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Model Railroad - General

National Model Raiload Association

NMRA Standards and Recommended Practices

NMRA DCC Standards

Cyberspace World Railroad - A-Train Systems appears under 'Manufacturers - Electronics/DCC' for reasons best known to the managers of the site!

Cochise & Western Model Railroad Club - located in Sierra Vista, Arizona, the original users (and testers) of A-Track. Their website has been replaced with this Facebook page.

Model Railroad Hobbyist - a professionally-produced FREE online magazine covering all aspects of model rairoading

Model Railroader - the US model railroading print magazine with the widest circulation

Track Planning - 3rdPlan-It - the best layout design software I have come across

Colorado Railway Museum - useful range of books of interest to the railroad modeller

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Model Railroad - DCC Systems & Decoders

NCE Corporation - originally North Coast Engineering, major producers of DCC systems, decoders, and equipment - A-Track is designed to interface to NCE systems

Digitrax - supplier of a lot of the decoders I use, and source of a great deal of useful information on the implementation of DCC

Lenz - German manufacturer of DCC systems, and originator of the control system on which DCC is based

SoundTraxx - manufacturer of the Tsunami range of DCC sound decoders

QSI Industries - manufacturer of the Quantum range of DCC sound decoders

ESU - LokSound - German manufacturer  of DCC systems, including the LokSound range of DCC sound decoders

Zimo - Austrian manufacturer  of DCC systems, including DCC sound decoders

Allan Gartner's Wiring for DCC - a large resource dealing with all aspects of DCC

Bruce Petrarca - Mr DCC - The DCC University - information, links, and consultancy on all DCC matters

Mark Gurries - guidance and help on a wide range of DCC topics, with a particular emphasis on NCE equipment

Marcus Ammann - DCC for Everyone - a vast array of information and links on all aspects of DCC

Mark Schutzer - useful tutorials and articles on NCE DCC equipment, especially radio throttles

JMRI - the group responsible for the development of Decoder Pro and Panel Pro software in Java for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems

Rutger Friberg - author of books on, and developer of, DCC hardware

DCC Wiki - an encyclopedia all about Digital Command Control used in railroad modeling - written collaboratively by many of its readers

Model Railroading with DCC WebRing - wide range of interesting sites, although does not appear to have been updated for a long time

DCC UK WebRing - some duplication with the world-wide DCC Webring

Model Railroading Electronics WebRing - general electronics projects, not necessarily related to DCC

Curlie Directory - set of site links directly relevant to model railroading with DCC

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Model Railroad - Equipment Suppliers

Walthers - huge range of all things related to model railroads - excellent service via mail order

Caboose Hobbies - haven't bought very much from them but, when they had a very large store in Denver, Colorado it was well worth the visit - now largely a warehouse operation

Tony's Train Exchange - recommended by friends (and personal experience) as offering the best prices for DCC equipment - lots of useful information available

 

Model Railroad - DCC Equipment Suppliers (UK)

Digitrains - very wide range from all of the major US and European manufacturers - very helpful

Coastal DCC - run by railway modellers and offering an excellent range of DCC equipment and accessories

DCC Supplies - good range of DCC equipment supplemented by a wide selection of other products

Wickness Models - very helpful with a lot of useful information, DCC fitting service, DCC sound decoders, DCC products from wide range of manufacturers, conversions, layout scenics, etc.

 

Electronics Suppliers (UK & US)

Farnell - widest range of electronic components for the professional (available to anyone), with a network of sites world-wide

Newark - US arm of the Premier Farnell Group - very wide range of professional electronic components (available to anyone)

Combined Precision Components (CPC) - very wide range of domestic and industrial equipment and components (not just electronics and computers) at very reasonable prices (a division of Farnell)

RS Components - similar range to Farnell but less specialised - good for transformers - network of sites world-wide

Mouser - large electronic components distributor with a world-wide network, targeted at design engineers

Digi-Key - claim to have the world's largest selection of electronic components, although their prices tend to be higher than other suppliers

OSH Park - printed-circuit board manufacturer - excellent at producing small quantities of PCB's at very reasonable cost within a few weeks - shipped free to anywhere in the world

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Atari Computers

Atari Archives - information still available for the dedicated enthusiast - including the full text of many reference books such as 'Mapping the Atari' and 'Assembly Language Programming for the Atari Computers'

ABBUC eV - the very active Atari Bit Byter User Club, based in Germany - their comprehensive and well-maintained website has a host of links to all things Atari

Nick Kennedy's Page - features SIO2PC, a program to turn a PC into an Atari fileserver and without which the original version of A-Track on an Atari 800XL would have been almost impossible to develop.
Thanks, Nick !

Best Electronics - as the name suggests, the best source of Atari hardware in the world - still in business, although getting in touch can take a bit of effort

B & C Computer Visions - website still appears to be active as a source of Atari hardware and software, but has not been updated for some time

Computer Software Services - the home page of Bob Puff, creator of MyDOS, the Black Box, and BobTerm, the best comms program for the Atari 8-Bit - again very useful in developing A-Track. This website has not been updated for a long time

Atari 8-Bit WebRing - such Atari 8-Bit sites that still exist

 

Microprocessors & Personal Computers

Microchip (USB Connectivity) - manufacturer of the PIC range of single-chip microcontrollers - lots of data and development information available

Jan Axelson's Lakeview Research - reference information and software for developers of PC peripherals - USB, Parallel, and Serial Ports

Microsoft Developers' Network (Windows) - although often maligned, Microsoft provides an enormous amount of free information on almost any PC topic - the only problem is locating the specific topic of interest

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