I need help to choose a DCC Decoder

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  1. pimberman

    pimberman New Member

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    Hi, guys!

    I want to buy the locomotive Bachmann EMD SD45, DCC Ready, N scale.
    I thought in Bachmann DCC Decoder item No: 44915 with NMRA plug.
    The 44915 decoder goes with the SD45?
    Is the same decoder for all Bachmann's DCC Ready locomotives?
    Or I need a decoder with wires for soldering? :confused:


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    Thanks
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  2. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

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    Typically, the term "DCC Ready" means that you can simply plug in any decoder with an 8 pin NMRA plug (like the one you have pictured) - no soldering. The documentation that came with your locomotive should give details, and if it doesn't, pull the shell and take a look.

    Don't worry a specific decoder brand - any with an NMRA conformance sticker (and even most of those without) can be used. Most of the major makers will over the same decoder with bare wires, 8 pin plug and 9pin plugs. Just pick the version your locomotive is set up for.

    Good Luck!
  3. pimberman

    pimberman New Member

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    Fluesheet:

    Thanks for your reply, very useful.
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  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Pimberman,

    You will have to check the specs on the loco - DCC ready means different things to different manufacturers, including within their own line(s).

    DCC ready may mean what fluesheet said. It may also mean - there is a harness inside so all you need is the decoder itself; OR the motor is isolated so you can solder in your own decoder. Therefore which decoder or decoder/harness combo you need will depend on the loco itself.

    Andrew