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Trainorama 830 Class DCC Sound Installation

with Lighting Modification

Now available with NEW Remastered

Custom Sound Project including the

"Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature

About the SA 830 Class

The 830 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by AE Goodwin, Auburn for the South Australian Railways between 1959 and 1966.

In 1959 the South Australian Railways placed an order for 10 Alco DL531 locomotives for use their narrow gauge network. Further orders saw the fleet built up to 44 by February 1970 with 15 narrow gauge, 12 standard gauge and 17 broad gauge examples. In February 1970 an additional unit was purchased second hand from Silverton Tramway.

In March 1978, 43 were included in the transfer of the South Australian Railways to Australian National with the other two (no. 830 & 845) going to the State Transport Authority before also moving to Australian National. From July 1974 until December 1980 847-849, were loaned to the Public Transport Commission where they were pooled with the NSW 48 class

Following the conversion of the Adelaide to Alice Springs in the early 1980s and the release of some Commonwealth Railways NJ class locomotives, beginning in April 1980 some 830s were transferred to Australian National's TasRail operation with 20 transferred by August 1986. Withdrawals of the TasRail fleet commenced in late 1987 with only three in service by April 1989. Australian National repatriated five to the mainland while two were sold to Silverton Rail and shipped to Broken Hill. One was preserved by the Don River Railway, Devonport. The remainder were scrapped.

In 1991, six were rebuilt as the DA class with new cabs to allow them to be used as shunters. In December 1994 two NSW 48 class locomotives were purchased from the State Rail Authority. One was rebuilt as DA7 and the other scrapped.

Australian National's remaining 830 class were all included with the sale of the South Australian freight operations to Australian Southern Railroad in August 1997.

In June 2000 three were sold to ATN Access for use on grain services. All were included in the sale of the business to Pacific National in February 2004 but are now stored. The sale of Australian Railroad Group to QR National included 852. It was sold to Junee Railway Workshop in 2008 and after being overhauled returned to service in 2012.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In January 2015, Trainorama released their first batch of 48/830 Class Locomotives which includes an 8 Pin socket for easily fitting a DCC decoder plus 2 Pin socket for wiring the factory installed speaker. There are two micro switches under the model on both sides of the fuel tank for turning the lights on/off in DC when running them in a consist. In DCC all lights operate directional. In November 2015 and March 2016, Trainorama released their second batch of 48/830 Class locomotives.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound Range of 8 Pin decoders, such as the LokSound V4.0 (Sound), LokSound Select (Sound) or LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound. Alternatively you may wish to choose the TCS (Train Control Systems) range of 8 Pin non sound decoders. We offer several different options of DCC installation for this model to suit all budgets and can also supply decoders for the DIY Installers.

We have tweaked the motor control of the ESU decoder to provide super slow smooth speeds at steps 1-8 of 128 (Speed step 1 of 28) 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 this 830 Class Model to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation

Factory Lighting

1) Front Headlight, Number Boards, White Markers and Rear Red Markers on/off when travelling forward with the headlight button.

2) Rear Headlight,Number Boards, White Markers and Front Red Markers on/off when travelling in reverse with the headlight button.

DCC Solutions Lighting

For an upgrade to 6 Function Standard Light Modification we can separate the lights as follows:

1) Front Headlight/Numberboards - on/off directionally with the headlight button

2) Rear Headlight/Numberboards - on/off directionally with the headlight button

3) Front White Markers - on/off with 1 function

4) Front Red Markers - on/off with 1 function

5) Rear White Markers - on/off with 1 function

6) Rear Red Markers - on/off with 1 function

For an upgrade to 8 Function Ultimate Light Modification we can additional separate the lights as follows:

7) Front Number Boards - on/off with 1 function

8) Rear Number Boards - on/off with 1 function

Just imagine having your 830 Class Locomotive sitting in a yard or siding with just the Number Boards switched on

Or running with just the Number Boards and Marker Lights

With our light modifications you can operate the lights on your model locomotive just like the real thing! 

We have created a custom sound project for the SAR 830 with the sounds of the ALCO 6-251B engine and now with our lighting modifications you can finally own a great sounding 830 class with more prototypical lighting.

The DCC Solutions SA 830 Class Custom Sound Project - ALCo 6-251B

is packed with sounds and features!

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 engineer 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. 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. F28 allows you to disable and enable these sounds.

Remastered Horn Sounds

A new remastered NSWGR WABCo A/B Series playable and short blast horn

And includes all these great features to make your Trainorama 48 Class drive and sound impressive

  • ALCO 6-251 Turbo Prime Mover

  • WABCo Pneuphonic type A/B series Short Blast and Playable 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 and control the sound independently to simulate a heavy loaded or empty train

  • Coasting On Demand

  • Working Brake Function

  • Directional Coupling and Release with brake line release

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

  • Wheel Flange Squeal

  • Guard's Whistle

  • Modified Lighting Options for more prototypical light operation.

  • Low beam/High beam Headlights

  • And more (See below for full list)

  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Trainorama 830 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.

  • DCC Solutions High Performance "Typhoon" Speaker delivering impressive sound when compared to the factory speaker.


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

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

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound V4.0 sound decoder with our Custom ALCO 6-251B 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 some lighting to have individual function control on your DCC controller plus our ESU V4.0 Custom ALCO 6-251B Sound Project which includes an additional upgraded high performance "Typhoon" speaker to enhance the sounds of your Trainorama 830 Class Locomotive.

Premium Sound Installation and Ultimate Light Modification: Upgrade to 8 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Ultimate Light Modification to separate Front and Rear Headlights,Front and Rear White Markers, Front and Rear Red Markers and Front and Rear Number Boards to have individual function control on your DCC controller plus our ESU V4.0 Custom ALCO 6-251B Sound Project which includes an additional upgraded high performance "Typhoon" speaker to enhance the sounds of your Trainorama 830 Class Locomotive.

Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU V4.0 sound decoder with 6 Function Lighting Outputs.


Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification

Function Description   

0   (HEADLIGHT)  Directional Headlights/Number Boards Only

1                              Full Throttle Drive Hold

2   (HORN) WABCo A/B Series Playable Horn

3                              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                              Directional Coupling and Release

Function Description   

15                              Fan

16                              Air Compressor

17                              Manual Brake Set/Release On/Off

18                              Wheel Flange Squeal

19                              NSWGR Guard's Whistle

20                              Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

21                              Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

22                              Headlight High Beam On/Off

23                              Cab Door Open/Close

24                              Sanding Valve

25                              Reserved

26                              Short Air Release

27                              Front Headlight On/Off

28                              Disable Start 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 830 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.

DCC Solutions upgraded 6 or 8 Function Light Modifications

Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations

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