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DCC Solutions

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Trainorama 49 Class DCC Sound Installation

with Light Modifications

Now available with our NEW Remastered

ESU LokSound 5 Custom Sound Project

with the "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature.

Suitable for 49 Class models by Trainorama, Bergs

Auscision "O" Scale

About the NSW 49 Class Locomotive

The 49 class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the New South Wales Government Railways between 1960 and 1964 with a total of 18 units built but ordered in three batches each of six locomotives. 

When the 49 Class entered service on the 29th September 1960 they were originally purchased to dieselise the then uneconomical line to Broken Hill. Initially with the entire class to be based at Parkes in the Western Region of New South Wales they eventually travelled on all branch lines as well as mainlines west of Lithgow. They periodically traveled as far as Moree in the north-west and Cootamundra in the south-west and they hauled anything from a block wheat trains, to a mixed goods and even the Central West Express on occasions.

Between July and November 1989 the whole class were transferred to Delec Locomotive Depot in Sydney. As well as metropolitan trip workings they were used on coal trains to Tahmoor on the Main South line.In January 1994 they began to operate on the Illawarra line to Bombo on ballast trains.

In June 1994, the Manildra Group leased 4907 from FreightCorp for use at its Gunnedah mill. Later that year, Manildra purchased 4907 along with 4913 and had them rebuilt by Clyde Engineering, Kelso with lower No.1 ends, the second being for use at their Manildra mill.

To haul infrastructure trains in Victoria during the Melbourne-Adelaide railway standard gauge conversion project, 4903, 4912 and 4916 were leased to National Rail also in late 1994

In February 1995, the remaining locomotives that were still in service with FreightCorp were withdrawn. Most were returned to traffic later in 1995 before again being withdrawn in July 1997. In April 1998, 4910 was leased for seven months to Northern Rivers Railroad hauling services between Grafton and Murwillumbah.

By 1999, FreightCorp began to sell the remaining 49 Class locomotives to a number of owners including Southern Shorthaul Railroad and Northern Rivers Railroad. The following 4903, 4906, 4916, 4918 were preserved and are operated by the Lachlan Valley Railway, New South Wales Rail Transport Museum and 3801 Limited. Seven remain in operation 4904, 4907, 4908, 4910, 4911, 4913, 4917 and five have been scrapped 4901, 4909, 4912, 4914, 4915. The final two units 4902 is stored while 4905 is static.

DCC with Sound and Light Modifications

In February 2015, Trainorama released the 49 Class locomotive which included an 8 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder and a factory fitted speaker. In DC/DCC all lights operate directional.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound 5 (Sound) with our Custom Sound Project for the 49 Class or the LokPilot V4.0 (No Sound) for those not wishing sound. We can supply the decoders only for the DIY installers.

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.

We offer a light modification for Trainorama 49 Class to separate the lights for a more prototypical operation.

We can separate the front headlight, white markers and red marker lights for a more prototypical operational practices in DCC. 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 operate directionally on/off and have a Low Beam/High Beam function. 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 49 Class Locomotive.

You can also still operate all the lights directional as the way the model was delivered.

For a Standard Light Modification we can separate the lights as follows.

1) Headlights - directional with 1 function button

2) Marker Lights - directional with 1 function button

3) Front Headlight - on/off with 1 function button

4) Front White Markers - on/off with 1 function button

5) Front Red Markers - on/off with 1 function button

6) Rear White Markers - on/off with 1 function button

7) Rear Red Markers - on/off with 1 function button

The DCC Solutions NSW 49 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 49 Class Locomotive 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. 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 or by trying to use the brake with the drive hold on. So watch out you don't crash your loco.

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.

Dynamic Brake Logic

There are no Dynamic Brakes on a 49 Class Locomotive, however we have included Dynamic Brake Logic in this sound project to allow your 49 Class loco to run in a trailing consist with other locos that may have Dynamic Brakes.

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.

Manual Notching

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

Remastered Horn Sounds

A new remastered NSWGR WABCo A/B Series playable and short blast horn

Random Sounds

While the factory fitted sound will only offer you 1-2 random sound, DCC Solutions will have up to 12 random sounds that will play when either the loco is stopping or moving as we have been doing for years in all our Custom Sound Projects.

And includes all these great features to make your TRAINORAMA 49 Class drive and sound impressive.

  • EMD 8-567C Roots Blower Prime Mover Sound
  • NSWGR WABCo Pneuphonic A/B Long and Short 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 49 Class loco to run in a trailing consist with other locos that may have Dynamic Brakes.
  • 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!
  • Manual Handbrake Ratchet
  • Wheel Squeal
  • Guard's Whistle
  • Modified Lighting Options for more prototypical light operation, up to 6 Light Outputs/Functions
  • Low beam/High beam Headlights
  • And more (See function mapping list below)
  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Trainorama 49 Class Locomotive Model.
  • Individual sounds slots and the master sound volumes can be adjusted by the user for increased volumes to suit personal requirements.
  • Full function button remapping to suit your personal requirements.
  • This Sound Project is also suitable for other brands of 49 Class Models.


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

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

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder with our Custom built 49 Class Sound Project. No lighting modifications.

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modification: Upgrade to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification to separate the lighting to have individual function control on your DCC controller plus our Custom built EMD 8-567C Sound Project which has been specifically set up to suit the Trainorama 49 Class HO model.

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


Premium Sound Installation and Light Modifications

Function                       Description

0 (HEADLIGHT)      Directional Headlights

                            Full Throttle Drive Hold

(HORN)                   NSWGR WABCo A/B Series Playable Horn

3                              High Beam Headlight

4                              Dynamic Brake Logic Only

5                              Coasting On Demand

6                              Brake

7                              Brake Squeal on Deceleration

8                              Start Up/Shut Down/Mute

9                              Front White Markers

10                              Rear Red Markers

11                              Rear White Markers

12                              Front Red Markers

13                              Directional Marker Lights

14                              Reserved - For Light Mods

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 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.

Options Available

ESU LokSound 5 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom NSW 49 Class Sound Project

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

Optional light modification for individual light control.

Alternate Brand of Sound or non Sound Decoders.

Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations

CLICK HERE to contact DCC Solutions for DCC with Sound + Light Modifications for your 49 Class