Vollrath, Don <dvollrath@...>
If you are truly a beginner, or just wanting some pointers, start reading at http://www.wiringfordcc.com/intro2dcc.htm. Skim through the parts you understand. Home in on the links to locate general topics of immediate interest. Once you are more familiar with DCC, use Allan’s index to locate more detailed information on those same or related topics.
Just be aware that there is always more than one method to solve a problem… and certainly more related opinions. And of course, more than one manufacturer ready to sell you his product line. Some solutions and products work better than others.
Allan’s site hopefully gives you the information you need to recognize the cause of occasional issues that happen with DCC and at least one method to avoid them.
From: WiringForDCC@... [mailto:WiringForDCC@...] On Behalf Of dvollrath@...
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:19 PM
Subject: [WiringForDCC] RE: BEST
Allan's best practices are already compiled on his website www.wiringfordcc.com. There are no absolute rules. There are simply lots of good ideas and methods of wiring a layout to make it more reliable and trouble free in the long run with plenty of explanations and as to why. Your trains will not necessarily or suddenly stop if you violate one or two of the recommended practices. But they can. And there is the root reason to have recommended practices.
There will always be plenty of anecdotal stories as evidence that you can get by with 'cheating' on any one of the recommended guidelines or methods. The simple reason is that there so many variables, and acceptable performance expectations by different folks, that one simple set of rigid rules will not cover every possible combination of problems or solutions. Nor will it necessarily please everyone because it "seems" to work OK without it.