Auscision B Class DCC Sound Installation
with Lighting Modifications
Now available with a NEW Remastered
Custom Sound Project including the
"Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature.
About the B Class
The B class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the Victorian Railways in 1952-53 with a total of 26 units being built. Ordered and operated by the Victorian Railways, they were the first mainline diesel locomotives built for the Victorian Railways and initiated the dieselisation of the Victorian system that saw them used on both passenger and freight services, with many remaining in service today, both in preserved and revenue service. The design was based on the successful American EMD F-unit locomotives with the distinctive bulldog nose, however they were unusual in having a streamlined drivers cab at each end.
In service, the 26 locomotives of the class operated on broad gauge lines throughout Victoria, working the majority of the important passenger trains, as well as fast freights. While costing more than steam locomotives to run the Victorian Chief Engineers Office found that one B class did the work of three steam locomotives so a decision was fast tracked, and steam locomotives began to be scrapped in large numbers. The B Class success led to further dieselisation, with the delivery of the T class branch line units from 1955, and the single ended S class mainline units from 1957.
In the 1980's, it was decided to rebuild the B class with new traction equipment as the A class. The rebuild contract was given to Clyde Engineering, Rosewater, in January 1983 with the first unit entering service in May 1984. The project was abandoned in mid 1985 after rising costs due to structural fatigue, with the 11th and final rebuild delivered in August 1985. At the same time newer high power locomotives had been delivered, including the N class passenger units and the G class freight locomotives. The B class were gradually retired by V/Line from 1982 with some scrapped. Six were purchased by West Coast Railway in the early 1990's but following West Coast Railway's demise in August 2004 these were sold to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia and refurbished with some being resold to Southern Shorthaul Railroad. This saw some converted to standard gauge and their operation increased to include New South Wales.
DCC with Sound and Light Modifications
In October 2009, Auscision released the B Class locomotive which included an 8 Pin socket for easily fitting a DCC decoder but not provision for a speaker in the chassis. The model only comes with headlights and white marker with numberboard lights and in DC/DCC all lights operate directional.
According to Auscision "their Victorian research team wanted the loco marker lights to work this way as on the prototype, that is the white markers are only illuminated on the end for the direction of travel. On the prototype the only time red marker lights are on is when running light engine and as most modellers have a train behind their loco red markers are not required.”
So that is why the model has no red markers.
We offer a light modification for Auscision's B Class to separate the lights
We can separate the front headlight from the white markers/numberboards for a more prototypical operational practice in DCC.
Both the white markers with the numberboards at the front and rear can be controlled individually or directionally as well as the front and rear headlights. This allows you to run with markers only and turn the headlight on/off separately. And if you "have a train behind your loco" when reversing you can have no lights come on at the rear of the locomotive.
For a Standard Light Modification we can separate the lights as follows:
1) Headlights - directional with 1 function
2) Marker Lights - directional with 1 function
3) Front Headlight - on/off with 1 function
4) Front White Markers - on/off with 1 function
5) Rear White Markers - on/off with 1 function
6) Rear Headlight - on/off with 1 function
For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound V4.0 (Sound) programmed with the DCC Solutions Custom Sound Project to provide the most realistic sound for the B Class or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound. Alternatively you may wish to choose the ESU Select Sound Decoder programmed with the ESU factory generic sound. We offer several different options of DCC installations using various brands of sound decoders for this model to suit all budgets and can supply the decoders/speaker only for the DIY installers.
The DCC Solutions VR B Class Custom Sound Project - EMD 16-567BC
Our Custom Sound Project now includes these new features:
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.
Coasting on Demand
Pressing F5 will activate coasting on demand to suit your running environment allowing variable speed coasting so changes in speed will not turn it off until you turn it off.
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.
Move Off and Stopping Sounds
When your locomotive begins to move you will hear the sounds of brakes releasing plus some random sounds programmed into our Custom Sound Project that are activated with the moving off and stopping of the locomotive to add to the realism.
Remastered Horn Sounds
A new remastered WABCo Pneuphonic A/B Series playable and short blast horn
And includes all these great features to make your Auscision B Class drive and sound impressive.
- Remastered EMD 16-567BC Prime Mover Sound
- Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start
- WABCo Pneuphonic A&B Long and Short Blast Horn
- Brake Release Sounds when the locomotive moves off.
- Random Stopping Sounds 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.
- 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: When engaged the prime mover winds down to idle as the Dynamic Brake Fan runs and the engine brakes faster due to Dynamic Brake motor logic of the ESU decoder. Disengage and the prime mover will shift back to its prior notch and continues along.
- Coasting On Demand
- Working Brake to bring your locomotive to a stop
- Coupling and Release with brake line release
- Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases
- Manual Ratchet Handbrake
- Modified Lighting Option for more prototypical light operation.
- Low beam to High beam Headlight operation
- And more (See below for full list)
- Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Auscision B Class Locomotive Model.
- Individual 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 B Class Models.
INSTALLATION AND MODIFICATION FEATURES
Standard DCC Installation: Non sound decoder with no lighting modifications.
Standard Sound Installation: ESU SELECT sound decoder with ESU factory sound file.
Premium Sound Installation: ESU V4.0 sound decoder with our custom B Class Prime Mover sound project. No lighting modifications.
Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgraded with the DCC Solutions Light Modification and our custom B Class Prime Mover sound project that allows you individual control of the front/rear white markers with number boards and the front/rear headlights using the function buttons on your DCC throttle.
Here is the selection of sound and function labels using the ESU V4.0 Sound Decoder
SOUND and OUTPUT FUNCTION LABELS
Premium Sound Installation and Light Modifications
with ESU Full Throttle Drive Hold Feature
0 (HEADLIGHT) Directional Headlights
1 Full Throttle Drive Hold
2 (HORN) WABCo A/B Playable Horn
3 WABCo A/B Short Blast Horn
4 Dynamic Brakes
5 Coasting on Demand
7 Shunting Mode/Reduces Speed 50%
8 Prime Mover Cold/Hot Start Up/Shut Down
9 Front White Markers
10 Rear Red Markers (Optional)
11 Rear White Markers
12 Front Red Markers (Optional)
13 Directional Markers Lights
14 Coupling (Reverse) /Uncoupling (Forward) [CV48]
17 Manual Handbrake Ratchet
18 Wheel Flange Squeal
19 Guard's Whistle
20 Volume Control (+/-) Double Key Press
21 Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%
22 High Beam Headlight
23 Cab Door Open/Close
24 Sanding Valve
25 Spitter Valves
26 Short Air Release
27 Front Headlight On/Off
28 Disable Move Off and Stopping Sounds
Note: The above functions are for the LokSound V4.0 Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom Victorian B Class Sound Project.
The functions and sounds will be different for the LokSound Select and other brand sound decoders.
To learn how to use these functions see the Info & Help page. All functions can be reprogrammed to suit your own personal requirements.
ESU LokSound V4.0 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom Victorian B Class Sound Project
ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder programmed with ESU factory generic sound file
ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)
Alternate Brand (Soundtraxx, TCS) Sound or non Sound Decoders
Supply only Decoder and Speaker for DIY Installations