The DCC controller and command station is the core of the Command Control system, sending the operators' instructions to DCC decoder fitted locomotives to control direction, speed, acceleration and stopping of each train. The controllers will provide enough power to run more than one train simultaneously, ideal for a growing layout as there is no need for extra controllers as track circuits are added.
Bachmanns' budget price EZ-Command unit is excellent for small layouts and trying out DCC. Up to 10 locomotives can be addressed, with 2-3 able to run simultaneously.
Hornby's entry level Select and twin-control Elite offer similar capabilities, the Elites' two control knobs making it easy to drive two trains at once.
Even these entry level controllers have function control features giving access to lighting control and the base range of sounds from sound decoders.
The more capable Bachmann Dynamis system has a wireless walk-around facility combined with the ability to address up to 9999 locomotive or accessory decoders.
For those wanting to exploit the full flexibility of DCC the Lenz LH90/LH100 and Gaugemaster Prodigy controllers are a good choice. These reliable, powerful and feature rich DCC controllers are ideal for expanding layouts and locomotive fleets.