Installing DCC Decoders

DCC decoders add a great deal to the capabilities of a loco, or other vehicle or trackside feature.
Some locos can accomodate a "drop in" decoder designed to fit that model, while others need the decoder to be "hard wired" in. We have extensive experience in installing DCC in many different kinds of locos, from easy to next-to-impossible!

We are able to offer DCC decoder installations in a wide range of locomotives and other rail vehicles, specializing in N-scale.
Contact us to discuss special requirements, or for advice to help your installations.

  • Basic DCC (motor, 2 lights) $50, $75 including appropriate standard capability decoder
  • Additional lighting from $25, e.g. beacon, Mars or Gyra light, ditch lights, etc. See Examples page
  • Sound decoder installs from $80-$95, + appropriate decoder and speaker(s)
All installations include basic programming for locomotive characteristics including running, addressing and appropriate lighting and sounds if applicable.
Installations may need consumable items such as tape, wire, heat shrink, etc. which are included in the base price. Any additional required items will be charged appropriately.
We usually fit TCS or Digitrax non-sound decoders, and prefer ESU LokSound for the sound fitted versions.
Decoder prices vary, but non-sound is usually about $25-40, and sound around $100. Other vendors are also available at your request.
All installations are warranted for 1 year for defects in installation.

Some of these decoder installations are interesting or different,
and so on the Examples page I have shown how some installations were done,
and some of the features available; feel free to use these examples to help your installations.
The pictures here are examples of very small N Scale models, each of which has a DCC decoder installed.

About Us

We are the BBM Group LLC, a family business specializing in solutions for model railroaders.

Model railroads come in many sizes, and we specialize in N Scale, with a track gauge of Nine millimetres.

We also create hand-crafted greeting cards, and specialist jewellery items.

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