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Auscision NSW Pay Bus 
DCC Sound Installation

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

About the NSW Pay Bus

The FP Pay Buses were a series of thirteen small 4 wheel rail buses built for the Department of Railways NSW between 1937 and 1970. 

The rail buses were intended for use on branch lines whose low passenger numbers did not warrant the use of a larger railmotor.

FP1 -  Designed by the Road Motor Vehicles section of the Department of Railways & constructed by Waddingtons. It was placed into service on 7 July 1937. It was originally powered by a Ford Mercury V8 side-valve petrol engine with a 4-speed truck-style gear box. Entry was via a central door on one side only and had seating for 17 passengers.

By 1938 it had been converted into a pay bus & was used for the transport of pays to the more remote parts of the NSW railway system. It was withdrawn from service in October 1968 and was handed over to the NSW Rail Transport Museum on 27 March 1969 for preservation.

FP2-5 - The design of these 4 pay buses were different to that of FP1 in that they were fitted with a wider and longer body and had driving controls at both ends. They were also fitted with inward opening swing doors on both sides of the body & could seat 18 passengers.

FP2 entered service at Harden on 27th September 1937. In 1942, it was transferred to the Mechanical Branch and was then used as a pay bus. FP2 was withdrawn in November 1969 and scrapped in December 1970.

FP3 & FP4 entered service at Cowra on 27th September 1937 and were initially used on the Cowra-Grenfell passenger service. By 1939 they were being used as pay buses.FP3 was withdrawn from service in November 1969 while a fractured chassis caused FP4 to be withdrawn in September 1967. Both were scrapped in December 1970.

FP5 entered service in September 1937 and by 1939 it was also being used as a pay bus. FP5 was destroyed by an explosion in a payroll robbery attempt at Yanderra on the Main South line on 8th December 1941. This attempted robbery killed all three rail employees that were aboard the pay bus at the time of the explosion. The remains of FP5 were written off in 1942.

FP6 & FP5 - (Replacement) FP6 entered service at Harden in September 1937 and by 1939 it was being used as a pay bus. It was withdrawn from service in May 1968  and scrapped in December 1970. Another FP5 was built as a replacement for the first FP5 which had been destroyed in 1941. The chassis was based on a 1942 Ford truck chassis and a hydraulic braking system was fitted. This FP5 was a new purpose built pay bus and entered service in September 1945. FP5 was withdrawn on 3rd November 1969 and scrapped on 5th December 1970.

FP7-12 - To replace the aging fleet of existing pay buses, six new pay buses were ordered from Commonwealth Engineering in 1967. These new pay buses had a longer and squarer body that were mounted on a 4 wheel chassis with the front being taken from Commonwealth Engineering's standard bus model. They were also fitted with air conditioning. FP7 entered service on 9th April 1968, with the last on 23rd July 1968.

In April 1970, FP7 was stripped internally and fitted with carpet on the walls and floor, movable chairs were installed and it was repainted externally. This was done to carry Queen Elizabeth II between Coffs Harbour Jetty and Coffs Harbour station. After this use the FP7 was returned to its original condition, except that the carpet was kept on the floor. In April 1986 the operation of railway pay buses ceased with the last service being worked by FP11 on 4th April 1986 between Lithgow and ClydeAll six of these pay buses were preserved.

FP13 - Built along with FP7-12 but entered service in February 1970 and was designed and built as a rail bus to carry 18 passengers in nine 2 seat throw over reversible seats. FP13 was used as a rail bus on the Cooma-Bombala service. It was withdrawn from service in February 1974 and later preserved.

The NSW Pay Bus from Auscision with DCC Solution Sound

On the 10th January 2019, Auscision Models released the FP7-FP12 models of the NSW Pay Bus in HO Scale which has a DCC Ready 21 Pin socket

The model comes with Operating LED headlights & marker lights with manual override switches. There is no speaker enclosure for a speaker.


For this installation we recommend the "NEW" ESU LokSound V5.0 (Sound) with our Custom Sound Project to suit the NSW Pay Bus or for those not wishing sound, the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound)


Auscision advise on their instruction sheet: 

"Please note: with the Paybus, due to the model only being 2 axles, the wheels and track must be super clean to ensure good electrical contact. If your model stops on the track or along turnouts at low speeds then you might need to run it a little faster."


Well, with our DCC installs we have over come this problem and have also been able to tweak the motor control of the ESU decoder to provide super slow smooth speed which is perfect for allowing your Pay Bus to take off slowly and crawl along your layout at slow speeds.

The DCC Solutions Pay Bus Custom Sound Project packed with sounds and features not found on other sound decoders

Our Custom NSW Pay Bus Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

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
This feature allows you to enter coasting mode whenever you want with a press of a button. Often when coming to a stop, the throttle of a real locomotive is put into Idle and the locomotive coasts to a stop. Another situation that occurs is that once a train is up to speed when operating over
rolling countryside, the driver can coast to maintain a certain speed. By pressing the coast function button, the sound drops into coasting and remains there. Using the throttle speed control, you can now speed up or slow down the train with the sound remaining in coasting mode.
Press the function button to exit coasting and the sound will exit and return to whatever speed is set when exiting.

Working Brake

Press the Brake Function button and your locomotive will come to a stop at a much shorter distance than if you were to bring it to a stop by reducing the throttle speed. Release the brake and your locomotive will move off again or choose to have it remain stationary when the brake is released.

Random Start-up Sequences with Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Now with random start-up sequences your start up and shut down will not always sound the same.

As your Pay Bus begins to move off you will hear the sounds of brakes releasing with random speed activated wheel squeal, rail noises and other sounds. Some of these sounds are random or speed sensitive that will turn on/off automatically depending on your take off speed. When the Pay Bus comes to a stop you will hear the squeal of the brakes, air releases and other sounds.

Brake Squeal on Deceleration 
Activate this function and when you reduce the throttle speed quickly your locomotive will slow up quicker than normal for a short period and you will hear the squeal of the brakes just like if you were to apply and release the brake.
And includes all these great features to make your Auscision Pay Bus drive and sound impressive.

Plus these great features:

  • Six Cylinder Diesel Engine Sound
  • Short Blast and Playable Horn
  • Random Start-up sequences
  • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops including Brake Squeal.
  • Speed sensitive Wheel Squeal, Rail Clanking and Rail Noises 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
  • Full Throttle Drive Hold Stopping -  unlike other ESU sound files, our version will allow you to stop your Pay Bus when speed = 0
  • Coasting On Demand
  • Working Brake to bring your Pay Bus to a stop even when Full Throttle Drive Hold is active unlike other ESU sound files.
  • Brake Squeal on Deceleration that slows up your Pay Bus and while hearing brake squeal.
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases and more!
  • Wheel Squeal
  • Guard's Whistle
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Individual headlight and marker light control using individual function buttons
  • Low beam/High beam Headlight.
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Auscision Pay Bus Model.
  • Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements.
  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.
  • DCC Solutions High Performance Dynamic Speaker with enclosure producing fantastic sound.
  • INSTALLATION AND MODIFICATION FEATURES

    Standard DCC Installation: ESU LokPilot Non sound decoder 

    Premium Sound Installation with Light Modification: ESU LokSound V5.0 with our own Pay Bus Custom Sound Project plus individual headlight and marker light control using individual function buttons

    Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU V5.0 Sound Decoder

    SOUND and FUNCTION LABELS

    Premium Sound Installation

    Function                   Description 
          0 (HEADLIGHT)         Directional Headlights

          1                           Full Throttle - Drive Hold

          2  (HORN)                      Playable Horn

          3                           Short Blast Horn

          4                           

          5                           Coasting On Demand

          6                           Brake

          7                           Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50% 

          8                           Start Up/Shut Down/Mute

          9                           Forward Direction Markers

        10                           Reserved for Light Mods

        11                           Reverse Direction Markers

        12                           Reserved for Light Mods

        13                           Directional Markers Lights

        14                           Rail Clank

    Function                   Description 
        15                             

        16                             

        17                             Brake Squeal on Deceleration

        18                             Wheel Squeal

        19                             Guard's Whistle

        20                             Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

        21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

        22                             Headlight High Beam

        23                             Door Open/Close

        24                             

        25                             

        26                             

        27                             Front Headlight On/Off

        28                             Disable Start Off and Stopping Sounds

    Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V5.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation.
    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 V5.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom 70 Class Sound Project

    ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

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