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luella10Heide

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« on: February 15, 2017, 05:43:23 PM »

can sound be added to the above loco will it work just using a Tech 2 Dualpower 2800 controller? where can I buy the equipment to do this?
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Len

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2017, 06:06:27 PM »

WIthout major modification to the frame, there isn't room for a speaker in this loco. A regular DCC decoder can be installed by using a 'Z' scale decoder rated 1.25 amps, or higher, but it's not a simple job.

Instructions can be found at: http://www.wiringfordcc.com/bh_f40.htm

And a video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7aMWCKXEBs

But if you're just running with a Dual Power 2800 it's probably not worth the effort to convert.

If you really want an F40PH with sound you should check out the 'Walthers Mainline' F40PH with a SoundTrax decoder already installed. Currently on sale.

Len
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2017, 09:08:27 PM »

It is theoretically possible to add sound, but I would advise against it for a myriad of reasons. Adding regular DCC is reasonable but due to space constraints adding sound is out of the question.

Len's suggestion of buying a model that already has sound installed is probably your best bet if you really want sound.
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bapguy

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2017, 10:58:09 PM »

Is this the old split frame or teh newer one? Running DCC sound on DC is limited. A sound decoder takes 6-7 Volts for the sound to come on and teh loco to move. You can't play the bvell or blow the horn. If it's a newer one click on link. Even though this is for teh old Tsunami, the newer board style Eco nami or Tsunami 2 will work .  Joe

  http://www.soundtraxx.com/documents/appnotes/bachmann_f40ph.pdf

 
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