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  DCC Solutions

Auscision 442 Class DCC Sound Installation

with Full Lighting Control

Now available with our NEW Remastered

ESU LokSound 5 Custom Sound Project

including the "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature.

About the 442 Class Locomotive

The 442 class are a class of diesel-electric locomotives that were built for the New South Wales Government Railways between 1970 and 1973. A total of 40 locomotives were built by Alco's Australian licensee AE Goodwin and Comeng, Auburn. The 442 Class were used on both main freight and passenger service in NSW and when they entered private ownership they have operated across all of Australia. They were nicknamed Jumbos, due to their 1971 delivery coinciding with that of Qantas' first Boeing 747 airplanes. The 442 class are identical to the South Australian Railways 700 class locomotive.

The 442 class were built to replace the 1951 built 40 class locomotives. The first 442 was completed in October 1970 but was rejected due to rough riding concerns during testing. It took a further 5 months for changes to be made to the bogie design and it being passed for service. The first 442 finally began service on 29th March 1971 and operated mainline services across the state. In 1985, locos 44223 to 44227, 44229 and 44230 were fitted with V/Line radios to allow them to operate services through to Melbourne. This stopped in 1987 with those locos fitted being sent to Melbourne to have the equipment removed.

By the end of their careers all were based at Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot and mainly operated on the North Coast and Main North lines.

Following the delivery of new 82 and 90 class locomotives most were withdrawn in 1994. In December 1994, nineteen were sold at auction to private operators. A locomotive shortage saw an additional six reinstated by FreightCorp in late 1995 and were used as shunters in Sydney, with the last of them withdrawn in March 1998. The only to be preserved was 44211 and is operational.

In 2001, five of the 442 class locos were overhauled and returned to service as the JL class. A further 12 were remanufactured and reclassified as the GL class between June 2003 and October 2004. The original Alco 12-251C engines and AEI generators were replaced with fully overhauled GE 7FDL-12 engines and alternators.

DCC with Sound and Lighting Control

In March 2019, Auscision released the 442 Class locomotive which includes a 21 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder plus a speaker enclosure that suits two DCC Solutions High Performance Dynamic "Thunder" Speakers (11 mm X 15 mm). There are micro switches under the model for turning lights on/off in DC. In standard DCC all lights will operate directional.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the 442 Class or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound. We can offer several options of DCC installations for this model to suit all budgets and can supply the decoders only for the DIY installers.

Our Custom Sound Project is NOT the Generic sound file from ESU and Auscision.....It's Better!

And it does contain prototypical recorded sounds.

We have tweaked the motor control of the ESU decoder to provide super slow smooth speed which is perfect for shunting operations allowing the loco to move ever so slowly towards its rolling stock. Also, for those wanting the locomotive to move off slowly and build up speed like the prototype. You will be impressed with the smooth slow speed motor control.

We offer full individual light control for Auscision's 442 Class to allow more prototypical light operations.

With the release of the ESU LokSound 5 Sound decoder it allows for the separation of all the lights in this model resulting in full lighting control.

Both the white and red marker lights at the front and rear can be controlled individually or directionally as well as the front and rear headlights. The front and rear numberboards have their own control as well. That allows for no rear red marker lights to be on when the loco is carrying a load behind it or both the front and rear red markers switched on at the same time when the locomotive is standing in a siding or shunting and you can even run with just the front white markers switched on.

You can control what lights you want switched on depending on how you are running your 442 Class Locomotive.

The DCC Solutions NSW 442 Class Custom Sound Project

is packed with sounds and features not found on other sound decoders especially factory fitted sound.

Factory Fitted Sound only offers you the very basic sound for your model

So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions

Our Custom NSW 442 Class Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

Two Sound Projects for the 442 Class Locomotive

For the original 442 Class - Alco 12-251C.

For the rebirth GL Class - GE 12-7FDL

Now you can have the correct prime mover sound to suit both the original 442 or the remanufactured GL class models.

Full Throttle – Drive Hold

This feature allows you to simulate a loaded or empty train by pressing the F1 function button. When the button is pressed, the motor will remain at a constant speed, while the sound can be controlled independently by adjusting the speed on the throttle. This exciting, new feature gives the operator the ability to have the train crawl in notch 8 or coast at 100 km/h. Release the Drive Hold function button and you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed and motion. Available only from DCC Solutions, our Drive Hold will stop your loco when you reduce the speed to zero even while the function is still active. Your ESU factory fitted sound will not stop your loco at speed step 0 with the drive hold on.

Coasting on Demand

This feature allows you to enter coasting mode whenever you want with a press of a button. Often when coming to a stop, the throttle of a real locomotive is put into Idle and the locomotive coasts to a stop. Another situation that occurs is that once a train is up to speed when operating over

rolling countryside, the driver can coast to maintain a certain speed. By pressing the coast function button, the sound drops into coasting and remains there. Using the throttle speed control, you can now speed up or slow down the train with the sound remaining in coasting mode.

Press the function button to exit coasting and the sound will exit and return to whatever speed is set when exiting.

Working Brake

Press the Brake Function button and your locomotive will come to a stop at a much shorter distance than if you were to bring it to a stop by reducing the throttle speed. Release the brake and your locomotive will move off again or choose to have it remain stationary when the brake is released.

Working Dynamic Brake

Apply the Dynamic Brakes and the Prime Mover will wind down to idle while the Dynamic Fans engage to assist with cooling. Reduce the throttle and the decoder's dynamic braking logic will reduce your speed faster than normal. Disengage Dynamic Braking and the primer mover will returned to it's notched speed and the fans will turn off.

Random Start-up Sequences with Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Now with random start-up sequences including hot or cold engine starts your start up and shut down will not always sound the same.

As your locomotive begins to move off you will hear the sounds of brakes releasing with random speed activated wheel squeal, rail noises and other sounds. Some of these sounds are random or speed sensitive that will turn on/off automatically depending on your take off speed. When the locomotive comes to a stop you will hear the squeal of the brakes, air releases and then the compressor will cut in automatically to fill the reservoirs with air until full and will cut out.

Coupling and Release with Shunting Mode

Activate coupling or release and your loco will automatically reduce its speed to allow for a more realistic coupling or release operation. Once the operation is completed your loco will continue to run at slow speed for a few more seconds before returning to the speed set on your throttle.

Remastered Horn Sounds

A new remastered NSW RVB Hurricane 5 Chime Series playable and short blast horn.

Also, included will be the remastered NSW Nathan P5 and M5 horns as some 442 may have carried these horns at some stage of their service.

Random Sounds

While the factory fitted sound will only offer you 1-2 random sound, DCC Solutions will have 6-8 random sounds that will play when either the loco is stopping or moving as we have been for years in all our Custom Sound Projects.

And includes all these great features to make your Austrains 442 Class drive and sound impressive.

  • ALCo 12-251C Prime Mover Sound for the 442 Class
  • GE 12-7FDL Prime Mover sound for the GL Class
  • Random Start-up sequences including Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start.
  • NSW RVB Hurricane 5 chime Series Short Blast and Playable Horn. (Additional P5 and M5 included)
  • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops including Brake Squeal.
  • When the loco stops after braking the compressor cuts in to fill the reservoir and will turn off when the tanks are full.
  • Speed sensitive Wheel Squeal and Rail Noise when the loco moves off.
  • Brake squeal on deceleration and turns off on acceleration.
  • Full Throttle Drive Hold - Lock the loco speed and control the sound independently to simulate a heavy loaded or empty train
  • Proper Working Dynamic Brakes: The prime mover winds down to idle, fans activate and brakes faster due to Dynamic Braking Logic
  • Coasting On Demand
  • Working Brake to bring your locomotive to a stop even when Full Throttle Drive Hold is active unlike other ESU sound files.
  • Manual Notching - manually control the notching rather than letting the decoder do it
  • Directional Coupling and Release with brake line release plus auto active shunting mode to reduce the speed of the loco for shunting
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases and more!
  • Light modification to replace headlights with LEDs and programmed for Directional and On/Off operation.
  • Low beam to High beam Headlight operation
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Austrains 442 Class Locomotive Model.
  • Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements.
  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.
  • This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of 442 Class Models.


Standard DCC Installation: Non-sound decoder with no lighting modifications.

Standard Sound Installation: Alternate brand of sound decoder with factory generic sound. No lighting modifications.

Premium Sound Installation and Full Lighting Control: Now with 8 Function lighting outputs to separate lighting for individual function control on your DCC controller plus our ESU LokSound 5 Custom ALCO 12-251C or GE 12-7FDL Sound Project.

Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU LokSound 5 Sound Decoder


Premium Sound Installation with Full Light Control

Function                       Description  

0 (HEADLIGHT)         Directional Headlights

1                              Full Throttle Drive Hold

2 (HORN)                     NSW RVB Hurricane 5 Chime Playable Horn

3                              High Beam Headlight

4                              Working Dynamic Brakes

5                              Coasting on Demand

6                              Brake

7                              Brake Squeal on Deceleration

8                              Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down/Mute

9                              Reserved

10                              Reserved

11                              Reserved

12                              Reserved

13                              Reserved

14                              Reserved

Function                       Description  

15                              Fan

16                              Compressor

17                              Coupling /Uncoupling + Shunting Mode

18                              Wheel Squeal

19                              Guard's Whistle

20                              Sanding Valve

21                              Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

22                              Front Headlight

23                              Manual Handbrake Ratchet

24                              Spitter Valves

25                              Manual Notching

26                              Notch Up / Short Air Release

27                              Notch Down / Cab Door

28                              Rail Clank

Note: The above functions are for the LokSound 5 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Premium Custom Sound Installation with Light Control

To learn how to use these functions see the Info & Help page.

All functions can be reprogrammed to suit your own personal requirements.

Options Available

ESU LokSound V5 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom 442 Class Sound Project

ESU LokSound V5 Sound Decoder programmed with the Auscision ESU basic sound file.

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

Alternative brands of Sound and Non Sound Decoders of your choice.

Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations

CLICK HERE to contact DCC Solutions for DCC with Sound into your Austrains 442 Class