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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2012 10:19 pm
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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!

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 Posted: Sat Dec 15th, 2012 11:57 pm
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I would suggest converting the layout to DCC.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2012 12:57 am
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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.



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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2012 07:13 pm
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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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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2012 07:04 pm
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Check the decoder manual. Many DCC decoders will operate on a DC system. There would be a bit, typically in CV29, that is Analog enable. This allows running the decoder from DC.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 21st, 2012 12:14 am
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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!

Mike

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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 ????


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 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2013 07:29 am
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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.

Mike

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 Posted: Sun Jan 13th, 2013 03:25 am
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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

Mike

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 Posted: Sun Jan 13th, 2013 08:29 pm
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That should work. I have never heard of a loco that had sound only with no directional control. Go for it.

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