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« on: February 14, 2007, 07:19:44 PM »

I have purchased 3 pack of decoders and hode no problem moding Climax (removing dummy and plugging in decoder to board under coal cover). I have a 2-6-0 Steam Engine (22) and a Porter. Do they have similar boards for plugging in to? If so, how do I access them? Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007, 09:01:32 PM »

   Neither the Mogul (2-6-0) nor the Porter are DCC ready and must be fitted with decoders by you or someone specializing in DCC installations. I will be doing my Mogul  Grin, my Porter is coming back from one company that was unable to do installation  Sad. The Porters are very difficult to disassemble and do an installation in...Good Luck !


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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2007, 09:27:01 PM »

Harold Minkwitz's web site has instructions for how he installed a decoder in a Mogul.

Ray Montgomery posted instructions for how he installed a decoder in an 0-4-0/0-4-2.

Hope this helps.

Eric Root

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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2007, 11:53:00 PM »

Thnks for the help. Very much appreciated

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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007, 10:18:10 PM »

I have added Bachmann decoders to both the 2-6-0 and 0-4-0 Porter.  It wasn't particularly difficult, but deffinitely not for the faint of heart.  At this time I have two 0-4-0's apart in the process of adding decoders.  I also rebuild the headlights for surface mount LED's.  I remove the cab lights and contacts for them.
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2007, 06:38:39 PM »

I have a 0-4-0 with dcc and sound (DSD-090LC  steam) from soundtraxx the DSD and speaker had to be mounted in a donor HO tender due to no where to hide it. It has been done with the digitrax decoders and successfully hidden under the pilot but it didn't have sound and mine does. Cheesy  One word of caution I remember reading in the on-line instruction was with the 040, By no means, Don't take the gear box apart { I Didn't monkey with the gears at all}.    Over all It was worth  the time I believe as  I too will be installing a DSD100LC into my Mogul very soon! A (TSU 1000) would be better, but the cost of such is Shocked  prohibitive at this time.   Best regards
Jeff in NJ

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2007, 02:24:59 PM »

I just finished my first DCC install into my newest 2-6-0. It was very easy. I used a Train Control Systems M1 decoder and it fit easily into the smokebox beneath the stack.

My other four Moguls were done by Tony's Train Exchange and have Lenz Gold series decoders in the smokebox.

I've also done about five DCC installs into my 0-4-0 and 0-4-2 Porters using the TCS M1s. I fit them in the cab between the cab side and firebox.
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