Anyone in the Seattle area know how to wire steamers for DCC?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Spawn of Chaos, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Because I sure as heck don't! If there is anyone in the Seattle area who'd be willing to help me, that would be GREAT. I can pay! (not too much though lol don't charge $5,000!)
  2. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hi....I'm not in the Seattle area...Not even close..!!! But there's no mystery to this. If you can provide some info on the type, make, age, etc., of the loco, we can probably walk you through it...Also need type of decoder info...and anything else that you think might be of use...Maybe some close-ups of the engine's and tender's innards.
  3. Old old old (did I mention old?) Rivarossi Big Boy.

    Old Fleischmann 4-6-2 (dunno the actual classification)

    IHC USRA Heavy 0-8-0 w/ reversing lights (no DCC of course)

    I'd rather not mess with them...the Big Boy is my PRIDE AND JOY...if I screwed it up I'd never be able to live with myself.
  4. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    If you're hesitant to do it yourself...that's OK. Better to know your limits than to ruin a perfectly good engine. I'm not sure if you can do a search of members in your area....I'm sure I have seen guys with locations in your area....

    Anybody else know..??
  5. DeckRoid

    DeckRoid Member

  6. I've been to both of those places (for things other then wiring) and the service was excellent at both. I especially like North End, great place to be if your a modeler. :thumb:
  7. I live just up the hill from Kirk and Wanda's place (Seattle's Train Center).

    I'm not a big fan of old Bob out at North End, but he did fix my Big Boy (came dirty as a goldmine! about as beautiful too, though.)
  8. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Try contacting the Boeing MR club in Kent.
  9. Oh yeah, the BEMRC. I'll look into them. Thanks!


    Wait, you're not from around'd you find out about them? [​IMG]

    (For those of you who don't quite get that image, it's a guy in a tinfoil hat.)
  10. wjstix

    wjstix Member

    The hardest part - which usually isn't that hard - would be ensuring that the motor is isolated from the frame. It's often just a matter of putting a piece of tape between the motor and the frame !!

    Otherwise it would be a straight forward hardwire installation. One wire goes to the left side wheels pickup, another to the right side. Two wires go to the motor and two wires go to the headlight. The wires are color coded and the instructions that come with the decoder tell you which wires are which.

    Just be sure to put the engine on the programming track and try to call up it's ID no. before putting it on your mainline. Programming tracks have limited power, so if you do wire up something wrong and cause a short, you won't burn out the decoder.

    BTW it's very unlikely you could do something wrong that would hurt the engine, if anything as noted above if you're not careful you could fry a decoder...but then I think TCS allows you to return them for a free replacement.
  11. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Spawn: Washington native here. Worked for Boeing for 35 years.
  12. Who?

    And I was joking Jim, obviously you lived here at some point lol.
  13. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

  14. I'm sticking with Digitrax for now, but thanks!

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