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  DCC Solutions

Southern Rail Xplorer/Endeavour Diesel Rail Car

DCC Sound Installation with Light Modifications

Now available with our NEW Remastered Custom Sound Project

including "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature

About the NSW Xplorer/Endeavour

The NSW Xplorer is a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train operated by NSW Railways on country passenger rail services in New South Wales from Sydney to Armidale, Moree, Broken Hill, Griffith and Canberra. The first Xplorers entered service in October 1993, and are mechanically identical to the Endeavours but feature a higher level of passenger amenity than the Endeavour railcars. All 23 carriages were built by ABB Transportation in Dandenong, Victoria

The NSW Endeavour is a Diesel Multiple Unit train operated by NSW TrainLink on passenger rail services in New South Wales on the Hunter Valley, Main Western, Southern Highlands and Illawarra lines. They are mechanically identical to the Xplorers and all 30 carriages were also built by ABB Transportation. Fourteen two-carriage sets were ordered in April 1992 to replace the 620/720 Class railcars, DEB set railcars and locomotive hauled services, with the first entering service in March 1994. In November 1994 one further two-carriage set was ordered.

Each Xplorer and Endeavour car is powered by a Cummins KTA-19R diesel engine rated at 383 kW at 1800 rpm. Their maximum speed is 160 km/h, but in service this is limited to 145 km/h.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In June 2013, Southern Rail Models released the NSW Xplorer & Endeavour DMU Sets, which included the 21 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder and one speaker installed. In the original factory setup, there are some wiring issues which results in the railcars running in the wrong direction as displayed on your controller in both DC and DCC. Also, the lights will not operate correctly with the direction of travel. These issues need to be rectified for your model to run correctly. When operating in DC/DCC, all the lights operate directional. Interior carriage lighting is also installed.


For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our Custom Sound Project for the NSW Xplorer & Endeavour or the LokPilot 5 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound.


We offer a light modification for the Xplorer/Endeavour Models to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation

We offer a light modification to separate the headlights from the marker and ditch lights for a more prototypical operation, as many run without the headlights on during the day. The Markers/Ditch Lights will operate directionally, the Headlights at each end will operate on/off either individually or directionally. The interior lights will operate on/off on a separate function button.

The DCC Solutions Xplorer/Endeavour 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:

Custom Built NSW Xplorer/Endeavour Sound Project

This is not just a basic sound project that you will find on the Australian Market but a completely custom-built sound project by DCC Solutions that contains recorded sounds with customised sound programming plus extra features that will make your NSW Xplorer and Endeavour from Southern Rail Models a uniquely, impressive driving and sounding loco that will turn heads!

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.

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.

Random Sounds

While other sound projects 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.

Opening and Closing Door Sounds

To add to the realism, we have added the opening and closing door sounds incorporated with the Guard's Whistle. Imagine your railcars are waiting at the station, press the door close function button and the Guard's Whistle will sound then the doors will close, and your railcars are ready to move off. Stop your railcars at the station and press the open doors to hear the doors open.

And includes all these great features to make your NSW Explorer/Endeavour drive and sound impressive

  • Cummins KTA-19R Diesel Prime Mover Custom Built Sound Project
  • Short Blast and Playable Horn.
  • Random Start-up and Shut-down sequences
  • 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, Rail Clanking and Rail Noise when the loco moves off
  • Coasting On Demand, 

    where you control the coasting.
  • Working Brake to bring your locomotive to a stop or slow it down while driving
  • Stop & Drive Random Sounds including fans, compressor, rail noise, track wheel squeal, air releases and more!
  • NSW Xplorer compressor
  • Wheel Squeal
  • Brake Squeal on deceleration and off on acceleration
  • Doors Opening/Closing with Guard’s Whistle
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Optional Light Modifications to control all the lights individually for more prototypical light operation.
  • High Beam Headlight Function, allowing you to switch the headlights from low beam to high beam and back.
  • Motor settings tuned for slow speed performance
  • Sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Southern Rail Xplorer/Endeavour Models.
  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously
  • Individual sounds slots and master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user to suit personal requirements
  • Full 28 function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.

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 Sound Project. No Lighting Modifications.

Premium Sound Installation with Light Modifications: Upgrade to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification, ESU LokSound 5 programmed with our Custom Sound Project and you will have individual control of the front/rear headlights, front/rear marker lights with ditch lights and the interior lights

DCC Solutions SOUND and FUNCTION Labels

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification using the ESU LokSound 5

F0    Directional Markers/Ditch Lights

F1    Reserved

F2    Horn

F3    High Beam Headlight

F4    Doors Opening/Closing with Guard's Whistle

F5    Coasting on Demand

F6    Brake

F7    Brake Squeal on Deceleration

F8    Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down/Mute

F9    Headlights (Directional)

F10  Interior Carriage Lights On/Off

F11  Front Headlight On/Off

F12  Rear Headlight On/Off

F13  All Lights Directional

F14  Reserved (Light Mods)

F15  Fan

F16   Compressor

F17  Reserved

F18  Wheel Squeal

F19  Guard's Whistle

F20  Volume Control (+/-)

F21  Volume Fader - Reduces Sound 50%

F22  Reserved

F23  Short Horn

F24  Reserved

F25  Shunting Mode - Reduces Speed 50%

F26  Short Air Release

F27  Cab Door

F28  Rail Clank

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

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

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

Click Here to contact DCC Solutions to enquire about DCC with Sound for your NSW XPLORER & ENDEAVOUR DMU SETS

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