Usually a replacement decoder like this will take about 1/2 hour to install. This one took longer. Watch the Train Buddy fuss with the “details” of correctly installing this basic decoder from NCE. While there are many ways to do this, our decisions are only one way and are based on our commitment to guarantee the install for the life of the loco or the customer.
The Train Buddy shows a very simple DCC (Digital Command Control) decoder installation with a “bump” that you might appreciate. This was a 10 minute install. Typically, the hard part is figuring out how to get the shell off of the power chassis. The NMRA 8 pin standard for modern engines makes simple decoder functions (motor, forward and reverse lighting) available to those wanting an additional challenge as an upgrade for those converting to DCC.
This is a saga about troubleshooting and fixing an engine that has had an issue with picking up electricity from the rails through the wheels and eventually to the electronics. While this is a common problem, as the trucks are in constant motion while running and the wires are being flexed and eventually break, the solutions are not always simple. This series deals with a reputable manufacture, a new engine and a new design that may, or may not be the best solution to this common problem.