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3 day Seminar, Thurs. Sept. 17, Sat. Sept. 19, 2015

Intermediate DCC Seminar

Advanced reservations required

After registering for each class a parking pass and class attendance confirmation will be mailed within 24 hours - click on the links below for class registration form and complete class details.

Click here for Seminar Registration Form PDF

DCC 201
3 Day Class

Intermediate DCC Seminar
Prerequisite: DCC 101 or basic Analog & DCC experience or Instructor Permission

Schedule: Three 3 day Seminar, Thurs. Sept. 17, Sat. Sept. 19, 2015 9AM - 5PM

Lunch: Is included each day

Day 1:

Start: 9:00AM

  • Introductions
  • Analog vs. DCC wiring
  • ESU, MTS and DCC Hands-on
    • Manufactures Product Comparisons
  • Individual hands-on operation w/ LGB, ESU & PIKO systems
    • Set-up, Operations, Programming and Configuration
    • LGB MTS I, II and III, ESU, PIKO & DCC demonstration & compatibility

Morning Break: 10:30AM to 10:45AM

  • DCC
    • Layout design system options, wiring and installation, configuration, operation and programming
    • Feedback, Loco Detection, Breaking and Reverse Loop Modules
    • Track Contacts hookup and demonstration

Lunch Break: 12:30PM to 1:30PM

  • Q&A
  • Decoders
    • Manufacturers Product Comparisons
    • SPROG II Universal Decoder Programmer – Demo
    • Sound Reed Switch Installation
    • Axle Sound Sync Options
    • Hall Effect Switches
    • Power buffers
    • Stop on DC Operations and Demo
    • LGB MTS I, II and III, DiMAX & DCC demonstration & compatibility Decoders
  • Conversions, Maintenance and Repair
    • Individual hands-on programming, installation, wiring, lubrication & repair

Afternoon Break: 3:00PM to 3:15PM

  • Individual Activities Hands-on
    • Individual DCC Train Competitions
    • Individual Loco Conversions
    • Team Train Operation Practice
    • Soldering and Adhesives Practice

End: 5:00PM

Day 2:

Start: 9:00AM

  • Q&A
  • Decoders & Sound Boards
    • Motor Block Conversions
    • Sound Decoders & Speakers
    • Sound System Demonstrations

Morning Break: 10:30AM to 10:45AM

  • Boosters
    • Manufacturers Product Comparisons
  • Breaking Mode
  • Reverse Loop Mode
  • Individual hands-on operation

Lunch Break: 12:30PM to 1:30PM

  • Q&A
  • Loco, Car and Layout lighting
    • Bulb vs. LED
    • LED Circuits
    • Design, installation, wiring, DCC control and dimming
    • Hands-on lighting exercise

Afternoon Break: 3:00PM to 3:15PM

  • Individual Activities Hands-on
    • LED Lighting and wiring
    • Individual DCC Train Competition Practice
    • Team Loco Train Competition Practice
    • Individual Loco Conversions
    • Soldering Practice
    • Team Train Operation Practice

End: 5:00PM

Day 3:

Start: 9:00AM

  • Q&A
  • Train automation via central station and PC programs
  • Individual hands-on set-up and system operation:
    • Power supply, central station, booster, feedback module, loco and switch decoder

Morning Break: 10:30AM to 10:45AM

  • Individual hands-on Activities
    • Individual DCC Train Competition Practice
    • Team Loco Train Competition Practice
    • Complete Individual Loco Conversions
    • Instructor Assisted Practice
  • Team Train Operation Practice Hands-on

Lunch Break: 12:30PM to 1:30PM

  • Individual Activities Hands-on
    • Individual DCC Train Competition Practice
    • Team Loco Train Competition Practice
    • Complete Individual Loco Conversions
  • Instructor Assisted Practice
  • Competition
    • Individual Train Operation Hands-on
    • Team Train Operation Hands-on

Afternoon Break: 3:00PM to 3:15PM

  • Celebration
  • Awards
  • Individual Train Operation hands-on
    • Team Train Operation
    • Special Awards
  • Dinner
    • Return Feedback Cards
    • Hand out discount coupons
    • Wrap-up

End: 5:00PM

Registration: All class reservations are offered on a first come first serve basis – advanced registrations required for all classes.

Individual DCC Loco Conversions: Attendees may wish to ship their locos in advance to the Shourt Line shipping address. If machine work is desired by the Shourt Line please allow 10 working days prior to the seminar to ensure your loco is ready. Please order any decoders and conversion hardware 10 days prior to the conference; please contact the Shourt Line for help in ordering parts required for your locos conversion. Time is scheduled each day for attendees to perform a DCC conversion on their own loco.

Date: Three 3 day Seminar, Thurs. Sept. 17, Sat. Sept. 19, 2015

Sign in Time: 8:45AM to 9:00 AM Thursday

Lunch: Lunch is provided each day.

Class Location: TBA

Seminar Parking: TBA

Hotels:

Instructor: James E. Shourt (Professor)
Enrollment: 8 persons maximum

Terms and conditions:
Payment in full required to hold reservation. All reservations are non-refundable except in the event of class cancellation. All seats will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Class times are; 1 day 10AM-5PM, 3 Day 9AM-5:00 PM, Parking is provided, Lunch and hotel room costs not included, dinner is provided for the last day of 3 day classes. Discount Hotel reservations available (see Seminar Class Schedule for more information). All attendees of a 3 day class will receive include a 20% off any brand and 30% off PIKO brand MSRP coupon for purchases and a CD with class outline and presentation materials for class participant use only and not for distribution. Classes will be audio and/or /video recorded for private use of the Shourt Line and will be made available to participants upon request.

Payment options:
No fee options:

  • PayPal – No Fee Method (Contact the ShourtLine.com for no fee payment  from a US bank account).
  • Check in USD made out to the Shourt Line. Mail to (Shourt Line, Attn. Seminar Reservations, PO Box 1786, Oceanside, CA 92051- All payments must be received 48 hours prior to the start of class.)

Fee based payment options: (4.1% fee is added to the base class fee)

  • PayPal – payment from by credit card or PayPal account
  • Major Credit Cards (Call the Shourt Line at 310-622-4431 for credit card payment)

 

By the end of this seminar you should:

  • Understand the features of DCC equipment
  • Understand equipment, track & decoder wiring
  • Be able to convert analog locos to DCC
  • Be able to program automated functions
  • Be able to wire & program any decoder
  • Be able to configure loco and central station functions
  • Be able to choose the right system for any layout requirements
  • Become proficient at multi-train operations, switch routes, consisting and loco configuration.
  • Become proficient in loco maintenance, repair and conversion
  • Gain new skills and techniques for model railroading

 

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After registering for each class a parking pass and class attendance confirmation will be mailed within 24 hours - click on the links below for class registration form and complete class details.

Click here for Seminar Registration Form PDF

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