While this install was completed over a year ago, it demonstrates a thorough installation of a Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder/microprocessor into an HO scale model from the Athearn product line. This particular version of the chassis was introduced in 60’s. It is similar to other engines produced by Athearn since 1963. The drive train and body style was so successful that it was later copied by Life-Like Products in their Proto series model locomotives. If you ever decide to add DCC to an old Athearn model, this may be your reference. Not in our usual format, this is as close to real-time install as it gets. A 6 part series, each part has been selected to run about 30 minutes in length. WARNING: While the first 3 parts show a DH126D decoder parts 4,5 &6 show that this was not a wise choice and the final decoder was Digitrax recommended DN136D.
This video involves some unique perspectives in decoder (microprocessor) installation. The subject engine was undecorated and had to be painted and decaled before installation of the speaker. The chassis and mechanism were available for the electrical work and so this project was split over a very long time. It came in on 1/25/2019, work started on 7/24/2019, restarted (post COVID after painting) 9/17/2020 and was finished on 10/15/2020. This is not typical but what is typical this year? For those who want to be critical of the paint job, please help yourself. I am virtually hanging my head in shame as this was not something I am real proud of, but then again, you can probably count on one hand the items that I have painted. The customer asked me to do this since it was such an “easy” paint. The real difficulty was in the bottom striping believe it or not. 3 installments. Enjoy.
It has been too long and I need to catch up!! This is an engine that I installed sound into back in August of last year. Wow, how time flies. It has three parts. Today’s episode deals with product decision, mechanical room evaluations and electrical connections for rail pickup and motor.
Not all installations are simple or expedient. As a mater of course, most of the ones that I do are not easy. Typically I am asked to do what few will attempt or know how to even approach. This particular one could not have been done like this a few years back and even though I have done several (my total count of engines serviced now is well over 1,000) I would have done this differently in years before the sugar cube speaker was available. Enjoy.
These are not difficult but do require some “expert” advice that is not in the instructions to insure that they work and continue to work. Train Buddy published the first one (8-40B) back in 2018. The 8-40B video has updated text and information on installing decoders in general in N scale models. Also shows correct cleaning and lubrication. The SD60 is newly published but completed also back in 2018.