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DCC decoder for a Bowser trolley

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DCC decoder for a Bowser trolley
Posted by JOEL BRAZY on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:57 PM

Hi folks,

what DCC decoder do you guys recommend for the Bowser trolley? I have a 12845 Philadelphia PTC trolley. It looks like Loksound - but the info is really vauge - which one...help a MRR borther out! Thanks Joel

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Posted by rrinker on Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:04 AM

 This is one case where a DIgitrax one might be the answer. Fred Miller developed a sound project for the Digitrax sound decoders that does all sorts of prototypical trolley sounds and functions. It was well documented - might have been an article in MR a few years ago. I'd just use the newest 16 bit version of the decoder, assuming the project has been upgraded with bettter quality audio.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:55 AM

I have an older PCC car from Bowser and a Bachmann Peter Witt.  I just put a simple DH -123 in the PCC car.  I think the Peter Witt came with a decoder.  I added a second decoder for just sound.  I used the sound project files Randy described.

The sound worked fine, but that particular decoder had insufficient audio output level and I can barely hear it.

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Posted by tstage on Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:43 AM

Joel,

TCS makes a decoder specifically for the Bowser PCC streetcars.  It may work for the PTC trolleys as well:

TCS M4T

The prototypical breaklight effect is pretty nifty.  It's a motor-only decoder though.  Not sure if a TCS Wow! would fit...

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Posted by TheWizard on Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:12 PM
The Bowser trolley I have came with an ESU LokSound decoder pre-installed.

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