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dcc for late 90's Atlas N GP40's

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dcc for late 90's Atlas N GP40's
Posted by Cannoli on Sunday, February 17, 2008 11:11 PM

In the process of preparing for a move, I was going through my train stuff that is in storage and found my stash of N scale equipment. Among it is a pair of Atlas N scale GP40's that I purchased in the late 90's. I think these have been run maybe 2 or 3 times. I was originally debating on making my new layout in my soon to be home N but have decided to stick with HO. I will however be building a portable N scale layout using the hollow core door technique. As part of the layout, I'd like to make it DCC, does anyone know what the process would be to convert these Atlas locos' to DCC?

Thanks,

Jason

Modeling the fictional B&M Dowe, NH branch in the early 50's.

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Posted by Agrant on Monday, February 18, 2008 10:14 AM
I believe the Digitrax DN163A0 board will fit. Digitrax lists it for an Atlas N Scale GP40-2. I've not converted a GP40 but I have done two Atlas SD60's. It was very straight forward (directions come with the board). Had to loosen the frame screws a bit in order to remove the existing board and replace it with a DCC board. Loosen the screws too much and the trucks fall out, but they fit right back in after you replace the board and begin to tighten the frame screws.
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Posted by Cannoli on Monday, February 18, 2008 10:42 AM

Thanks for the info, I'll check out the DN163AO. I also found an SD9 and GP38, but they are not in their packaging like the GP40's so I'm not sure on the make although I think they may both be Life-Like. I'll have to take a closer look at them.

Thanks again! 

Modeling the fictional B&M Dowe, NH branch in the early 50's.

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