DCC Joy! Double Headers…

Today’s post looks at one of the advantages DCC control has over normal DC – double heading.  Today terrier 3 Bodiam is piloting fiddle-yard shunter Austerity (J94) 1111.  The duo can easily pull the four-carriage train of Bachmann Mark 1’s, a feat that the terrier would struggle to perform on its own.

Setting up a double-header is a fairly simple task using the Hornby select.  First, an address that the consist will repond to needs to be set-up.  In this case, this was 21.  Then, holding by holding the function button for a second, “A1 is displayed:

You then enter one of the locomotive addresses, followed by pressing select, when “A2” is displayed.  You repeat the process for the second locomotive and the select then takes about a minute to programme the locomotives.

Now, I can control these models together, using address code 21.  After a little shunting in the fiddle yard, the double header emerges from the tunnel:

My experience of “consisting” with the Hornby Select have been mixed.  The process is simple, but not all DCC chips work, which can be frustrating.  I’d expect more expensive DCC controllers and DCC chips to work better, particularly when matching acceleration rates.  However, the Hornby Select is good for beginners and can be picked up very cheaply.  It gives you a good taste of DCC – a chance to have a go…. and it’s well worth it!

Cancelling a consist is very simple.  Simply select the consist and then hold down cancel.  “CA” will display on the Select and the consist is dissolved.

Happy modeling locoyard followers!