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Tim H

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« on: December 12, 2017, 07:10:02 PM »


I just bought the Super Chief train set to put under the tree.  Five days later the bug has bit.  I have been buying more cars and more track and now want to know if I can convert this locomotive over to DCC?  I have found places on line that say yes but I just wanted to confirm with the source.
thank you,

Tim H

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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 08:05:48 AM »

It depends on which version of the F7 is included in that particular set. Prior to 2013, the Bachmann F7 was not DCC Ready (making decoder installation quite difficult) -

In 2013, the F7 was completely revised to include a factory-installed decoder -

I don't know which one Bachmann is including in their trainsets, but my guess is that it's the older version.




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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2017, 09:48:26 AM »

If it's the older unit, it can be done, but it's not a simple job. Here are instructions on doing the installation on an old style F7-B, which uses a similar chassis:

They call for a TCS decoder, but the instructions are the same for any decoder that will fit. Using a Z-scale decoder, with the right amp rating, will probably make it easier to fit in.


If at first you don't succeed, throw it in the spare parts box.

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2017, 10:10:06 AM »

The shells from all three versions of this are interchangeable.  When Generation Two of these appeared, I simply bought another road name and put my B&O shells from the PLUS version onto them. When the DCC versions appeared, I bought yet another road name and swapped those shells, again,  for the B&O.

If you find one cheap in another road name, but it and swap the shells, if you find the DCC conversion too daunting to do it yourself.

I do not use DCC myself, but the decoder equipped F-7s run better than do Generation Two.  The decoder on B-mann power is dual mode.
Tim H

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2017, 06:11:29 PM »

I appreciate all the information. Thank you to everybody that replied. I will now digest the info and see what comes up. That didn't sound right did it. But once again thanks and I'm hoping that I have one of the later model units I'll take a look under the hood.
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