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dto

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« on: May 26, 2007, 03:55:44 AM »

I have an opportunity to acquire a Spectrum GE Dash 8-40CW, and I have a couple questions:

Since it's an older model without DCC (#86002), is it fairly easy to retrofit it for DCC?

I intend to use Bachmann's own DCC decoder, but is there room for a speaker under that body shell?  And if so, who produces an appropriate sound DCC unit?

Thanks!
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Nigel

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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2007, 10:11:24 AM »

Inside it is very similar to this one:

http://members.shaw.ca/sask.rail/dcc/tmaster/tmaster.html

Currently, for GE sound, LokSound is probably your best bet.  I do not know the current status of Digitrax's GE sound.
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Nigel
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dto

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2007, 01:18:54 AM »

Many thanks, Nigel!  I see that installing DCC into the Dash 8-40CW may be more involved than I expected -- I can just see those motor brush springs flying at the first opportunity.   Wink

I was debating between the Spectrum Dash 8-40CW and a Proto 2000 SD50 (both were being offered at the same price), and due to brand loyalty I was leaning toward Bachmann.  But I beleive the SD50 is "DCC ready", so pending information on appropriate DCC and sound units that might be my final choice.

Thanks again!
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