2019-04.4: Bowser plug'n'play DCC install

27 Apr 2019

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24:42 - Apr 2019 Act IV - Bowser plug'n'play DCC sound install (2019)

Sometimes plug'n'play isn't just plug'n'play. Alex Kolesnikov from DCC Train in Cincinnati has tips for avoiding common decoder "plug-n-play" pitfalls.


Georonn's picture

Great presentation Bob and Alex.  It would be great if all the installations were that easy, but alas, some still require basic soldering skills as well as measuring to determine how much space is available.

Someone should share the silly putty method of determining space.  I like to take a ball of silly putty and put on top of the motor, the put the shell back on, smushing the putty to determine the amount of space between the underside of the shell ant the top of the motor.  That technique came out of a beautiful installation I did where, when I went to put the body back on, discovered that the speaker enclosure was about 1/16th of an inch too tall.  Don’t ya hate when 5hat happens?


Congratulations Bob on moving from guest to host! Good job, looking forward to more from you.

Excellent video.

AK & Bob, thank you for helping build some confidence in my DCC install techniques.  AK makes it look so easy, but after 3000+ installs it is easy to understand why.  :-0

A suggestion for a future video would be to add a lighting effect to a locomotive, such as a Stratolite Beacon.  The mystery for me is the wiring onto the motherboard.  I know that there is a common (+) for all lighting accessories, which I assume can be any of the solder pads with (+) silk screened onto the motherboard.  The big isue for me is I'm not sure which of the  solder pads are to be used for the (-) to activate the accessory.  Perhaps showing how to test it on the ESU Decoder Tester would be a good start.  :-D

Specifically, I'm adding a Beacon to a new ScaleTrains SD40T-2, which has a ESU LokSound V5.0 decoder (# 58429).

Also, perhaps a future video could cover the install of Ditch Lights.

Thank You so much for lending us the benefit of your years of knowledge!

Take care and God bless.