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Trainorama 42 Class DCC Sound Installation

Now available with our NEW Remastered
ESU LokSound 5 Custom Sound Project 
with the "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature.

About the NSWGR 42 Class Locomotive

The 42 class were a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the New South Wales Government Railways in 1955/56 with only six locomotives being built. They were powered with the EMD 16-567C Roots Blown Prime Mover with a top speed of 114 km/h.

The design was based on the American Electro-Motive Diesel EMD F7 locomotive and were very similar to the GM class then being built by Clyde Engineering for the Commonwealth Railways.
They initially worked express passenger services including the Brisbane Limited, Intercapital Daylight and Melbourne Limited and later the Southern Aurora and Spirit of ProgressAs newer locomotives arrived they were concentrated on the Main South line operating freight services.
By April 1978, the Australian Federated Union of Enginemen had placed a ban on the 42 class operating as lead engines due to cab conditions. In 1980, 4201 had its cab upgraded during overhaul to overcome these issues, but with their replacement imminent it was decided not to upgrade the rest of the 42 class. All were withdrawn in 1983.
Three have been preserved and are still operational 4201, 4204 and 4206 with 4202, 4203 and 4205 all scrapped.

DCC with Sound

The Trainorama 42 Class was released in May 2010 and includes an 8 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder plus a 4 pin sound ready speaker socket with two 8 ohm speakers making it a simple solution for sound. In DC/DCC the headlights operate directional.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our Custom Sound Project for the 42 Class or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.  We can supply the decoders only for the DIY installers.


We have tweaked the motor control of the ESU decoder to provide super slow smooth speed which is perfect for shunting operations allowing the loco to move ever so slowly towards its rolling stock. Also, for those wanting the locomotive to move off slowly and build up speed like the prototype. You will be impressed with the smooth slow speed motor control.

The DCC Solutions 41 Class 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 great features:

Full Throttle – Drive Hold

This feature allows you to simulate a loaded or empty 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. This exciting, new feature gives the operator the ability to have the train crawl in notch 8 or coast at 100 km/h. Release the Drive Hold function button and you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed and motion. 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 fitted sound will not stop your loco at speed step 0 or by trying to use the brake with the drive hold on. So watch out you don't crash your loco.

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 and the sound will exit and return to whatever speed is set when exiting.

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.

Working Dynamic Brake

Apply the Dynamic Brakes and the Prime Mover will wind down to idle while the Dynamic Fans engage to assist with cooling. Reduce the throttle and the decoder's dynamic braking logic will reduce your speed faster than normal. Disengage Dynamic Braking and the primer mover will returned to it's notched speed and the fans will turn off. 

Random Start-up Sequences with Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Now with random start-up sequences including hot or cold engine starts 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 Shunting Mode
Activate coupling or release and your loco will automatically reduce its speed to allow for a more realistic coupling or release operation. Once the operation is completed your loco will continue to run at slow speed for a few more seconds before returning to the speed set on your throttle.

Manual Notching

For those who really want to drive their train and manually control the notching rather than letting the decoder do it.

Remastered Horn Sounds
A new remastered NSWGR Nathan P5 playable and short blast horn
Random Sounds
While the factory fitted sound will only offer you 1-2 random sound, DCC Solutions will have up to 12 random sounds that will play when either the loco is stopping or moving as we have been doing for years in all our Custom Sound Projects.
And includes all these great features to make your Trainorama 42 Class drive and sound impressive.
  • EMD 16-567C Roots Blower Prime Mover.
  • Random Start-up sequences including Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start
  • Short Blast and Playable Horn - NSWGR Nathan P5
  • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops including Brake Squeal
  • Random Stopping Sounds 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.
  • Speed sensitive Wheel Squeal and Rail Noise when the loco moves off.
  • Full Throttle Drive Hold - Lock the loco speed and control the sound independently to simulate a heavy loaded or empty train
  • Proper Working Dynamic Brakes: When engaged the prime mover winds down to idle as the Dynamic Brake Fan runs and the engine               brakes faster due to Dynamic Brake motor logic of the ESU decoder. Disengage and the prime mover will shift back to its prior notch               and continues along.
  • Coasting On Demand
  • Working Brake to bring your locomotive to a stop even when Full Throttle Drive Hold is active unlike other ESU sound files.
  • Manual Notching - manually control the notching rather than letting the decoder do it
  • Directional Coupling and Release with brake line release plus auto active shunting mode to reduce the speed of the loco for shunting.
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases and more!
  • Manual Ratchet Handbrake
  • Low beam to High beam Headlight operation
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Trainorama 42 Class Locomotive Model.
  • Individual master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements.
  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.
  • This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of NSW 42 Class Models.

INSTALLATION FEATURES

Standard DCC Installation: Non-sound decoder with no lighting modifications.

Standard Sound Installation: Alternate brand of sound decoder with factory generic sound. No lighting modifications.

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder with our custom "Full Throttle" EMD 16-567C sound project.

Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU LokSound 5 Sound Decoder

SOUND and OUTPUT FUNCTION LABELS

Premium Sound Installation

Function                      Description   
      0 (HEADLIGHT)          Directional Headlights

      1                             Full Throttle Drive Hold

      2 (HORN)                  Horn

      3                             High Beam Headlight

      4                             Dynamic Brakes

      5                             Coasting on Demand

      6                             Brake

      7                             Brake Squeal on Deceleration

      8                             Prime Mover Cold/Hot Start Up/Shut Down

      9                             Reserved - For Front White Markers

    10                             Reserved - For Rear Red Markers

    11                             Reserved - For Rear White Markers 

    12                             Reserved - For Front Red Markers

    13                             Reserved - For Directional Markers Lights

    14                             Reserved - For Light Mods

Function                      Description 
    15                             Fan   

    16                             Compressor

    17                             Coupling /Uncoupling + Shunting Mode

    18                             Wheel Squeal

    19                             Guard's Whistle

    20                             Sanding Valve

    21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

    22                             Front Headlight

    23                             Manual Handbrake Ratchet

    24                             Spitter Valves

    25                             Manual Notching

    26                             Notch Up / Short Air Release

    27                             Notch Down / Cab Door

    28                             Rail Clank

Note: The above functions are for the ESU LokSound 5 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Light Modifications
 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 5 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom 42 Class Sound Project

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

Alternative brands of Sound and Non Sound Decoders of your choice.

Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations