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Trainorama 49 Class Diesel Locomotive 
DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications

Now available with our NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project

including “Full Throttle – Drive Hold” feature

About the NSW 49 Class Locomotive

The 49 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the New South Wales Government Railways between 1960 and 1964 with a total of 18 units built but ordered in three batches each of six locomotives.


When the 49 Class entered service on the 29th September 1960 they were originally purchased to dieselise the then uneconomical line to Broken Hill. Initially with the entire class to be based at Parkes in the Western Region of New South Wales, they eventually travelled on all branch lines as well as mainlines west of Lithgow. They periodically travelled as far as Moree in the north-west and Cootamundra in the south-west, and they hauled anything from a block wheat trains, to a mixed good and even the Central West Express on occasions.

Between July and November 1989 the whole class were transferred to Delec Locomotive Depot in Sydney. As well as metropolitan trip workings, they were used on coal trains to Tahmoor on the Main South Line. In January 1994 they began to operate on the Illawarra line to Bombo on ballast trains.

In June 1994, the Manildra Group leased, 4907 from FreightCorp for use at its Gunnedah mill. Later that year, Manildra purchased 4907 along with 4913 and had them rebuilt by Clyde Engineering, Kelso with lower No.1 ends, the second being for use at their Manildra mill.

To haul infrastructure trains in Victoria during the Melbourne-Adelaide railway standard gauge conversion project, 4903, 4912 and 4916 were leased to National Rail also in late 1994. In February 1995, the remaining locomotives that were still in service with FreightCorp were withdrawn. Most were returned to traffic later in 1995 before again being withdrawn in July 1997. In April 1998, 4910 was leased for seven months to Northern Rivers Railroad hauling services between Grafton and Murwillumbah.

By 1999, FreightCorp began to sell the remaining 49 Class locomotives to a number of owners, including Southern Shorthaul Railroad and Northern Rivers Railroad. The following 4903, 4906, 4916, 4918 were preserved and are operated by the Lachlan Valley Railway, New South Wales Rail Transport Museum and 3801 Limited.

Seven remain in operation 4904, 4907, 4908, 4910, 4911, 4913, 4917 and five have been scrapped 4901, 4909, 4912, 4914, 4915. The final two units, 4902 is stored, while 4905 is static.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In February 2008, Trainorama released the 49 Class locomotive, which included an 8 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder and a factory fitted speaker. Fitted with LED headlights plus white and red marker lights. In DC/DCC, all lights operate directional.

In May 2023, Trainorama released an updated model of their 49 Class locomotive, which included a 21 Pin Socket for DCC and a factory fitted speaker. This model included LED headlights, white/red marker lights and numberboards.


For this DCC installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the NSW 49 Class or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.


We offer a light modification for this Trainorama 49 Class to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation

Standard factory lighting in the model has all lights “ON” in the direction of travel, with this requiring just 2 function lighting outputs in DCC.

2015 Release – Upgrade from the factory standard 2 to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions light modification where we will separate the headlights, white markers and red markers lights for individual DCC control.

2023 Release – Upgrade from the factory standard 2 to 8 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions light modification where we will separate the headlights, white markers, red markers lights plus the numberboards for individual DCC control.


These light modifications will provide more prototypical NSWGR practice lighting operation when running your Trainorama 49 Class model. Directional light control will still be available.

The DCC Solutions NSW 49 Class Custom Sound Project

is packed with sounds and features not found on other sound decoders,

especially factory fitted sound

Factory Fitted Sound only offers very basic sound + features

So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions

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 can be controlled independently by adjusting the speed on the throttle, so this can simulate a hard-working locomotive. This exciting feature gives the operator the ability to have the loco crawling in notch 8 or coasting at 100 km/h along the track. 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, which can damage your model because you ran into something.

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, the sound will return to the speed that's 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. The brake can also be used while driving to slow the locomotive up.

Dynamic Brake Logic

There are no Dynamic Brakes on a 49 Class Locomotive, however we have included Dynamic Brake Logic in this sound project to allow your 49 Class loco to run in a trailing consist with other locos that may have Dynamic Brakes.

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.

Random Start-up Sequences with Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Now, with random start-up sequences, 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 WABCo A/B Series playable and short blast horn.

Random Sounds

While the factory fitted sound will only offer you 1-2 random sounds, DCC Solutions will have up to 10 random sounds that will play when either the loco is stopping or moving, to create even more realism to running your model.

Manual Notching

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

And includes all these great features to make your Trainorama 49 Class drive and sound impressive

  • EMD 8-567C Roots Blower NSW 49 Class Custom Built Sound Project

  • NSWGR WABCo Pneuphonic A/B Long and Short Horn

  • 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, control the sound independently to simulate a heavy loaded or empty train

  • 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

  • Dynamic Brake Logic to allow your 49 Class loco to run in a trailing consist with other locos that may have Dynamic Brakes

  • Directional Coupling and Release with brake line release plus auto active shunting mode to reduce the speed of the loco

  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases and more!

  • NSW 49 class compressor

  • Wheel Squeal

  • Brake Squeal on deceleration and off on acceleration

  • Guard's Whistle

  • Manual Notching – Manually control the notching rather than letting the decoder do it for you

  • And more (See below for full list)

  • Modified Lighting Option for more prototypical light operation

  • Low beam to High beam Headlight operation

  • Motor settings tuned for slow speed performance, perfect for shunting

  • Sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Trainorama 49 Class Locomotive Model using the DCC Solutions speaker

  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously

  • Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements

  • DCC Solutions High Performance Dynamic Twin Speaker producing fantastic sound

  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements

  • This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of 49 Class Models


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

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder with our Custom NSW 49 Class Sound Project

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgrade to 6 or 8 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification to separate all lighting for individual function control on your DCC throttle, plus our ESU LokSound 5 Custom 49 Class Sound Project

DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification using the ESU LokSound 5

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.

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

F0    Directional Headlights

F1    Full Throttle Drive Hold

F2    NSWGR WABCo Pneuphonic A/B Horn

F3    High Beam Headlight

F4    Dynamic Brake Logic as a Trailing Unit

F5    Coasting on Demand

F6    Brake

F7    Brake Squeal on Deceleration

F8    Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down/Mute

F9    Front White Markers On/Off

F10  Rear Red Markers On/Off

F11  Rear White Markers On/Off

F12  Front Red Markers On/Off

F13  Directional Marker Lights

F14  Numberboard Lights (2023 Release)

F15  Fan

F16  Compressor

F17  Coupling /Uncoupling + DCCS Shunting Mode

F18  Wheel Squeal

F19  Guard's Whistle

F20  Sanding Valve

F21  Volume Fader – Reduces Sound 50%

F22  Front Headlight

F23  Manual Handbrake Ratchet

F24  Spitter Valves

F25  Manual Notching

F26  Notch Up / Short Air Release

F27  Notch Down / Cab Door

F28  Rail Clank

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