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Southern Rail Xplorers/Endeavour DCC Sound Installation

with Lighting Modifications

About the NSW Xplorer/Endeavour
The NSW Xplorer is a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train operated by NSW Railways on country passenger rail services in New South Wales from Sydney to Armidale, Moree, Broken Hill, Griffith and Canberra. The first Xplorers entered service in October 1993, and are mechanically identical to the Endeavours but feature a higher level of passenger amenity than the Endeavour railcars. All 23 carriages were built by ABB Transportation in Dandenong, Victoria

The NSW Endeavour is a Diesel Multiple Unit train operated by NSW TrainLink on passenger rail services in New South Wales on the Hunter Valley, Main Western, Southern Highlands and Illawarra lines. They are mechanically identical to the Xplorers and all 30 carriages were also built by ABB Transportation. Fourteen two-carriage sets were ordered in April 1992 to replace the 620/720 Class railcars, DEB set railcars and locomotive hauled services, with the first entering service in March 1994. In November 1994 one further two-carriage set was ordered.

Each Xplorer and Endeavour car is powered by a Cummins KTA-19R diesel engine rated at 383 kW at 1800 rpm.  Their maximum speed is 160 km/h but in service this is limited to 145 km/h.

About the Xplorer/Endeavour DCC with Sound Installation.

In June 2013, Southern Rail Models released the NSW Xplorer & Endeavour DMU Sets which includes the 21 Pin socket for easily fitting a DCC decoder and one speaker installed making it a simple solution for sound. In the original factory setup, there are some wiring issues which results in the railcars running in the wrong direction as displayed on your controller in both DC and DCC. Also the lights will not operate correctly with the direction of travel. These issues need to be rectified for your model to run correctly. When operating in DC/DCC all the lights operate directional. Interior carriage lighting is also installed. 

We offer a light modification to separate the headlights from the marker and ditch lights for a more prototypical operation as many run without the headlights on during the day. The Markers/Ditch Lights will operate directionally, the Headlights at each end will operate on/off either individually or directionally. The interior lights will operate on/off on a separate function button.


For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound. 

The DCC Solutions Xplorer/Endeavour Custom Sound Project is packed with sounds and features!

Our Custom Sound Project is now available and has been setup for use with the Southern Rail Models Xplorer/Endeavour Railcars

The DCC Solutions NSW Xplorer/Endeavour Custom Sound Project now includes some new features:

Coasting on Demand

The sounds of the railcars coasting are set in our sound project to come on automatically when you decrease the throttle by +10 speed steps quickly. Increasing the speed will exit coasting back to normal running. However, pressing F5 will activate coasting on demand to suit your running environment allowing to control the coasting option which includes variable speed coasting so changes in speed will not turn it off until you turn it off.

Independent Brake

Press the Independent Brake Function button and your railcars will come to a stop at a much shorter distance than if you were to bring them to a stop by reducing the speed throttle. Press the function button to release the brake and your railcars will move off again. 

Move Off and Stopping Sounds
These are all automatic sounds plus some random sounds programmed into our Custom Sound Project that are activated with the moving off and stopping of the railcars to add to the realism.and they can be disable using F28.
Opening and Closing Door Sounds
To add to the realism we have added the opening and closing door sounds incorporated with the Guard's Whistle. Imagine your railcars are waiting at the station, press the door close function button and the Guard's Whistle will sound then the doors will close and your railcars are ready to move off. Stop your railcars at the station and press the open doors to hear the doors open.

And includes all these great features to make your NSW Explorer or Endeavour drive and sound impressive.

  • Cummins 6 cylinder Diesel Prime Mover Sound.
  • Short Blast and Playable Horn.
  • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops including Brake Squeal.
  • When the loco stops after braking the compressor cuts in to fill the reservoir and will turn off when the tanks are full.
  • Random Speed sensitive Wheel Squeal, Wheel Clank and Rail Noises when the loco moves off.
  • Coasting On Demand
  • Working Independent Brake.
  • Doors Opening with Guard's Whistle and Doors Closing Sounds
  • Random Playable Guard's Whistle - Each time you press the optional Guard's Whistle a different whistle will play.
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Optional light modification for individual light control
  • Low beam/High beam Headlight.
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Southern Rail Xplorer/Endeavour Models.
  • Individual master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements.
  • Full 28 function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.


Standard DCC Installation: Non Sound Decoder with no Lighting Modifications.

Standard DCC Installation with Light Modifications: Non Sound Decoder with Light Modifications

Premium Sound Installation: ESU V4.0 sound decoder with our new sound project. No Lighting Modifications.

Premium Sound Installation with Light Modifications: ESU V4.0 sound decoder and we can separate the lights on this model by upgrading the ESU 21 Pin Decoder (4 Functions) to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions 2 Function Power Amplifier that is programmed with our new Custom Sound Project and you will have:

1)  Individual on/off control of the front and rear headlights

2)  Directional control of front/rear marker lights and ditch lights

3)  Individual on/off control of the interior lights.

4) Directional control of the front and rear headlights

5) Low Beam/High Beam Headlight Function


Here is the selection of sounds and functions available using the ESU V4.0 sound decoder with the light modifications.


For the Premium Sound Installation with Light Modifications

Function                   Description   
      0                             Markers and Ditch Lights (Directional)

      1                             Short Horn

      2                             Long Horn

      3                             Doors Opening

      4                             Doors Closing with Guard's Whistle

      5                             Coasting On Demand

      6                             Independent Brake

      7                             Shunting Mode/Reduces Speed 50%               

      8                             Start Up/Shut Down/Mute Sound

      9                             Headlights (Directional)

     10                            Interior Carriage Lights

     11                             Front Headlight (On/Off)

     12                            Rear Headlight (On/Off) 

     13                            Headlight/Markers/Ditch Lights (All Directional)

     14                            Air Release

Function                   Description
    15                             Fan   

    16                             Compressor

    17                             Brake Air Release (off/on)

    18                             Wheel Flange Squeal

    19                             Guard's Whistle 2

    20                             Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

    21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%  

    22                             High Beam Headlight

    23                             Cab Door

    24                             Reserved

    25                             Air Conditioning Compressor

    26                             Rail Clanking

    27                             Rail Noise

    28                             Disable Loco Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom Sound File with Light Modifications
The Function Mapping for the lights will be different for non Light Modification versions.
The functions and sounds can be remapped for personal preference. To learn how to use these functions see the Info & Help page.

                                                        Standard DCC Non Sound Installation with Light Modifications

                                                                   0                      Markers/Ditch Lights (Directional)                            

                                                                   1                      Headlights (Directional)                                                      

                                                                   2                      Interior Lights                                                              

                                                                   3                      Front Headlight (On/Off)     

                                                                   4                      Rear Headlight (On/Off)                                            

                                                                   5                      All Lights (Directional)                                   

                                                                   6                      High Beam Headlight                         

                                                                   7                      Shunting Speed (Reduces Speed 50%)           

                                                                   8                      Reserved                    

                                                                   9                      Reserved