MRC Sound Decoder for Kato SD80

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by darkcurves, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. darkcurves

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    darkcurves, i am NOT in N scale(anymore:119: ), but i am familiar with what those engines look like, personally, i don't see why that decoder wouldn't work in a SD90/43MAC:winki: , at the worst i am sure a minor adjustment in placing the decoder would be all that is needed.

    perhaps an N scaler would know a little more on this.

    [​IMG] -Deano
  3. darkcurves

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    True also, Deano. I compared my Sd90 with the photo at MRC's website, everything is identical! Shoudn't be a problem, i guess. Thanks for the reply!
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    No problem Jacques, i dont mind at all. I've noticed the sound decoders for Atlas. Is it really a snap in or with a little mod? They look very generic unless Atlas uses generic board in all their locos.
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    I went through the 01636 "diesel sound decoder" installation sheet but it is scary at least.
    I can see horrifying words such as "challenge" and " frame milling" lol

    Jacques
  7. darkcurves

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    That is the word i fear most. :mrgreen:
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    Jacques, Aztec Manufacturing makes milled frames for the MRC 1636 for some Atlas and Kato frames.
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    This is kinda funny, i emailed MRC and got this reply:

    The reply:

    I think they must have confused the link with some other link on their browser. :mrgreen:
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    Got another reply from MRC:

    Well, fair enough, i am not perfect myself. Looks like it is possible to install the sound decoder in SD90. Has anyone got SD80 and SD90? Is space inside on the end similar for both?
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    Beautiful! I just installed one of those in an F3 A unit and I couldn't be any happier with it.
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    Congrats to BOTH of you!:thumb:

    you hear a lot of flack about MRC sound decoders:roller: ,though i think its mostly on the HO ones, i have installed over 30 HO MRC sound decoders, and am happy with them:thumb: .

    REAL GLAD the N scale ones worked out and you guys like yours:thumb::mrgreen: .
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    Yeah, the experience is so much different with a sound equipped loco on the layout.
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    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    I TOTALLY AGREE:thumb: . I'm a big advocate of sound, to some its just a novelty, and thats fine, its not for everyone, but for me it brought my whole MRR experience up about 100 notches. if you run the sounds prototypically, use the horn when you should, the bell, coupler crash etc., it really adds a lot:winki: .
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    Thanks for video. I've had these decoders on my wish list for a while now and hope to buy one or two in the coming months to play with.
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    You're welcome. :mrgreen:

    It's getting abit addictive now. First thing in the morning, before anything else, i turn on my DCC to listen to the engine rumbling.
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    They also have one for their SD40-2. Sounds like the sD40-2 just won a place on my projected roster.