So, this is as hard as it gets. While this is one of the best designed and manufactured models in the business it leaves little room to add a DCC (Digital Command Control) microprocessor decoder.
There are times when the decision process takes as long or longer than the installation. This is one of those times. The first part of this series deals with those options and a discussion of the alternatives.
This is about as simple as it gets. Even the shell removal was quick. The Train Buddy shows how easy it is to install of a DCC (Digital Command Control) decoder (microprocessor) in an HO scale (1:87) working model of a Baldwin VO-1000 series railroad locomotive manufactured by Stewart Hobbies. Notice that, sometimes you have to use some common sense, even with the true “plug in” decoders for placement. Sometimes the “decoder selector” is not quite right as sometimes the manufacturer has multiple runs of the same engine type.
The Train Buddy installs another decoder but this time it is “full wire”. No plugs, no connectors, no room for error as the decoder does not have any plugs. This is one of the more difficult installs and is usually scheduled for 1 hour of work. Spoiler: it doesn’t always go as planned, even for the simpler ones. There is another engine very similar, the EMD E7 by Life Like Proto 2000 that is available on this channel just a few short months ago. Similar but it was a sound decoder install with more intricate lighting.