SW9 and GP18 DCC out of the box ?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Biased turkey, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Apr 10, 2006
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    I own a Life-like DC GP18 and was so impressed by the quality of that model that I want to purchase the SW9/1200 ( the TH&B looks great ).
    Unfortunately ( I might be wrong here ) I didn't see any Life-like N scale GP18 or SW9 with a DCC decoder out of the box.
    I found an article about installing a DCC decoder in a Life-like SW9 model
    And I'm sure there is a similar one about the GP18, BUT I'm not confident enough to do the installation.
    So, the question is:
    Is there any N scale locomotive manufacturer that produces a GP18 or SW9 model with a factory installed DCC decoder ?
    ( I checked the Atlas website, but didn't find such a model )
    Tia for any information.
  2. GRSJr

    GRSJr Member

    Jun 29, 2004
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    Not to my knowledge. But you could hire an expert to do the installation for you.

    By the way, all the "factory installed" DCC decoders I've tried leave a lot to be desired. They buzz badly and lack function. I've had to replace them with "drop-in" boards. So, I buy only DC versions now and replace the lighting boards with after-market decoder boards.