Auscision NSW Pay Bus DCC Sound Installation
Now available with a NEW Mastered
ESU LokSound 5 Custom Sound Project including the "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature
ESU LokSound 5 Custom Sound Project
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 It was withdrawn from service in October 1968 and was handed over to the NSW Rail Transport Museum on 27 March 1969 for preservation.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 FP2 was withdrawn in November 1969 and scrapped in December 1970.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 By 1939 they were being used as pay buses.FP3 was withdrawn from service in November 1969 while a fractured chassis caused FP4 to be withdrawn in September 1967.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 It was withdrawn from service in May 1968 and scrapped in December 1970.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 Clyde. All 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 5 (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 is packed with sounds and features not found on any other sound decoders especially factory fitted sound
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. Available only from DCC Solutions, our Drive Hold will stop your loco when you reduce the speed to zero even while the function is still active. Your ESU factory fitted sound will not stop your loco at speed step 0 with the drive hold on.
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 the 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.
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.
Plus these great features:
INSTALLATION AND MODIFICATION FEATURES
Standard DCC Installation: ESU LokPilot Non-sound decoder
Premium Sound Installation with Light Modification: ESU LokSound 5 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 LokSound 5 Sound Decoder
SOUND and FUNCTION LABELS
Premium Sound Installation
0 (HEADLIGHT) Directional Marker Lights
1 Full Throttle - Drive Hold
2 (HORN) Playable Horn
3 High Beam Headlight
5 Coasting On Demand
7 Brake Squeal on Deceleration
8 Start Up/Shut Down/Mute
9 Directional Headlights
10 Reserved for Light Mods
11 Reserved for Light Mods
12 Reserved for Light Mods
13 Directional Headlight + Markers Lights
14 Reserved for Light Mods
18 Wheel Squeal
19 Guard's Whistle
20 Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press
21 Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%
22 Front Headlight On/Off
25 Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%
26 Air Release
27 Doors Open/Close
28 Rail Clank
ESU LokSound 5 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom NSW Pay Bus Sound Project
ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)
Stay Alive Device