So sad to hear of his passing. I purchased his DCS book just this winter and it has been and will be of great use to me and my boys as we learn more about building a solid functioning layout. Barry was always so quick to post responses to the forum members’ requests, mine included, at no expense to any of us simply so we could get more enjoyment out of our hobby it was amazing!! This was his gift to us and a gift that will keep on giving through his books. 

To Barry, one last thank you. To his family, my sincere condolences and prayers. 

Ohmigod, we have lost a true cornerstone of this hobby. Though I did not know him personally, I always felt like I did. I doubt there is anyone out there who knows as much about DCS as Barry did. Truly the go-to guy. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. May god speed.


We are never too old to learn something stupid....

So shocked. So sorry to read. Will miss you, big time, Barry. 

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Absolutely Shocking news as I thought Barry was in good health. He was always willing to dive in an help anyone who needed it. He leaves a tremendous gap in the hobby and will be missed greatly.  Thoughts and Prayers to his family... God speed Barry!


My heart is broken for Cora.  Sincerest condolences for her and their family from Lynley and I.  

Barry was instrumental in calming everyone's nerves and demonstrated how easy and fun DCS is.  But above all that he's done for us and this hobby, he was a husband and father with a family that will deeply miss his presence.  Personally, I will miss seeing Barry and Cora at the post DCS Meetings for pie at the Round The Clock Diner.  As part of this Forum Community we all feel the loss too.

That's not an insult, that is just a fact of life!


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My dealings with Berry were strictly on the OGR Forums when he would thoughtfully respond to my request for help regarding DCS.  I have no words to offer but I will remember him in my prayers.  Heartfelt condolences to his family.  He will be missed!

Chief Bob (Retired) 

Is it just me or is this happening much to frequently lately? Truly a sad day for the family here and at home. He sure was the King of DCS and will be missed big time. Rest in peace Barry and condolences to his family and personal friends.

I first met Barry Broskowitz shortly after we announced DCS in the spring of the year 2000. Like many of those who met him, Barry was quick to express his opinions about our new command control protocol and his desires for its intended functionality. His background and software development and model railroading experience made him an ideal beta tester for the DCS system. Barry, along with Marty Fitzhenry and others provided M.T.H. with real-use guidance that helped make DCS what it is today.

But Barry's beta testing was just the tip of what he brought to the world of DCS. He spent tireless hours providing users on the forum, via email, phone and even in-person visits with guidance and support to help each of those users have a better DCS experience.

Barry traveled to York, Pennsylvania for the semi-annual York TCA Meet to conduct seminars in the M.T.H. booth. He organized the DCS User Group meetings the Wednesday before York. He would answer questions about DCS to anyone who asked with a style that was uniquely Barry. He did all of this without asking a dime from M.T.H.

Once DCS was released, Barry continued to assist us in the development of the system through his beta testing. He was always but a phone call away whenever we wanted to run something by him or have him try to replicate an issue reported by others. When he suggested that he author and publish a series of books on DCS, we gladly offered our help. When production of the book editions was occasionally hampered because the M.T.H. graphics team had other deadlines, Barry taught himself to use the publishing software to maintain the release schedule. He was doggedly persistent, one of the most persistent individuals I've ever known.

When Barry suffered a heart attack years ago at York, I had no doubt he would bounce back. He's persistent I thought. He'll get through that and be better because of it. And he did. And we continued to share monthly calls about the status and future direction of DCS. I enjoyed those chats. They encompassed more than DCS and I came to know Barry differently. I'll miss those conversations. He was my friend.

From all of us at M.T.H. Electric Trains, our deepest condolences go out to Cora and the rest of Barry's family.

Andy Edleman Vice President - Marketing MTH Electric Trains

We have lost a legend. He was always there to help, even when he had already published the answer in one of his books.  A very sad day, Barry will be greatly missed!  Thank you to his wife and family for their support of his work with the hobby, you are in our thoughts and prayers.



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This is really very sad news. Barry touched a lot of people in this hobby with his knowledge and passion for the MTH DCS Control System. He will be missed but not forgotten.

His legacy will live on in our memories of Barry and his contributions to the hobby. Cherish those memories and may they be a source of peace and comfort to Cora and his family and friends. May his memory be for a blessing.



Such a sad way to close out the weekend...Barry was such a great example to follow. So gracious with his expertise, never condescending, often offering his considerable talents without even being asked. He truly elevated the the hobby and everyone fortunate enough to benefit from his knowledge. My sincerest condolences to the family.

Tuscan Jim

I have no words.

I didn't know Barry, but conversed with him here as late as a few weeks ago.

I too am in shock.

My condolences to Barry's family and friends.

RIP sir.

RAK TCA 94-3880 TTOS C45 Southern California DCS Demonstration Team Angels Gate High Railers LCCA

I am so sincerely sorry to hear about Barry's passing. His expertise and willingness to help anyone and everyone who has been challenged by the intricacies of DCS will always be his legacy. My sincerest condolences to Barry's family.


A DCS Operator

Four of us west coast lunatics went to The TCA York meet this last October knowing it was a must go for all of us. We had such a great time and we all got to meet  Barry at the DCS meeting. I know he has helped all of us so may he Rest In Peace. Our prayers and sympathies go out to all of his family and friends.

On Behalf of myself and my family,

Thank you for the support and kind words. My father was an amazing man and loved this hobby and this community very much. I will post more info in a few days but myself, my mother, sister and aunt have been reading the posts and are thankful and appreciative of the outpour of support from the forum. Thank you.




Allan Broskowitz

  He was just as helpful and interesting when he wrote outside of the dcs pages here as well; but "Ambassador Broskowitz" couldn't be more fitting.

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About three hours ago I was in shock on reading Marty Fitzhenry in another post say Barry had passed. I met Barry every year at York in April and always attended his seminars. My first seminar Barry picked on me pretty hard and afterwards we had a discussion in which I realized just how much he cared. I talked with him frequently like many others, either here, on the phone or by email. I purchased all his books both hard copies and digital copies. There was no other person including inside of MTH that did more to help or promote DCS and the train industry. We say we will miss him and for sure we will but the pain of losing a family member is so strong and hard. Barry was family for sure. Especially to all he helped. Let us never forget a man who had a heart so big and so devoted to US. My condolences to his immediate family and his extended family. The Lord gained a great example of what kindness and passion really is. We have lost a very loved brother for sure. God Bless you Barry and your family. And Thank You for all you did.

Oh no!  Truly in the midst of life we are in death.  Barry shared his gifts generously with this community.  I hope his legacy, including the DCS primer will continue to be developed in the tradition he started.  So sorry to hear this, condolences to his family and friends! 

Creep, coast, and pull.  We're not talking about cold fusion here.

This is a shock Berry was the man would answer any of my DCS questions. I have his book and I attended some of the MTH DCS classes he held at York. Condolences to his family, he will be very missed.





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