I need help to choose a DCC Decoder

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by pimberman, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. pimberman

    pimberman New Member

    Hi, guys!

    I want to buy the locomotive Bachmann EMD SD45, DCC Ready, N scale.
    I thought in Bachmann DCC Decoder item No: 44915 with NMRA plug.
    The 44915 decoder goes with the SD45?
    Is the same decoder for all Bachmann's DCC Ready locomotives?
    Or I need a decoder with wires for soldering? :confused:


  2. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    Typically, the term "DCC Ready" means that you can simply plug in any decoder with an 8 pin NMRA plug (like the one you have pictured) - no soldering. The documentation that came with your locomotive should give details, and if it doesn't, pull the shell and take a look.

    Don't worry a specific decoder brand - any with an NMRA conformance sticker (and even most of those without) can be used. Most of the major makers will over the same decoder with bare wires, 8 pin plug and 9pin plugs. Just pick the version your locomotive is set up for.

    Good Luck!
  3. pimberman

    pimberman New Member


    Thanks for your reply, very useful.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    You will have to check the specs on the loco - DCC ready means different things to different manufacturers, including within their own line(s).

    DCC ready may mean what fluesheet said. It may also mean - there is a harness inside so all you need is the decoder itself; OR the motor is isolated so you can solder in your own decoder. Therefore which decoder or decoder/harness combo you need will depend on the loco itself.


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