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Offline RossE

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Dapol Pannier DCC Decoder installation
« on: March 09, 2015, 09:17:14 am »
Hi all,
Just wondered if anyone out there could help with my first steps into DCC decoder installation?
I have a Dapol Pannier that I wish to convert to DCC and (perhaps a little stupidly enthusiastically) I have decided to undertake this task alongside buying a starter DCC control system as my first venture into the DCC realm.
I have searched for some tutorials, but all seem to bring up installation guides using decoders that have gone out of production and been superseded by flashy, newer models.
I'm currently looking at the 'small' decoder options on the 'Digitrains' website and... well...  :help:

I'm certainly not afraid of a bit of work to get my little loco fitted with a decoder, but it'd be nice to know which decoder I should go for so I can ideally get it right first time.
ALSO- if anyone feels that this is a beginner to DCC punching WAY above their weight- please say! I will not take offence. To draw from past experience and the opinion of others are precisely why I posted.

Many thanks
Ross
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Re: Dapol Pannier DCC Decoder installation
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2015, 12:34:21 pm »
The instructions for installing the 6 pin decoder are quite straight forward, all you need to do is be careful when removing the section where the decoder goes not to break any of the parts off the engine, just take your time it can be stiff to come away so make sure you are firm but gentle.

As for Decoders go I use Digitrax and never had a problem with them.

http://www.digitrains.co.uk/ecommerce/search/dz126in-dz126in-n-gauge-decoder.aspx

Also others will state go for what you can afford this one here is one of the best out there.

http://www.coastaldcc.co.uk/products/cte/dcx76-series

But its all down to choice but like I say never had a problem with digitrax decoders.
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Re: Dapol Pannier DCC Decoder installation
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2015, 01:13:01 pm »
The decoder should live in the cab area. Gently lift the cab section.  There are some tiny lugs that can be seen underneath.
Remove the blanking plug and install chip noting which is pin 1

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Re: Dapol Pannier DCC Decoder installation
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2015, 02:03:34 pm »
I would second the recommendation for the Digitrax dz126IN.

If you haven't seen it before you can turn yourself green with envy by viewing

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=13765.0

I regularly cry myself to sleep looking at some of Caz's work!

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Re: Dapol Pannier DCC Decoder installation
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2015, 07:14:49 pm »

Was easy enough to fit following the instructions. Just lift out the handrails from the cab and pull the cab up.  I used a bachmann 36-558A and the shrink wrap was slighly longer than the board and had to shave off the surplus before it would sit in the cab nicely.

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Re: Dapol Pannier DCC Decoder installation
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2015, 07:30:20 am »
Many thanks for all the help everyone- Will have a look at those decoder ideas.
I must admit that I didn't realise that the Pannier I had was DCC ready. It was bought used and I just assumed that it would be the same configuration as the GF Class 08 I own.
I removed the cab earlier on and it was a doddle.

The 08 sounds like that is the one that's going to require some work then. I'll scour the threads and see if anyone else has done the project.

Ross

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Re: Dapol Pannier DCC Decoder installation
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2015, 07:39:32 am »
If its the older 08 they are a doddle.  You will need a digihat from dcc supplies. And a decoder with wires
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