LCC Cost Comparison for Detection
November 11, 2019
A comparison of cost between LCC and other popular options for detection.
As model railroaders the basic cost of various options is always an important consideration in our choices of system and hardware. How does the cost of LCC stack up when compared to NCE, Digitrax, and CMRI for block detection.
In this comparison we will base our comparisons on 16 blocks of basic detection because most options do not work economically for smaller numbers of blocks.
All comparisons based on MSRP and fully assembled commercial hardware.
Note: LCC, NCE, and CMRI detectors all use CT coils for 100% isolation and no voltage drop. Digitrax detectors use series diode detection which introduces a voltage drop between the booster and detected blocks, and imposes block current restrictions. This also requires full current capacity block feeders from the track to the detector board which increases wiring cost.