Step 1 - The Power Cab



The best solution for a small layout or anyone starting with DCC. Extremely easy to set up. Most people can run trains in 10 minutes. Usually, 1 or 2 operators. Including the Power Cab - Maximum of 4 cabs/operators on the layout. The Power Cab must be plugged in on the left side with the flat cable to run the layout. Use an Eb1 (v1.1) to protect the Power Cab against short circuits. The Power Cab has 2 amps of current output capacity @ 13.8v track voltage. (Note:: DCC is measured as AC). The 2 amp capacity is enough for about 4 HO scale locos or 8 N scale locos running at the same time. Locomotives that are parked / idle / not in use can remain on the layout because they draw VERY little power. We do not include them in our calculations.

The seven-foot, 6-wire FLAT cable for the Power Cab contains full track power and the wall power from the 2 amp power supply. The coiled cable supplied with the Power Cab is for connecting the Power Cab to a booster. The coiled cable does not provide track power.

The flat cable used for the Power Cab is thicker and heavier for this purpose. It has six 24 AWG conductors. You cannot substitute ANY other type of cable. Using NON-NCE CABLES WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY. Longer cables or coiled cables are not available and are NOT recommended.

A longer cable can add a second cab like a Cab06 (5240039) or a Pro Cab (5240010). You can also add a second panel, a UTP (5240207), for the second cab to be used in a second location. The Power Cab will still need to stay in the original Power Cab Panel using the original 7ft. flat cable.

The replacement power supply for the Power Cab kit is a P114 (5240221). Using ANY other Power Supply is not recommended and will void the factory warranty.

The Power Cab has a built-in overload for basic self-protection that will continuously try to reset the Power Cab every 1/2 second (500ms) until damaged if it is left uncorrected. The Power Cab does not have circuit breakers that will trip or fuses that will blow. Use the new EB1 v1.1 electronic circuit breaker to protect the Power Cab against short circuits.

For more information on protecting your new Power Cab go here:

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Make sure you add a DCC track power circuit breaker like the NCE EB1:  Click here

For even MORE Power Cab info like downloadable manuals and connection diagrams go here:

For an intro to DCC wiring go here:


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    David Tozer

    First Class Engineering, First Class Support. Extremely EASY to setup and use. What I really like is the design Philosophy, never out of date!