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NEW INSTALLATIONS

Austrains 41 Class

DCC with sound and individual operating lights for a more prototypical operation.

This installation service is now available

Auscision XPT Class

DCC with sound and individual operating lights for a more prototypical operation.

This installation service is now available

Auscision GT46C-ACe

DCC with sound and individual operating lights for a more prototypical operation.

This installation service is now available

20th July 2017

New Econami Sounds just for the UK Modeller!


Introducing the best value and most accurate new UK sound decoders on the market for both steam and diesel locomotives. These budget-friendly solutions pack a big punch and are now available to order from DCC Solutions right here in Australia.

This UK specific Econami line includes 3 initial formats: the ECO-100, ECO-200, and ECO-21PNEM and is equipped with several UK-specific features and totally new sound sets, these decoders create the experience our customers have been missing and asking for at a value they have never seen!



Steam Sound effects
include 5 unique UK specific exhaust chuffs that can be set to 2 cylinder, 3 cylinder, and articulated. This powerful decoder is packed with 16 never before released whistles for both shunting and road work, vacuum pumps and air compressors, cylinder cocks, blowdown, blower, buffer plates, guard whistle with coach doors, brake squeal and more!



Diesel Sound effects include 6 engine selections (English Electric Class 20, Brush Traction Class 31, English Electric Class 37, Brush Traction Class 47, Alstom Class 66/67 EMD 710, and BR Derby Class “Lightweight” DMU), 9 unique high/low airhorns, 2 air compressors, Startup/Shutdown, Spirax Valve, Shunting mode, guard whistle with coach doors, brake squeal and more!


These decoders are available for order direct from DCC Solutions exclusively for UK Modeller here in Australia!

27th June 2017

Full Throttle Sound Projects

Another Full Throttle Sound Project upgrade is completed.

EMD 8-567C Prime Mover for the NSW 49 Class 

More information about our this Custom Sound Project can be found on our Installation Page.

14th June 2017

Full Throttle Sound Projects

Another Full Throttle Sound Project upgrade is completed.

ALCO 6-251B Prime Mover for the NSW 48 Class and SA 830 Class. 

More information about our this Custom Sound Project can be found on our Installation Page.

19th March 2017

Full Throttle Sound Projects

Another Full Throttle Sound Project upgrade is completed.

GE 16-7FDL for the UGL C43/44aci Prime Mover

More information about our this Custom Sound Project can be found on our Installation Page.

8th March 2017

Our Next Expo Appearance

DCC Solutions will be attending the 29th Canberra Model Railway Exhibition at Kaleen

24th - 25th March, 2017

The University of Canberra High School (Kaleen), 

104 Baldwin Drive, Kaleen, ACT

Time:  Saturday: 9am to 5pm; Sunday: 9am to 4pm


We will have our sound equipped locomotives for those wishing to hear them operating on the new layout "The Yard" - A fictional but prototypical NSW country layout in HO scale that represents a through branch line with associated sidings for typical rural yard activities. Running locos will be 42, 421, 43, 44, 45, 81 class locos along with 47, 48, 49 class locos and shunting locos 41, 73 and X200 all with our Custom Sound Projects.

So look for our signs and come a have a chat about DCC with Sound for your locos.  

20th February 2017

Our Next Expo Appearance

DCC Solutions will be attending the North Shore Railway Modellers' Association 45th Model Railway Exhibition at Forestville

4th - 5th March, 2017

Forestville Memorial Hall

Cnr Warringah Road & Starkey Street, Forestville NSW

Time:  Saturday: 9am to 5pm; Sunday: 9am to 4pm


We will have our sound equipped locomotives for those wishing to hear them operating on the new layout "The Yard" - A fictional but prototypical NSW country layout in HO scale that represents a through branch line with associated sidings for typical rural yard activities. Running locos will be 42, 421, 43, 44, 45, 81 class locos along with 47, 48, 49 class locos and shunting locos 41, 73 and X200 all with our Custom Sound Projects.

So look for our signs and come a have a chat about DCC with Sound for your locos.  


13th February 2017

Full Throttle Sound Projects

A few more Full Throttle Sound Projects upgrades are now completed.

EMD 16-645E Prime Mover for the NSW 422 Class

ALCO 12-251C Prime Mover for the NSW 442 Class


Not only have we add the Drive Hold Function to our Custom Sound Projects but we have upgraded and enhanced our move off and stopping sounds as well as the random sound. With every improvement we are making to our Custom Sound Projects the more your model will sound like the real thing.


More information about our these Custom Sound Projects can be found on our Installation Page.

15th December 2016
MERRY CHRISTMAS

Wishing all our customers and regular visitors to our site a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We would like to thank all our customers for allowing us to work on your trains throughout the year bringing them to life with sound and lights.

It has been a busy year so we will be taking a break during the festive season. We will be closed from 23rd December until 11th January.

13th November 2016

Full Throttle Sound Projects

Another Full Throttle Sound Project upgrade is completed.

ALCO 12-251C for the NSW 45 Class

Included in this upgrade is a new recording and remastered NSWGR WABCo A/B Series playable and short blast horn

We have upgraded and enhanced our move off and stopping sounds to make your model sound more like the real thing for this release plus we have gone back over already completed upgraded sound projects and added these upgrades and improvements.


More information about our this Custom Sound Project can be found on our Installation Page.

18th October 2016

Sound Project Upgrades

Work continues with updating our Custom Sound Projects to include new sounds and features to make your sound equipped locomotives operate and sound better than before and more prototypical. What's all the fuss...well have a read about here

This is taking some time and we are gradually updating our installation pages on our website to include all the new information.


Full Throttle Sound Projects

Completed projects include:

EMD 16-567C Prime Mover for the NSW 42 and 421 Class locomotives.

GM Detroit Diesel for the NSW CPH/CTH Rail Motors

GE 16-7FDL for the NR Class

ALCO 12-251B for the NSW 44 Class with 2 Versions:

    - 44 Class Mk 1 (4401-4460) which includes the GE Electric Magnetic Governor that causes a "rhythmic surging" or "hunting sound" at idle.

    - 44 Class Mk 2 (4461-44100) which includes the Woodward Electro Hydraulic Governor giving a smooth more stable idle.

EMD 16-710G3C for the GT46C-ACe

ALCO 12-244 for the NSW 43 Class


Visit our Installation Page for more information.

Projects Coming Soon
EMD 8-567C for the NSW 49 Class, VIC T Class (T320-398)
ALCO 12-251C for the NSW 45 Class
ALCO 12-251CE for the NSW 80 Class
EMD 16-567BC for the VIC B Class
EMD 16-710G3A for the Australian National DL Class

Working on this lot of Sound Project Upgrades will definitely keep me busy until the end of the year with more Full Throttle Sound Projects added to our library in 2017 including some for Steam Locomotives with a Heavy Load Function.

5th September 2016

Sound Project Upgrades

Work continues with updating our Custom Sound Projects to include new sounds and features to make your sound equipped locomotives operate and sound better than before and more prototypical. What's all the fuss...well have a read about here

This is taking some time and we are gradually updating our installation pages on our website to include all the new information.


Full Throttle Sound Projects

Completed projects include:

EMD 16-567C Prime Mover for the NSW 42 and 421 Class locomotives.

GM Detroit Diesel for the NSW CPH/CTH Rail Motors

GE 16-7FDL for the NR Class


Two Full Throttle Sound Projects for the 44 Class Mk1 and Mk2

We now have sound projects for the:

44 Class Mk 1 (4401-4460) which includes the GE Electric Magnetic Governor that causes a "rhythmic surging" or "hunting sound" at idle.

44 Class Mk 2 (4461-44100) which includes the Woodward Electro Hydraulic Governor giving a smooth more stable idle.


More sound projects will be updated in time. Keep coming back to our website and checking our installation page

1st August 2016

DCC Solutions will be attending the 'Our Town Model Show'

21st-22nd August

Newcastle Jockey Club

Chatham Rd, Broadmeadow


We will have our sound equipped locomotives for those wishing to hear them operating on the new layout "The Yard" - A fictional but prototypical NSW country layout in HO scale that represents a through branch line with associated sidings for typical rural yard activities. Running locos will be 42, 421, 43, 44, 45, 81 class locos along with 47, 48, 49 class locos and shunting locos 41, 73 and X200 all with our Custom Sound Projects.

So look for our signs and come a have a chat about DCC with Sound for your locos.  


Looking forward to meeting some of our customers in the Newcastle Region and having a chat.

15th June 2016

Sound Project Upgrades

We are busy working away at updating our Custom Sound Projects to include new sounds and features to make your sound equipped locomotives operate and sound better than before and more prototypical. What's all the fuss...well have a read about here

This is taking some time and we are gradually updating our installation pages on our website to include all the new information.


Full Throttle Sound Projects

The first sound project will be our EMD 16-567C Prime Mover for the NSW 42 and 421 Class locomotives.

When completed, next will be our ALCO 12-251B Prime Mover for the NSW 44 Class


More sound projects will be updated in time. Keep coming back to our website and checking our installation page

30th-May-2016

We will be attending the Epping Model Railway Club Exhibition
11th - 13th June, 2016
Brickpit Stadium
Dartford Rd, Thornleigh, NSW.


We will have our sound equipped locomotives for those wishing to hear them operating on the new layout "The Yard" - A fictional but prototypical NSW country layout in HO scale that represents a through branch line with associated sidings for typical rural yard activities. Running locos will be 42, 421, 43, 44, 45, 81 class locos along with 47, 48, 49 class locos and shunting locos 41, 73 and X200 all with our Custom Sound Projects.

So look for our signs and come a have a chat about DCC with Sound for your locos.  

25th May 2016
Soundtraxx "NEW" Tsunami 2
Tsunami2 is SoundTraxx’ new line of high-performance Digital Sound Decoders. This line provides high quality onboard locomotive sound, precision motor control and brilliant lighting effects. The Tsunami2 Digital Sound Decoder is designed to enhance your model railroading experience by giving you a wide variety of innovative features and only the most realistic sound for your models.
Available from DCC Solutions. For more information and specification go here...
 
4th May 2016
ESU's new "Full Throttle"
ESU is planning a release of some new features for their ESU LokSound V4.0 and SELECT decoders

Features include a new working brake along with a more prototypical full throttle range independent of the speed of the locomotive.

These features are expected to be released in the coming weeks as there have been some delays in preparing a software update for the decoders.

The decoders will require firmware updates and all our existing Sound Projects will required to be modified and updated to benefit from these new features.

This process is going to take a lot of time so please be patient. We will start with our most popular Sound Projects first and eventually update all our Sound Projects.

Any customers who have had previous installations of the LokSound V4.0 decoders by DCC Solutions will be eligible for a free firmware and Sound Project upgrade. (Conditions Apply)



LokSound Full Throttle Features Explained
Watch the video to see what it is all about.


LokSound Full Throttle Upgrade Conditions.

1. Only eligible free for customers who have had an ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound decoder installed directly by DCC Solutions.

2. DCC Solutions must be contacted prior to sending any locomotives to apply for an upgrade.

3. The locomotive and installed decoder serial number matches our records.

4. Upgrade only includes reprogramming the decoder with new firmware and installing our new Custom Sound Project with the added features.

5. Upgrades will become available only when our Custom Sound Projects have been completed with the added features.

6. Additional costs will apply for non DCC Solutions Customers wishing for an upgrade.

7. Return postage and handling costs are payable by the customer.

8. DCC Solutions reserves the right to cancel the free offer of upgrades at any time



15th March 2016
Econami 101; Econami Myths
Since the release of Econami, we often get asked is the Econami a full featured sound decoder. With the popular Tsunami Sound Decoder being discontinued officially at the end of this month, we have compiled a short list of FAQs to help dispel these myths
5th March 2016

AUSTRAINS NSW 41 CLASS SOUND PROJECT AND INSTALLATIONS

With the official release of Austrains new 41 Class diesel locomotive today we have been able to acquire one for sound testing of our new Dual Paxman V12 Sound Project to suit this model. We have been over the electrical setup in the model and have successfully been able to modify the existing boards in the model to separate the headlights, white and red markers for individual control. So now we can offer our popular sound and light packages for the NSW 41 class locomotive from Austrains.

The model comes with an 8 pin DCC socket for fitting a decoder and a factory speaker for which we will be testing to see if it is worthy to work well and complement our Sound Project.

As this is one of our new Sound Projects and now finally have a model we will be testing, changing and making improvements for our Sound Project and hope to officially have it ready by the end of the week.

We will only be offering sound for the 41 Class using the ESU LokSound V4.0 Decoder with our Custom Dual Paxman V12 Sound Project.

There is no alternate sound decoder available that has the correct sounds to suit the 41 Class so be aware of this when considering sound.



More information on the Sound Project and Installations options, go to...

30th January 2016

AUSCISION XPT PASSENGER TRAIN SOUND PROJECT

Well after several months of hard work involving sound editing, programming and endless layout test running making changes and improvements, our vision and ideas for creating a Sound Project for the XPT with 2 sounding Power Cars has finally been achieved.

With the release of an Australian first, Auscision produced a 7 Car XPT Passenger Train Set which included 2 Power Cars. The challenge for us was to produce a Sound Project for both Power Cars that didn't resemble an echo of sounds coming from the trailing power car that the leading power car was playing and make both play sounds differently and a different times but can be controlled from the same throttle buttons.

Let's face it, you don't want to hear the sound of the horn at both ends or a compressor sounding at exactly the same time from both power cars.

Even allowing the operator to select the trailing car to coast and provide power when needed to the full sounding leading car.


With three possible start up sequences your loco will choose one then if shut down and left on a powered track then next time you start up it will remember how it shut down and play the correct start up sequence to match.

Automatic selection of hot and cold engine start ups. First start is cold including pre-priming and more motor starting sounds. Shut it down, leave it on a powered track and every start now will be a hot start.

Either Dual Power Car Start up or start each Power Car individually and run as one

Move off brake release sounds and stopping brake squeal with additional sounds that are randomly selected depending how the XPT has been running.


We have created a feature packed sound project which doesn't play the same sounds respectively at the same time.


Your XPT will sound different each time you run it, to provide more realism than hearing the same sounding loco all the time.


It also includes the optional light modification for individual light control of all the lights, including Headlights (High/Low Beam), Marker Lights, Ditch Lights and Strobe Lights that operate with the country horn.


The Sound Project is now available.

To find out even more information about it, go to the .......

9th November 2015

Auscision 43 Class

Our new Custom 43 Class-ALCO 12-244 Turbo Prime Mover Sound Project is now available for the ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoders

Horns include NSWGR WABCo Pneuphonic Type A/B series and Nathan P5 

Once again we have been able to separate the headlights, white markers and red marker lights for a more prototypical operation of the lights in this model. More information can be found on our Installation Page

15th October 2015

DCC Solutions is proud to announce we are now an authorised Soundtraxx Retailer and Installer of their products.

A shipment of the NEW Econami Sound Decoders are on their way.

Providing excellent value for money will be selling them on our online store and offering our customers the option to use these decoders in their installations.

10th October 2015

The new Auscision XPT Passenger Train will get SOUND and LIGHTS modifications available here at DCC Solutions. We a currently working on a Custom Sound Project to suit the XPT including the two tone horn. It should be available around mid to late November.

Non Sound DCC Decoders are available now for purchase and 2 decoders will be required.

22nd September 2015

DCC Solutions will be attending the annual Sydney Model Railway Exhibition on the Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Memorial Avenue Liverpool

We will be assisting the friendly staff at the Model Railway Craftsmen, Stand No.43

Come down and see us to discuss your DCC requirements and purchase items from the Model Railway Craftsmen.

Feel free to bring your locomotives in for free evaluation to install DCC and possibly sound.

Looking forward to seeing you at this fantastic exhibition.

7th August 2015

Auscision 421 Class

Our new Custom 421 Class-EMD 16-567C Roots Blower Prime Mover Sound Project is now available for the ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoders.

Once again we have been able to separate the headlights, white markers and red marker lights for a more prototypical operation of the lights in this model. More information can be found on our Installation Page.


High Performance Dynamic Speakers

We are excited to announce our full range of High Performance Dynamic Speakers under the DCCS Brand (DCC Solutions) are now in stock.

These speakers are small in size and designed to maximize space efficiency inside the our model locomotives while providing optimal, superior sound performance. Don't be fooled by their size as we finally have a small speaker that will not disappoint.


The DCCS MICRO is only 4mm high including the enclosure which is perfect to install in a cab roof without seeing it through the windows or in very limited space.

The DCCS TYPHOON provides superior sound with an air pumping capacity 82mm³. Rated at 6 ohms it is only suitable for ESU LokSound Decoders


The DCCS Range includes:

The "MICRO" at  8 ohms, 1 watt, Freq. Range 300Hz~16kHz  73.5dB and totalling 15 x 11.5 x 4mm with enclosure

The "THUNDER" at 8 ohms, 1 watt, Freq. Range 300Hz~20kHz,  90.5dB and totalling 16.5 x 12.5 x 7.2mm with enclosure.

The "TYPHOON" at 6 ohms, 1 watt, Freq. Range 300Hz~20kHz,  94dB and totalling 16.5 x 12.5 x 7.2mm with enclosure.

The "GRANDE" at 8 ohms 1 watt, Freq. Range 300Hz~20kHz,  90.5dB and totalling 19.5 x 14.5 x 6.5 mm with enclosure.


Sound Projects

Several of our Sound Projects now includes Move Off and Stopping Sounds. These are all automatic sounds programmed into our Custom Sound Project that are activated with the moving off and stopping of the locomotive and they can be disable using F28. They include:


  • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops including Brake Squeal.
  • When the loco stops after braking the compressor cuts in to fill the reservoir and will turn off when the tanks are full.
  • Speed sensitive Wheel Squeal and Rail Noise when the loco moves off.

  • New and Upgraded Sound Projects now available include:

    NSW

    421, 45, 46 (Electric),48, 49, 73, 86 (Electric), NSW Xplorer/Endeavour (Light Modifications are available on all these RTR models)

    VIC

    Vlocity, S, T, Y Classes

    QLD

    QR 1550

    The Others

    AN Class

    GM Class


    Online Store

    New items have been added to our online store. If you do your own installations it's worth a look to find some items useful for your installs at competitive prices.

    11th June 2015

    High Performance Dynamic Speakers

    Development of custom speaker enclosures for our new range of High Performance Dynamic Speakers is still progressing. The first batch is currently in production and hope to be available soon.

    Our range will include:

    The "THUNDER"

    The "TYPHOON"

    The "GRANDE"

     

    These tiny speakers are perfect for use in DCC decoder installations where space is limited. The performance is unbelievable from these small speakers especially the "TYPHOON". When used in our Custom Sound Projects, the sounds have been optimised for use with the "TYPHOON" to provide you will have a very impressive sounding loco.

    MORE INFO and SPECS will be available soon.

     

    Auscision 421 Class

    We are currently finalising our New Custom Sound Project for this model in preparation for its release in early August for those who want sound  and for the non sound user we have prepared some decoders to suit the mechanisms running quality to bring you the Pre-Programmed Plug and Go! range of decoders. All the programming is done, even the Loco Call-up ID of your choice so all you have to do is plug it in and away your go! See the "DCC decoders for Australian Locos" on our online page for more info which will be added soon.

    Auscision 43 Class

    Once the new 421 Class sound project is completed, work will commence on a new ALCO 244 sound project to suit the release of Auscision's  43 Class. More info will available closer to its release.

    10th May 2015

    Wuiske Models QR 1550


    For the Queensland Modellers, we have available for this model our new Custom Sound Project for the QR 1550 Class Locomotive which includes


    • Prime Mover sound of the EMD 12-645 fitted with a roots blower instead of a Turbo
    • Short Blast and Playable Horn.
    • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops
    • Wheel squeal and rail noise when the loco moves off which automatically stops with increased speed
    • Dynamic Braking - Turn it on then reduce the throttle to active, increase the throttle to deactivate
    • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases
    • PLUS more additional sounds and functions.
    • For use with the ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder.


    FOR MORE INFO see our installation page.

    5th March 2015

    We have received our Auscision 4620 and it looks fantastic. There will be some issues when you want to open it up as it may present a challenge with the risk of damaging the bogies. The body is suppose to simply unclip from the chassis by pulling it away from the die cast chassis and lifting it off. The problem is there is no part of the die cast chassis to hold on to except the bogies. WARNING: Don't pull on the bogies as they will break away from the chassis. Fortunately we were able to remove the body without damage.


    We are currently finalising our Custom Sound Project for this model for those who want sound which will be available in very soon and for the non sound user we have prepared some decoders to suit the mechanisms running quality to bring you the Pre-Programmed Plug and Go! range of decoders. All the programming is done, even the Loco Call-up ID of your choice so all you have to do is plug it in and away your go! See the "DCC decoders for Australian Locos" on our online page for more info.


    We can offer a new lighting modification for the Auscision 46 Class.

    As with most of our lighting modifications you will be able to operate all Marker Lights directionally or on/off individually and the Headlights operate on/off individually or directionally using your functions buttons. More information is available on our installation page.

    23rd January 2015

    Southern Rail VLocity Lighting

    We have been receiving many enquiries from people who have purchased the LokPilot V4.0 Decoder, not from us, and find the interior lights don't operate.

    To help out we now have information on how to active the interior lighting using the ESU LokPilot V4.0 on our Info & Help Tab at the top of this page. It explains how to map to functions buttons to active the interior lights as well as making changes to the headlight operation.

    The VLocity is designed to only except ESU 21 Pin Decoders. Using any other brand of decoder will NOT operate the interior lights and possibly operate the other lights incorrectly. Be aware before making your decoder purchase.

    15th January 2015

    When time permits, we plan to upload videos of some of our sound projects installed in locos. Just finding that time is hard but it will be done


    86 Class sound project is now available

    48 Class sound project has had some updates for the new Trainorama  

    45 Class sound is being reworked and will be available later this month

    38 Class new sound project is still in progress.

    VLocity Decoders are in stock ready for purchase.


    Development of custom speaker enclosures for our new range of Dynamic Speakers to suit our Aussie Locos is progressing with hopefully some samples arriving soon.

    21st December 2014

    Wishing all our customers and regular visitors to our site a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    We would like to thank all our customers for allowing us to work on your trains throughout the year bringing them to life with sound and lights.


    In 2015, we plan to bring some exciting ideas we have been working on recently to our installations. Mainly with our sound projects and they way the sound is delivered through the speakers. Stay tuned throughout the year for more developments.

    Lighting modifications are also being developed with 2015 looking to be a big year of models being released.

    Not into sound and lights, don't worry we can still help you with your DCC installations.


    It has been a busy year so we will be taking a break during the festive season. We will be closed from 24th December until 7th January.

    1st December 2014

    With Christmas soon upon us and Santa coming to fill our stockings with train goodies the first of our presents has arrived.


    The Auscision 8619

    What another terrific product from the boys at Auscision.

    It even has electrical pick-up Pantographs. One track rail pick-up and both pantos pick-up for the few out there that have working overhead wires on their layout.


    We are currently working on a sound project for those who want sound which will be available in January 2015 and for the non sound user we have prepared some decoders to suit the mechanisms running quality to bring you the Pre-Programmed Plug and Go! range of decoders. All the programming is done, even the Loco Call-up ID of your choice so all you have to do is plug it in and away your go! See the "DCC decoders for Australian Locos" on our online page for more info.


    We can offer a new lighting modification for the Auscision 86 Class.

    As with most of our lighting modifications you will be able to operate all Marker Lights directionally, on/off individually Headlights/Number Board and the Ditch Light operate on/off individually using your functions buttons. Or we can program the lighting to suit your operating requirements. More information will be available soon on our installation page.


    It looks as though our Ultimate 12 Function Lighting Modification could possibly be done for those wanting prototypical light operation but will require more work compared to the Standard Lighting Modification mentioned above. The headlight boards will require modifications and a rewire to separate the lights to operate individually in DCC. We also add cab lights to show off the detail in the cab and the crew. More information will be available soon on our installation page.

    20th November 2014

    We have been busy over the last few months trying to keep up with installations and at the same time work on some new sound projects as well as going back over some previous projects to improve them.

    New improvements and sounds to older projects include:

    Xplorer/Endeavour

    AN Class

    36 Class Steam

    73 Class

    81/G/BL


    A new 38 Class steam project is currently in the works with authentic sounds. We will also be working on a new speaker setup to help bring the sounds to life.


    At the end of September we had an opportunity to test the soon to be released Trainorama 48 Class. We installed an ESU sound decoder and gave it a good running test to make sure everything works in DCC. The model ran smoothly, as expected from Trainorama, and sounded awesome. The wait is nearly over for it's release. While in our possession we looked at the possibilities of our usual light modifications and we may have something for those out there.


    Also a few new items have been added to our online store for those DIY installers. We have received some more new items which will be added soon.

    22nd September 2014

    DCC Solutions will be attending the annual Sydney Model Railway Exhibition on the Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Memorial Avenue Liverpool.

    We will be assisting the friendly staff at the Model Railway Craftsmen, Stand No.42

    Come down and see us to discuss your DCC requirements and purchase items from the Model Railway Craftsmen.

    Feel free to bring your locomotives in for free evaluation to install DCC and possibly sound.

    Looking forward to seeing you at this fantastic exhibition.

    26th August 2014

    Powerline T Class

    We now can offer a new lighting modification for the Powerline T Class.

    As with most of our lighting modifications you now will be able to operate all marker lights on/off individually using your functions buttons. Headlights operate directional or we can program the lighting to suit your operating requirements. More information will be available soon on our installation page.

    14th August 2014

    DCC Solutions will be attending the 'Our Town Model Show'

    23rd-24th August

    Newcastle Jockey Club

    Chatham Rd, Broadmeadow


    Once again the 638 Mile Layout owners have invited us to operate some of our sound installed locos on their layout. You are welcome to come and visit us where you can see and hear them running while asking any questions about DCC installations. You are welcome to bring along any locomotives you may be considering to convert to DCC.


    Looking forward to meeting some of our customers in the Newcastle Region and having a chat.

    16th July 2014

    Trainorama 49 Class

    We now can offer a new lighting modification for the 49 Class.

    As with most of our lighting modifications you now will be able to operated all marker lights on/off individually allowing for front and rear red markers if you use your 49 for shunting. More information will be available soon on our installation page.

    15-June-2014

    Powerline 48 Class (2012 Release)

    We have recently received several Powerline 48 Class Locomotives from their 2012 release, for sound installations, with an issue of the white marker lights not working on the following models 4803, 4865, 4894 with single maker lights. I find it had to believe that this problem has not surfaced early than this but like myself I never really notice until now. Talking to several owners of these models they too did not realise. We are not sure if all these models in the production run have this problem so it might be worth it to check your model today.

    From our research we have found the White Marker Lights do not shine through the lenses on the body. It appears to be a factory production fault with the light transfer lenses in the body of these model. Model 48165 is not affected as it has twin marker lights and this is where I think the problem originated. It seems the light transfer lenses of the three models in question contain the lenses from the model 48165 in which the location of the marker lights are different causing the light to shine from the LED into the body rather than through the maker light itself.

     

    The light lenses can not be modified so at DCC Solutions have developed a modification to the light board to fix this problem and you can now have operating white and red marker lights.

     

    In addition to that modification we can now also modify the light boards to separate the marker lights for individual control as we have done with many other models. You will have individual control of the front and rear white marker lights, front and rear red markers using 4 function buttons on your DCC throttle. The front and read headlights will operate directionally with the headlight button on your throttle. For example, you can run your loco and be able to operate 1) Front Headlight  2) Front White Markers  3) Front Red Markers 4) Rear Headlight  5) Rear White Markers  6) Rear Red Markers Lights using individual on/off function keys. With this upgrade you can operate the markers as prototypical of a 48 Class.

     

    If you model does not have working white marker lights or you wish to have your marker lights operating individually then contact us for more information.

    12-May-2014

    We will be attending the Epping Model Railway Club Exhibition
    7th - 9th June, 2014
    Brickpit Stadium
    Dartford Rd, Thornleigh, NSW.


    Find us operating some of our sound installed locos on the 638 Mile Layout where you can see and hear them running while asking any questions. You are welcome to bring along any locomotives you may be considering to convert to DCC.

    24-April-2014

    Issues with resetting and function mapping with the ESU LokSound Decoders using DecoderPro (JMRI)


    A new test version of JMRI (DecoderPro 3) has been released with changes to the way it reads and displays information of the ESU Decoders. As reported back in January, the Function Map Tab would read and display incorrect information. This seems to be corrected in this latest test release.

    The Function Tab is split into 4 Panes; Input Conditions Block, Physical Outputs, Logical Outputs and Sound Slots.

    To remap a function select a function key you would like to assign and a mapping row in the Input Conditions Block. Tick the box labelled "ON" for the function you have selected in your select mapping row. Scroll along your selected mapping row and tick a box in the Physical Outputs, Logical Outputs or a Sound Slot that you would like your select function key to operate. The Sound Slots are not named with sounds so if we have installed a decoder for you, contact us for a list.


    If resetting the decoder and you receive this message;

    Reset All CVs. WARNING: May render sounds inoperable! Not recommended.”

    Select “OK” as all decoders programmed by DCC Solutions will not be affected and will be reset to the factory defaults originally programmed during your decoder installation. All changes made by the user will be lost so it is advisable to record or save your personal changes.

    28-March-2014

    Austrains 81/BL/G Class Locomotives Coming Release

     

    We have recently received one of Austrains G Class Series 2/ G 512 Freight Australia Diesel Locomotives and are currently working on the best possible sound installation for this latest run. I have been told the inside setup will be the similar for the 81/BL. The model has working headlights, number boards, marker lights and ditch lights. Looking at the wiring in detail it appears will be able to separate some of the lighting for our Standard Sound Installation and Light Modification and also provide our Ultimate Light Modification and Sound Installation as done to the 82 Class: Upgrade to 12 Function Lighting Outputs for the real life operation of all the lights on the locomotive. Also available is the addition of front and rear cab lights. How impressive would that be to have your locomotive running around the layout with every possible lighting combination available for prototypical operation.  And to complete the real life operating experience we can add some high quality crew figures in the cab. 

    As mentioned previously we are working on a sound file to suit this model. Once completed, information will be added to our installation page.

     

    For those not interested in sound we can fit a non sound decoder and provide some lighting modifications.

     

    Stay tuned for more info.

     

    3-MAR-2014

    New Sound File - Austrains 81/BL/G

    Work is underway for a custom sound file for the EMD 645E3 16cyl Turbo which is suitable for the new release Austrains 81 / G /  BL class locomotives. It will include some new sounds and functions not included in our other sound files.

    Also suitable for the Austrains C, CL, CLF/ CLP Class Locomotives

     

    27-FEB-2014

    Austrains 442 Jumbos Latest Run

    We have recently received one of Austrains 422/700 Class Diesel Locomotives and are currently working on the best possible sound installation for this latest run. Once completed, information will be added to our installation page.

    20-JAN-2014

    Issues with resetting and function mapping with the ESU LokSound Decoders using DecoderPro (JMRI)

    Here at DCC Solutions we have discovered some issues when using the current Production Version 3.6 of DecoderPro (JMRI) with resetting the decoder and function mapping.

     

    Should the decoder require a factory reset due to an issue with the decoder or you have made incorrect changes or not satisfied with the changes simply enter the value 8 in CV 8 then disable and reapply the power to activate the reset or selecting the decoder reset option in DecoderPro

    If using the latest version of JMRI Decoder Pro software V3.6 for programming CV changes to the decoder and selecting a factory reset you will receive the following message;

     “Reset All CVs. WARNING: May render sounds inoperable! Not recommended.”

    Select “OK” as all decoders programmed by DCC Solutions will not be affected and will be reset to the factory defaults originally programmed during your decoder installation. All changes made by the user will be lost so it is advisable to record or save your personal changes.

     

    Also, the Function Map tab will display incorrect information when read from the decoder. The function mapping displayed in DecoderPro is not the actual function mapping that is programmed into the decoder.

    Be aware of this if making function changes to the decoder. Refer to the Installation Information sheet supplied with your decoder installation by DCC Solutions for the correct function map default setup.

     

    I have also noticed some incorrect information read by DecoderPro for motor and speed table CVs.

     

    Please be aware of this if making any changes and if problems occur from your changes, simply reset the decoder to return to the defaults  programmed during your installation.

     

    Test version 3.7.1 was made available on January 16, 2014 for testing so hopefully these bugs maybe fixed for the next production version.

    We are yet to test this version but will soon and will report back with any updates.

    20-DEC-2013

    Merry Christmas

    All of the DCC Solution Team would like to thank all our customers for their support and over the the past year and look foward to helping all of you in the new year with your DCC conversions.

    We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope 2014 will be a good year for all.


    All the best.

    Mark

    18-NOV-2013

    Australian Model Railway Magazine Review

    The December 2013 issue  #303 of AMRM contains a review on page 41 of our 2 Function Output Power Amplifier for the Auscision 422. Due to hit the streets on November 25 be sure to grab a copy and read the review by Ray Pilgrim. Our Thanks goes to Ray and the AMRM.

    1-NOV-2013

    Lighting modification for the Southern Rail Xplorers.

    We have been working on a light modification for the Xplorers and have been able to separate the front and rear headlights to operate them with individual function keys using the ESU 21 pin decoder. The white markers, foglights and red markers operate directionally using the headlight button. The interior lights operate on their own function button.

    A future light modification is current in the works to also separate the front and rear foglights to operate with their own function buttons. We hope to have a working model available soon.

    19-OCT-2013

    Installation Update for the Trainorama GM Class

    This new release model receives a DCC sound installation with modifications to the front headlight and markers to enable individual control, We have also corrected the DCC issue with the rear headlight and can offer to replace it for an LED.

    5-SEP-2013

    Modification Update for the Auscision AN Class

    With this model's new release due at the AMRA NSW Liverpool Exhibition we have worked on a lighting modification and have fitted an ESU 21 Pin Sound Decoder. Using our 2 Function Power Amplifier we have been able to separate the lighting to have directional front headlight and rear headlight/white markers, front white markers, front ditch lights, rear red markers and front red markers controlled by individual function buttons.

    2-AUG-2013

    Modification Update for the OTM 82 Class

    Announcing the ultimate lighting modification for the On Track Models 82 Class.

    Available with 6 function outputs allowing for more control of the lights.

    Or with 12 function outputs allowing for complete individual prototypical control of all the lights.

    Addition of front and rear cab lights.

    Crew figures added to the cabs.

    Amber colour SMD LED white markers replaced with white colour.

    Amber colour SMD LED headlights replaced with white colour.

    5-JULY-2013

    News Update

    Welcome to our new website.

    Save this site in your favourites folder and check back regularly for news and updates about DCC installations, modifications and new products available for your model railway locomotives and rolling stock.

    The website is not fully completed so some areas may not be accessible but at least you will get the general idea of what the site will be about.