Powerline 48 Class Diesel Locomotive (1991-2004)
DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications
Powerline 48 Class Diesel Locomotive (1991-2004)
DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications
Now available with our NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project
including "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature
About the NSW 48 Class Locomotive
The 48 Class diesel-electric locomotives were built by A.E Goodwin, Auburn for the NSW Government Railways in four production batches (or mark versions) between September 1959 and October 1970. They were built under the ALCO DL531 model with the largest number of 165 units built for NSW, 44 units built for the South Australian Government Railways 830 Class which operated services throughout SA on the narrow, standard and broad gauge lines. A further 3 narrow gauge examples were purchased by Silverton Rail for use on the Silverton Tramway Line around Broken Hill.
There were four versions built for the NSWGR were:
- Mark 1: 4801 – 4845 (September. 1959 to March 1962)
- Mark 2: 4846 – 4885 (June 1964 to September 1965)
- Mark 3: 4886 - 48125 (March 1966 to July 1968)
- Mark 4: 48126 – 48165 (January 1969 to October 1970)
The NSWGR 48 Class was ordered to commence the conversion of branch lines to dieselisation and to see if branch line operating costs could be reduced. They became an immediate success, and by the early 1960's the heaviest trains in NSW were being hauled by multiply 48 class locomotives. They later went on to become the backbone of the NSW Fleet.
As well as branch lines, they operated both mainline and metropolitan services and were seen on every line in the state. Aside from a couple written off after accidents in the mid-1980s, withdrawals didn't commence until August 1994. Others have been withdrawn since and as at January 2014, 66 units still remained in service as an extremely simple and reliable locomotive capable of performing any duty. Of the other 99 units, 7 have been preserved, 29 stored, 63 scrapped.
DCC with Sound and Light Modifications
In 1999, Powerline released their upgraded model (originally Trax) of 48 Class Locomotive, and this version continued through to 2004. These upgrades included light stands built into the chassis to reduce body scorch caused by the 12 volt light bulbs and better fitment, some metal chassis modifications, an upgrade to the Mark 3 Mabuchi motor with modifications to the motor housing for a better fit and provide more ventilation for the motor and improved wheels and tyres. Apart from these modifications, the 48/830 also received a few body modifications and new liveries.
Being an older release the model was obviously DC with no provision for DCC but is can be converted to DCC.
For this DCC installation, we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our remastered Custom Sound Project for the NSW 48 Class or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.
We offer a light modification for this Powerline 48 Class to convert the Headlights from 12 volt light bulbs to LEDs
Replace the front and rear headlight bulbs to LEDs
The DCC Solutions NSW 48 Class Custom Sound Project
is packed with sounds and features not found on other sound decoders
So why not get fully featured sound from DCC Solutions
Our Custom Sound Project now includes these fantastic features:
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.
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
There are no Dynamic Brakes on a 48 Class Locomotive, however we have included Dynamic Brake Logic in this sound project to allow your 48 Class loco to run in a trailing consist with other locos that may have Dynamic Brakes.
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 playable and short blast horn including NSWGR WABCo A/B Series, RVB Hurricane 3 Chime, RVB Hurricane 5 Chime and Twin RVB Hurricane 5 Chime available to suit your specific model.
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.
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 Powerline 48 Class model drive and sound impressive
ALCO 6-251B Turbo NSW 48 Class Custom Built Sound Project
- 48 Class Short Blast and Playable Horn. NSWGR WABCo Pneuphonic type A/B or NSWGR RVB Hurricane 5 chime
- Additional Horns: NSWGR RVB Hurricane 3 chime, NSWGR Twin RVB Hurricane 5 chime
- 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 48 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!
- NSW 48 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 Powerline 48 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 48 Class Models
DCC INSTALLATION AND MODIFICATION FEATURES
Standard DCC Installation: Non-sound decoder plus LED Headlights
Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder with our Custom NSW 48 Class Sound Project plus LED Headlights
DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels
Premium Sound Installation using the ESU LokSound 5
F0 Directional Headlights
F1 Full Throttle Drive Hold
F2 NSWGR 48 Class Horn
F3 High Beam Headlight
F4 Dynamic Brake Logic as a Trailing Unit
F5 Coasting on Demand
F7 Brake Squeal on Deceleration
F8 Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down/Mute
F9 Reserved (Light Mods)
F10 Reserved (Light Mods)
F11 Reserved (Light Mods)
F12 Reserved (Light Mods)
F13 Reserved (Light Mods)
F14 Reserved (Light Mods)
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 Reserved (Light Mods)
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.