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It is with extreme sorrow that we report:

Jack Baer passed away on May 18, 2024 after a long bout with cancer. Jack purchased Litchfield Station from us in 2010. He operated it up until hours before his death. He will be missed by the DCC community. It appears that Litchfield Station will be sold or shut down, if a buyer cannot be located.

About the University

Bruce has had the opportunity to ride in the cab (or actually operate) some locomotives over the years. He feels that DCC has the best opportunity to duplicate that experience of anything out there.

The DCC University arose out of the questions raised through almost 9 years of operating Litchfield Station. Bruce developed it from a small installation business to the second largest DCC specialty shop in the world. During that time Bruce developed a lot of intellectural property that was on the Litchfield Station page. When he sold the business, he moved much of that information here and he has added to it since.

Liquidation of the PebbleCreek Model Railroad Club

The DCC assets (and a bunch of NWSL wheels that we ordered just before we were kicked out of our room) are for sale on my web site. CLICK HERE to view the items. First come, first served.

What is DCC?

DCC stands for Digital Command Control. It is a way of having power continuiously on the track. This way, rolling stock can have lights and sound even when they are standing still.

Data is sent over the track from the base unit to a decoder located inside the locomotive or car, telling it what to do when.

Learn more about DCC here in Mr. DCC's Univerity. Check out the Topics pulling down the menu.

Site redesign

A site redesign in December 2021 changed names of some pages and the structure of the site.

So, your old bookmarks probably will not not work. Sorry.

It is a good habit to come to the home page and renavigate, anyway. I've provided a search box to help.

What remains here is data about DCC - mostly my opinions.

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National Model Railroading Association (NMRA)

On April 1, 2016 Bruce earned NMRA recognition as Master Model Railroader #574. For more information CLICK HERE to see the article in the June 2016 issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine. He has been a NMRA member since 1999 and is now the Superintendent and the AP Manager for the Arizona Division of the Pacific Southwest Region.

Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine

It is a FREE (advertiser supported) online magazine with a wide range of topics and columns. In October, 2011, Bruce became their DCC columnist. You can read his DCC Impulses columns on line. CLICK HERE to go to their site or CLICK HERE to go to a list of Bruce’s columns on this site. Bruce retired from writing a monthly column. His last column was in the August 2018 issue of MRH Magazine.

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Information on this site represents Bruce’s experiences and opinions. It is presented without warranty as an example of ways to utilize DCC products. The user is solely responsible for any use made of this data.