DCC Compatible

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by Bob Collins, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    Received an Athearn SD40-2 "Post '80 "Q" Fans (HO scale) for Christmas. Haven't tried to open it and thought before I did I would ask here whether or not it will accept a decoder?

    Thanks and Merry Christmas

  2. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    If the motor is isolated from the frame, then it should be OK. Some locos (dunno bout Athearn) have the metal chassis as part of the connectivity from the track through to the motor. There is no way of breaking that connection to put a decoder in the way. Whether a decoder will fit, is another matter. :eek:
  3. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    Hi Woodie.

    Good to hear from you. I will pull the machine apart one of these days and take a look to see how it is put together. If I can't convert it I'll figure out a way to trade with someone who runs DC.

    I'm off to Tucson, AZ in a couple of days to enjoy some of their warmth and sunshine. It was bitterly cold here for the past month and I've got the natural gas bill to prove it!!

    Thanks again.


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