It's official - day one for actual DCC functionality on the Onondaga Cutoff was January 10, 2011. I installed a decoder in just one unit over the weekend, my custom-painted and detailed model of Conrail GP40-2 #3305. Last night I was able to get the new 'program track' installed and running. The full DCC system was hooked up to only one of the power districts so far (more on that soon) so I could only use the 'new' engine on a portion of the railroad - but so far, so good.
What a relief. The electronics work. I didn't screw up the first installation of a decoder. And, it's FUN.
MUCH more to come on this as the winter continues!