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Auscision 46 Class DCC Sound Installation

with Lighting Modifications

46 Class Now Available From Auscision

DCC Decoders Now Available From DCC Solutions


The 46 class were a class of mainline electric locomotive built by Metropolitan-Vickers and its partner Beyer, Peacock and Company in England for the New South Wales Government Railways between 1956 and 1958 with a total of 40 locomotives delivered and the first entering service on 25th June 1956. The locomotives were built at Bowesfield Works, Stockton-on-Tees, North East England with electrical equipment supplied by  Metropolitan-Vickers from its Trafford Park and Sheffield plants. Metropolitan-Vickers drew on experience gained from its earlier British Railways class 76 and 77 electric locomotives.

The locomotives were purchased as part of the electrification of the Main Western line over the Blue Mountains from Penrith to Bowenfels. They hauled passenger services from Sydney Central including from 1970 the Indian Pacific and freight services from Rozelle and Enfield yards.

From January 1960 they also began to operate to Gosford following the electrification of the Main Northern line. This was later extended to Broadmeadow and Newcastle in June 1984.

From 1968 they hauled coal services from Glenlee Colliery on the Main South line and from January 1986 began to operate to Port Kembla following the Illawarra line being electrified.

In February 2015, Auscision released the 46 Class electric locomotive which includes a 21 Pin socket for easily fitting a DCC decoder plus two speaker enclosures that suits a 20x40mm speaker. There are micro switches on the internal circuit board of the model for turning lights on/off in DC. The fault with that is every time you want to turn the lights on/off you have to remove the body and who really wants to do that while running the loco. Also it appears the headlight on this model is extremely dim, not bright at all, so we have changed it with a more brighter tiny SMD LED and with the right current limiting resistor it makes the headlight more noticeable.


Here at DCC Solutions we offer a light modification for the 46 Class to separate the headlights, white markers and red marker lights for a more prototypical operation so you don’t have to remove the loco body to turn lights on and off if not in use. Each pair of front and rear marker lights can be controlled individually or directionally as well as the front and rear headlights. That allows for no rear red marker lights to be on when the loco is carrying a load behind.

The option of replacing the headlight LEDs is also available.

Our 46 Class Custom Sound Project is now available

The NSW 46 Class Custom Sound Project includes:

  • 46 Class Electric Drive Sound
  • 46 Class Short Blast and Playable Horn.
  • Manual Engine Notching
  • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops
  • When the loco stops after braking the compressor cuts in to fill the reservoir and will turn off when the tanks are full
  • Wheel squeal and rail noise when the loco moves off which automatically stops with increased speed
  • Regenerative Braking - Turn it on then reduce the throttle to active, increase the throttle to deactivate
  • Electric Fan Motor Sounds
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases
  • Pantograph up and down sounds
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Optional light modification for individual light control
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Auscision 46 Class Locomotive Model.
  • Individual sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound. Alternatively you may wish to choose the ESU Select Sound Decoder or the TCS (Train Control Systems) 21 Pin non sound decoder. We offer several different options of DCC installation for this model to suit all budgets and can supply the decoders/speakers only for the DIY installers.


Standard DCC Installation: Non sound decoder with no lighting modifications.

Standard DCC Installation with Light Modification: Non sound decoder with light modification.

Standard Sound Installation: ESU V4.0 sound decoder with our new sound project. No lighting modifications. 1 Speaker

Standard Sound Installation and Light Modification:   ESU V4.0 sound decoder and we can separate the lights on this model by upgrading the ESU 21 Pin Decoder (4 Functions) to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions 2 Function Power Amplifier and programmed with our new Custom 46 Class Sound Project and you will have individual control of the front/rear white marker lights, front/rear red marker lights, front and rear headlights using the function buttons on your DCC throttle. Traditional directional lighting also included, Choice of 1 or 2 Speakers.

Here is the selection of sounds and functions available using the ESU V4.0 sound decoder with our 46 Class Custom Sound Project which includes the light modifications.


For the Standard Sound Installation and Light Modification

Function                   Description   
      0  (Headlight)               Headlights/Markers (On/Off Directional)

      1                             46 Class Short Horn

      2                             46 Class Long Horn

      3                             Coupler

      4                             Regenerative Braking

      5                             Manual Notching Up

      6                             Manual Notching Down

      7                             Shunting Mode/Reduces Speed 50%               

      8                             Electric Drive Sound On/Off/Mute

      9                             Front White Markers (On/Off)

     10                            Rear Red Markers (On/Off)

     11                            Rear White Markers (On/Off)

     12                            Front Red Markers (On/Off)

     13                            Directional Marker Lights

     14                            Short Air Release

Function                   Description   
    15                             Electric Motor Fan

    16                             Compressor

    17                             Manual Brake Set/Release On/Off

    18                             Wheel Flange Squeal

    19                             Guard’s Whistle

    20                             Five Step Volume Control (+/-)

    21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%  

    22                             Low Beam Headlight

    23                             Pantograph (Up)

    24                             Sanding Valves

    25                             Pantograph (Down)

    26                             Front Headlight (On/Off)

    27                             Rear Headlight (On/Off)

    28                             Disable Start Off and Stopping Sounds

Options Available

ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom 46 Class Sound Project

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound)

TCS 21 Pin Non Sound Decoder

Light Modification for individual light operation

1 or 2 speakers installed

Standard Sound Installation and Light Modification

ESU Loksound V4.0 Sound Decoder with individual light control. One Speaker