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I am planning the design and construction of a 10'x20' HO scale layout (not for myself) that will use DCC. The must-have requirements are:

  • Reliable operation, preferably hands-off
  • Computer control of trains, accessories, and lights
  • Simplistic wiring and maintenance characteristics

I am looking for a guide that will educate me on DCC fundamentals as they relate to reliability and assist me in planning such a layout. Objectivity would also be nice.

It might be that no single book like that exists, but I'd like your input and advice. Thanks,

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Hi George,

I am doing similar research and am curious what you find as a good resource.  I was pointed in the direction of a great computer control program for your layout and it even can run the trains from a smartphone or tablet/iPad .  Check out

Another forum member pointed me in that direction and it is the best control software package I have been able to find so far.


OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653
800-980-OGRR (6477)

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