Review criteria

Those model trains review criteria explain how I try to rate trains & devices on the blog, in a consistent manner.

Subjective criteria are not detailed here.

  1. Trains

    All trains are rated "out of the box", before any DCC conversion or modifications.

    Technical specs

    Very poor construction (abnormally poor).

    Poor (basic construction, limited functions)

     Good

     Very good

    Excellent (above average functions or construction quality).

    Track behaviour

    Catastrophic behaviour with nearly no way for improvement.

    Very bad behaviour. Model needs to be modified.

    Ok

    Good

    Excellent

    DCC conversion

    No provision for DCC, conversion hard (e.g. lack of space)

     No provision for DCC, conversion not too hard.

     Provision for DCC (digital plug), but hard conversion due to some factors.

    Provision for DCC, easy conversion.

     Provision for DCC, easy conversion, advanced digital interface (not NEM651).

  2. Decoders

    To be defined.