Hi all, I recently re-entered the hobby after 15 years or so away. I basically bought out someone who was leaving the hobby and got the following locomotives:
KATO EMD SD40-2 (Union Pacific #3379)
KATO EMD SD90/43MAC (UP #8104)
KATO GE C44-9W (UP #9702)
LL HERITAGE STEAM COLLECTION 7589 USRA 2-8-8-2 (UP #3673)
LL 7518 SW9/1200 (UP #1828)
BACHMANN EMD DD40AX (UP #6922)
All the loco's run and look brand new. I've built a small 36x80 door layout and am currently trying to finish up the landscaping (it's a Christmas present for my two young boys...oh ok, it's for me too!).
I'm thinking of getting a DCC system (DCC is completely new to me but I've been reading). Mostly, I just want the lights and sounds which will appeal to the boys so I don't need too much in the way of options. I was considering the Bachmann EZ DCC system due to it's inexpensive price. (One Question on this: is there a concern that low end DCC systems can hurt your loco motors???)
So, my main question is which of my locomotives would be good candidates to convert to DCC. I might sell off one or two to pay for the DCC system as well. The big DD40AX is HUGE and it is a bit much for a door layout! I'd love to put a decoder on the 2-8-8-2.
I guess I'm just looking for advice in general about DCC and my locomotives. I am pretty mechanically inclined but soldering electrical components was never a strong suit of mine. I don't really know what's involved in converting to DCC so I figure a safer bet is to start with a locomotive that lots of people have converted and use their experience to guide me.
Thanks for any help or advice!