Welcome to Durango DCC


The Company

We make your model trains look and run great! We offer expert Digital Command Control decoder installation, custom painting, expert brass locomotive repairs and custom structure modeling for all model scales.  Soundtraxx, NCE, TCS, ESU, Digitrax, NWSL Specialist and dealer. 


The Owner

Mike Cartabiano:

Owner & Chief Technician

Member of the LaMesa Model RR Club, Los Angeles Model Railroad Society, Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society, San Diego Model RR Museum and the Layout Design Special Interest Group

Restored SP Cab Forward on the LaMesa Model RR Club.

Video of one of my projects running on the huge La Mesa Model RR Club layout.

Demo Videos

Please click the button below to view some of my work in action.


Michael Cullen, Poway, CA

"I'm very happy with the results. Thanks again for your help" 

Andrew Merriam, San Luis Obispo, CA

"Thanks again for your efforts and care in communication.  I appreciate as well as the very careful/meticulous installation work." 

Al Cuevas, Escondido,CA

"Just a line to let you know how much I am enjoying my HO Key SP Mountain that you put DCC into last month.  It runs great.  The "fire box" effect is excellent and adds a touch of reality to a beautiful model that performs as good as it looks." 

Ryan Dora, San Bernadino,CA

“Not knowing him I sent Mike an email stating the work I wanted done to my SP 2-8-2 brass locomotive.  After a few emails back and forth to work out specific details I felt confident that he was a professional and that my locomotive would be in good hands.  Upon arrival and inspection, Mike pointed out a few more missing details on the locomotive that I had missed.  As we all know most brass locomotives have issues that need to be worked out.  His communication and knowledge on all repairs was superb. He let me make the decisions on what to fix and I did not mind the extra costs involved.   The overall results were fantastic.  The paint job and decals are crisp and sharp.  The extra details he added such as painting the inside of the cab and gauges was outstanding. He really took the time to make it look just like the prototype.  I would highly recommend Mike to friends and fellow modelers. I plan to send him more projects in the near future." 

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Durango DCC

3629 Jetty Pt, Carlsbad, CA 92010, US

(310) 560-7430



09:00 am – 05:00 pm


09:00 am – 05:00 pm


09:00 am – 05:00 pm


09:00 am – 05:00 pm


09:00 am – 05:00 pm