Austrains 81 Class DCC Sound Installation
with Lighting Modifications
Austrains 81 Class DCC Sound Installation
with Lighting Modifications
Now available with NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project including the "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature
About the NSW 81 Class
The 81 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Kelso for the State Rail Authority of NSW with a total of 80 locomotive built between September 1982 and February 1986, to replace the ageing 1950s vintage 42 and 44 class locomotives as well as provide additional capacity. The 81 Class locomotive commenced service on 29th October 1982.
The first 40 were based at Broadmeadow
Locomotive Depot to operate Hunter Valley coal trains, while the remaining 40
were concentrated on the Main South line between Sydney and Albury hauling both
passenger and freight trains. The final 15 of this batch were also equipped
with V/Line radios, and from July 1986 operated in Victoria through to Melbourne.
In 1991 a further four locos were built for the then Freight Rail by Clyde Engineering, Kelso to handle their growing freight business by using spare diesel engines, alternators and other parts held in storage plus reconditioned traction motors from the withdrawn Clyde –GM421 Class Locomotive .
In 1994 saw the delivery of the 90 Class Locomotive and from then the Broadmeadow based units were released to replace older locomotives on other freight duties. This saw their operation extended up to Brisbane and Broken Hill.
In the mid-1990s some of the later locomotives were leased to National Rail. These were later exchanged for 13 of the earlier locomotives which were permanently transferred to National Rail for use as high-power shunters around Australia. In February 2002, all these locos were reunited when National Rail and FreightCorp were both sold to form Pacific National in February 2002.
In February 1999,
the 81 Class began operating in South Australia when FreightCorp won a contract to haul brown coal
from Leigh Creek to the Northern Power Station in Port Augusta,
As at February 2013, Pacific National still operated 83 locos, primarily in New South Wales.On the 11th March 2007, one loco was written off following a derailment near Forbes and remains the only loco to be scrapped.
The NSW 81 Class model from Austrains
DCC and Sound with Light Modifications
We are able to modify the Austrains 81 Class locomotives and can offer up to 12 individual light functions for greater flexibility when operating your NSW 81 Class model. These modifications can be made when using the ESU 4.0 version decoders.
1) Front Headlight, Number Boards, White Markers, Rear Red Markers and Ditch Lights on/off when travelling forward with the headlight button.
2) Rear Headlight,Number Boards, White Markers, Front Red Markers and Ditch Lights on/off when travelling in reverse with the headlight button.
Note: Some models do not have Ditch Lights Installed.
BORING! This Factory Lighting is not how the lights operate on a real locomotive.
DCC Solutions Standard Lighting
For an upgrade to a 6 Function Standard Light Modification we can separate the lights as follows:
1) Front Headlight/Numberboards - on/off directionally with the headlight button
2) Rear Headlight/Numberboards - on/off directionally with the headlight button
3) Front White Markers - on/off with 1 function with optional ditch lights
4) Front Red Markers - on/off with 1 function
5) Rear White Markers - on/off with 1 function with optional ditch lights
6) Rear Red Markers - on/off with 1 function
DCC Solutions Standard PLUS Lighting
For an upgrade to an 8 Function Standard PLUS Light Modification we can additionally separate the lights as follows:
If your models does not have Ditch Lights
7) Front Number Boards - on/off with 1 function
8) Rear Number Boards - on/off with 1 function
If your models does have Ditch Lights
7) Front Ditch Lights - on/off with 1 function
8) Rear Ditch Lights - on/off with 1 function
And the numberboards with operate with the headlight with this option.
DCC Solutions Ultimate Lighting
We have an created a custom sound project for the NSW 81 Class with the sounds of the EMD 16-645E3B turbo engine and now with our lighting modifications you can finally own a great sounding 81 Class with a more prototypical lighting operation.
Remastered Drive Sound
A new remastered Drive Sound for the EMD 16-645E3B Turbo which now includes a Low Engine Idle option while the loco is stationary. Press a function button to select low idle, release the button and the engine will return to high idle. We have created a new sound file structure to allows for a faster flowing drive sound with changes you make with your DCC Throttle.
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. We have designed our very own version of Drive Hold that will stop your loco if you reduced the speed to zero or applied our Working Brake while Drive Hold is still activated. This will not happen with other versions of Drive Hold being offered.
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 will coast to a stop. Another situation that occurs is that once a train is up to speed when travelling along the countryside, the driver can coast to maintain a certain speed. By pressing the coast function button, the sound drops 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 notched 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. We have designed our own version of a working brake that will actually work when Drive Hold or Coasting is activated unlike other version of this feature.
Working Dynamic Brake
Apply the Dynamic Brakes and the Prime Mover will wind down to idle while the Dynamic Fans engage to assist with cooling. Reduce the throttle and the decoder's dynamic motor logic will reduce your speed faster than normal. Disengage Dynamic Braking and the primer mover will returned to it's notched speed and the fans will turn off.
Brake Squeal on Deceleration
Activate this function and when you reduce your throttle speed quickly, your locomotive will show signs of slowing up for a short period of time along with the sound of the brakes squealing.
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 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.
- EMD 16-645E3B turbocharged prime mover with Throttle Sensitive Prime Mover Sounds.
- Nathan P5 Short Blast and Playable Horns.
- Random Start-up sequences including Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start.
- 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.
- Speed sensitive Wheel Squeal and Rail Noise 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
- Coasting On Demand
- Working Brake Function
- Working Dynamic Brake Function
- Brake Squeal on Deceleration
- Directional Coupling and Release including brake line release with automatic shunting speed mode.
- Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases
- Wheel Squeal
- Guard's Whistle
- Modified Lighting Options for more prototypical light operation.
- Low beam/High beam Headlights
- And more (See below for full list of sounds and functions)
- Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Austrains 81 Class Locomotive 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.
- This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of 81 Class Models.
- DCC Solutions High Performance Speaker delivering impressive sound
INSTALLATION AND MODIFICATION FEATURES
Standard DCC Installation: Non sound decoder with no lighting modifications.
Standard Sound Installation: ESU Select decoder with ESU factory generic sound. No lighting modifications.
Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound V4.0 sound decoder with our Custom EMD 16-645E3B Sound Project. No lighting modifications.
Premium Sound Installation and Standard Light Modification: Upgrade to 6 or 8 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification to separate lighting to have individual function control on your DCC controller plus our ESU V4.0 Custom EMD 16-645E3B Sound Project.
Premium Sound Installation and Ultimate Light Modification: Upgrade to 12 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Ultimate Light Modification to separate all the lights in the Austrains model to have individual function control on your DCC controller for real life operation of the lights plus our ESU V4.0 Custom EMD 16-645E3B Sound Project. Includes Cab Lighting
SOUND and OUTPUT FUNCTION LABELS
Premium Sound Installation and Standard Light Modification
0 (HEADLIGHT) Headlights/Numberboards (Directional Only)
1 Drive Hold
2 (HORN) Nathan P5 Playable Horn
3 Nathan P5 Short Blast Horn
4 Proper Working Dynamic Brakes/Low Idle at Stop
5 Coasting On Demand
6 Working Brake
7 Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%
8 EMD 16-645E3B (Start Up/Shut Down)
9 Front White Markers (On/Off)
10 Rear Red Markers (On/Off)
11 Rear White Markers (On/Off)
12 Front Red Markers (On/Off)
13 Directional Marker Lights (On/Off)
14 Directional Coupling and Release with Shunting Mode
17 Brake Squeal on Deceleration
18 Wheel Squeal
19 Guard's Whistle
20 Volume Control (+/-) Five Preset Volumes
21 Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%
22 Headlight High Beam On/Off
23 Manual ratchet handbrake and release
26 Short Air Release
27 Front Headlight (On/Off)
28 Disable Move Off and Stopping Sounds
ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom 81 Class Sound Project
ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder programmed with ESU generic downloadable sound file
ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)
Alternative brands of Sound and Non Sound Decoders of your choice.
DCC Solutions upgraded 6, 8 or 12 Function Light Modifications
Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations