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    Video Decoder installed in Class 03 shunter

    Well, I finally got around buying a DZ126T decoder for my Graham Farish Class 04 shunter. I purchased the locomotive on my last trip to London at the now defunct Ian Allen book & model shop on Lower Marsh. I bought the decoder last week, this is the first time I ever wired a decoder into any locomotive. Plus this is the smallest locomotive I’ve ever turned into DCC. I did watch some videos on how to with this type of locomotive. Got to admit it was fun to do and rewarding on the outcome of watching it rolling down the layout. You can see the decoder in the second photo. Since there was no lights on the locomotive. I cut the blue,white,& yellow wires off. Yes, it was a tight fit for the decoder and I had to trim the shrink wrap up to the board.

    Now I have to figure out how to remove the shell from my brass hallmark locomotive and drop an decoder into this one also, for future project.

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    Cheers!
    Clayton

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    Nice install in a small loco. The larger ones will now seem really easy.

    I've used a number of TZ126T's and like them and have some still in my stock that I'll install but have also installed ESU's 59820/59826 LokPilot 5 Micro and really like them now especially if you want an even smaller decoder than the TZ126T. It is .32 X .28 X .10 vs. the 126 at .55 X .28 X .12.8. the 126 is a 2 function decoder vs. the 59820's 4 functions plus two additional logic functions. I use one on a N Doodlebug ( HERE ) and used some of the additional functions for additional lighting.

    At $28 it is about the same price as the 126 or maybe only a couple dollars more.

    Be looking forward to your next install,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumner View Post
    Nice install in a small loco. The larger ones will now seem really easy.

    I've used a number of TZ126T's and like them and have some still in my stock that I'll install but have also installed ESU's 59820/59826 LokPilot 5 Micro and really like them now especially if you want an even smaller decoder than the TZ126T. It is .32 X .28 X .10 vs. the 126 at .55 X .28 X .12.8. the 126 is a 2 function decoder vs. the 59820's 4 functions plus two additional logic functions. I use one on a N Doodlebug ( HERE ) and used some of the additional functions for additional lighting.

    At $28 it is about the same price as the 126 or maybe only a couple dollars more.

    Be looking forward to your next install,

    Sumner
    I bought the Digitrax decoder at first and whenever I went back to review the video’s on their instillations. They used the same decoder as what you have mentioned from ESU. The guy from Malta fitted the ESU decoder all the way to the top of the roof of the cab. Thanks again buddy for the complement. It’s was a great accomplishment for me. FYI whenever I shrink wrapped the wire from the wheel pickup. I scorched the wire for the motor.
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