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trainline and decoder

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trainline and decoder
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 8, 2003 7:28 PM
i have a walthers trainline dash8-40b, will i be able to install a decoderinto it.. i'm going to buy dcc and it would be great if i could convert it..i also have athearn gp-38 blue box (47.50) and was wondering if that one could be turned into dcc.. the dash 8 has some wiring and circuit board running through but the gp-38 doesn't.any help would be appreciated. thanks
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 9:35 AM
There have been a couple of articles in the MR recently that show you how to install decoders in athearn locos. Indeed Digitrax sell a decoder with a wiring harness for athearn locos so you can do it without soldering.

There shouldn't be any reason why you can't convert the trainline loco but it is a bit more complicated so would be difficult ot put up on this board.

Try getting magazine articles and books (Lionel Strang brought out one a wee while ago) that will give you pinters and enable you to do it.

It should not be very difficult.

Neil
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 3:24 PM
I think you might be able to buy a replacement circuit board for the Dash 8-40b which includes a decoder unit. You then have to solder the wires from the pickups and motor to the new circuit board.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 10:32 AM
i only have the issues starting from aug. 2003 and i couldnt find anything on the installation for the athearn decoder but i'll keep looking thanks. where would be the best place to post a situation like this (installing decoders). im fairly new to this and i want to make sure i post things in the right place.. thses forums are helpful to me and i wouldnt want to post in the wrong area thanks for the help.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 5:02 PM
Talk to your DCC system vendor and ask for recommendations for those models. They can usually steer you to the right decoder or tell you they don't have one.

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