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Modelling Tip Of The Day – 22

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 22

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 22

This Modelling Tip Of The Day is an ongoing series, in which we’ll be posting a modelling tip that may be of use to the newbie right up to the seasoned modeller.

Today’s tip is:

What DCC Loco Address Number Do I Use?


Once you’ve converted your loco to DCC by fitting a decoder chip inside it, what loco address number should you use? An easy way is to use part of the loco running number. On basic DCC starter controllers like the Hornby Select for example, it can store up to around 60 loco addresses using a two-digit loco address. So you can use any number between 1 & 60 as the locomotive address number.

So, for example, you have a loco which is numbered 47 022. Use the last two numbers as the loco DCC address, thus we’d give that loco the address number 22.

For more advanced DCC controllers such as The Hornby Elite, Gaugemaster Prodigy, Digitax Evo, Signatrak, Ecos etc allow you to allocate loco address numbers between 1 up to 9999 & some beyond!! These allow you to use four figure loco address.

So, for example, take loco 47 022 again. You could address the loco using four digits off it’s running number thus: 4702 or 7022 used as the loco address.

Having allocated the loco it’s address, on some DCC control systems you can also name the loco. You can use any name or full loco number for the loco. Depending on which DCC control system your using, you can call up the loco using it’s full name/running number either via the list of locos saved on the DCC controller, or via a saved favourite locos list.

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