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sarg89e7

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« on: January 23, 2013, 01:01:54 PM »

Just wondering if DCC ready is ready to run as is or will it need a decoder put in?
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Country Joe

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 01:44:54 PM »

DCC ready is a DC engine that can have a decoder installed more easily than a DC engine that is not DCC ready. Installation can be very easy, plug and play, or it can be fairly difficult. Like any DC engine, it can be run on address 0 if your DCC system supports that option, but all DC engines on the track will respond to the same commands.
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James in FL

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 08:21:19 PM »

A DCC ready lokie is ready to run on a DC powered layout.
Generally speaking, "DCC ready" means that the motor is isolated and there is some provision(s) to hook up a decoder.
To some manufacturers, just that the motor is isolated from the frame, provision(s) or not.

Good luck
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Moose

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 08:01:51 PM »

Since you mention "DCC Ready Spectrum 4-8-2" ("light mountain"), the newer version of this model is wired from the locomotive to the tender and the tender has a board within it to which you can solder a small decoder. The earlier version is not wired and the tenders were not so equipped; it is "DCC ready" in the sense that Bachmann provided a space for a decoder under the boiler shell and isolated the motor as the prior posts mention. Please note that there is also a Spectrum 4-8-2 "heavy mountain" that is DCC decoder equipped. You might wan to visit the following to see a thorough right-up on these: http://www.spookshow.net/bachmann482.html
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sarg89e7

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2013, 01:09:41 PM »

Thanks to all that responded My next Madelene is how to get the tender open I have checked out the paper work and on checking out the unit there is screws to take out  and it look like it is glued together. and I have no idea on how to get where I need to go, other than a big hammer. what would you suggest Undecided 
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ED209

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2013, 08:05:55 PM »

 Huh?
For the 4-8-2, will a Bachmann EZ command 1 amp decoder be a drop in installation to make it run on DCC?  There's two decoder models listed in the Bachmann online catalog.  Part #44915 and 44926, the only difference I see is the size.  Both have the 8 pin plug, will it be drop in without soldering?   Which one would be a better fit?  Are there other decoders that you would recommend?
Thanks!
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seadowns

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2013, 12:41:13 PM »

Hi!

Those decoders are wrong, they are useless because there is no partner in the locos tender for a 8-pin-plug. I don't mention the size anyway.
What you need is a wired decoder to solder on the 7 points in the tenders pcb. This is easily done if you have a small iron tip.
You can use any small decoder rather better than the Bachmanns. I've some DZ123 and 125 in my mountains and they'r doing a fine job.

Regards
Mathi
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ED209

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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2013, 10:19:01 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check into the DZ125.
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