Layout Command Control, a.k.a., LCC, is a data highway for the control of layout accessories, such as turnouts, signals and other accessories. It can also accept data inputs like block occupancy and push buttons.
Theoretically DCC can handle the added data stream for layout controls, such as for turnouts, track detection and signals. But there are a lot of advantages to segregating the layout controls:
- Segregated control keeps the systems separate
- A dedicated layout control system is designed for the needs of the layout
- LCC will integrate with any train control system via JMRI
One of the most common concerns is the stage of development of LCC - "it's still in development" or "it's still immature," Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are few manufacturers supporting LCC, the products are well developed, are in service on many layouts, including larger club layouts. The software, firmware and hardware is reliable, easy to use and works great!
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The Arizona Railroad Historical Society put together an AWESOME clinic on how they implemented LCC.
OpenLCB is the actual name of the LCC system. This site is THE comprehensive resource for OpenLCB and LCC.
This is it! These links will take you directly to the GNW blog posts chronicalling the design, installation, configuration and operation of LCC on my layout.
Features one node, one I/O board, a power point, a USB interface and terminators to operate a simple control point including turnout motor, track detection and signaling.