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Eureka 38 Class DCC Sound Installation

New Custom 38 Class Sound Project Now Available
Suitable for 38 Class models by Eureka, Bergs, DJH and Samhongsa

About the 38 Class

The C38 was a class of coal burning, steam locomotives built for the New South Wales Government Railways in Australia, between January 1943 and November 1949. The 30 locomotives in the class were designed to haul express trains and were the only New South Wales locomotives to use the popular Pacific 4-6-2 wheel arrangement. The C38 were the last steam locomotives built for passenger train operation as all subsequent deliveries being specifically for freight haulage.

In May 1939 an order for the first five 38 class locomotives was placed with and built by Clyde Engineering which had the distinctive streamlined boiler casing. They suffered many delays during construction, mostly due to resource shortages caused by World War II. 

The remaining 25 locomotives were built between the New South Wales Government Railways' Eveleigh Railway Workshops (13 even number locomotives) and Cardiff Locomotive Workshops (12 odd numbered locomotives). These 25 locomotive were built as unstreamlined versions,

The Clyde Engineering built C38's were delivered in wartime grey. Following the end of the war, all 5 were repainted green as were the 25 unstreamlined locomotives from new. In the 1950's all were repainted black except 3813.

Among the services they initially hauled were the Central West Express, Newcastle Flyer, Melbourne Limited, Riverina Express and South Coast Daylight Express as well as the overnight mail trains. Because of their axle load they were confined to operating between Port Kembla, Albury, Dubbo and Maitland.

Following the arrival of the 42, 43 and 44 classes of diesel locomotives in the 1950's, these began to take over but the 38 class continued to haul many services. After the electrification of the Main Western line to Lithgow in 1957 and the Main North line to Gosford in January 1960 the 46 class electrics took over but the 38's still operated the Central West Express between Lithgow and Orange into the 1960's and the Newcastle Flyer between Gosford and Newcastle until December 1970. In August 1970, 3801 hauled the Western Endeavour to Perth following the completion of the standard gauge Trans-Australian Railway with 3813 assisting as far as Port Pirie.

They also began to haul lesser passenger and freight trains. In April 1962, locomotives 3830 and 3813 hauled the inaugural standard gauge Spirit of Progress from Albury to Sydney. The first C38's to be withdrawn were 3805 and 3826 in 1961 with the last 3820 withdrawn in December 1970. Although 3801 was already withdrawn by this time, it did return to service and continued working past 1970. Of the 30 locomotives built, 26 were scrapped and 3801, 3812, 3820, 3830 were preserved.

3801 is arguably Australia's most famous steam locomotive, being the only one to have visited all main line states and territories. It was the first engine completed late in 1942 and entered service on 22nd January 1943 to little fanfare. It became known at the time as the Grey Nurse due to its drab, all grey colour scheme due to the wartime economy. In early 1947 it was given a heavy overhaul and was painted in its standard colour scheme of green with yellow lining. In 1955 it was overhauled again, being painted black with red lining as a cost-cutting measure. In December 1956 the popular 3801 was the first in its class to have traveled 1.61 million kilometres. In early 1963 it was given a major overhaul during which it was repainted green. It was often used on special services operated by railway heritage organisations, the most famous being a non-stop run from Sydney to Newcastle on 28 June 1964. Just failing to break the two-hour barrier, this remained the fastest journey from Sydney to Newcastle by rail (2 hours 1 minute 51 seconds) until bettered by an XPT in 1988. From October 1965 until January 1975, 3801 was found on several occasion to have boiler problems which led to it being withdrawn, repaired and returned to service. 3801 returned to service on 6th January 1975 and was then used on tours until December 1976, when more boiler problems led to its final withdrawal.
3801 was sent to the Hunter Valley Training Company on the 20th November 1983 for restoration. By November 1986, it was back on the rails operating heritage trains throughout New South Wales, During the Australian Bicentenary celebrations in 1988, it operated an extensive program across Australia visiting every mainland capital accessible by rail including another trip to Perth in April/May 1988. In October 1988 the Flying Scotsman arrived from England and for much of its year long tour across Australia was accompanied by 3801. The locomotive continued to haul day trips and longer excursions until withdrawn from service for a major overhaul at the end of 2007. In September 2015, Transport Heritage NSW announced that 3801 would return to service in 2017.

About the Eureka 38 Class DCC Sound Installation

Eureka Models released the NSWGR 38 Class RTR model with a non-sound version and the QSI sound equipped DCC versions. The model came with a working headlight. The non sound versions included an 8 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder. 

For this installation we have chosen the ESU LokSound Range decoders, such as the LokSound V4.0 (Sound) and for those not interested in sound the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound). We have created a great sounding 38 Class Sound Project for the LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder that will have your 38 Class model sounding like a 38.

The DCC Solutions 38 Class Custom Sound Project packed with sounds and features!

Our New Custom Sound Project is now available

While this sound project has been setup for use with the Eureka Models 38 Class is can also be used for Bergs, DJH and Samhongsa

New Headlight Operation

We have also modified the headlight operation to resemble prototypical operation.

In the past you would have turned off the sound (Pressing F8) and all the sounds including the generator would stop playing but your headlight would remain on and you would have to turn it off separately. Well no more...

Press the headlight button (F0) to turn on the generator. The headlight won't turn on until enough power has been generated to turn the light on dimmed. While the generator is on the headlight stays on. If you press F8 to shut down and turn the loco sound off which will include the generator then the headlight will also turn off even if you haven't turned the headlight off itself using the headlight button.

Also added are:

 ·  High Beam Headlight Function allowing you switch the headlight from low beam to high beam and a press of a button.

·   Optional Low Beam headlight when reversing

3801 Whistle

We have a new remastered recording of the 3801 whistle that will turn heads when you sound it.

Cold and Hot Boiler Start Up Sequences

Now with two options for you to start up your steam loco.

Cold Boiler Start Up Sequence including boiler water fill, fire up sequence and correct boiler pressure reached before moving off.

Hot Boiler Start Up Sequence allows you to go straight to waiting for correct boiler pressure to be reach before moving off. 

The Sound Project includes all these great features to make your 38 Class Locomotive drive and sound impressive.

·  Cold Boiler Start Up Sequence including boiler water fill, fire up sequence, boiler pressure reached before moving off.

·  Optional Quick Hot Boiler Start Up Sequence - Straight to waiting for boiler pressure to be reach before moving off.

·  Playable 3801 Whistle

·  NSWGR Compressor

·  Playable stationary boiler/steam sounds including random sounds.

·  Random Drive Sounds including track squeal, compressor, injectors, coal shoveling, and more.

·  Individual Coupling and Release Options depending on the locomotive's direction.

·  Water filling tender sounds.

·  Generator controlled Headlight with delay. The headlight is activated by the generator sound rather than the light turning on the        generator.

·  When the loco stops after braking the compressor cuts in.

·  Guard's Whistle

·  High Beam Headlight Function allowing you switch the headlight from low beam to high beam and back.

·  Optional low beam headlight when reversing

·  Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Eureka and Samhongsa 38 Class Locomotive Model.

·  Slow Speed motor performance 

·  Individual master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal running requirements.

·  Full 28 function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.

·  DCC Solutions High Performance Speaker delivering impressive sound.


Standard DCC Installation: Non sound decoder

Standard Sound Installation: ESU SELECT, Soundtraxx ECONAMI or TCS WOW Steam Sound Decoder with generic US factory steam sounds.

Premium Sound Installation: ESU V4.0 sound decoder with our Custom 38 Class Steam Sound Project.

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification:  Upgrade the lighting with the DCC Solutions Light Modification of installing LED red and white marker lights in the tender. This allows white markers at the rear when the locomotive is running in reverse and red markers when the locomotive is running light.

Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU V4.0 Sound Decoder


Premium Sound Installation and Light Modifications

Function                      Description

      0 (HEADLIGHT)          Generator/ Dimmed Headlight

      1                             Reserved

      2 (WHISTLE)               Playable Whistle

      3                             Coupling (Reverse) /Uncoupling (Forward)

      4                             Steam Release

      5                             NSW Guard's Whistle

      6                             High Beam Headlight

      7                             Shunting Mode/Reduces Speed 50%  

      8                             Cold Boiler Start Up Sound On/Off/Mute

      9                             Reserved (Light Mod)

    10                             Rear Red Markers                          [Optional]

    11                              Rear White Markers                       [Optional]

    12                             Reserved (Light Mod)

    13                             Injectors

    14                             Hot Boiler Start Up Sound On/Off/Mute

Function                      Description
    15                             Blower

    16                             Compressor

    17                             Tender Water Fill

    18                             Wheel Flange Squeal

    19                             Reserved

    20                             Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

    21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

    22                             Dimmed Headlight in Reverse

    23                             Coal Shovelling

    24                             Sanding Valve

    25                             Safety Valves

    26                             Front Headlight No Generator (Silent Running)

    27                             Ash Pan Empty

    28                             Disable Brake Sound

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom Sound Project. 

The functions and sounds will be different for the LokSound Select, Soundtraxx Econami, TCS WOW 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 NSWGR 38 Class Sound Project

ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder programmed with ESU generic US sound file

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

Alternate Brand of Sound or non Sound Decoders.

Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations