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The “M-10000 Coach Car B” for the N scale Con-Cor M-10000, is the 1st car behind the loco.  If you look closely, you can see the holes in the underbody, above which a speaker can be mounted for a sound decoder installation. 

The recommended Digitrax sound decoder would be our SFX0416, but to use this decoder, one or more of the seat sections as shown below will need to be removed.  There is a pocket that is designed for a speaker above the underbelly and under the center section of seats.  The speaker that comes with the SFX0416 would need to be replaced with a speaker of the appropriate size.  

Step 1: Carefully remove the body from the frame per these Con-Cor’s Instructions:

“Please note the “clips” on the chassis. It is important that you use a small wooden tooth pick or similar type prying device to remove the body shell. Simply place the wooden pick between the chassis and the plastic shell and gently pry the body shell up in all locations.”

“CAREFUL: There is a chance that the chassis will fall from the body shell suddenly. Be sure you are supporting the chassis when removing the body shell.”

Step 2: Carefully remove the light board from its holders. The light board is held in place with two brass “pins” , then lay the light board upside down, locate the 8-pin dummy plug and gently pry it out of the socket with a flathead screwdriver.

Once the dummy plug is removed, carefully insert the DN143IP, making sure to orient pin 1 to the pin 1 hole.  The bulk of the decoder should be towards the front of the car . 

The proper orientation for the DN143IP.  The front to the car is to the right.  You do not need to remove the two black truck pick-up wires on the rear corner of the light board. 

They’ve been engineered to have enough play to remove the board to remove the dummy plug and insert the DN143IP.  Be sure to align pin 1 in the pin 1 hole! Pin 1 is marked on the light board and is the pin with the square base on the decoder.

The DN143IP is fully installed, with the light board snapped back onto the brass pins, ready for the body to be replaced.



   Aerotrain                     Back To List

 

The “DCC Car” for the N scale Con-Cor Aerotrain, which is the 1st car behind the loco. Look for the holes in the underbody, above which a speaker can be mounted for a sound decoder installation.  The recommended Digitrax sound decoder would be our SFX0416, but to use this decoder the seats will need to be removed. 

There is a pocket that is 16mm wide, 36mm long and 3mm deep designed for a speaker above the underbelly and under the seats.  The speaker that comes with the SFX0416 would need to be replaced with a speaker of the appropriate size.  To remove the body, carefully insert a flathead screwdriver between the diaphragm and the body where we have placed the arrows. Gently pry the body out, lifting up on one side of the car and then the other.  This is the hardest part of the install! 

The proper orientation for the DN143IP.  The front to the car is to the right.  The light board is held in place with two brass “pins” . You do not need to remove the four black truck pick-up wires on the corners of the light board.  They’ve been engineered to have enough play to raise the board high enough to remove the dummy plug and insert the DN143IP.  Be sure to align pin 1 in the pin 1 hole!  

Pry out the dummy 8-pin plug. Once the dummy plug is removed, carefully insert the DN143IP, making sure to orient pin 1 to the pin 1 hole.  The bulk of the decoder should be towards the rear of the car as shown in the last image.



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Step 1: Carefully remove the body from the frame.  There are four clips along each side of the body.  We have found if you start at the rear of the body with a small flathead screwdriver and carefully pry the body outward to remove the back clip, you can move the screwdriver forward to release the others.  Once the body is completely removed, carefully lift the light board from its holders on the bulkheads. Be very careful as the pins that hold the board in place are very fragile plastic and break easily! 

Step 2: After carefully laying the light board upside down, locate the 8-pin dummy plug and gently pry it out of the socket with a flathead screwdriver. 

Step 3: Now that the dummy plug is removed, locate the pin where the orange motor lead wire is connected.  For this application, we have chosen to use a DZ125PS decoder because of its compatibility with our SFX004 sound decoder that will be installed later.  However, if you choose not to add sound, there is ample room in this model that you may also use any of the following Digitrax decoders: DH123P, DH123PS, DH163P, DH163PS, DN163PS, DZ123PS, DZ143PS.  The specific decoder you choose will depend upon the number of functions you want to control in your locomotive.

Step 4: Insert the NMRA medium plug wired to the DZ125PS into the socket on the Con-Cor light board, orienting the orange-wired pin 1 to the hole labeled P1.

Step 5: Route the decoder wires through the bulkhead and place the decoder on top of the motor housing.  We recommend using a double-stick tape or a drop of silicone to hold the decoder in place and prevent noise from vibrating against the motor.  Then, carefully replace the light board back on the mounting pins and test run the locomotive.  Once you are satisfied that it operates correctly, reinstall the locomotive body.



Athearn N-Scale P59PHI
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The Athearn N-Scale P59PHI was not designed for a plug ‘n play installation therefore, a wired installation will be necessary.  This installation is straightforward if you follow the instructions provided below.  There is plenty of room inside the locomotive for this installation.

 

Athearn N-Scale P59PHI Installation Instructions for Digitrax Decoders:

1.     Remove the locomotive’s shell.  Note which end of the frame is the front and which is the back.

2.     Remove the light board that is installed on the top of the frame.  Do this by removing the cylindrical black spacers and lifting the board out of the locomotive.

3.     Remove the metal contact strips that run from the top of the locomotive to the motor brushes on each side of the gray case that holds the motor.

4.     Use a sharp knife to remove the gray plastic bars from across the openings on each side where the metal tabs were removed to leave room for routing the wires from the decoder to the pickup tabs and brush contacts.

5.     Place the decoder on top of the frame in the area where the light board was located.

6.     Cut the red and black wires slightly longer than the distance needed to reach the brass track pickup tabs at the bottom of the slot below the motor brush contacts, bend the pickup tabs in slightly and solder the red wire to the right side (engineer's side) tab and the black to the left side.  Be careful that there is no contact created between the brass pickup tab and the motor brush contact when you solder the wires in place.  The insulation on the wires should extend below the brush caps to prevent contact with the brass pickup tabs.

Cut the orange and gray wires slightly longer than the distance from the decoder to the motor brush contacts and very carefully solder the orange wire to the right side and the gray wire to the left side motor brush contacts.  Again make sure there is no contact between the motor brush contacts and the brass pick up tabs.

Secure the decoder and wires with tape across the top of the locomotive frame.

To install the lights in the locomotive, you can remove the LEDs and the resistor from the light board that came with the locomotive and install them with your decoder.  You can also install white LEDs if you wish. Use the decoder’s white and blue wires for the front light and the yellow and blue wires for the rear light.  Cut the blue wire and install the resistor in line between the decoder and either LED.  Use shrink tubing around all solder joints to protect against shorting wires to the frame of the locomotive.                 

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