Auscision Models Blog

 
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
ah ha, the 4 missing/unannounced container's are side loaders. 19 are available to order but 23 were on display in the cabinet at the June exhibition. zoom in and you'll quickly spot 3 very obvious white ones and an extra blue.
Poath Junction
Zoomed in but can't make out any details due to pixelation of the image.  Therefore I am none the wiser.  Tease ……   Sad

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  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
TNT should be easy enough to read even if the white/orange body isn't a giveaway. Searoad blue a bit more difficult. Royal Wolf white, ok that needs a better pic Smile
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.


"These aren't the unannounced 48' containers you were looking for. Move along, move along...". via https://www.facebook.com/auscisionmodels/photos/pcb.1904925346208061/1904918726208723/?type=3&theater where its been in plain view for two months!
  trainguy84 Junior Train Controller

HI

And also the two other 40 footers released last week.
  qldchook Locomotive Fireman

Help..

Has anybody experienced issues or problems with their non sound 48 class after fitting a DCC decoder. I am having problems with the headlights and marker lights not functioning as they should. I have tried two different 21 pin decoders 8 function without success. The loco seems to run on the track fine but headlights and marker lights do not change with direction. Any advice?
  2LaGrange Train Controller

Sounds like your decoder is not set up correctly. There is a group on Facebook called DCC Downunder who have quite a few DCC gurus as members who I’m sure would be able to advise you on how to resolve your decoder issues.
  lkernan Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Help..

Has anybody experienced issues or problems with their non sound 48 class after fitting a DCC decoder. I am having problems with the headlights and marker lights not functioning as they should. I have tried two different 21 pin decoders 8 function without success. The loco seems to run on the track fine but headlights and marker lights do not change with direction. Any advice?
qldchook

Mine's the same.  Use function 1 and 2 from memory and they switch.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Help..

Has anybody experienced issues or problems with their non sound 48 class after fitting a DCC decoder. I am having problems with the headlights and marker lights not functioning as they should. I have tried two different 21 pin decoders 8 function without success. The loco seems to run on the track fine but headlights and marker lights do not change with direction. Any advice?
qldchook
Like 2LaGrange said, you'll need to configure the new decoder to suit the lighting outputs.

If you use Decoderpro, that task will be a lot easier than doing it manually via individual CVs.

Personally, I bought 7 sound-equipped 48/830s and they are all sitting on my work bench at this moment.....all have been opened up.....all have been totally "gutted" of their decoder/main board and speaker.

I've installed a KA4 in the area above the front bogie of each loco and I'm awaiting the arrival of 7 new Econami PNP decoders and 7 new Zimo speakers.

Once I'm finished my locos will have NO LIGHTS whatsoever. One less thing to worry about. Just my personal taste.

Roachie
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Like 2LaGrange said, you'll need to configure the new decoder to suit the lighting outputs.

If you use Decoderpro, that task will be a lot easier than doing it manually via individual CVs.

Personally, I bought 7 sound-equipped 48/830s and they are all sitting on my work bench at this moment.....all have been opened up.....all have been totally "gutted" of their decoder/main board and speaker.

I've installed a KA4 in the area above the front bogie of each loco and I'm awaiting the arrival of 7 new Econami PNP decoders and 7 new Zimo speakers.

Once I'm finished my locos will have NO LIGHTS whatsoever. One less thing to worry about. Just my personal taste.

Roachie
Roachie
Hi Bill,

I am curious.

Why would one buy 7 locos with sound, then remove the chips and replace them with new ones?  The speakers are even going west.  Would it have not made more sense to buy non-DCC versions, then fit DCC chips and speakers?  I can see no benefit from the $700 odd investment.

Happy retrofitting,

John
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Like 2LaGrange said, you'll need to configure the new decoder to suit the lighting outputs.

If you use Decoderpro, that task will be a lot easier than doing it manually via individual CVs.

Personally, I bought 7 sound-equipped 48/830s and they are all sitting on my work bench at this moment.....all have been opened up.....all have been totally "gutted" of their decoder/main board and speaker.

I've installed a KA4 in the area above the front bogie of each loco and I'm awaiting the arrival of 7 new Econami PNP decoders and 7 new Zimo speakers.

Once I'm finished my locos will have NO LIGHTS whatsoever. One less thing to worry about. Just my personal taste.

Roachie
Hi Bill,

I am curious.

Why would one buy 7 locos with sound, then remove the chips and replace them with new ones?  The speakers are even going west.  Would it have not made more sense to buy non-DCC versions, then fit DCC chips and speakers?  I can see no benefit from the $700 odd investment.

Happy retrofitting,

John
c3526blue
Ahh, yes...hindsight is a wonderful thing and if I had my time over again I wouldn't have paid another $700- for the sound option. I'm facing the same dilemma when the 442 arrive; but I only have 3 of them coming (all sound equipped).

The "problem" is that I find it difficult to master the combining of Soundtraxx and ESU decoders on my layout. It's a bit like the old VHS v Beta video thing in the 70s. Or, Ford v Holden etc.

When these 7 new locos arrived, I spent some time trying to get the first one programmed to be compatible with the rest of my fleet (all of which are Tsunami + Keep Alive equipped).

It's the little things that annoyed me.

The two main ones are

(1) the fact that it is not possible to select SS1 on a ESU decoder, without it actually moving off. I have all my other locos programmed to not move until SS2 is selected. That way, I can dial up a loco on my NCE "hammerhead" move the speed to SS1 and the engine will start up, but the loco won't move off....until I select SS2 or above. It's just the way I do it.

(2) the sound arrangements annoyed me. For the ESU decoder, you MUST press F8 (or you can select an alternative F key) in order to fire-up the prime mover sounds. Okay, so picture this. I have a Traino 44 class with Tsunami which I want to double head with a ESU equipped 48 class..... I reverse the 44 onto the 48....the 44 is "noisy"....the 48 is quiet. So, I couple them up, form-up the "consist" and I now have the 44 "noisy" but the 48 is still "quiet". Buggar...I forgot to select the 48 before hand and press F8 to get it's prime mover sounds to fire-up. No worries, I'll just press F8 now and that'll fire-up the 48's sound files. BUGGAR!! Pressing F8 not only turned on the sound of the 48, it also turned the sounds of the 44 OFF. So, now I've got a noisy 48 and a dead 44!!! GGRRRRR..

Yes, I know, these are first world problems and some poor little fella in southern Africa is dying from starvation.

So, to keep my blood pressure under control, I'm switching them all over. I've already sold the ESU decoders for almost as much as the new decoders/speakers are costing.

The Auscsion speakers didn't turn me on. They were large but lacked the good sound quality that you can get with a smaller sugar cube speaker.

I value operational qualities MUCH MUCH higher than I would ever value the various lighting options a loco can offer. Hence my desire to fit Keep Alives to all my locos.

I may get in touch with Auscision and ask that they alter my 442 class order back to non-sound versions....or I may just leave it and do the same with them when they arrive. Not sure yet.

Roachie

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