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Offline MHJ87  
#1 Posted : 31 May 2020 07:55:48(UTC)
MHJ87

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Location: South Coast NSW
I am relatively new to the digital world (an to the forum) and need some advice.

I have looked through many other posts but nothing jumps out that has assisted with my deliberations.

I am planning to convert a 3046 steam loco to Digital. The unit is quite old (probably late 1960's) but is in good condition.

My original plan was to use a 60975 decoder and a 60944 motor upgrade. the 60944 is the one listed in the CS3 book so I am happy with that.

I was about to order the kits and thought I had better have a look inside the loco. On inspection there does not seem to be much room and am wondering if I should use the 60985 decoder. If necessary the speaker can be mounted in the tender.

Has anyone done a 3046 previously and can officer some guidance.

Also some guidance on the smoke unit would be appreciated. The front light and the smoke unit are fed by the same wire. Can the two function be easily separated?

Thanks in anticipation.

Michael



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Offline Johnvr  
#2 Posted : 31 May 2020 12:32:10(UTC)
Johnvr

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Posts: 1,178
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Hello Michael

I have converted a 3047 loco using the 60944 motor and the 60975 sound decoder.

I placed the decoder and the speaker inside the tender.
I drilled a small hole in the front of the tender for the wires to go through from the loco to the tender.

My version of 3047 does not have a smoke unit - the smoke chimney is closed.
For the front light, I usually leave the light connected directed to the pickup slider.
It gives a brightness from the higher voltage than the decoder would supply.
But of course you are not able to switch it on and off.

Johnvr BR44 video


RegardsBigGrin
John
Offline bph  
#3 Posted : 31 May 2020 13:10:38(UTC)
bph

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Originally Posted by: MHJ87 Go to Quoted Post


Also some guidance on the smoke unit would be appreciated. The front light and the smoke unit are fed by the same wire. Can the two function be easily separated?



I believe an easy solution to this would be to use a socket adapter like E276770 and E610080 light bulbs. you would then get flicker free light separated from the smoke unit.
the E276770 is just inserted in the old socket.
E276770 example:

E276770.jpg


Offline DaleSchultz  
#4 Posted : 31 May 2020 15:01:35(UTC)
DaleSchultz

United States   
Joined: 10/02/2006(UTC)
Posts: 3,398
though not the same combination of parts, I show how I separated the light and smoke in my 3048 conversion...

https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com/2004/02/installingdigitaldecoder.html

Most of the steps will be similar.
Dale
Intellibox + own software, K-Track
My current layout: https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Arrival and Departure signs: https://remotesign.mixmox.com
Offline ktsolias  
#5 Posted : 31 May 2020 19:55:52(UTC)
ktsolias

Greece   
Joined: 01/05/2016(UTC)
Posts: 488
Location: Athens
Hi

This is my conversion

General view finished

IMG_19081_a_resize.JPG

The light and smoke part

IMG_19056a_resize.JPG

The Br/Red wire is AUX1 for the smoke generator

If you need other detailed views don't hesitate to ask

Good luck

Costas
Offline MHJ87  
#6 Posted : 01 June 2020 05:27:31(UTC)
MHJ87

Australia   
Joined: 02/03/2020(UTC)
Posts: 6
Location: South Coast NSW
Hi All

Thanks to everyone who have provided some very useful guidance for me.

Michael
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