POWER & CONTROL Analogue vs Digital


Two choices of train control are readily available: analogue and digital. Digital has developed rapidly over the past few years and can control locomotive lights and sounds, accessories and much more.


UNTIL THE EARLY 2000s analogue, or DC, control was the only choice for a model railway. It was and still is a simple, reliable and affordable means of providing control for a railway – and across all the scales.

A DC layout controller regulates the voltage to the track between 0-12v. Only one train can be driven on a circuit at once with analogue in most circumstances, but separate controllers can be connected to separate circuits – or sections – to allow independent control of multiple trains. If you do have more than one train on the same section of track both will move at the same time.

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