I know it wont work, they wont see any command i guess. I have multiple newer DC contol systems from an old HO set up that i tore apart. I recently decided to get back into trains but in On30 and bought several engines with DCC encoders already installed. Silly me! Is there an easy solution to by pass the encoder or am i left with just takeing the encoders out and resoldering the leads, etc.? Thanks for tolerating a newbies stupid question!
Mike, what manufacturer have you purchased? Some Bachmann come with dual-mode NMRA-compliant decoder for DCC or DC operation. I have a Forney with DCC decoder installed pulling freight on my portable DC layout right now.
Mike-you should be able to unplug the DCC board from the "main board" in the loco. Since you have On30, I assume that you have Bachmann locos. Then, in a small plastic bag packed with the locos, you will find 2 tiny "L" shaped pieces of metal with three tiny pin projections on the bottom edge. These will plug into the corners of the "main" board (please see instructions in the box) and the loco will then be DC controlled. Yes, your locos might have dual mode boards so just try them out. Or you could do as Don suggested, buy a DCC controller.
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Didnt get a manual walter...bought it on ebay from the favorite spot. Its a tsunami i believe, and it might be just a sound unit? which means i can run it on DC? or no? I need to study up on DCC!!!! Been running DC cab control since my childhood!
Last edited on Fri Dec 21st, 2012 12:16 am by OhioMike
If I may suggest, Make the move to DDC. You actually drive the loco and not just the track. This makes it possible to have two trains having a head on crash on the same section of track. Every body needs to have head on collisions ?
Well Don, i picked up a Bachmann E-Z command set...im going to learn DCC!!! Well, as much as you can from a somewhat limited Bachmann unit from what ive read here. Otherwise still doing the carpentry for the On30 layout....pics later when theres something to show. Thank again everyone for some good advice.
Another question if i may concerning decoders, i recently seen on the net describing a locomotive for sale DCC equiped with a tsunami sound decoder.Now does this mean that the decoder installed in this unit not only provides sound with a speaker probably installed as well but also movement, fwd and reverse or do i need to install another decoder for movement? Thanks
Last edited on Sun Jan 13th, 2013 03:28 am by OhioMike