Unlocking the Versatility of DCC Model Railway Trains: Running on Analogue and Beyond

Model railways have been a beloved hobby for enthusiasts of all ages for decades. The intricate layouts, detailed scenery, and lifelike trains bring joy to those who immerse themselves in this miniature world. Digital Command Control (DCC) has revolutionised how model trains are controlled, providing enhanced features and realism. However, many may not know that DCC model railway trains can also be seamlessly run on analogue systems, offering hobbyists the flexibility to choose their preferred control method.

Understanding DCC and Analogue:

Before delving into the compatibility of DCC model trains with analogue systems, let’s briefly explore the fundamental differences between these two control methods.

Digital Command Control (DCC):

  • DCC is a modern control system allowing individual control of multiple trains on the same track.
  • Each locomotive is equipped with a DCC decoder, enabling precise control of speed, direction, lights, and other functions.
  • DCC systems offer more realistic operations and can support advanced features like sound and automation.

Analogue Control:

  • Analogue control, also known as direct current (DC) control, is the traditional method where the power supplied to the track determines the speed and direction of the trains.
  • Unlike DCC, analogue control typically limits control to one train per track.
  • Analogue systems are more straightforward and may be more accessible for beginners.

Compatibility of DCC Model Trains with Analogue Systems:

The beauty of DCC model trains lies in their ability to operate seamlessly on analogue systems. This compatibility is possible by including a dual-mode decoder in many DCC-equipped locomotives. A dual-mode decoder can switch between DCC and analogue operation, allowing enthusiasts to enjoy the benefits of both control methods.

Here’s how you can run DCC model trains on an analogue layout:

Identify Dual-Mode Decoders:

  • Check the specifications of your DCC locomotives to ensure they are equipped with dual-mode decoders.

Toggle between DCC and Analogue Modes:

  • Most dual-mode decoders have a simple switch or programming option to select between DCC and analogue modes.

Adjusting Speed and Direction:

  • In analogue mode, the speed and direction of the trains are controlled using a standard DC power pack, just like any other analogue locomotive.

Benefits of Running DCC Model Trains on Analogue Systems:

Accessibility for Beginners:

  • Enthusiasts new to the hobby can start with a basic analogue setup and later transition to DCC without replacing their entire fleet of locomotives.

Compatibility with Existing Layouts:

  • Hobbyists with established analogue layouts can integrate DCC locomotives into their existing setups without needing a complete overhaul.

Versatility in Control:

  • Running DCC model trains on analogue tracks and provides a versatile and customisable experience, catering to the preferences of individual hobbyists.

In the dynamic world of model railways, the compatibility of DCC model trains with analogue systems opens up new possibilities for enthusiasts. Whether you are a seasoned hobbyist looking to enhance your layout with DCC features or a beginner exploring the world of model trains, the ability to run DCC locomotives on analogue tracks ensures that the joy of this timeless hobby remains accessible to all.

If you would like to learn more about DCC, we have layouts within the club that are controlled this way. Becoming a member will give you access to other members with experience both in DC and DCC.

If you would like to join or are considering joining, please go here and fill out the enquiry form. Someone will be in touch.

RailEx 2024 – Latest news

It’s nearly that time of year again where RailEx Fareham will be opening and we are looking forward to seeing you all there. We have already been able to secure over 20 Layouts and 17 Traders for this years Exhibition with some exciting new additions.

The details of the traders have already been released and you can see those on the Traders Page. And shortly we will be releasing the information on layouts that will be attending RailEx Fareham this year.

We have made so many improvements for this years event. These include further improvements to payments, online tickets are now easier to purchase additionally tickets purchased before 1st September 2024 will be given a discount on the entry price.

Get your tickets ASAP to secure your place at a discounted price AND remember you will also get >>FastTrack>> Entry on the day. No need to queue!!!

If you would like more information about RailEx 2024 you can find it by clicking the link. For photos from previous events. You can see those by following the link below.

Still Time To Order Your Limited Edition Wagon!!!

Don’t forget, there is still time to order your limited edition RailEx 2023 wagon from the shop here in fareham-mrc.org.uk. However, stock is limited and they are already selling quickly!

Why not order now for collection at the event? You can purchase your wagon at the same time as your RailEx tickets in advance to ensure that your wagon is reserved.

We have provided the details of this wagon below which is limited to just 140 items! It’s also has local significance as you will see from the description below.

Introducing the meticulously crafted 00 gauge wagon, a faithful tribute to the historic Portsmouth, Gosport, and Cosham coal wagons that played a crucial role in the transportation of coal during a bygone era. This exquisitely detailed model encapsulates the essence of the industrial past while offering enthusiasts a tangible connection to the rich history of railway coal delivery.

Step back in time to an era when steam locomotives ruled the tracks and coal was the lifeblood of industrial progress. The Portsmouth, Gosport, and Cosham coal wagons were emblematic of this era, designed to efficiently transport the vital fuel that powered factories, homes, and the heart of the economy. With a legacy dating back to the 19th century, these wagons were an integral part of the transport infrastructure along the southern coast of England.

Crafted with meticulous attention to historical accuracy, the 00 gauge wagon pays homage to the original design and features that made the Portsmouth, Gosport, and Cosham coal wagons distinctive.

The model’s history is as captivating as its design. The Portsmouth, Gosport, and Cosham coal wagons were instrumental in fueling the region’s growth during the industrial revolution. These workhorses could be seen traversing the tracks, transporting the black gold from the bustling ports to destinations that depended on coal to power their engines and furnaces. The legacy of these wagons is not just in their functionality but in their contribution to shaping the landscape and prosperity of the communities they serve.

Whether you’re a dedicated railway enthusiast, a history buff, or simply someone who appreciates the nostalgia of yesteryears, the 00 gauge wagon inspired by the Portsmouth, Gosport, and Cosham coal wagons is a must-have addition to your collection

Ladies Open Evening

On 10th January 2023 Fareham & District Model Railway Club will be hosting a ladies only evening.

Interested in model railways?

Always felt that it was a hobby just for men but wished you could join in?

Why not come along and see if it might be something that you enjoy? We will have a semi a demonstration a tour of the clubhouse and buildings and refreshments.

Remember you don’t need to know anything about model railways at this point. We are here to help you learn and really keen to get more female club members at F&DMR Club.

Booking for this event is essential so make sure you contact Bron.

07900 917054


Fareham MRC Open Day, Today!

Why not pop down and find out more about your local model railway club today. We have a small display of our own layouts available to view and plenty of tea and coffee!!!

Five layouts on display today including some which have not been fully on display before!

Image shows several layouts on display in Portchester Parish Halls with people of all ages observing the layouts.

Taking place


1000 and 1600

at Portchester Parish Halls, PO16 9PY

RailEx Fareham Is On It’s Way!

After a long two year break, RailEx Fareham is back. Starting on 1st October 2022 to 2nd October 2022. The return of Fareham RailEx as one of Hampshire’s Largest Railway Exhibitions promises to be better than ever before.

Taking place at the newly Refurbished Fareham Leisure Centre, it promises to be an amazing event for both young and old fans of model railways.

Pre Event Tickets will be available shortly direct from this website, which will allow you to fast track in to the event without too many ques. So make sure that you have purchased your ticket in advance.

You can do this from the Web Shop Here

A copy of the flyer from RailEx 2022 Which shows location, date and directions on how to get to the event.

Happy New Year

The Trustees, Committee and Members of the Fareham and District Model Railway Club Wish you a very Happy New Year. Let’s hope we can all make a positive return to the hobby we love as soon as possible this year, but in the meantime stay safe.

Keep returning to this site to see and hear of the club’s news, experiences and developments throughout the coming year

Exhibitions Start Again

We are pleased to announce that we have been invited to be part of the Bognor Regis Model Railway Club Exhibition, taking place on the weekend of 15th and 16th January 2022. This is the first exhibition that many of us have been involved in for some time and comes as a welcome return to the wider world of model railways. The layout we will be exhibiting is one of our larger layouts called Forleigh. This is a layout that we inherited from the Fawley Power Station club some years ago, hence its name. You can see more details on our layouts page. Over the time we have had it, we have refurbished it and created a modern image layout with heritage railway branch.

The layout has been taken out of storage and reassembled for checking and cleaning. Like any layout that has been stored for some time, there are always things to repair and replace, but we will be ready and keen to run in time for the exhibition. We look forward to seeing you there. Why not come along, ask us about Forleigh, and maybe about our club too. New members are always welcome.

For more information the Bognor club’s website can be viewed here.