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Trainorama 42 Class DCC Sound Installation

Now available with NEW a Remastered 
Custom Sound Project including 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 All were withdrawn in 1983.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 easily fitting a DCC decoder plus a 4 pin sound ready speaker socket with two 8 ohm speakers making it a simple solution for sound. However, for better quality sound using the factory installed speakers we need to install custom speaker sound enclosures specially designed for this model, to eliminate the sound waves produced  from the back of the speaker, mixing with the sound waves produced from the front of the speaker. Avoiding this will produce sound that has less volume, lower bass and will sound “tinny”. The sound difference is remarkable and will make your Trainorama 42 Class loco a stand-out and impressive sounding loco.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) with our Custom Sound Project for the 42 Class or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.  We offer several different options of DCC installations for this model to suit all budgets and 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 NSW 42 Class Custom Sound Project - EMD 16-567C
is packed with sounds and features n
ot found on other sound decoders

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these new 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

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 motor 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.

Remastered Horn Sounds
A new remastered NSWGR Nathan P5 playable and short blast horn
Coupling and Release with Shunting Mode
Activate coupling or release and your loco will automatically reduce it's speed to allow for 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.
And includes all these great features to make your Trainorama 42 Class drive and sound impressive.
  • EMD 16-567C Roots Blower Prime Mover.
  • Short Blast and Playable Horn - NSWGR Nathan P5
  • Random Start-up sequences including Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start.
  • 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.
  • 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: The prime mover winds down to idle, fans activate and brakes faster due to Dynamic Brake motor logic 
  • 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.
  • Directional Coupling and Release with brake line release with 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)
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Trainorama 42 Class Locomotive Model.
  • 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.
  • This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of 42 Class Models.

INSTALLATION FEATURES

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

Standard Sound Installation: ESU Select decoder or alternate brand of sound decoder with factory generic sound. No lighting modifications.

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound V4.0 sound decoder with our custom "Full Throttle" EMD 16-567C sound project.

Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU V4.0 Sound Decoder

SOUND and OUTPUT FUNCTION LABELS

Premium Sound Installation

Function                      Description   
      0  (HEADLIGHT)         Directional Headlights

      1                             Full Throttle Drive Hold

      2  (HORN)                 NSWGR Nathan P5 Playable Horn

      3                             NSWGR Nathan P5 Short Blast

      4                             Dynamic Brakes

      5                             Coasting on Demand

      6                             Brake

      7                             Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%               

      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 forFront Red Markers

    13                             Reserved for Directional Markers Lights

    14                             Coupling /Uncoupling + Shunting Mode

Function                      Description 
    15                             Fan   

    16                             Air Compressor

    17                             Hand Brake Ratchet Set/Release

    18                             Wheel Squeal

    19                             NSWGR Guard's Whistle

    20                             Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

    21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

    22                             High Beam Headlight On/Off

    23                             Cab Door Open/Close

    24                             Sanding Valve

    25                             Spitter Valves

    26                             Short Air Release

    27                             Front Headlight On/Off

    28                             Disable Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Light Modification.
The functions and sounds will be different for the LokSound Select Decoder. 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 V4.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom 42 Class Sound Project

ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder programmed with ESU generic sound file

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