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Old 03-24-2019, 02:57 PM   #1
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Question New to DCC looking for help.

Many years ago I purchased 2 Bachmann 80T Shays. One had a decoder installed at Caboose Hobbies. Digitrax I recall. I don't remember them soldering anything. My question is this; If it is Plug N Play can I swap it out for a sound decoder and just add a speaker and be off and running? I have never run the train as life intruded, but now being retired and ready to get going. If I have to solder stuff that small I will have someone else do it. I will not frustrate myself with that. I need help from someone with experience with these locos. Thanks for reading this.
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:10 PM   #2
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In theory, yes, plug and play is just that. However, a sound decoder needs more wires, and some plug-ins are less user friendly than others. Open it up and have a look before you purchase anything. Make sure that the sound decoder you want to install has the same number of pins as the socket on the loco.
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I will be looking into it soon. My wife loves the trains and that makes it an easy sell. I am hoping the speaker install goes easy, I'll just take my time. Not sure on getting the coal load cut or putting it in the cab. The latter will look crappy I think. Thanks for the help.
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