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Santa Fe Diesel LocomotiveElectronics make our models come alive. The detail needed depends upon how much interaction you desire for your trains. Using the basics you can power a single engine across a model railroad, adding inexpensive switches can allow for more than one operator on a layout. More complex electronics can fully replicate signals and large control panels, you can even integrate your computer for the most realistic command and control of your models.



Sound Decoder Install Kato CNW Dash9

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two engines and decoder

With DCC one of the great advantages is having realistic sound effects in your locomotives. A lot of the newer locomotives on the market are equipped with sound right out of the box. This leaves our older units a bit lacking, stifled, quiet. This article covers installation of a sound decoder in a Kato AC44-9w that came from the factory without a decoder or room for a speaker.

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DCC Basics

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digitrax dcc system

With DCC installed on a simple layout we basically have three components that make up the system. The command station connects to the track, the throttle is used to control trains, and a decoder is placed inside the locomotive to receive commands from your throttle.

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DC Basics

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power pack

The best place to start looking at electronics is taking a look at conventional train control or DC train control. This is how your first train set was controlled and probably most of the models you have today are ready for DC or Conventional train control.

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