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Manufacturer: ZTC

Summary: Manufacturer of DCC systems and decoders.

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General information
Phone +44 01823 327155
Email [email protected]
Main URL Main URL
URL to manuals
Address 12 The Octagon, Taunton,

Somerset, TA1 1RT England

Date Opened
Date Closed
Device Types Booster, Command Station, Mobile Decoder, Power Supply, Stationary Decoder, Throttle

Taunton Controls

ZTC ceased trading in 2009 has been taken over by Taunton Controls Ltd. They continue to manufacture and see the 511 Desk Controller. They are working on a successor, the 612 Master Controller, to be called the Ambassador.

The 612 will feature

  • 28 functions
  • 250 loco roster
  • Capable of programming G scale locomotive decoders
  • Computer connection, works with JMRI
  • Upgradeable by USB
  • 128 speed steps by default, with support for 14 and 28
  • Stabilised output during initialization phase
  • Compatible with ZTC 505, 511, 611 and 622 handheld throttles and stationary decoders

Possible options:

  • 10" touch screen
  • Wall display screen
  • WiFi
  • Ability to connect to the internet for diagnostics and service by the factory.


ZTC was founded by a former employee of Hornby. He was one of the developers of the Zero 1 system from Hornby. ZTC uses XPressNet as a communications bus.

ZTC Controls made a range DCC decoders which also support the Hornby Zero 1 system, and their controllers include a mode to control Zero 1 equipped locomotives. One model is also able to switch to DC PWM mode.

ZTC Controls was one of the first companies to introduce DCC to the British market, following on from the introduction of Zero One.

During 2008/9 the production of new ZTC equipment ceased and many fans of ZTC, including the current owner , wondered what would happen to this highly regarded British DCC manufactured system.

When the opportunity arose, he purchased the company and put the product range back into full manufacture, the launch being the 2009 Warley Show at the NEC.

The 511 desk is still regarded as the most realistic model controller on the market and, due to its advanced design, still features the Real Feel control system which “puts you in the cab” be it steam era or modern image.

As a keen modeller himself, he has always appreciated knowledgeable and friendly service and support from traders and suppliers. He aims to be able to supply products from stock both at shows and via mail order and the website.

ZTC also runs regular workshops and Modellers' Days

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