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Auscision Pay Bus DCC Sound Installation

with Lighting Modifications

Now available with a NEW​ Remastered Custom Sound Project

including "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature

About the NSW Pay Bus

The NSW Pay Bus were 13 small four-wheel rail buses built 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 steam-hauled passenger locomotive or a rail motor, however the passenger service became unsuccessful, so they were converted to Pay Buses to run payroll for railway employees along various parts of the NSW rail network.

FP1 – Had a Ford Mercury V8 engine that ran on petrol with a four-speed gearbox. There was a door in the centre for passengers and the driver to use, and there were 17 seats inside the bus. It was a single end driver bus placed into service on 7 July 1937. 

By 1938, it had been converted into a pay bus and was withdrawn from service on 3 October 1968.

FP2 to FP5 – The design of these 3 cars was different from that of the FP1 in that they had a wider and longer body with driving controls at both ends. They were also fitted with inward opening swing doors on both sides of the body and could seat 18 passengers. They entered service in September 1937 and by 1939 were used as a pay bus. FP5 was destroyed by an explosion in a payroll robbery attempt near Yanderra Station on the Main Southern Line in December 1941 killing the 3 railway workers.

FP6 – Built as single end driver bus that entered service in September 1937 and by 1939 was being used as a pay bus. It was withdrawn from service in May 1968

FP7 to FP12 – Six new pay buses were ordered in 1967 and enter service in 1968. These new pay buses had a longer, squarer body mounted on a 4-wheel chassis powered by an underfloor 6-cylinder Leyland diesel engine. They had inward opening doors on both sides with a driving position at each end and resembled the Commonwealth Engineering's standard bus model.

FP13 – Entered service in February 1970 and suffered a seized engine in February 1974 and was withdrawn from service.

The operation of railway pay buses ceased in April 1986 with the last service being run by FP11.

DCC with Sound, Lights and Stay Alive

The Auscision Pay Bus was released in January 2019 as a DC model, then later released with Factory DCC Sound, but unfortunately provided not the correct sound for the NSW Pay Bus. The model includes a 21 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder, no dedicated space provision for a speaker, but two wires are included to wire in a speaker. 

For this DCC installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the NSW Pay Bus or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.

Our Custom Sound Project is NOT the Generic sound file from ESU and Auscision.....It's Better because it is for a Pay Bus!

The headlights and marker lights are separated for individual DCC control using function buttons on your throttle.

Due to the small size wheels on this model, installation of the DCCS PowerPlus Stay Alive is highly recommended enabling uninterrupted performance at super slow speeds, especially travelling through insulfrog points.

The DCC Solutions NSW Pay Bus Custom Sound Project is packed with

sounds and f​eatures not ​found on other sound decoders

or even the supplied factory fitted sound

Factory Fitted Sound only offers very basic sound and features

So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

Custom Built NSW Pay Bus Sound Project

This is not just a basic factory sound project but a completely custom-built sound project by DCC Solutions that contains recorded sounds with customised sound programming plus extra features that will make your NSW 4Pay Bus Auscision model a uniquely, impressive driving and sounding loco that will turn heads!

Full Throttle – Drive Hold

This feature allows you to simulate a hard-working loaded 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, so this can simulate a hard-working Pay Bus. This exciting feature gives the operator the ability to have the Pay Bus crawling in 1st gear or coasting at top speed along the track. Release the Drive Hold function button, and you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed, motion and sound. Available only from DCC Solutions, our Drive Hold will stop your Pay Bus when you reduce the speed to zero, even while the function is still active. Your ESU factory sound or sound from other providers will not stop your loco at speed step 0 with the drive hold switched on, which can damage your model because you ran into something.

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, the sound will return to the speed that's 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. The brake can also be used while driving to slow the locomotive up.

Brake Squeal on Deceleration

Activate this function and when you reduce the throttle speed, your locomotive will begin braking and slow up quicker as you continue to lower the throttle speed, and you will hear the squeal of the brakes. Accelerating will release the brakes.

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 locomotive 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 locomotive comes to a stop you will hear the squeal of the brakes, air releases and then the compressor will cut in automatically to fill the reservoirs with air until full and will cut out.

Remastered Horn Sounds

A new remastered NSW Pay Bus playable and short blast horn.

Random Sounds

DCC Solutions Custom Sound Projects can have up to 12 random sounds that will play when either the loco is stopping or moving, for more added realism.

And includes all these great features to make your Auscision Pay Bus drive and sound impressive

  • 6-cylinder Leyland Diesel Engine Custom Built Sound Project

  • Random Start-Up and Shut Down Sequences 

  • NSW Pay Bus 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 random compressor cuts in to fill the reservoir and will turn off when the tanks are full.

  • Speed sensitive Wheel Squeal and Rail Clanking when the loco moves off.

  • Brake squeal on deceleration and turns off on acceleration.

  • Full Throttle Drive Hold - Lock the loco speed and control the sound independently to simulate a heavy loaded or empty train

  • Coasting On Demand

  • Working Brake to bring your locomotive to a stop even when Full Throttle Drive Hold is active, unlike other ESU sound files.

  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases and more!

  • Lighting Options for more prototypical light operation.

  • Low beam to High beam Headlight operation

  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously

  • DCC Solutions High-Performance Speaker delivering impressive sound

  • Sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Pay Bus Model using the DCC Solutions speaker

  • Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements

  • Motor settings tuned to provide Slow Speed motor performance

  • Full 28 function button remapping to suit your personal requirements

  • DCC PowerPlus Stay Alive Device providing uninterrupted performance at slow speeds, especially travelling through insulfrog points.


Standard DCC Installation:ESU Non-sound decoder

Premium Sound Installation:ESU LokSound 5 programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSW Pay Bus Sound Project

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: ESU LokSound 5 programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSW Pay Bus Sound Project with the headlights and marker lights separated for individual DCC control.

DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification using the ESU LokSound 5

F0    Headlight 

F1    Drive Hold - Full Throttle

F2    Horn

F3    High Beam Headlight

F4    Reserved

F5    Coasting On Demand

F6    Brake

F7    Brake Squeal on Deceleration

F8    Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down

F9    Directional Headlights with Marker Lights

F10  Reserved - For Light Mods

F11  Reserved - For Light Mods

F12  Reserved - For Light Mods

F13  Directional Markers Lights

F14  Reserved - For Light Mods

F15   Fan

F16   Compressor

F17   Reserved

F18   Wheel Squeal

F19   Guard's Whistle

F20   Volume Control

F21   Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

F22   Front Headlight

F23   Rear Headlight

F24   Reserved

F25   Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%

F26   Short Air Release

F27   Cab Door

F28   Rail Clank

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound 5 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Light Modification.

The functions and sounds will be different from any standard generic ESU Sound Files or other Sound Decoders. To learn how to use these functions, see the Info & Help page.

All functions can be reprogrammed to suit your own personal requirements.

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