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  DCC Solutions

Auscision XPT - DCC and Sound Installation

with Lighting Modifications

Bring your XPT to Life with a Sound Project like no OTHER.

Now available with our NEW Remastered

ESU LokSound 5 Custom Sound Project 

About the NSW XPT

The XPT (Express Passenger Train) is the main long-distance passenger train operated on country rail services in New South Wales from Sydney to Dubbo, Grafton and Casino as well as interstate destinations, Melbourne in Victoria and Brisbane in Queensland. The XPT is based on the British Rail designed HST (High Speed Train) and entered service in April 1982.

In January 1978 the Public Transport Commission invited tenders for 25 high-speed railcars. In August 1979 Comeng was announced as the successful bidder after submitted a tender for a train based on the British Rail-designed High Speed Train. The High Speed Train design was significantly modified, compare to its British counterpart, with the power cars being 50 cm shorter, the Paxman Valetta engine downgraded from 2,250 to 2,000 bhp (1,680 to 1,490 kW), gearing lowered for a top operating speed of 160 km/h, the suspension modified to operate on inferior track, and air filters and the cooling system modified to cater for hotter and dustier Australian conditions. A different light cluster was also fitted along with three high-beam spotlights mounted to the roof.

On a demonstration run to Albury on 6 September 1981 the XPT set a new Australian speed record of 183 km/h between Table Top and Gerogery in Southern NSW. Then a year later during a run to Albury on 18 September 1992 the XPT broke its own record by reaching 193 km/h.

The initial XPT livery was red, black and orange with Intercity XPT sign writing on the power cars.

In February 1990, the Brisbane Limited and Pacific Coast Motorail were withdrawn and replaced by XPT services to Brisbane and Murwillumbah.

In November 1993. XPTs replaced locomotive hauled stock on the overnight Sydney/Melbourne Express then in December 1994 an XPT daylight service to Melbourne was introduced by extending the Riverina XPT from Albury.

During 2002 the original Paxman Valetta engines were replaced with the V-12 Paxman VP185

In 2015, the NSW Government allocated $7.5 million to start planning for a new fleet to replace the XPTs

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In September 2015, Auscision released the NSW XPT passenger train as a 7 Car Set (2 x Power Car & 5 x Passenger Cars) which includes a 21 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder plus a speaker enclosure that suits a 20x40mm speaker in both Power Cars. As both power cars have motors installed means two decoders are needed for DCC operation. There are micro switches under the Power Cars for turning lights on/off in DC. In DCC all lights, (including the strobe lights on the roof) will operate directional. The DCC Decoders require additional programming than usual to be able to run the power cars and lights in the correction direction the train is travelling.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our Custom Sound Project for the XPT or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound. We can supply the decoders only for the DIY installers.

We have tweaked the motor control of the ESU decoder to provide super slow smooth speeds at steps 1-8 of 128 (Speed step 1 of 28) which is perfect for those wanting their XPT to move off slowly and build up speed like the prototype. You will be impressed with the smooth slow speed motor control.

Here at DCC Solutions we offer a light modification for the XPT Passenger Train to separate the headlights, white and red marker lights, ditch lights and the roof strobe lights for a more prototypical operation in DCC. This allows the marker lights to be controlled individually as well as the headlights, ditch lights and strobe lights. Remember the real XPT didn't run with all the lights on at once all the time.

The strobe lights are functioned to operate when the short blast or the high/low horns are operated and will remain flashing for a set time then automatically turn off. A working Low - High Beam Headlight function is also an added feature.

The DCC Solutions NSW XPT Class Custom Sound Project

is packed with sounds and features not found on other sound decoders being offered on the Australian market.

So why not get fully featured XPT sound from DCC Solutions

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

XPT Sound

The XPT Leading and Trailing Power Cars are programmed with their own custom XPT sound schedules meaning your XPT will sound different each time you are running it, so both cars won't sound identical all the time to provide you with more realism.

Coasting On Demand - Service Mode

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. This feature also allows you to put the trailing car into service mode (coasting) while the leading car can still power along.

Working Brake

Press the Brake Function button and your XPT 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 XPT will move off again or choose to have it remain stationary when the brake is released.

Electro-Pneumatic (EP) Braking

Apply the EP Brakes and the XPT will wind down to idle while the fans engage to assist with cooling. Reduce the throttle and the decoder's dynamic braking logic will reduce your speed faster than normal. Disengage EP Braking and the XPT will returned to it's notched speed and the fans will turn off.

Brake Squeal on Deceleration

Activate this function and when you reduce the throttle speed quickly your XPT will slow up quicker than normal for a short period and you will hear the squeal of the brakes just like if you where to apply and release the brake

Random Start-up Sequences with Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Now with random start-up sequences including hot or cold engine starts your start up and shut down will not always sound the same.

As your XPT begins to move off you will hear the sounds of brakes releasing with random speed activated wheel squeal, rail clanking 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 XPT 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.

Random Sounds

While the other sound decoders will only offer you 1-2 random sound, DCC Solutions will have up to 10 random sounds that will play when either the loco is stopping or moving as we have been doing for years in all our Custom Sound Projects.

And includes all these great features to make your NSW "XPT" Class drive and sound impressive

  • Paxman VP185 V12 Prime Mover Sound
  • The Leading and Trailing Power Cars programmed with their own sound schedules for added realism
  • Cold and Hot Engine Starts.
  • Random start up and shut down sequences with the sound project remembering how it shut down to play the corresponding start up.
  • Coasting on Demand. Put either or both Power Cars into coasting with the trailing car entering service mode.
  • Hear the correct sounds from each of the Power Cars depending on the direction of travel with our extensive programming setup.
  • Short Blast and Playable Horns
  • Two Tone Country Horn with working Strobe Lights
  • 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.
  • Random Speed Sensitive Rail Clanking (Set up for a 7 car set) and Rail Noises when the loco moves off.
  • Electro-Pneumatic (EP) Braking
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds with more sound options to make your XPT not always sounding the same each time its run.
  • Wheel Squeal
  • Guard's Whistle
  • Modified Lighting Options for more prototypical light operation.
  • High Beam Headlight Function allowing you switch the headlights from low beam to high beam and back.
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously.
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Auscision XPT Passenger Train.
  • Both Power Cars closely speed matched to provide more consistent running speeds between the cars.
  • Master sound volume can be adjusted by the user allowing you to go louder or softer to suit personal requirements.

Your XPT will sound different each time you run it, to provide more realism than hearing the same sounding loco all the time.

Also, our XPT Custom Sound Project now includes Move Off and Stopping Sounds designed especially for the XPT. Before your XPT starts to move you will here the brakes air release then randomly some speed sensitive wheel rail clanking which has been designed and setup for the 7 Car Set to provide the right amount of clanking sounds (User can set the number of cars it is running) or you will hear wheel squeal and other rail noises.

When the loco slows to a stop you will hear the squeal of the brakes, air release and then the compressor will cut in to fill the reservoir and will turn off when the tanks are full.

All this to add to the realism of XPT sound and only available from DCC Solutions.


Standard DCC Installation: Non-sound decoder in each Power Car

Basic Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder in No.1 Power Car and Non-sound decoder in No.2 Power Car. 1 Speaker

Basic Sound Installation with Light Modifications: ESU LokSound 5 Sound Decoder in No.1 Power Car and Non Sound Decoder in No.2 Power Car. Strobe Lights to operate with the Horn or separate On/Off function. Marker Lights separate On/Off function. Headlights separate On/Off function with low and high beam and Ditch Lights separate On/Off all using individual function buttons on your DCC System. 1 Speaker

Ultimate Sound Installation ESU LokSound 5 sound decoders in No.1 and No.2 Power Cars. 2 Speakers.

Ultimate Sound with Light Modifications Bring your XPT to life and impress your friends with this setup.

ESU LokSound 5 sound decoders in No.1 and No.2 Power Cars. Strobe Lights to operate with the Horn or separate On/Off function. Marker Lights separate On/Off function. Headlights separate On/Off function with low and high beam and Ditch Lights separate On/Off all using individual function buttons on your DCC System. 2 Speakers

Here is the selection of sound and functions using the ESU LokSound 5 Sound Decoder


Ultimate Sound Installation and Light Modifications

Function                       Description  

0 (HEADLIGHT)          Directional Headlights/ Ditch/ Markers Lights

1                              High/Low Horn

2 (HORN)                   Long Horn

3                              High Beam Headlights

4                              Electro-Pneumatic (EP) Braking

5                              Coasting on Demand

6                              Brake

7                              Brake Squeal on Deceleration

8                              Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down

9                              Marker Lights On/Off

10                              Ditch Lights On/Off

11                              Headlights On/Off

12                              Strobe Lights On/Off

13                              Short Horn with Strobe Lights

14                              High/Low Horn with Strobe Lights

Function                       Description  

15                              Leading Power Car Fan

16                              Leading Power Car Compressor

17                              Trailing Power Car Coasting (Service Mode)

18                              Wheel Squeal

19                              Guard's Whistle

20                              Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

21                              Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

22                              Trailing Power Car Fan

23                              Trailing Power Car Compressor

24                              Spitter Valve

25                              Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%

26                              Short Air Release

27                              Cab Door Open-Close

28                              Rail Clank

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

To learn how to use these functions see the Info & Help page. 

Options Available

ESU LokSound 5 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom XPT Sound Project

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

ESU LokPilot S (Non Sound Budget Decoders)

Light Modifications

Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY DCC Installations

XPT Video Sample

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