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Auscision C43/44aci Class DCC Sound Installation

with Lighting Modifications

Now available with a NEW Remastered
Custom Sound Project including the 
"Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature.

PLUS...8 Function Lighting Modification for more prototypical light operation.

About the C43/44aci Class

The C43/44aci is a heavy duty diesel electric locomotive designed by UGL Rail and built between 2008 and present at its Broadmeadow factory. Currently there are 139 units in operation by a number of rail freight operators. The design is based on the Pacific National NR class but with some modifications and upgraded features.

The C44aci was designed by UGL Rail in response to a tender issued by Pacific National, who required a locomotive to match the performance of their existing 90 class units when hauling heavy coal traffic, while still having the ability to work high speed intermodal services, with the change between applications to be simple.The existing NR class locomotive design was used as a base, but with several modification and alterations.

The older GE Transportation FDL series engine was chosen instead of the newer GE Evolution Series engine due to the greater height not fitting in the restricted Australian loading gaugeand there being no legal requirement to meet stringent Tier 2 emissions standards which drove adoption of the GEVO series.

The  C43/44aci is mainly used for coal and mineral transportation by Pacific National, Aurizon, Glencore (Freightliner Australia),  CFCL Australia,  Centennial Coal (Southern Shorthaul Railroad),  Genesee & Wyoming Australia and Mineral Resources while Fletcher International Exports and Crawfords Freightlines use them for container transportation.

About the Auscision C43/44aci Class DCC with Sound Installation
In December 2016, Auscision released the C43/44aci Class which was a DC/DCC Ready model that included a 21 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder plus provision for two 16 x 35mm speakers. There are micro switches under the model's fuel tank for turning the LED headlights, marker lights & ditch lights on/off which is handy if you are running your model in a consist, but not so handy as you have to take the locomotive off the track to change the switches. This can be avoided in DCC with modifications. In DC and DCC all lights operate directional.

We offer a light modification for this model to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation.
Upgrade the ESU LokSound lighting outputs from 4 to 8 light functions and we are able to separate the front and rear headlights, white markers, red marker lights and ditch lights for a more prototypical operation. The front and rear headlights operate directionally on/off. Each pair of front and rear white and red markers along with the front and rear ditch lights can be controlled individually on/off. You can also still operate all the lights directional as the way the model was delivered which is not very prototypical.
So now not only will you have great sound but great lighting to match so you can run your locomotive just like the real one!
In this installation we have chosen the ESU LokSound Range of 21 Pin decoders, such as the LokSound V4.0 (Sound), LokSound Select (Sound),  or LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) and can offer a lighting modification to operate the lights more prototypical than the original factory setup. 

Our Custom Sound Project is now available for the ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder

The C43/44aci Class Custom Sound Project includes some new features:

Remastered Prime Move Sound

Our new GE 16-7FDL Prime Mover sound has been remastered for better sound and to included extra features.

ESU Full Throttle – Drive Hold

This feature allows you to simulate a loaded or empty train by pressing the F1 function button. When the button is pressed, the motor will remain at a constant speed, while the sound can be controlled independently by adjusting the speed on the throttle. This exciting, new feature gives the operator the ability to have the train crawl in notch 8 or coast at 100 km/h. Release the Drive Hold function button and you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed and motion.

Coasting on Demand

The sounds of the locomotive coasting are set in our sound project to come on automatically when you decrease the throttle by +10 speed steps quickly. Increasing the speed will exit coasting back to normal running.

However, pressing F5 will activate coasting on demand to suit your running environment allowing variable speed coasting so changes in speed will not turn it off until you turn it off.


Press the Brake Function button and your loco will come to a stop at a much shorter distance than if you were to bring the loco to a stop by reducing the speed throttle. Press the function button to release the brake and your loco will move off again. Reduce the throttle to zero when stopped and the loco will remain stationary waiting for your next command. 

Move Off and Stopping Sounds
These are all automatic sounds plus some random sounds programmed into our Custom Sound Project that are activated with the moving off and stopping of the locomotive to add to the realism.and they can be disable using F28.

And includes all these great features to make your C43/44aci Class drive and sound impressive.

  • GE 16-7FDL Prime Mover.
  • Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start.
  • Short Blast and Playable Horn.
  • 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.
  • Full Throttle Drive Hold - Lock the loco speed and control the sound independently to simulate a heavy loaded or empty train
  • Dynamic Braking - Turn it on then reduce the throttle to active, increase the throttle to deactivate
  • Coasting On Demand
  • Working Brake
  • Coupling and Release with brake line release
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases
  • The "whoop" GE  air compressor. 
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Optional light modification for individual light control
  • Low beam/High beam Headlight.
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Auscision C43/44aci Class Locomotive Model.
  • Individual master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements.
  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.

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

Standard Sound Installation: ESU SELECT sound decoder with ESU factory sound file.

Standard Sound Installation and Light Modifications: ESU SELECT sound decoder with ESU factory sound file and light modification upgrade.

Premium Sound Installation: ESU V4.0 sound decoder with our custom GE 16-7FDL Prime Mover sound project. No lighting modifications.

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification:  Upgraded to 8 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification and our custom GE 16-7FDL Prime Mover sound project that allows you individual control of the front/rear white marker, front/rear red marker lights, front and rear headlights, front and rear ditch lights using the function buttons on your DCC throttle.

Function                      Description   
      0  (HEADLIGHT)           Directional Headlights/Number Boards

      1                             Full Throttle Drive Hold

      2 (HORN)                          Long Horn

      3                             Short Horn

      4                             Dynamic Brakes

      5                             Coasting on Demand

      6                             Brake

      7                             Shunting Mode/Reduces Speed 50%               

      8                             Prime Mover Cold/Hot Start Up/Shut Down

      9                             Front White Markers

    10                             Rear Red Markers

    11                            Rear White Markers

    12                             Front Red Markers

    13                             Front Ditch Lights

    14                             Rear Ditch Lights

Function                      Description 
    15                             Fan   

    16                             GE Air Compressor

    17                             Brake Set/Release

    18                             Wheel Flange Squeal

    19                             Directional Coupling/Uncoupling 

    20                             Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

    21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

    22                             High Beam Headlight

    23                             Cab Door Open/Close

    24                             Sanding Valve

    25                             Spitter Valves

    26                             Short Air Release

    27                             Directional Markers/Ditch Lights

    28                             Disable Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom Sound Project. The functions and sounds will be different for the LokSound Select Decoder. To learn how to use these functions see the Info & Help page. All functions can be reprogrammed to suit your own personal requirements.

Options Available

ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom C43/44aci Class Sound Project

ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder programmed with ESU generic sound file

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

Alternate Brand of Sound or non Sound Decoders.

Light Modifications

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