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Trainorama S Class DCC Sound Installation

with Lighting Modifications

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

About the Victorian S Class

S class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the Victorian Railways between 1957 and 1961 with a total of 18 units built.  The S class was based on the EMD F7 design and were very similar to the GM class then being built by Clyde Engineering for the Commonwealth Railways. They were mechanically similar to the Victorian B Class built in 1952.

The first order for 10 locomotives, were progressively delivered between August 1957 and February 1958. An additional eight locomotives were ordered for use on the new North East standard gauge line and delivered between November 1960 and December 1961. The S Class were initially used on express passenger trains such as the Inter-capital Daylight, Southern Aurora, Spirit of Progress and The Overland, but were also used on fast freights. On the broad gauge they often operated in pairs, while on the standard gauge they usually ran solo.A cab was provided at the number two end, but was only used around depots, or to haul empty carriages short distances.

In February 1969 two were destroyed in the Violet Town railway disaster, and were scrapped. In January 1967 S317 was badly damaged in a head-on collision with X33 south of Broadford Loop and was returned to Clyde Engineering for rebuilding.  Once again S317 was involved in a fatal accident in June 1982 when it ran into the rear of the Spirit of Progress at Barnawartha, killing the crew. Withdrawals commenced in the May 1987. In February 1994 four were sold to West Coast Railway for use on their Melbourne to Warrnambool passenger service. By April 1999 only four remained in the V/Line fleet and even these were only used during periods of high demand. Four have been preserved with two held in storage.

Privatization brought an upturn in the S class' fortunes with some being overhauled and six remain in service with CFCL Australia, Pacific National, RailPower and Southern Shorthaul Railroad.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In November 2009, Trainorama released the S Class locomotive which 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. In DC/DCC all lights operate directional. 

Here at DCC Solutions we offer a light modification for the Trainorama S Class to separate the front white markers and number boards from the front headlight so that they can be controlled individually from the headlight. Also, separating the rear headlight and providing on/off control rather than directional operation. All these lights can be controlled individually using function buttons. The headlights also have a Low Beam/High Beam function.Although not exactly prototypical to VIC lighting practices, it does offer better options than the factory lighting.

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

For better quality sound using the factory installed speakers we highly recommend to install a custom speaker enclosure design specifically 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.

We have tweaked the motor control to provide super smooth slow speeds at steps 1-10 of 128 which is perfect for those wanting the locomotive to move off slowly and build up speed like the prototype.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom Sound Project to provide the most realistic sound for the S Class or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound. Alternatively you may wish to choose the ESU Select Sound Decoder programmed with the ESU factory generic sound. We offer several different options of DCC installations using various brands of sound decoders for this model to suit all budgets and can supply the decoders/speaker only for the DIY installers.
The DCC Solutions VR S Class Custom Sound Project - EMD 16-567C

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

Pressing F5 will activate coasting on demand to suit your running environment allowing variable speed coasting so changes in speed will not turn it off until you turn it off.

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.

Move Off and Stopping Sounds
When your locomotive begins to move you will hear the sounds of brakes releasing plus some random sounds programmed into our Custom Sound Project that are activated with the moving off and stopping of the locomotive to add to the realism.
And includes all these great features to make your Trainorama S Class drive and sound impressive.
  • EMD 16-567C Roots Blower Prime Mover.
  • Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start.
  • RVB Hurricane 3 chime or Leslie SuperTyfon S-5T Short Blast and Playable Horn.
  • Brake Release Sounds before the locomotive moves off.
  • 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
  • Coupling and Release with brake line release
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases
  • Manual Ratchet Handbrake
  • Modified Lighting Option for more prototypical light operation.
  • 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 S 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 Victorian S Class Models.

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

Standard Sound Installation: ESU SELECT sound decoder with ESU factory sound file.

Premium Sound Installation: ESU V4.0 sound decoder with our Custom S Class Prime Mover sound project. No lighting modifications.

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification:  Upgraded to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification and our Custom S Class Prime Mover sound project that allows you individual control of the front white markers with number boards, front and rear headlights using the function buttons on your DCC throttle.

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


Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification

with ESU Full Throttle Drive Hold Feature

Function                      Description   
      0  (HEADLIGHT)        Directional Headlights

      1                             Full Throttle Drive Hold

      2  (HORN)                 VR S Class Long Horn

      3                             VR S Class Short Horn

      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                             Front White Markers/Numberboards

    10                             Rear Headlight On/Off

    11                             Reserved

    12                             Reserved

    13                             Directional Lights

    14                             Coupling (Reverse) /Uncoupling (Forward) [CV48]

Function                      Description 
    15                             Fan   

    16                             Air Compressor

    17                             Hand Brake Ratchet Set/Release

    18                             Wheel Flange Squeal

    19                             NSWGR Guard's Whistle

    20                             Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press

    21                             Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

    22                             High Beam Headlight

    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 S 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