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  DCC Solutions

Austrains Y Class Diesel Locomotive 

DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications

Now available with our NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project

including "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature

About the Victorian Y Class

The Y class are a diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the Victorian Railways between 1963 and 1968.

In 1963 the first of 25 general purpose diesel-electric locomotives were delivered and, as a cost saving measure, they were built with bogies and motors retrieved from scrapped Swing Door electric suburban trains. With the re-use of these components it reduced the unit cost of the Y class locomotive from around £52,000 ($104,000) to £40,000 ($80,000). A further two orders saw the class total of 75 locomotives delivered by 1968. The first 50 were equipped with the EMD 6-567C engine, and the remaining 25 had the EMD 6-645E engine.


Although built to dieselise Victoria's shunting operations and replace steam locomotives on branch line services, they were also used on mainline freight and passenger services. After closure of branch lines across the state and the end of short pick-up goods trains, use of the Y Class dropped. Withdrawals commenced from 1985 and large-scale scrapings commenced during 1991 and 1992 at which point engines Y101, Y102, Y104, Y150 and Y151 were on standard gauge, Y103 had already been withdrawn in the late 1980s. Y101 followed in the early 90's after suffering a collision, but it was not directly replaced.


From 1995, under the newly formed V/Line Freight division, engines Y115, Y151, Y152 and Y169 were running trains on standard gauge, and locomotives Y124 and Y142 were confined to shunting at South Dynon. Within a few years, Y150 had replaced Y115 on standard gauge, with the latter engine shifting to Ballarat as a yard pilot. Around the same time, Y169 replaced Y102, and Y152 replaced Y104. These two engines were stored at Newport workshops, then transferred to South Dynon's "rotten row" where they sat for about a decade. Only two engines - Y152 and Y165 - were repainted into the V/Line Freight scheme, which was essentially the same as previous with a new decal and a lighter grey. The 1999 sale of V/Line Freight to Freight Victoria included engines 110, 113, 115, 118-119, 121-122, 138, 150-152, 157, 165, 169, 171 and 174.

Today, four are in service with V/Line as carriage yard shunters and fitted with low speed controls, with others owned by freight operator Pacific National. Seventeen units are officially preserved, though only a handful of those are operational.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In 2008, Austrains released their model of the Victorian Y Class Locomotives which included an 8 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder plus space in the chassis for a small oval speaker, however a speaker to fit was difficult to obtain. The model comes with LED headlights, red and white marker lights. In standard DCC, all lights will operate directional.


For this DCC installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the VIC Y Class or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.


We offer a light modification for the Austrains Y Class to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation

Standard factory lighting in the model has all lights “ON” in the direction of travel, requiring just 2 function lighting outputs in DCC.

Upgraded from the factory standard 2 to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions light modification where we will separate the headlights, white markers and red marker lights for individual DCC control to provide some prototypical lighting operation when running your Austrains Y Class model. Directional light control will still be available.


Unlike ESU/Auscision factory sound which uses 2 sound slots to operate the lights, our light modification does not use any sound slots for lighting, so all the 10 sound processing channels are available to play sounds when using all the lighting, so you will get the full sound experience all the time.

The DCC Solutions Victorian Y 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 

So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions

Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:

Custom Built Victorian Y Class Sound Project

This is not just a basic factory sound project but two completely custom-built sound project by DCC Solutions that contains recorded sounds with customised sound programming plus extra features that will make your Victorian Y Class Austrains model a uniquely, impressive driving and sounding loco that will turn heads!

Two Sound Projects Available:

EMD 6-567C Prime Mover Sound (Y101-Y150)

EMD 6-645E Prime Mover Sound (Y151-Y175)

Full Throttle – Drive Hold

This feature allows you to simulate a hard-working loaded 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, so this can simulate a hard-working locomotive. This exciting feature gives the operator the ability to have the loco crawling in notch 8 or coasting at 100 km/h along the track. Release the Drive Hold function button, and you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed, motion and sound. 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 sound or sound from other providers will not stop your loco at speed step 0 with the drive hold switched on, which can damage your model because you ran into something.

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, the sound will return to the speed that's 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. The brake can also be used while driving to slow the locomotive up.

Dynamic Brake Logic Only

There are no Dynamic Brakes on a Y Class Locomotive, however we have included Dynamic Brake Logic in this sound project to allow your Y Class loco to run in a trailing consist with other locos that may have Dynamic Brakes, so it will operate with your lead locomotive.

Brake Squeal on Deceleration

Activate this function and when you reduce the throttle speed, your locomotive will begin braking and slow up quicker as you continue to lower the throttle speed, and you will hear the squeal of the brakes. Accelerating will release the brakes.

Random Start-up Sequences with Move Off and Stopping Sounds

Now, with random start-up sequences, 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.

Remastered Horn Sounds

New remastered RVB Hurricane 3 Chime Series playable and short blast horn.

Random Sounds

While the factory fitted sound will only offer you 1-2 random sounds, DCC Solutions will have up to 10 random sounds that will play when either the loco is stopping or moving, to create even more realism to running your model.

Manual Notching

For those who really want to drive their train and manually control the notching rather than letting the decoder do it.

And includes all these great features to make your Austrains Y Class model drive and sound impressive

  • Victorian Y101-Y150 Class EMD 6-567C Custom Built Sound Project
  • Victorian Y151-Y175 Class EMD 6-645E Custom Built Sound Project
  • RVB Hurricane 3 Chime Short Blast and Playable Horn 
  • Random Start-up sequences, including Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start
  • 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
  • Full Throttle Drive Hold - Lock the loco speed and control the sound independently to simulate a heavy loaded or empty train
  • 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
  • Dynamic Brake Logic to allow your Y Class loco to run in a trailing consist with other locos that may have Dynamic Brakes 
  • Directional Coupling and Release with brake line release plus auto active shunting mode to reduce the speed of the loco
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases and more!
  • Victorian Y class compressor
  • Wheel Squeal
  • Brake Squeal on deceleration and off on acceleration
  • Guard's Whistle
  • Manual Notching - manually control the notching rather than letting the decoder do it
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Modified Lighting Option for more prototypical light operation
  • Low beam to High beam Headlight operation
  • Motor settings tuned for slow speed performance, perfect for shunting
  • Sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Austrains Y Class Locomotive Model using the DCC Solutions speaker
  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously
  • Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements
  • DCC Solutions High Performance Dynamic Speaker producing fantastic sound
  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements
  • This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of Y Class Models

DCC INSTALLATION AND MODIFICATION FEATURES

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

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder with our Custom VIC Y Class Sound Project-No light modifications

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgrade from 2 to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification to separate the lighting for individual function control on your DCC throttle, plus our ESU LokSound 5 Custom VIC Y Class Sound Project

DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification using the ESU LokSound 5

F0    Directional Headlights

F1    Full Throttle Drive Hold

F2    VIC Y Class Horn

F3    High Beam Headlight

F4    Dynamic Brake (T413)

F5    Coasting on Demand

F6    Brake

F7    Brake Squeal on Deceleration

F8    Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down/Mute

F9    Front White Markers On/Off

F10  Rear Red Markers On/Off

F11  Rear White Markers On/Off

F12  Front Red Markers On/Off

F13  Directional Marker Lights

F14  Reserved (Light Mods)

F15  Fan

F16  Compressor

F17  Coupling /Uncoupling + DCCS Shunting Mode

F18  Wheel Squeal

F19  Guard's Whistle

F20  Sanding Valve

F21  Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

F22  Front Headlight

F23  Manual Handbrake Ratchet Set/Release

F24  Spitter Valves

F25  Manual Notching

F26  Notch Up / Short Air Release

F27  Notch Down / Cab Door

F28  Rail Clank

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

The functions and sounds will be different from any standard generic ESU Sound Files or other 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.

Operating the DCC Solutions Upgraded 6 Function Light Outputs at the front of the Austrains Y Class

Click Here to contact DCC Solutions to enquire about DCC with Sound for your Austrains Y Class

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