Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by wpyr, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Even a locomotive that is not "decoder ready" can have a decoder installed. You just have to remember that if the locomotive uses the frame as part of its power path that you must then insulate the motor from the frame.

    If an engine doesn't have space for a decoder, don't overlook the use of an n scale decoder in an ho model. I have a p2k Sw that seemed to not have room for a decoder. I installe a m-1 decoder design for n scale on the inside of the cab ceiling. I did not try to install sound or any other function, just direction and stop start on the motor. I even wired the lights directly, because from my observations when a crew is switching, they turn on all of the lights and leave them on. The exception is if the switcher has a low nose like a Cf7 with a headlight on the nose, they will leave that headlight on the low nose turned off to avoid burning the switch man as he climbs on and off the locomotive.
  2. wpyr

    wpyr Member

    Thanks guys for all your help! I will be refuring back to this thread.
  3. Dansco

    Dansco Member

    I have an old atlas commander system that Iv yet to max out. Regularly running 3 trains etc. It has many limitations, including hard to access extended functions, i.e. sound etc, and limited to 2 digit addressing for engines. But that said, its been easy to work with and cheap used. Expands with hand commanders prety easily, and cheaply. Its bases on the LENZ system. I use digitrack, lenz and bachman decoders with not trobuole.


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