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Auscision NSW “Tangara” – Suburban Passenger Train
DCC and Sound Installation 
with Lighting Modifications

Now available with our NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project

For Both the Front and Rear Passenger Cars

About the NSW Tangara Suburban Electric Passenger Train

The T sets, also referred to as the “Tangara” trains, originating from an Aboriginal word that means ‘to go’, are a class of electric multiple units operated by Sydney Trains. In July 1986, the Government of New South Wales awarded A Goninan & Co a contract to build 450 double-deck carriages, with five additional spare driving trailers ordered in 1996.

The Tangara's were built as 4 car sets and first entered service 12th April 1988 and continued until 1995, initially under the State Rail Authority and later CityRail. 

The T sets were the “third-generation” trains for Sydney's rail fleet, coinciding with the final withdrawals of the Standard Suburban carriages nicknamed “Red Rattlers” sets from their service in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Tangara trains were initially built as two classes; the outer-suburban G sets and the suburban T sets, before being merged as all T-sets after successive refurbishments starting in 2009.

Overall, the Tangara T-set have had various refurbishments carried out in 2003, 2009-2010, 2014 and 2021 with 447 carriages still remain in service.

The Tangara T-sets usually operate on the following lines:

T1 North Shore & Western Line: Emu Plains to City via Parramatta, City to Berowra or Hornsby via Gordon

T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Bondi Junction to Waterfall & Cronulla via Hurstville & Sutherland

T7 Olympic Park Line: Lidcombe to Olympic Park

T9 Northern Line: Gordon to Hornsby via Strathfield

SCO South Coast Line: Waterfall & Thirroul to Port Kembla

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In April 2021, Auscision released the NSW “Tangara” Suburban Electric Passenger Train, which has a DCC Ready 21 Pin socket in the front car and includes a speaker enclosure for fitting a speaker. The rear car also has a DCC Ready 21 Pin socket that requires a DCC decoder to operate the lights in the rear car. There is no motor in the rear car.

The model comes with operating LED headlights, marker lights, blue guards light and ditch lights with manual override switches under the front and rear car to turn the lights on/off. In DCC, all the lights will operate directional.


For DCC Sound we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 DCC decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom “Tangara” Sound Project or the ESU LokPilot 5 DCC for those no requiring sound.

Also, available is an optional ESU LokSound FX 5 DCC decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom “Tangara” Rear Car Sound Project to add sound to the rear car.


Our Custom Sound Project is NOT the Generic sound file from ESU and Auscision..... It's Better!

And it does contain prototypical recorded sounds.


We offer full individual light control for the Auscision Tangara to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation

Our Custom NSW Tangara Class Sound Project offers a lighting setup for this Auscision model to separate the headlights, marker lights, blue guards light and ditch lights for individual DCC control. This will provide more prototypical NSW Railways practice lighting operation when running your Auscision Tangara model. Directional all light control will still be available.


Unlike ESU/Auscision factory sound which uses 2 sound slots to operate the lights in their models, our light modification does not use any sound slots for lighting. Therefore, all the 10 sound processing channels are available to play sounds when using all the lighting, so you will get the full sound experience all the time.

The DCC Solutions NSW Tangara Electric Custom Sound Project

is packed with sounds and features not found on other sound decoders,

being offered on the Australian market, especially factory fitted sound

Factory Fitted Sound only offers very basic sound + features

So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

Custom Built NSW Tangara T-Set Electric Sound Project

This is not just a basic electric ESU/Factory sound project but a completely custom-built and tested sound project by DCC Solutions that contains recorded sounds with customised sound programming plus extra features not available anywhere.

Not only have we built a sound project for the front car, but a second sound project for the rear car as an option.

This will make your NSW Tangara model a uniquely, impressive driving and sounding passenger train that will turn heads!

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 Tangara 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 Tangara 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 Tangara up.

Brake Squeal on Deceleration

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

Working Regenerative Braking (Dynamic Brake)

Apply the Dynamic Brakes and the Tangara will automatically begin to slow up as the regenerative braking starts to work, then the Cooling Fans engage to assist with cooling. Reduce the throttle, and the sound projects dynamic braking logic will reduce your speed faster than normal. Disengage Dynamic Braking and the Tangara will return to its notched speed and the cooling fans will turn off.

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 Tangara begins to move off you will hear the sounds of brakes releasing with random speed activated wheel squeal or rail clanking, 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 Tangara comes to a stop you will hear the squeal of the brakes, air releases and then randomly the compressor will cut in automatically to fill the reservoirs with air until full and will cut out.

Random Sounds

While the factory fitted sound will only offer you 1-2 random sounds, DCC Solutions will have up to 10 random sounds that will play when either the loco is stopping or moving, to create even more realism to running your model.

Electric Passenger Train Sounds

Our Custom Sound Project includes sounds often heard on the NSW Rail Network. Opening and closing of passenger carriage doors, guard's whistles and platform station announcements are some inclusions you will find to really add to the realism of operating an Electric Passenger Train. Optional personalised station announcements can be produced and added to the sound project.

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

  • The NSW “Tangara” T-Set Electric Drive Sound for both the front and rear cars

  • Short Blast and Playable Horns

  • Random start up and shut down sequences, remembering how it shut down to play the corresponding start-up

  • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops, including Brake Squeal

  • Working Brake to bring your locomotive to a stop much quicker by applying the brake, or slow down during driving

  • Coasting on Demand, where you control the coasting

  • Working Regenerative Braking : Automatically slows down, fans activate and brakes faster due to braking motor logic

  • Random Speed Sensitive Rail Clanking or Wheel Squeal and Rail Noises when the loco moves off

  • Brake Squeal on Deceleration: The loco slows up as the brakes squeal while driving and squeal off on acceleration

  • When the loco stops after braking, the compressor cuts in to fill the reservoir and will turn off when the tanks are full.

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

  • Electric Cooling Fan Sounds

  • Doors Opening/Closing with Guard’s Whistle

  • Selection of Platform Station Announcements suited to some Tangara services

  • Selectable 4 or 8 car setting for proper Sound Project operation

  • And more (See below for full list)

  • Modified Lighting Option for more prototypical light operation

  • Low beam to High beam Headlight operation

  • Motor settings tuned for slow speed performance

  • Sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Auscision Tangara Passenger Train model using the DCC Solutions speaker

  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously

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

  • DCC Solutions High Performance Dynamic Speaker producing fantastic sound compared to other speakers, including factory 

  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements

  • Additional personalised station announcements can be produced and included.


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

Standard Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder with our Custom NSW Tangara Front Car Sound Project

Standard Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgrade with the DCC Solutions Light Modification to separate all lighting for individual function control on your DCC throttle, plus our ESU LokSound 5 Custom Front Car Tangara Sound Project

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoders with our Custom NSW Tangara Front & Rear Car Sound Projects

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgrade with the DCC Solutions Light Modification to separate all lighting for individual function control on your DCC throttle, plus our Custom Front & Rear Car Tangara Sound Projects

DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modifications using the ESU LokSound 5

F0    Directional Marker Lights

F1    Doors Opening/Closing with Guard's Whistle

F2    Horn

F3    High Beam Headlight

F4    Regenerative Braking

F5    Coasting On Demand

F6    Brake

F7    Brake Squeal on Deceleration

F8    Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down

F9    Headlight

F10  Guard's Light

F11  Ditch Lights

F12  Cab Light (Optional)

F13  Directional All Lights

F14  Station Announcements

F15  Fan

F16  Compressor

F17  Short Blast Horn

F18  Wheel Squeal

F19  Guard's Whistle

F20  Volume Control

F21  Volume Fader – Reduces Sound 50%

F22  Front Headlight

F23  Pantograph Down

F24  Pantograph Up

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.

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