Hey everyone, let's play a game of FIND THE DECODER!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Spawn of Chaos, Jan 20, 2008.

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    I (99.999%) completed my first EVER single-handed DCC conversion last night!

    Save one wire, but that's easy to fix (lol wrong spot...)
  2. EsPeeMEC

    EsPeeMEC New Member

    Just one question:

    Does the body shell fit back on, or are you going to run it as a "mule"?
  3. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Nope cant find it, you did a good job of hiding it:mrgreen:
  4. DeckRoid

    DeckRoid Member

    Here is my guess... Here

  5. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    What's the deal with all the banana plugs?
  6. And Roid is...WRONG!

    Look for blue...

    The plugs are so I can remove the decoder and plug those together in the right spots and make it run DC without having to re-rewire it lol

    BTW the one wire is fixed.

    In fact, what Roid circled was the wire that was in the wrong spot!
  7. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    Yeah its the blue top center. Where the pin plus is located. Its not that hard to spot really.
  8. EsPeeMEC

    EsPeeMEC New Member

    Here's an alternative way of wiring and fitting decoders - I use a plug and socket with standardised wiring for the decoder. The white block is a 4-way plug & socket but an 8-way one would deal with lighting. This is in an ALCO SD40T-2 model

    If I want, or need, to run the loco in DC-only mode all I have to do is unplug the decoder and fit the jumper unit instead. (It also means that I can upgrade decoders relatively easily in the future.)

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  9. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I think it would make more sense to buy a package of 8-pin plug/sockets (about $5 for 4). That way you can swap the decoder into other units (if need be) and you have a nice, tidy harness to the loco.
  10. Someone found it, yay! lol

    Tetters gets a cookie!


    (had to do it)

    And yes, I suppose it would, but this loco is one of the ancient Athearns, plus it has 2 motors (so don't go yelling at me about the DH123AT drop-in decoder lol), so I had to come up with something else...the system doesn't work, it won't fit into the shell in "DC mode." I'm just going to have to make it run DCC-only lol...

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