Austrains X - Diesel Locomotive
DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications
Now available with our NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project
including "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature
About the Victorian X Class
The X class are a class of mainline diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville and Rosewater for the Victorian Railways between 1966 and 1976.
First Series - X31 to X36
The first batch of six were built in 1966 with mostly the same mechanics as the S class but with a hood type of body and entered service in the second half of 1966 and they hauled passenger and freight services throughout Victoria. On the broad gauge they operated with the ten broad gauge S Class locomotives, with typical assignments being the Adelaide freights, and associated passenger working like The Overland and The Vinelander. However, it was rare for them to venture out to Gippsland until the late 1970s.
Second Series - X37 to X44
Only a few years after the delivery of X36, additional locomotives were needed due to increased traffic volumes. Clyde Engineering was the only company to submit a tender for the contract. The tender was essentially for an upgraded version of the X Class, this time with at least 2,000 hp and, for the first time, crew comfort was taken into consideration. The 2nd series was delivered with the newly developed EMD 16-645E engine at 2,200 hp in place of the 16-567 and the eight new locomotives were delivered across 1969–1970.
Third Series - X45 to X54
With further increases in rail traffic and the fact that the earlier diesel-electric locomotives were soon coming due for major overhauls, there were no spare locomotive power to fill the gaps in the rosters, a third tender for 10 more X Class locomotives closed on 20 February 1974. This time Comeng, offered their standard ALCO locomotive while Clyde Engineering offer was similar to the 2nd Series X Class locomotives they previously built including the EMD 16-645E engine. The ALCO offer totalled about $3.75 million against Clyde's $3.95 million, but the ALCO offer was rejected on grounds of much higher maintenance and running costs. The ten new locomotives were delivered across 1975–1976
This series of locomotives were normally used on the interstate runs, where multiple engines were required, and about half the class spent extended periods on standard gauge. They were the first Victorian Railways class of engine allowed to run in revenue service from Albury to Sydney from December 1982.
DCC with Sound and Light Modifications
In 2004, Austrains released the X Class 2nd and 3rd Series locomotive, which includes an 8 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder with no provision for a speaker. The model only comes with incandescent light bulbs for the front and rear headlight.
In 2005, 2007 and in 2009, Austrains released more models of their X class which had the same features as the original release.
For this DCC installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the VIC X Class or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.
We offer a light modification for the Austrains X Class to install LED headlights
Here at DCC Solutions, we offer a lighting upgrade for the Austrains X Class to replace both headlight bulbs with LEDs.
The DCC Solutions Victorian X Class Custom Sound Project
is packed with sounds and features not found on other sound decoders,
especially factory fitted sound
Factory Fitted Sound only offers you the very basic sound
So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions
Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:
Custom Built Victorian X Class Sound Project
This is not just a basic factory sound project but two completely custom-built sound project by DCC Solutions that contains recorded sounds with customised sound programming plus extra features that will make your Victorian X Class Austrains model a uniquely, impressive driving and sounding loco that will turn heads!
Two Sound Projects Available:
EMD 16-567E Prime Mover Sound (X31-36) First Series
EMD 16-645E Prime Mover Sound (X37-54) Second and Third Series
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 locomotive. This exciting feature gives the operator the ability to have the loco crawling in notch 8 or coasting at 100 km/h 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 loco 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.
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.
Working Dynamic Brake
Apply the Dynamic Brakes and the Prime Mover will wind down to idle and slow up, then the Dynamic Fans engage to assist with cooling. Reduce the throttle, and the decoder's dynamic braking logic will reduce your speed faster than normal. Disengage Dynamic Braking and the primer mover will return 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, 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
New remastered RVB Hurricane 3 Chime Series or Nathan P5 playable and short blast horn.
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.
For those who really want to drive their train and manually control the notching rather than letting the decoder do it.
And includes all these great features to make your Austrains X Class model drive and sound impressive
Victorian X31-X36 Class 1st Series EMD 16-567E Custom Built Sound Project
DCC INSTALLATION AND MODIFICATION FEATURES
Standard DCC Installation: Non-sound decoder with no lighting modifications
Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder with our Custom VIC X Class Sound Project-No light modifications
Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgrade the headlights to LEDs plus our ESU LokSound 5 Custom VIC X Class Sound Project
DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels
Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification using the ESU LokSound 5
F0 Directional Headlights
F1 Full Throttle Drive Hold
F2 VIC X Class Horn
F3 High Beam Headlight
F4 Dynamic Brake
F5 Coasting on Demand
F7 Brake Squeal on Deceleration
F8 Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down/Mute
F9 Reserved (Light Mods)
F10 Reserved (Light Mods)
F11 Reserved (Light Mods)
F12 Reserved (Light Mods)
F13 Reserved (Light Mods)
F14 Reserved (Light Mods)
F17 Coupling /Uncoupling + DCCS Shunting Mode
F18 Wheel Squeal
F19 Guard's Whistle
F20 Sanding Valve
F21 Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%
F22 Front Headlight
F23 Manual Handbrake Ratchet Set/Release
F24 Spitter Valves
F25 Manual Notching
F26 Notch Up / Short Air Release
F27 Notch Down / 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.