DCC AND SOUND INSTALLATION

  • SIMPLE DCC DECODERS ARE USUALLY INSTALLED FREE OF CHARGE IF I AM PAINTING THE LOCOMOTIVE.

  • I DO NOT INSTALL COMPLEX LIGHTING. I SIMPLY CAN'T CHARGE ENOUGH FOR THE TIME REQUIRED.

  • I WILL INSTALL : HEADLIGHTS ON LOCOMOTIVES, REVERSE LIGHTS ON STEAM LOCOMOTIVES (WHERE POSSIBLE), DRUMHEADS ON PASSENGER CARS AND MARKERS ON PASSENGER CARS AND CABOOSES.

  • SOUND INSTALLATIONS IN STEAM LOCOMOTIVES REQUIRE REMOVAL OF A PART OF THE TENDER WALL BELOW THE FLOOR FOR WIRING, HOLES IN THE FLOOR OF THE TENDER FOR MOUNTING SPEAKERS AND LETTING THE SOUND OUT.

  • I INSTALL SMALL PLUGS THAT RUN BETWEEN THE LOCOMOTIVE AND THE TENDER. TYPICALLY THERE IS A 3 PRONG PLUG FOR PICK UP AND MOTOR AND A 2 PRONG PLUG FOR THE HEADLIGHT.

  • I ALWAYS USE ENCLOSURES FOR THE SPEAKERS.

  • I CAN ADD A KEEP ALIVE UNIT IF THERE IS ROOM IN THE TENDER FOR IT.

  • I SELDOM INSTALL CAMS AS THE NEW TECHNOLOGY USES BACK EMF FOR CHUFF RATES. 

  • ALL DECODERS AND KEEP ALIVE CIRCUITS MUST BE PROVIDED BY THE CUSTOMER. I TAKE CARE OF THE SPEAKER, ENCLOSURE AND PLUGS.

  • I PROGRAM LOCOMOTIVE NUMBERS AND CHUFF RATES. OUTSIDE OF THAT I LEAVE THE REST TO YOU. IF YOU WANT AND SPECIFIC THINGS PROGRAMMED IN, LET ME KNOW AND I CAN DO IT.

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