stall/Cruise ampage that the chip can handle, the number of functions
available and the physical chip size. Generally speaking prices go up with Higher
Ampage, Higher Functions and smaller chips.
3 types of Modules (chips) available + a sound Chip:
Chip which can have upto 16 functions, the
available in 2 function, 3 function and
Function 1&2 are forward/Reverse,
for Lights and 4 for smoke. The others are for any
facilities excluding sound. (Costs £10 - £40)
As above but with
the ability to support a Sound Chip.
(Costs £35 - £80)
As above (1), but
with a sound chip built into the
modules (Costs £75 - £150)
Chip (to be fitted to 2 above). This chip can be
to hold any ound required. Many different
can be held (i.e. whistles, steam ejector,
shovelling, etc...), each of these sounds can be
activated by the control
unit. (Cost £55 - £100)
'OO' Per Loco Standard from £10 - £40,
sound from £65 - £100.
'O' Per Loco Standard from £25
Sound from £75 - £150.
supply Loco & chip Free
supply Loco you supply chip
supply Loco & Chip £8
Loco Testing £5
fitting (X04's and Hornby, Lima Ring fields .
Later type (we supply chip) £12
Chip fitting (X04's and Hornby Lima Ring
Later type (you supply chip) £15
Chip fitting any other Loco. Price on application(POA)
H/Dublo/Wrenn Metal body locos High ampage chip
Plastic body (Depends on pick-up/Motor fitted) POA
other gauges (excluding Z Not covered) POA
above P&P at cost
quotations will include VAT, but will not include return P&P which will have
to be added.
Here or on 'Contact Us'
to send us an e-mail giving details|