In this video I take a class 57 ‘Scott Tracy’ in the new Virgin Pendolino livery, a loco by Bachman, in her natural, out of the box DC state, test her, open her up, fit a DCC chip to her and then test her again – all in less than 10 minutes!
Right, this video is going to be quite different to the others, this one’s going to be something special. This is a standard D seal okay we’ve got here by Batman class 57 Virgin Thunderbirds livery is used to rescue broken-down voyagers broken-down pendolino and I do believe they’re going to start pulling their own coaches soon and full of rakes with mark three carriages. But what we’re going to do in this video is basically take a DC loco like this one converter two DCC and then put it back on the track and show you the difference and as we do that you’ll see how it’s done and what the benefits of DC single okay are so then I’d further do let’s see what it’s like in DC mode first so we’ve got a hot top and this is a standard DC controller let’s get it going so there she is that’s average average speed average power and she’s running really really well but if we slow it down we can see something this not very good about the lights so slow right down can you see those lights flickering how badly they’re flickering that’s because it’s just basically not enough power going through the wheels into the Loko to keep them at full brightness all the time and it’s just the same in the back too we get round to the back you can see that she’s almost cutting out actually from the lights hardly want to work at all and that’s one of the problems with DC accessories such as lights don’t work very well and what sound doesn’t work at all so let’s take it back up this back up to high speed again we can see that high-speed she runs really really well the lights are fine but we really need to DCC it so let’s get that done now we’ll have control of the lights and she’ll run even better at slow speeds okay Wow magic so here we are this is crew works or what used to be known as the dining room table but not anymore as you can see crew works so there she is upside down in a cradle ready to be worked on so let’s get those screws out first now I must point out that you know this is different with every single local you get and it’s always best to consult the instructions that came with the logo first some of the locos have you know a screw at each end some of them have screws in the middle and some of them require to take off the entire bogey in order to get at the inside so it’s always best to check first before you dive in there with all screwdrivers blazing so well that gets off will just disappear for a second and return in a bit okay so the screws are all out and the shell is ready to come off.
So there we go and must stress here as you can see there are some cables there and some cables there fastening the lights to the actual main body and the PCB which is just there in the main body and obviously don’t damage them don’t cut them don’t break them they need it so just bear that in mind sometimes as you take off the chasis sorry the bodies the shells that you will find cables often snugging as they are attached so there we can see the DCC blanking plates or I’d focus that so that’s what’s going to be taken out now by giant hand and now we get the chip this is a standard Hornby DCC decoder it’s a four function decoder and as we can see one of the cables there the purple one which is zoom in on that has been wrapped around the others because that’s loose and isn’t actually needed but we’re not going to cut it cut it off and get rid of it in case we want to add sound later or something so we’ll just wrap out of the way and then you need to make sure you get the pins lined up correctly and it’s the orange pin that goes side the orange cable that goes into pin 1/2 socket one will always check with the instructions because they’ll often tell you how to line it up although not all of them do but if you do struggle and you need some additional help then that help can usually be found by going online either to Hornby’s website or bakwin’s website or whoever website it is there’s the manufacturer of the loco you’re trying to chip as you can see is sticky pads just been put at the end of the logo there to hold the DCCC chip in place in the first video we did put the chip just there but as you can see that clashed with the fan mountings inside the shell so you know you have to learn as you go and we’ve put the chip at that end where that doesn’t seem to be anything that’s going to hit it as the shell goes back on so let’s put that shell back on seems too good to be true Don it seems too simple Charlie calm yet there’s gotta be more to it than that.
Well this is a DCC ready logo and it is obviously easier to do it when their logo is ready and has the socket ready and waiting if your particular logo isn’t DCC ready either because it’s just not or it’s a really old model then you’re going to have to get the soldering iron out really as if you want to do a good job of it anyway so let’s just let that get screwed back up and we’ll come back in a second okay we’re back magic now she’s on the railing rode a DCC chip is fitted the casing is fitted so let’s assign a number to her hold down select until Ellie flashes in the screen well that’s for this particular control of course this is the Hornby select let’s temporarily give her the number 38 the red light flashes that’s it she should know have the number 38 okay back again this is magic in tip right now as you can see the logo is on loop three this time which is the DCC loop is called loop three because well originally there were three loops and this was the outermost loop ignore that piece of track there that’s just the access track to the huge siding down there so she’s now DCC fitted and let’s see what she’s like let’s turn on the controller the Elevens initial test a 30s initial test and it always defaults the number three with the left direction light this up so let’s put in the number that we gave her earlier which is 38 thirty-eight and then select now if we press the function button you should see how lights come on so if I put the camera just there now I have to put the camera now free and then press function there are lights and then if I press the arrow key there to make it go the other way we see that her lights change depending on which direction we want the train to go in so lights on constant let’s turn that down so slightly and actually days and we can have a game as fast as we want oh I slept and as impressive as she was in DC there’s no way she could do that in DC that people is a luxury of DC see that is reading that slowly that smoothly with the lights on constant so there we have it from DC to DC C and under 10 is freely