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Today I took a break from my flatcar project and the module project to install a Digitrax DCC decoder in Gideon’s Bachmann GP40. He got the model as part of a train set several years ago, so it’s not DCC ready. The process was fairly straightforward. I removed the shell, unsoldered the wires from the PCB, and soldered them to the decoder. I tested the loco on the module using Gid’s NCE PowerCab.
Now that the motor was running correctly, I added the headlights and taped everything down so it would fit.
You gotta love them Harbor Freight soldering stations!
Next, I carefully put the shell back on the locomotive, and ran it through the paces. You can see the front and rear headlights work quite nicely.
It works quite well considering it started as a train set engine. It will do well pulling trains on the ADK&LC, and maybe even Gideon’s future layout… -Harrison
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