ABOUT DECCA

 

In 1995, there was a group of people (some of whom were already members of other Model Railway Cubs in the Adelaide area) who began meeting informally at the various people's homes, on a bi-monthly basis, as a group of individuals who had become interested in this new concept of the Digital Command Control (DCC) technology, which was, at the time, a relatively new concept to the members of the Railway Modellers fraternity within Australia.

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As the number of people interested in this new DCC technology steadily grew and with the many hours of discussions and/or comments within this group regarding the future involvement and direction of this group of interested people, the general consensus among the group was that a DCC orientated Club be formed and, in August 2000, the DECCA Cub became Incorporated with the aim of further encouraging the member's interest in the understanding, application and operation of the world standard of
Digital Command Control technology, newly available to the railway modelling fraternity.  The DECCA Club was the first Club in Australia that totally operated on this new concept of Digital Command Control technology.

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The DECCA Club meetings were initially held in the individual members' homes and, after some considerable time of searching, the Club finally moved into the vacant premises on Prospect Road, next to the Prospect Road Uniting Church, along with the South Australian Railway Modellers Association (SARMA).  Then, after some time of sharing these premises with the SARMA Club, both of the Clubs decided to leave the Prospect Road premises; the DECCA Club meetings were now to be held in the function rooms of private premises in Windsor Gardens.  Sometime later, the Club meetings were to be held in the rooms at the rear of the old Uniting Church Hall on Churchill Road until the lease terminated.  The DECCA Club was, once again, currently meeting in the member's homes, however, the Club's aims and ambitions still remain unchanged; we are again looking for premises which we can call home.

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The DECCA Club, once, had a fully functional permanent layout, which had been entirely fabricated by the Club members, consisting of five complete modules and was fully operational on this DCC technology; this layout has since been sold to a private collector.  The DECCA Club members are currently building a new DCC demonstration layout which, once completed, will be able to be displayed at an exhibition, such as, the Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition (AMRE).

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In April 2012, at a full meeting of the DECCA Club, a unanimous vote of all members of the Club ratified the decision that the DECCA Club would become a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Australasian Region, which required that all of the current members of the DECCA Club join the NMRA; this was duly undertaken.  The DECCA (Model Railroad) Club is now a Special Interest Group of the National Model Railroad Association (Australasian Region); follow the link here ==> (NMRA) to view the Website of the NMRA (Australasian Region)

 

On the 1st of July, 2012, the DECCA Club was officially terminated, the incorporation part deregistered and all of the assets transferred to the new Club of DECCA SIG, which became fully operational on that date, the DECCA SIG will continue to operate in the same manner and format as the old DECCA Club, without the formalities.  

 

 

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