It is amazing at the wealth of mis-information that the non-DCC people hand out. Testing a DCC equipped locomotve in a cab controlled DC layout is Like buying a Lamborghini and driving it only in town and under 80km. Truly a waste and not a true test of the vehicle. I have a Prodigy Express/Advance combination on order for less than $200.00 and my decoders are less than $25.00 each. My home layout is in a 10x10 room. It is a approximately 62 sq. ft. or N scale layout. Our club is running DCC at the added flexibility I find there truly amazing. I am looking forward to the improvement in my home layout. I will be able to run a northbound and a southbound on my single mainline at the same time, just like the prototype did.