Backshophoss wrote:To use a DC Loco on DCC you use("channel #") 00 on the throttle,however all the lights are on all the time,the motor will "hum"
while on DCC and run a bit warm.
00 was part of the DCC standards created by NMRA,a lot of the Basic DCC systems done by Bachmann and some of the
"train set" DCC systems use this 00 channel all the time.
Not all DCC systems use this approach. Only Lenz and Digitrax that I know of, allow for the 00 address to operate DC engines. On NCE, 00 is a blanket program on main address that allows you to send decoder program commands to every engine on the track.
Everyone needs to get over this whole expensive thing. Yes there is alot of expensive new stuff coming out, but the modelers demand it so the companies make it. And its not like its sitting on shelves people are buying it. There is still PLENTY of cheap stuff out there to be had at train shows etc. Dont like DCC? Fine. They still make almost everything as a DC only model and anything DCC and sound whatever is fully DC compatible. The cost of DCC decoders has dropped quite a bit in the last few years. Cheapest ones are now about 15-20 dollars. You can buy an NCE Powercab which is fully expandable and fully compatible with its larger brother the Powerpro for about $120-$130 bucks. It wont run DC engines, but a simple toggle switch between your DC pack and the Power cab allows you to play with both systems. I personally operate my mini layout this way so I can test engines in DC before doing conversions or simply fart around with old DC junk from when I was a kid.
This hobby is like anything else in life. It is what you make it. If you make it fun, it will be fun. Concentrate on what makes YOU happy with your stuff. There are plenty of favors of various items out there to be had you just have to look around. eBay often turns up some of these newer "expensive" models at some very very good prices. You never know what you will find unless you are out there looking. I often go to train shows when I am available to because I have found some really great deals on some very nice pieces that I was interested in there.
No good deed goes unpunished.