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Trainorama 49 Class
DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications

Now available with a NEW Remastered
Custom Sound Project including the 
"Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature.

Suitable for 49 Class models by Trainorama, Bergs
Auscision "O" Scale

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 traveled 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 goods 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In February 1995, the remaining locomotives that were still in service with FreightCorp were withdrawn. Most were returned to traffic later in 1995 before again being withdrawn in July 1997.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 2015 , Trainorama released the 49 Class locomotive which included an 8 Pin socket for easily fitting a DCC decoder and a factory fitted speaker. In DC/DCC all lights operate directional. 

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) with our Custom Sound Project for the 49 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.

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

We can separate the front headlight, white markers and red marker lights for a more prototypical operational practices in DCC. Both the white and red marker lights at the front and rear can be controlled individually or directionally as well as the front and rear headlights operate directionally on/off and have a Low Beam/High Beam function. That allows for no rear red marker lights to be on when the loco is carrying a load behind it or both the front and rear red markers switched on at the same time when the locomotive is standing in a siding or shunting and you can even run with just the front white markers switched on. You can control what lights you want switched on depending on how you are running your 49 Class Locomotive.

You can also still operate all the lights directional as the way the model was delivered.

For a Standard Light Modification we can separate the lights as follows.

1) Headlights - directional with 1 function button
2) Marker Lights - directional with 1 function button
3) Front Headlight - on/off with 1 function button

4) Front White Markers - on/off with 1 function button

5) Front Red Markers - on/off with 1 function button

6) Rear White Markers - on/off with 1 function button

7) Rear Red Markers - on/off with 1 function button


The DCC Solutions NSW 49 Class Custom Sound Project - EMD 8-567C
is packed with sounds and features n
ot found on other sound decoders

Our Custom NSW 49 Class Locomotive 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 it 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 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. Our brake will also stop your loco even if you have left the "Full Throttle Drive Hold" function on unlike other versions offering this feature. Release the brake and your locomotive will move off again or choose to have it remain stationary when the brake is released.

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 WABCo A/B Series 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 49 Class drive and sound impressive.
  • EMD 8-567C Roots Blower Prime Mover Sound
  • 49 Class Short Blast and Playable Horn. NSWGR WABCo Pneuphonic type A/B airhorns
  • 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
  • Coasting On Demand
  • Working Brake Function
  • Manual Handbrake Ratchet
  • 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!
  • Wheel Squeal
  • Guard's Whistle
  • Modified Lighting Options for more prototypical light operation, up to 6 Light Outputs/Functions
  • Low beam/High beam Headlights
  • And more (See function mapping list below)
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Trainorama 49 Class Locomotive Model.
  • Individual sounds slots and the master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user for increased volumes to suit personal requirements.
  • 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.

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

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound V4.0 sound decoder with our Custom built 49 Class Sound Project. No lighting modifications.

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgrade to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification to separate the lighting to have individual  function control on your DCC controller plus our ESU V4.0 Custom built EMD 8-567C Sound Project which has been specifically set up to suit the Trainorama 49 Class HO model.

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


Premium Sound Installation and Light Modifications

Function                      Description
      0  (HEADLIGHT)         Directional Headlights

      1                             Full Throttle Drive Hold

      2  (HORN)                 NSWGR WABCo A/B Series Playable Horn

      3                             NSWGR WABCo A/B Series Short Blast

      4                             Reserved (Dynamic Brakes in other DCCS Sound Projects)

      5                             Coasting On Demand

      6                             Brake

      7                             Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%      

      8                             Start Up/Shut Down/Mute

      9                             Front White Markers

    10                             Rear Red Markers

    11                             Rear White Markers 

    12                             Front Red Markers

    13                             Directional Marker Lights

    14                             Coupling and Release + Shunting Mode

Function                      Description
    15                             Fan   

    16                             Compressor

    17                             Manual Handbrake Ratchet

    18                             Wheel Squeal

    19                             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 Custom Sound Project. 

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 NSWGR 49 Class Sound Project

ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder programmed with ESU generic sound file

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

Alternate Brand of Sound or non Sound Decoders.

Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations