Useful Model Railroading Links

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Many of SVL's members belong to the NMRA, the National Model Railroading Association. The NMRA holds regional and national meets with layout tours, model contests, and achievement programs for individuals.

NMRA DCC Information Page:

SVL uses homabed roadbed from California Roadbed for the mainline and sidings.

A really good site with lots of information about DCC.

The JMRI project is building tools for model railroad computer control. JMRI is intended as a jumping-off point for hobbyists who want to control their layouts or program decoders from a computer without having to create an entire system from scratch.

SVL primarily uses NCE equipment to run our layout. A PowerHouse Pro command station with a wireless base station acts as the heart of our DCC system and mainline turnouts are controlled by Switch-It™ accessory decoders.

Digitrax offers decoders with great special effects and/or plug and play installation and is one of the most popular DCC systems on the market. Two major selling points include the LocoNet™ bus, which provides LAN-like interconnect, and wireless cab operation.

In addition to inexpensive decoders and the Digital Plus DCC system, Lenz offers reversers and accessory decoders.

CVP is the creator of the EasyDCC system kits that have been featured in Model Railroader magazine. They also now offer accessory decoder kits.

MRC offers some very popular entry-level DCC systems. They are very inexpensive, but lack some features like 4-digit locomotive addressing.

SoundTraxx offers DCC decoders featuring full sound effects for both steam and diesels.

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