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NMRA DCC (Digital Command Control)

NMRA Digital Command Control (DCC) is the best way to operate your trains. DCC easily allows you to run multiple trains on a single mainline without blocks! Developed by the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) from an original Lenz design, NMRA DCC compatible products are now produced by many companies. DCC is suitable for all sizes of layouts.


Central Hobbies carries DCC products from
Digitrax Lenz NCE DCC ESU MRC DCC Soundtraxx DCC Sprog II
Programmer TCS DCC DCC
Specialties  Zimo Roco Digital, and Power Supplies .

DCC Consultation

If you are considering converting your current layout to DCC or if you are considering building a new layout using DCC, Central Hobbies has a DCC consultation service. We will assist in you configuring a DCC system for your layout. The fee is $25.00 per hour or part thereof. Consultation fees may be credited towards the purchase of a DCC system from Central Hobbies.


Service and Support for Central Hobbies DCC Customers

Central Hobbies' trained staff provide service and support for all DCC products purchased from us. We will help you select the right decoder for your locomotive models. We will arrange for the repair and or replacement of defective or damaged products. If necessary we will arrange for loaner products from our stock. These services are provided free of charge to all Central Hobbies Digitrax customers.


Service and Support for DCC Equipment Purchased Elsewhere

If the supplier you purchased your DCC products from will not or is incapable of providing Service and Support for you, Central Hobbies may provide Service and Support for a fee. The handling fee will be from $5.00 to $25.00 per item depending on what it is. Loaner items can be supplied for a weekly rental fee. Depending on the circumstances, Central Hobbies may waive the fees.


MRC

MRC manufactures several DCC systems.
Central Hobbies does not stock any of them. If you want one we will order one in for you..
We do not stock MRC decoders. If you want one we will order one in for you..
MRC Systems and decoders are non refundable.
You will have to deal directly with MRC for any warranty issues.


Sprog Products

Sprog II Programmer

We carry some of the SPROG DCC Products.
Product Description Price and
Stock Status
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Sprog IIv3 SPROG II USB - Complete Package
includes SPROG IIv3 unit, USB cable, 12V 1.25A regulated power supply, all software and instructions on a USB Flash memory stick..
DCC Programmer and Controller. Provides a one-stop source for setting up and running any DCC locomotives.
$ 141.69 Cdn$  Sprog II
Sprog III SPROG3 USB - Complete Package
includes SPROG3 unit, USB cable, 14V 3.0A regulated power supply, all software and instructions on a USB Flash memory stick.
DCC Programmer and Controller. Provides a one-stop source for setting up and running any DCC locomotives. 2.5 Amps of power.
$ 182.19 Cdn$  Sprog III
Sprog III HP SPROG3 Higher voltage - Complete Package New
includes SPROG3 unit, USB cable, 18.5V 3.5A regulated power supply for G Scale users, all software and instructions on a USB Flash memory stick.
DCC Programmer and Controller. Provides a one-stop source for setting up and running any DCC locomotives. 3.5 Amps of power.
No Stock
Orderable
 Sprog III
SPROG NANO SPROG Nano is a low cost USB interface that allows a DCC power booster to be connected to a PC or MAC computer running Windows, MacOS or Linux. The ideal companion to the SBOOST, SPROG Nano interfaces your computer in the most compact package. No stock
Orderable
 Sprog Nano
PI SPROGs The PI-SPROG is designed to work with the Raspberry Pie computer.
They come configured three ways:
  • Command Station preset to support WiThrottle or EngineDriver users via wifi
  • Program Mode preset to use a VNC connection, and also supports one WiThrottle or EngineDriver user for Program verfication via wifi
  • Program Mode preset to use a local connection of display and keyboard, and also supports one WiThrottle or EngineDriver user for Program verfication via wifi
PI Sprog-One Pi-SPROG One Complete Package New!
includes Pi-SPROG One unit, 14V 3.0A regulated power supply, all software and instructions on a USB Flash memory stick.
Does not include a Raspberry Pi.

The Pi-SPROG One is a DCC interface with an integrated 2.5Amp booster that will drive a wide range of layouts, depending on the total current requirements of the loco fleet and accessories. A low level DCC output also allows the easy connection of further boosters such as our own SBOOST II. In this respect it is similar in operation to the SPROG II and SPROG 3.
No Stock
Orderable
 Pi-Sprog One
PI Sprog-One Full System Pi-SPROG One Full System New!
includes Pi-SPROG One unit, 14V 3.0A regulated power supply for your trains. Also includes a Raspberry Pi 3, 5V power supply and software image on SD card ready to turn on and run!

The Pi-SPROG One is a DCC interface with an integrated 2.5Amp booster that will drive a wide range of layouts, depending on the total current requirements of the loco fleet and accessories. A low level DCC output also allows the easy connection of further boosters such as our own SBOOST II. In this respect it is similar in operation to the SPROG II and SPROG 3.

You need to specify if it will be configured as: Command Station, Program Mode via VNC or Program Mode by local connection.
See above for descriptions.
No Stock
Orderable
 Pi-Sprog full set
PI Sprog-Nano Pi-SPROG Nano Coming Soon
The Pi-SPROG Nano is a simple DCC interface that can be used to drive a DCC booster such as our own SBOOST II. In this respect it is similar in operation to the SPROG Nano. The Pi-SPROG Nano can be used for operations mode (on the main) programming, but does not support service mode programming on a dedicated programming track.
No Stock
Pi-Sprog Nano
PI Sprog-Software Pi-SPROG Software on Micro SD Card New
Includes full Raspberry Pi Raspian and all necessary SPROG software, ready to run in your Raspberry Pi 3 model B, and instructions to run as wifi Command Station, or Programmer modes.

You need to specify if it will be configured as: Command Station, Program Mode via VNC or Program Mode by local connection.
See above for descriptions.
No Stock
 Sprog III
SBOOST Sboost 2.5 Amp Booster.
Compact package, 2.5A and auto-reverse, power supply included!
No stock
Orderable
 SBOOST
Speedometer ACCUTRACK Speedometer.
Programmable for N or HO, this unit stands over any track, and displays the speed of a train as it passes, in either direction. It is a stand-alone device, and runs off two AAA batteries, included in the package, so is ideal for DC or DCC layouts.
$ 106.65 Cdn$  Speedometer


Zimo


Zimo Logo

We have started to stock Zimo Sugar Cube speakers. Other items by order.
LS10x15H8 Miniature rectangular speaker with integrated resonator body, 10 x 15 x 8 mm, 8 Ohm / 1 W. $ 17.35 Cdn$
LS50x15x14 Two Dumbo's, high volume and good bass response. 50 x 15 x 14 mm, 4 Ohm / 2 W. $ 32.99 Cdn$


Power Supplies

Most DCC systems need a power supply. As well as the new PS514 Universal Power Supply, we the NCE 5 Amp power supply. All may be used with all major manufacturers DCC systems ( Digitrax, Lenz, North Coast).


Roco Digital

Although the Roco Digital Crane and accessories (Light, Electro Magnet and Working Clam Shell Bucket) are no longer readily available, I am keeping this information here for those of you lucky enough to find one. We will stock these items again if they ever come back to market. They are such a wonderful toy!

The best Digitrax throttle to use is the UT4 followed by the DT402. Both give good feedback on which function is selected . Any other throttle will work as well.

  • Roco Digital Crane Operation

    The Roco Digital Crane can be operated by any NMRA DCC compatible system.

    When selecting the locomotive with your system, remember that the crane decoder operates in 14 speed step mode. When using the crane with a Digitrax system you must status edit the crane when you first select it. The proper status is 02 or 12. You can program the crane decoder to run in 28 speed step mode.

    The Roco Digital Crane has four functions that can be controlled. You can:

    • Turn the Accessory on or off, ( If the accessory is on you can operate any of the other functions and it will stay on).

    • Rotate the Crane cab clockwise or counter-clockwise on the chassis,

    • Raise or lower the Boom

    • Raise or lower the Hook

  • Operating the Crane:

    To control the functions of the Roco Digital Crane, you use a combination of the throttle speed control, the throttle direction control, the headlight function control and the function one control.

    • The headlight and function-one controls select which crane function you are going to control.

    • The direction switch controls the direction the crane function is going to operate (Forward = Up or On or Clockwise, Reverse = Down or Off or Counter-Clockwise).

    • The speed control determines how fast the crane function will move. Note that not every function starts moving at the same speed. The boom and hook functions start moving at the first or second speed step. The Cab starts rotating around 43% speed.

    The rotate/raise/lower functions are easy to control. You set the two functions to the appropriate states and use the direction and speed controls to operate the function.

    The accessory control is different; to control the accessory both of the two functions must be off.

    • To turn the accessory ON select the forward direction and turn the speed control on to 14 or so. Then turn the speed control back to 0. This will turn the magnet on or turn the light on or open the excavator bucket.

    • To turn the accessory OFF select the reverse direction and turn the speed control on to 14 or so. Then turn the speed control back to 0. This will turn the magnet off or turn the light off or close the excavator bucket.

    • After the accessory function is on or off it will stay that way while you operate the other functions.

    The following table shows which combinations of functions control what crane function.
    Function F0 F1 Motor Fwd Motor Rev
    Turn The Accessory On or Off Off Off On Off
    Rotate The Crane Cab On Off CW CCW
    Boom - Raise / Lower Off On Up Down
    Hook - Raise / Lower On On Up Down

  • Programming the Crane

    As the decoder in the crane is made by Lenz, you must use register mode programming to change the decoder address. Although the instructions only mention changing the address, the decoder has all of the CV's of a current (2000) Lenz decoder.

  • Crane Wheels

    The Roco Digital Crane has European depth flanges on the model wheels. Roco makes two types of replacement wheel sets to convert the model to NMRA RP25 wheels. Roco part number 40266 is used on the crane model (you need three packages (two wheel sets per package)). Roco part number 40264 is used for the gondola.

  • Couplers

    The crane (and gondola) come with Roco style European couplers in a NEM mounting box. The NEM box will take Kadee #17 (short), #18 (medium) or #19 (long) couplers.

  • Weight and Lifting Capacity

    The lifting capacity of the crane cannot be increased by weighting the cab. This will only make the Crane cab heavy and it will tip over backwards when it is not lifting anything. The only place to add weight is in the body. The Roco coupler mechanism is in the way of this. If you Canadianize the body (remove the buffers and fill in the end beam) you will gain space to add some sheet lead. This will help increase the lifting capacity. The only way to greatly increase the capacity is to add the outriggers to the body.

  • Magnet and Light Roco Part Number 46806

    This kit has two accessories: a light that fits into the end of the crane boom and an electromagnet. You can only use one or them at a time.

  • Excavator (Clam shell bucket) Roco Part Number 46807

    The operation of the Excavator is voltage dependant. You may not get reliable operation on an 'N- Scale' voltage setting (Digitrax Chief). Setting the voltage switch to the HO Scale setting will give more reliable operation.

    Good results may be obtained with Woodland Scenics medium ballast. The fine ballast just runs out of the bucket. Unless you push the bucket into the ballast, you will not get a full bucket of ballast. You usually get a quarter to half bucket full.

    It is easier to load a gondola from a track side ballast bin, than to unload a car.

    The magnet glued into the hook attachment device (reference Fig 4, item 2) is not glued very well. You will probably break it free after you have removed the hook from the hook attachment device one or two times. It is easy to glue back into place.


Decoder Installation

If you want your decoders installed please contact us. We have several customers who can do basic decoder installation. Advanced decoder installation is offered by several of our customers. If you have a difficult installation we will offer it to our outside installers to see if they are interested.


We reserve the right to correct errors and change prices without prior notice. Please note that page updates are done as time permits. Page contents may lag behind store stock.

Updated May 13, 2017

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