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Austrains BL Class DCC Sound Installation

with Lighting Modifications

Now available with NEW Remastered

Custom Sound Project including the

"Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature

About the BL Class

The BL Class are a class of diesel locomotive built by Clyde Engineering, Rosewater and Somerton for Australian National between 1983 and 1986

Australian National placed an order for with Clyde Engineering for 15 Electro-Motive Diesel JT26C-2SS locomotives. Australian National only took delivery of 10 (BL26-BL35), with the other five delivered to V/Line as their G class. The first five were delivered with standard gauge bogies, the last five with broad gauge bogies.

All were transferred to National Rail and converted to standard gauge in 1995 following the conversion of the Adelaide to Melbourne line. In December 1996, they began to operate on services to Sydney and Newcastle.In September 1998, after being repainted into SteelLink livery by Rail Services Australia, Chullora, four were transferred back to the broad gauge to haul steel trains for BHP from Long Island to Dynon. For a period in the late 1990s, they were rostered to haul The Overland between Melbourne and Adelaide.

As at October 2014, three were in service on the broad gauge, six on the standard gauge and one was in storage.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In August 2014, Austrains released their model of the BL Class Locomotives which included an 8 Pin socket for easily fitting a DCC decoder plus space in the chassis for two 23mm speakers although during production assembly, wires were placed through the provision for speakers making the installation of the speaker difficult without the installer re-directing the wires elsewhere. There are three micro switches under the model at both ends of the fuel tank for turning the numberboard and ditch lights on/off in DC.

For this installation we highly recommend the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) or LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) decoders. Alternatively you may wish to choose an "off the shelf" generic sound decoder like the LokSound Select (Sound), TCS (Train Control Systems) or the Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 and Econami sound decoders which all come with factory programmed EMD645 sounds. We offer several different options of DCC installations for this model to suit all budgets.

As our preferred decoder is from ESU, we have been able to 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 shunting operations allowing the loco to move ever so slowly towards its rolling stock. Also for those wanting the locomotive to move off slowly and build up speed like the prototype. You will be impressed with the smooth slow speed motor control.

We offer a light modification for this BL Class to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation.

We are able to modify the Austrains BL Class locomotives and can offer up to 12 individual light functions for greater flexibility when operating your BL Class model. These modifications can be made when using the ESU 4.0 version decoders.

Factory Lighting

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

For an upgrade to a 12 Function Ultimate Light Modification and you will have total control of all the lights in the Austrains BL Class model.

Included in this upgrade are the light modifications from Standard and Standard PLUS options to give all 10 individual light functions plus the addition of adding lights to both cabs with optional quality crew figures and this does look impressive!

This option is intended for models that come with Ditch Lights.

With our light modifications you can operate the lights on your model locomotive just like the real thing!

We have an created a custom sound project for the BL Class with the sounds of the EMD 16-645E3B engine and now with our lighting modifications you can finally own a great sounding BL Class with a more prototypical lighting operation.

The DCC Solutions BL Class Custom Sound Project - EMD 16-645E3B Turbo

is packed with sounds and features!

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these new features:

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.

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. 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.

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.

Remastered Horn Sounds

A new remastered Leslie SuperTyfon playable and short blast horns.

And includes all these great features to make your Austrains BL Class drive and sound impressive

  • EMD 16-645E3B turbocharged prime mover with Throttle Sensitive Prime Mover Sounds.

  • G Class Short Blast and Playable Horn. Leslie SuperTyfon RS5-T air 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

  • Manual handbrake ratchet and release sound.

  • Directional Coupling and Release with brake line release

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

  • Wheel Flange 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 BL 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 BL Class Models.

  • DCC Solutions High Performance Speaker delivering impressive sound 


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 plus our ESU V4.0 Custom EMD 16-645E3B Sound Project. Includes Cab Lighting

Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU V4.0 sound decoder with 6 Function Lighting Outputs.


Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification

Function                       Description  

0 (HEADLIGHT)        Headlights/Numberboards (Directional Only)

1                              Drive Hold

2 (HORN)                 BL Class Playable Horn

3                              BL Class Short Blast Horn

4                              Proper Working Dynamic Brakes

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

Function                       Description  

15                              Fan

16                              Air Compressor

17                              Manual ratchet handbrake and release

18                              Wheel Flange Squeal

19                              Guard's Whistle

20                              Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

21                              Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

22                              Headlight High Beam On/Off

23                              Cab Door Open/Close

24                              Sanding Valve

25                              Spitters

26                              Short Air Release

27                              Front Headlight (On/Off)

28                              Disable Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Light Modification.

The functions and sounds will be different for other brands of 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.

Options Available

ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom BL 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

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