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Ixion Models 32 Class Steam Locomotive

DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications

Now available with a NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project

including "Full Throttle - Heavy Load" feature

Also suitable for Bergs and DJH Models

About the NSWGR 32 Class Locomotive

The C32 class were a class of steam locomotives built for the New South Wales Government Railways of Australia, with the first batch of 50 locomotives delivered between February 1892 and July 1983 by Beyer, Peacock and Company. They were introduced as the "P" Class. Further, orders for the 32 Class saw a total of 191 of them being built by several builders including Beyer, Peacock and Company (106), Baldwin Locomotive Works (20), Clyde Engineering (45) and Eveleigh Railway Workshops (20) with the last locomotive being delivered in April 1911. The initial 50 were built with six wheel tenders, the remainder with eight wheel bogie tenders. Many of the originals were later equipped with bogie tenders, however a number of the class kept the shorter tenders to enable them to be turned on the 50-foot (15.24 m) turntables at certain locations as the bogie tenders were too long.

The 32 Class became the universal workhorse of the NSW railways. They worked express passenger and local passenger services including Newcastle Flyers, Caves Express and the South Coast Daylight Express. They also worked goods and branch line mixed trains across virtually the entire NSW railways.

The first of the 32 class to be withdrawn was 3264 following an accident at Otford in July 1956. Following the arrival of the 48 class diesels from 1959 withdrawals began. On 24 July 1971 the last regularly steam-hauled passenger train in New South Wales was hauled by 3346 from Newcastle to Singleton. In December 1971 3229 (a shunting locomotive at Goulburn Depot) was the last of its class to be withdrawn. 

Of the 191 locomotives only 4 have been preserved 3203, 3214, 3237, 3265. Currently, 3237 and 3265 are still operational.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

Ixion Model Railways released the NSWGR 32 Class Low Frame Steam Locomotive in June 2016. Two tender variations are available, six-wheel and the longer bogie tender. The model is DCC and sound ready - NMRA compliant DCC socket in the tender, and there is provision for a 20 mm round speaker in the tender floor. The model has a working headlight hidden behind a white lens cover, and in reverse has white markers on the rear of the tender. No rear red markers are installed in the tender.

In February 2018, Ixion released another 8 models, including the Green 3306 "Illawarra" and corrected the white headlight lens.

For this installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the 32 Class or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.

DCC Solutions offer a light modification for the Ixion 32 Class

New Headlight Operation

We have modified the headlight operation to resemble the prototypical operation of a real steam locomotive, where the light generator controls the operation rather than the light function. No more turning off the sound and the light stays on waiting for you to turn it off.

Also, added are:

* Automatic High Beam Headlight Function when the locomotive begins to drive. Bring it to a stop and the headlight will return to dim.

* Low Beam Front Headlight when reversing is also available.

Tender Marker Lights

Replace the rear white markers on the tender to dual red/white LEDs to add red markers. 

This allows light engine running with the front headlight and rear red markers. White markers for running in reverse.

The DCC Solutions NSW 32 Class Custom Sound Project is packed with

sounds and features not found on other sound decoders

and will have your model sounding just like a real steam locomotive

So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

Cold and Hot Start Up Sequences

Select the Cold Start Up and you will activate the cold boiler preheat long start to hear the water being pumped into the boiler, the light of a match to start the fire, the sound of the fire crackling, coal shovelling and the sounds of the pressure building up to reach the correct level before commencing to move off. Now that's something you won't hear from other sound decoders!

Select the Hot Start-Up to activate the hot boiler quick start to skip the preheat assuming the correct boiler pressure is almost reached.

Shut down your 32 Class and the sound just doesn't stop. Steam releases and other sounds will be heard as the locomotive shuts down.

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 changes into an intense chuff, so this can simulate a hard-working steam locomotive. This exciting, new feature gives the operator the ability to have the train crawling along the track while producing an intense chuff. 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.

Coasting on Demand

This feature allows you to enter coasting mode whenever you want with a press of a button. The loco will enter the coasting mode and remain in coasting until you turn it off, regardless of changes in the speed. Experiment with turning it on and off while the loco is moving at speed to hear the sound changes of a steam locomotive when you want. With this feature, you can have your model sounding like a real steam locomotive.

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. 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.

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.

Prototypical Headlight Operation

We have also modified the headlight operation to resemble the 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 not anymore...

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 for lighting are:

Automatic High Beam Headlight Function when the locomotive begins to drive. Bring the loco to a stop, and it will return to a dim state.

Low Beam Front Headlight when reversing is also available.

Selectable high to low beam while driving.

Remastered Whistle

A new remastered 32 Class whistle that includes user selectable options

  • Playable with varying starts and ends to the whistle.

  • Three additional versions of the playable whistle

  • A reversing whistle

And includes all these great features to make your Ixion 32 Class drive and sound impressive

  • NSWGR 3265 recorded steam sounds

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

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

  • Full Throttle Heavy Load - Lock the loco speed and control the chuff sound independently to simulate a hard-working locomotive

  • Coasting On Demand

  • Working Brake

  • Brake squeal on deceleration and turns off on acceleration

  • NSWGR 32 Class Whistle with variations including a reversing whistle

  • NSWGR 32 Class Compressor

  • Playable Stop Sounds including boiler/steam sounds, safety values, blower and more

  • Random Drive Sounds including track squeal, compressor, injectors, coal shovelling, and more

  • Individual Coupling and Release Options depending on the locomotive's direction with shunting mode

  • Water filling tender sounds

  • Generator controlled Headlight. The headlight is controlled by the generator sound

  • Automatic High Beam Headlight Function when the locomotive begins to drive and returning to a dim state at stop

  • Optional low beam headlight when reversing or while driving.

  • Guard's Whistle

  • Wheel Squeal and Rail Clanking

  • Can play up to 10 different sounds simultaneously

  • Sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Ixion 32 Class Locomotive Model using the DCC Solutions speaker

  • Motor settings tuned to provide Slow Speed motor performance

  • 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

  • DCC Solutions High-Performance Speaker delivering impressive sound

  • This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of 32 Class Model 


Standard DCC Installation:Non-sound decoder

Premium Sound Installation:ESU LokSound 5 programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSW 32 Class Sound Project.

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification:ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom NSW 32 Class Sound Project and replace the rear white markers with dual red/white LEDs for operating rear red and white marker lights

DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification using the ESU LokSound 5

F0     Headlight - FWD-Bright_REV-Off_STOP-Dim

F1     Drive Hold - Heavy Load

F2     Playable Whistle

F3     Low Beam Headlight while driving

F4     Cylinder Steam Release

F5     Coasting On Demand

F6     Brake

F7     Brake Squeal on Deceleration

F8     Boiler Start Up Sound On/Off/Mute

F9     Directional Rear Marker Lights

F10   Rear Red Markers

F11   Rear White Markers

F12   Reserved (Light Mods)

F13   Headlight - FWD-Bright_REV-Dim_STOP-Dim

F14   Reserved (Light Mods)

F15   Blower

F16   Compressor

F17   Coupling /Uncoupling + DCCS Shunting Mode

F18   Wheel Squeal

F19   Guard's Whistle

F20   Sanding

F21   Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

F22   Headlight On/Off (No Generator for Silent Running)

F23   Tender Water Fill

F24   Injectors

F25   Safety Valves

F26   Coal Shovelling

F27   Shunting Mode

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.

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