If you don’t like it, you don’t have to have it…

Dear RMM,

The debate as to whether DC or DCC is better goes on, but I think it is time to stop.

I don’t intend to go into what DCC or DC offers or doesn’t offer as all that has been gone over endlessly before.

The fact is that if you don’t want DCC you don’t have to use it. It is true that the model railway industry is moving further towards DCC although I sometimes wonder if it is getting a little too interested in electronics for its own sake, very soon we will no doubt be asking Alexa to run our trains.

I have used DCC for many years and it has many advantages but I don’t want it to get complicated beyond my needs or understanding.

Some years ago myself and a circle of railway enthusiast and modelling friends often discussed the issue, I having already changed. One particular friend was running DCC down: “It’s cheating (meaning proper layouts must have miles of complicated wiring and dozens of switches), it’s unnecessary, it’s expensive,” and so on. I simply replied: “Look, if you don’t like it you don’t have to have it.”

In summary I would just say that in railway modelling we all have choices, one of them being to use DCC or not. It is pointless arguing over the merits of one system or another, there is room for everyone; like scale or prototype, look into it, consider it maybe, but at the end of the day you have a choice, if you don’t want it, you don’t have it.

Richard Hodder, via email.

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