IDR Models X200 Class DCC Sound Installation
with Stay Alive
Now available with a NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project
including "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature
About the NSW X200
The X200 were a class of rail tractors introduced in 1963 and operated by the New South Wales Government Railways of Australia. They were a development of the smaller and less numerous X100 class. The X200 class remained in service until 1990 when they were either withdrawn or sold off to private companies, and some remain operational today.
Mark 1 series
The Mark 1 series of the X200 class were 3 times more powerful and twice as heavy as the X100 class.
Six were built and numbered X201-X206.
They were built using a number of steam locomotive spare parts using the inner bogies of the AD60 Beyer-Garratt class locomotives, and used spare C36 class locomotive windows in their cabs. Their engines were rated at 190 kW at 2,100 rpm and had a top speed of just 39 km/h.
The addition of a train brake allowed them to be run on the main line and also to be used as replacements for various ageing shunting locomotives. X201 was the first entered service in December 1963. The six Mark 1s were initially used in the Sydney metropolitan network, but did later find their ways beyond this region.
Mark 2 series
The Mark 2 series of the X200 class were different again. Twelve were built and numbered X207-X218.
They were built on the outer bogies of the AD60 Beyer-Garratt class locomotives. Their engines were more powerful, rated at 220 kW at 2,100 rpm, and they had a higher top speed of 51 km/h. This made them more practical for light line use. The exterior design of the Mark 2 was squarer, giving it the appearance of a baby-brother to the 49 class diesel locomotives.
The first six were built in 1967. The second six, being an additional order, were placed into traffic from May 1968, with the final member of the class entering service in December 1968. Despite differences in engine horsepower ratings, both variants were rated as having a tractive effort of 17,750 lbf (79.0 kN). This was more powerful than many of the typical small and workshop steam shunting locomotives of the time.
The X200 class must be considered largely successful, as they began to replace the various ageing steam shunting locomotives in various depots of the time. They were cleaner, more efficient to run, requiring less maintenance, and also giving locomotive crews more comfortable working conditions. Another indicator of the class success is that several examples are still operational.
DCC with Sound and Stay Alive
In February 2016, IDR Models released the Mark 2 Series X200 Class Shunting Locomotive, which includes an 8 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder. In DCC, the Headlights will operate directional. No Marker Lights are fitted to the model. There is extremely limited space inside the model for a sound installation.
For DCC Sound we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom X200 Class Sound Project or the ESU LokPilot 5 for those no requiring sound.
It is also recommended the installation of a DCCS PowerPlus Stay Alive to enable uninterrupted performance at super slow speeds, especially travelling through insulfrog points.
YES... We have been able to fit a sound decoder, speaker, and stay alive inside the body of this tiny model without using the cab space. Simply Amazing!!!
.....and sounds equally impressive!!!
The DCC Solutions NSW X200 Custom Sound Project is packed with
sounds and features not found on other sound decoders
So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions
Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:
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 top speed 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.
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.
Coupling and Release with DCCS Shunting Mode
Activate coupling or release and your locomotive will automatically reduce its speed to allow for a more realistic coupling or release operation. Once the coupling operation is completed, your locomotive will automatically stop while once uncoupled will continue to run at slow speed for a few more seconds before returning to the speed set on your throttle.
And includes all these great features to make your IDR Models X200 Class drive and sound impressive
Sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the IDR Models X200 using the DCC Solutions speaker
Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements
Motor settings tuned to provide fantastic Slow Speed motor performance
Full 28 function button remapping to suit your personal requirements
DCC Solutions High-Performance Speaker delivering impressive sound
DCC INSTALLATION OPTIONS
Standard DCC Installation: ESU Non-sound decoder
Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSW X200 Sound Project with a DCCS PowerPlus Stay Alive
DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels
Premium Sound Installation and Stay Alive using the ESU LokSound 5
F1 Drive Hold - Full Throttle
F3 High Beam Headlight
F5 Coasting On Demand
F7 Brake Squeal on Deceleration
F8 Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down
F9 Reserved - For Light Mods
F10 Reserved - For Light Mods
F11 Reserved - For Light Mods
F12 Reserved - For Light Mods
F13 Reserved - For Light Mods
F14 Reserved - For Light Mods
F17 Coupling /Uncoupling + DCCS Shunting Mode
F18 Wheel Squeal
F19 Guard's Whistle
F21 Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%
F22 Front Headlight
F23 Cab Window Open/Close
F25 Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%
F26 Short Air Release
F27 Cab Door
F28 Rail Clank
Note: The above functions are for the LokSound 5 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Stay Alive Device
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.