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DCC Solutions

For DCC and Sound Installations

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Trainorama S Class DCC Sound Installation

with Lighting Modifications

Now available with our NEW Remastered

ESU LokSound 5 Custom Sound Project

with the "Full Throttle - Drive Hold" feature.

About the Victorian S Class

The S class are a class of diesel locomotives built by Clyde Engineering, Granville for the Victorian Railways between 1957 and 1961 with a total of 18 units built. The S class was based on the EMD F7 design and were very similar to the GM class then being built by Clyde Engineering for the Commonwealth Railways. They were mechanically similar to the Victorian B Class built in 1952.

The first order for 10 locomotives, were progressively delivered between August 1957 and February 1958. An additional eight locomotives were ordered for use on the new North East standard gauge line and delivered between November 1960 and December 1961. The S Class were initially used on express passenger trains such as the Inter-capital Daylight, Southern Aurora, Spirit of Progress and The Overland, but were also used on fast freights. On the broad gauge they often operated in pairs, while on the standard gauge they usually ran solo.A cab was provided at the number two end, but was only used around depots, or to haul empty carriages short distances.

In February 1969 two were destroyed in the Violet Town railway disaster, and were scrapped. In January 1967 S317 was badly damaged in a head-on collision with X33 south of Broadford Loop and was returned to Clyde Engineering for rebuilding. Once again S317 was involved in a fatal accident in June 1982 when it ran into the rear of the Spirit of Progress at Barnawartha, killing the crew. Withdrawals commenced in the May 1987. In February 1994 four were sold to West Coast Railway for use on their Melbourne to Warrnambool passenger service. By April 1999 only four remained in the V/Line fleet and even these were only used during periods of high demand. Four have been preserved with two held in storage.

Privatization brought an upturn in the S class' fortunes with some being overhauled and six remain in service with CFCL Australia, Pacific National, RailPower and Southern Shorthaul Railroad.

DCC with Sound and Lighting Modifications

In November 2009, Trainorama released the S Class locomotive which included an 8 Pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder plus a 4 pin sound ready speaker socket with two 8 ohm speakers making it a simple solution for sound. In DC/DCC all lights operate directional.

In August 2017, Trainorama released a 2nd run which included a 21 pin socket for fitting a DCC decoder, two 8 ohm speakers and working marker lights along with the headlight. In DC/DCC all lights operate directional.

For this installation we recommend the ESU LokSound V5 (Sound) with our Custom Sound Project for the S 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 to provide super smooth slow speeds at steps 1-10 of 128 which is perfect for those wanting the locomotive to move off slowly and build up speed like the prototype.

Here at DCC Solutions we offer a light modification for the Trainorama S Class (2017 Release) to separate the headlights, white markers and red marker lights. Each pair of front and rear marker lights can be controlled individually and the front and rear headlights operate directionally on/off and have a Low Beam/High Beam function. 

The DCC Solutions VR S 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 VIC S Class 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.

Working Dynamic Brake

Apply the Dynamic Brakes and the Prime Mover will wind down to idle while the Dynamic Fans engage to assist with cooling. Reduce the throttle and the decoder's dynamic braking logic will reduce your speed faster than normal. Disengage Dynamic Braking and the primer mover will returned to it's notched speed and the fans will turn off.

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 RVB Hurricane 3 Chime Series playable and short blast horn.

A new remastered Leslie SuperTyfon S-5T 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 S Class drive and sound impressive.

  • EMD 16-567C Roots Blower Prime Mover.
  • Random Start-up sequences including Automatic Hot or Cold Engine Start
  • RVB Hurricane 3 chime or Leslie SuperTyfon S-5T Short Blast and Playable Horn.
  • Air and Brake Release Sounds when loco moves off and stops including Brake Squeal
  • 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 even when Full Throttle Drive Hold is active unlike other ESU sound files.
  • 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 Ratchet Handbrake
  • Optional light modification for individual light control.
  • Low beam to High beam Headlight operation
  • And more (See below for full list)
  • Play 10 different sounds simultaneously
  • Motor settings and sound volumes tuned to specifically suit the Trainorama S 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 Victorian S Class Models.


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

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

Premium Sound Installation: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder with our custom S Class Prime Mover sound project. No lighting modifications.

Premium Sound Installation and Light Modifications: ESU LokSound 5 sound decoder upgraded to 6 Function lighting outputs with the DCC Solutions Light Modification and our custom S Class Prime Mover sound project that allows you individual control of the front/rear white marker lights, front/rear red marker lights, front and rear headlights using the function buttons on your DCC throttle.

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


Premium Sound Installation with Light Modifications

Function                       Description  

0 (HEADLIGHT)           Directional Headlights

1                                Full Throttle Drive Hold

2 (HORN)                      Horn

3                               High Beam Headlight

4                               Dynamic Brakes

5                               Coasting on Demand

6                               Brake

7                               Brake Squeal on Deceleration

8                               Prime Mover Start Up/Shut Down

9                               Front White Markers

10                              Rear Red Markers

11                              Rear White Markers

12                              Front Red Markers

13                              Directional Markers 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.

ESU LokSound 5 Sound Decoder programmed with DCC Solutions Custom Victorian S Class Sound Project

ESU LokPilot V4.0 (Non Sound Decoder)

Light Modifications for the Trainorama 2017 Release S Class Model

Alternate Brand of Sound or non Sound Decoders.

Supply only Decoders and Speakers for DIY Installations

CLICK HERE to contact DCC Solutions for DCC and Light Modifications for your Trainorama S Class