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How-to tutorial: Walthers SW1 to DCC

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How-to tutorial: Walthers SW1 to DCC
Posted by tstage on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:59 PM

For those interested, I've put together a how-to tutorial for converting a Walthers SW1 switcher to DCC and adding a decoder and rear headlight to it.  It's broken up into sections for easier accessibility and digestion.

Along with the step-by-step instructions and tool and material lists, I've tried including as many helpful pics, tips, and links as possible (perhaps overkill) to explain what I did, how I did it, and the reasons why.  I may tweak the tutorial a little more.  However, for the most part, it's essentially complete.

I'm also putting together a maintenance and upgrade portion for cleaning & relubing, installing new NWSL wheelsets, and replacing the old silicone tubing drive shaft with a NWSL U-joint.  That's still under construction for now but I'm hoping to finish that up within a week.

This has been a good, challenging, and educational project for me; both to undergo and to document.  My hope is that the tutorial will prove to be a help to anyone who either is interested in converting their SW1 over to DCC, or just upgrading it so that it runs better.

Any suggestions you might have to improve it are most welcome.  Thanks for taking the time to look at it. Big Smile

Tom

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Posted by richg1998 on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 4:06 PM

Very nice. I just looked through it and stored the link.

Maybe put this all in a PDF.

Also, I did not find the Appendix for the sound install at Tony's in the link or do not know how to find it.

Rich

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Posted by tstage on Friday, September 30, 2011 12:41 PM

richg1998

Very nice. I just looked through it and stored the link.

Maybe put this all in a PDF.

Also, I did not find the Appendix for the sound install at Tony's in the link or do not know how to find it.

Rich

Rich,

The .pdf for the tutorial is hopefully in the works.  Don't know exactly when that will happen though.

The link to Tony's .pdf for the decoder install is only a motion decoder.  I haven't found a how-to for a sound decoder installation.  It would be pretty tight because the only place to put the decoder and space is in the cab.

Tom

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Posted by richg1998 on Saturday, October 01, 2011 10:29 AM

This guy did it but have not found any details yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALzOtz7Ag1E

Rich

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Posted by richg1998 on Saturday, October 01, 2011 10:34 AM

I did find a Micro Tsunami install in a S2 in another forum but I suspect trains.com will remove it. I will PM you the link.

Rich

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Posted by ndbprr on Saturday, October 01, 2011 11:41 AM

You left off the final step.  Paint it for the PRRWink

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Posted by tstage on Saturday, October 01, 2011 4:46 PM

ndbprr,

I'll do that when I scrap it. Laugh

Tom

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