Phoenix Reproductions D3 Steam Locomotive
DCC Sound Installation with Lighting Modifications
Now available with a NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project
including "Full Throttle - Heavy Load" feature
About the VIC D3 Class
From 1929 through to 1951 the Victorian Railways progressively rebuilt 93 Dd class locomotives into the D3 class of engine. These engines featured a new K class design boiler with superheating, and they were fitted with headlights, marker and cab lights.
They were numbered from 606 to 699 and suitable for passenger, mixed and goods traffic and remained in traffic until 1974.
D3 Class Engine 639 was used almost exclusively to haul the Commissioners' inspection trains across the network.
Later, 658 was interchanged and renumbered 639, as the original 639 had suffered serious cracks in its frames.
The D3s were economical and efficient, but also renowned for their superior performance.
They could be worked hard and were a favourite with crews. Although restricted to a maximum permitted speed of 96 km/h, the D3s were known to be capable of up to 120 km/h.
With their ability to travel at relatively high speed and their low axle load, the D3 helped to speed up passenger services on many lightly laid branch lines.
DCC with Sound and Light Modifications
The Phoenix Reproductions D3 Class Locomotive was released in November 2021.
It initially arrived as only a DC model, as the factory sound decoders were not available at the time of final production assembly. These decoders became available several months after the model was released and were offered to sound customers for them to install.
The model is DCC and Sound Ready with a 21 pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder and two speakers are included in the model.
The model has working headlights and marker lights.
Unfortunately, a poor design in the speaker arrangement has resulted in disappointing sound coming from some sound equipped models, and even fitting an aftermarket sound decoder to the DC models can have the same results.
For this installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the VIC D3 Class or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.
DCC Solutions offers improvements for the Phoenix Reproductions D3 Class
New Headlight and Marker Light Operation
DCC Solutions 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.
* Marker Lights can operate like the headlight.
Improved Speaker Arrangement
DCC Solutions have improved the speaker design in the model to improve the sound quality, even on the factory fitted sound.
Custom Built Sound Project
A completely custom-built sound project by DCC Solutions that contains recorded sounds with customised sound programming plus extra features that are not available on the factory sound project that will make your D3 Class model a uniquely, impressive driving and sounding loco that will turn heads!
Even the sound equipped models can be upgraded to the DCC Solutions Custom Sound Project to give a better sound project than the factory original.
The DCC Solutions VIC D3 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
Factory Fitted Sound only offers very basic sound and features
So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions
Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:
Custom Built VIC D3 Class Sound Project
This is not the factory sound project but a completely custom-built sound project by DCC Solutions that contains additional sounds with customised sound programming plus extra features not available on the factory sound project that will make your VIC D3 Class model a uniquely, impressive driving and sounding loco with prototypical lighting operation that will turn heads!
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 loco 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.
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.
Light Modifications for individual DCC controlled headlights and marker lights (Optional)
A new remastered Nathan VR 5 chime D3 Class whistle that includes user selectable options
Playable with varying starts and ends to the whistle.
Four additional versions of the playable whistle
A reversing whistle
So don't just accept the plain, repetitive sounding whistle that's on the factory supplied sound, get one that's more realistic to the real Victorian D3 Locomotive.
And includes all these great features to make your Phoenix D3 Class drive and sound impressive
Victorian D3 Steam 4-6-0 Locomotive DCC Solutions Custom Built Sound Project
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
Driving and Coast on Demand allows you to drive your model like a real steam locomotive
Brake Squeal on deceleration and turns off on acceleration
Victorian D3 Short Blast and Playable Whistle
Victorian D3 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 DCCS 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
Wheel Squeal and Rail Clanking
Shunting mode for slow speed shunting operations
Can play up to 10 different sounds simultaneously
Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Phoenix Reproductions D3 Class locomotive model
Slow Speed Motor settings for improved performance
Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements
Full 28 function button remapping to suit your personal requirements
DCC INSTALLATION OPTIONS
Standard DCC Installation: Non-sound decoder
Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom VIC D3 Class Sound Project.
Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom VIC D3 Class Sound Project with separated headlight and marker lights for individual DCC control.
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
F7 Brake Squeal on Deceleration
F8 Boiler Start Up Sound On/Off/Mute
F9 Front White Markers
F10 Rear Red+White Markers
F11 Rear White Markers
F12 Front Red+White Markers
F13 Front Headlight - FWD-Bright_REV-Dim_STOP-Dim
F14 Rear Headlight - REV-Bright_FWD-Dim_STOP-Dim
F17 Coupling /Uncoupling + DCCS Shunting Mode
F18 Wheel Squeal
F19 Guard's Whistle
F21 Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%
F22 Front Headlight On/Off (No Generator for Silent Running)
F23 Tender Water Fill
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.