Choice of equipment
Bachmann can now supply a variety of 2 and 3 function DCC decoders (EZ Command Accessories page)
Other main brands available are Digitrax, Roco, Zimo and ZTC and all four have websites and distributors.
Dealers can be found advertising in the model railway magazines, and they attend model railway shows.
Our recommendation would be to view and compare system to see if you like it. At the small layout end, an out of the box unit from the cheaper end of the market will suffice, but on a larger layout advice should be taken about the precise equipment requirements: for example on the numbers of handsets and power units needed.
In the end, your choice may come down to something as simple as the look and feel of the handset.
Before fitting a decoder to a Bachmann locomotive, check that it is not faulty and that the product in well run in under DC operation. Only then move onto decoder fitting.
This is particularly important if modifications will be made to the locomotive chassis to fit the decoder. Fitting a decoder per se will not invalidate any warranty on the fitness for purpose of the manufacture.
We obviously will not repair or replace any customer damage as a result of, say, a botched chassis modification.
Any locomotive returned to the Service Department for attention should, if possible, have any decoder removed: if sent with decoder, service may be restricted. Bachmann Europe plc will only accept liability to the value of a standard model: this applies too to body modifications/detailing.
We are not able to recommend a decoder for each locomotive, both for reasons of impartiality and also because the market is fast changing and new smaller decoders are coming on the market all the time.
DCC is an open system and the US model railway body the NMRA has set standards. There are many makes of decoders, some small and some specially shaped and sized for particular locomotives. There should be no problems using any decoder of any make with EZ Command provided it states that CONFORMS to NMRA standards. If it does so, it will carry this logo:
Be careful about loose expressions such as 'DCC compatible'. EZ Command programs locomotives addresses using a technique called 'programming on the main' (See the FAQ’s for more details). Recently produced decoders support this feature. Check with your decoder instructions that any decoder you are using does support this.
You will find that smaller decoders (typically intended for N or Z scales) are easier to find space for but tend to be more expensive than those intended for OO/HO, even though functionality and quality are similar.
It is essential that the motor be completely isolated from the chassis under DCC operation. This particularly applies to Bachmann split chassis locmotives.
The Orange and Grey wires from the decoder are connected to the motor, and they must be sleeved so that there is no contact with the chassis block.
Remember that the decoder acts as the 'controller' and so must be the only point of contact between the pickups and the motor.
The fitting method will depend upon the chassis type of the Loco:
Definitely the most difficult. The tank engines may have space in the cab to secrete a decoder, but the tender engines will almost certainly require removing some of the chassis block or placing the decoder in the tender.
You will also need to make some contact points on the chassis in a similar manner to the bogie pickups below. Either drill and tap, or use the plastic chassis nuts to secure a tag to the side of the block.
The classes 24 and 25 have a socket, so simply remove the blanking plug and insert the decoder plug.
In the case of the Peak, the easiest fitting is to use circuit board replacement decoder that are often fitted to American diesels - referred to as 'Plug and Play'. As this cuts down on excess wiring within the locomotive it is a good choice for the classes 24 and 25 too.
Some chassis block may need to be removed as in above, but the bogie / pony tags against the chassis can be used to collect the input to the decoder.
Those with a space and decoder socket present no problems.
Remove body, fit decoder and replace body.
A popular approach on other locomotives is to completely remove the factory fitted circuit board as it‘s not needed for DCC and use the space to fit a small decoder. Otherwise, locate the decoder in the tender.
Those where the motor locates from the top of the chassis are straightforward.
Simply remove the wires from circuit board to motor, and connect the decoder in their place. The suppression coils and capacitor should be removed from the board if the locomotive or unit has them. Decoders themselves are suppressed.
The Bachmann range of Locomotives is listed below under the appropriate chassis type and whether or not a DCC Socket, Decoder or Sound Decoder and Speaker is already fitted
|Chassis type: Blue Riband|
|32-001||Hall Class 6937 'Conyngham Hall' BR Green L/Crest||Ready|
|32-002||Hall Class 5960 'Saint Edmund Hall' BR Black E/Emblem||Ready|
|32-075A||Class 56xx Tank GWR Green||Ready|
|32-075B||Class 56XX Tank 6606 GWR Green||Ready|
|32-076DC||Class 56XX Tank 6671 BR Lined Green L/Crest (DCC On Board)||OnBoard|
|32-081||Class 56XX Tank 5660 BR Black E/Emblem Weathered||Ready|
|32-105||08 Diesel Shunter 08800 Intercity||No|
|32-106||08 Diesel Shunter 08585 Freightliner||No|
|32-107||08 Diesel Shunter 08648 BR Departmental Grey||No|
|32-108||08 Diesel Shunter 08683 'EWS'||Ready|
|32-110||08 Diesel Shunter 13029 BR Black Early Emblem Hinged Door Type||No|
|32-111A||08 Diesel Shunter 08375 BR Blue Hinged Door Type||Ready|
|32-112||08 Diesel Shunter D3336 BR Green Hinged Door Type||No|
|32-113||08 Diesel Shunter D3032 BR Green Hinged Door Type||Ready|
|32-116||09 Diesel Shunter 09006 Mainline||No|
|32-135||4575 Prairie Tank 5531 GWR Green||No|
|32-136||4575 Prairie Tank 5555 Great Western Green||No|
|32-156||N Class 31844 BR Lined Black E/Emblem Weathered||No|
|32-162||N Class 31401 BR Black Late Crest Slope Sided Tender||No|
|32-163||N Class 1404 Southern Green With Smoke Deflectors Slope Sided Tender||No|
|32-177||Crab 42789 BR Lined Black L/Crest With Coal Rail Riveted Tender||Ready|
|32-178||Crab 2715 LMS Lined Black||Ready|
|32-179||Crab 42942 BR Lined Black E/Emblem Weathered||Ready|
|32-200B||8750 Pannier Tank 3715 GWR Green||No|
|32-202A||8750 Pannier Tank 9753 BR Black L/Crest||No|
|32-202B||8750 Pannier Tank 9753 BR Black Late Crest||No|
|32-203||8750 Pannier Tank 4666 Weathered BR Black L/ Crest||No|
|32-211||5700 Pannier Tank 7739 BR Black E/Emblem||No|
|32-212||5700 Pannier Tank 5757 BR Black L/Crest||No|
|32-225||3F Jinty 47410 BR Black L/Crest||No|
|32-227||3F Jinty LMS 7524 Black||No|
|32-228||3F Fowler Jinty 47266 BR Black L/Crest||No|
|32-229||3F Fowler Jinty 47279 BR Black E/Emblem||No|
|32-250X||WD Locomotive Dutch Livery||No|
|32-258||WD Austerity 90423 BR Black E/Emblem||No|
|32-259||WD Austerity 90630 BR Black L/Crest Weathered||No|
|32-275||K3 LNER 2934 Black Group Standard Tender||Ready|
|32-277||K3 61949 BR Lined Black L/Crest Stepped Tender||Ready|
|32-305||Collett Goods 2217 BR Black E/Emblem Churchward Tender Weathered||No|
|32-350DC||4MT Standard Tank 80009 BR Black Lined E/Emblem (DCC On Board)||OnBoard|
|32-355||Standard Class 4MT Tank 80136 BR Black E/Emblem||Ready|
|32-357||4MT Standard Tank 80079 BR Black Lined L/Crest||Ready|
|32-475||Class 40 Diesel D368 BR Green Indicator Boxes||Ready|
|32-475DC||Class 40 Diesel 40129 BR Blue Corner Indicator Boxes (DCC On Board)||OnBoard|
|32-476||Class 40 Diesel 40075 Indicator Discs BR Blue||No|
|32-477||Class 40 Diesel D325 Split Head Code Green||Ready|
|32-478||Class 40 Diesel D210 'Empress Of Britain' BR Green Indicator Discs||Ready|
|32-479||Class 40 Diesel 40169 Domino Head Code BR Blue (W/O Tanks)||Ready|
|32-500||Standard Class 5MT 73068 BR Green L/Crest BR1C Tender||Ready|
|32-503||Standard Class 5MT 73030 BR Lined Black E/Emblem BR1 Tender||Ready|
|32-504||Standard Class 5MT 73014 BR Green L/Crest BR1 Tender||Ready|
|32-505||Standard Class 5MT 73069 BR Black L/Crest BR1C Tender Weathered||Ready|
|32-506||Standard Class 5MT 73110 'The Red Knight' BR Lined Black L/Crest BR1F Tender||Ready|
|32-525DS||Class 55 D9007 'Pinza' Two Tone Green (Digital Sound)||Sound|
|32-528||Class 55 Deltic 55013 'The Black Watch' BR Blue||Ready|
|32-553||Class A1 60161 North BRitish BR Blue E/Emblem||Ready|
|32-555||Class A1 60130 Kestrel BR Green Late Crest||Ready|
|32-578||Ivatt Class 4 43038 BR Lined Black E/Emblem Double Chimney||Ready|
|32-579||Ivatt Class 4 43096 BR Lined Black L/Crest||Ready|
|32-650||Class 44 Diesel D1 'Scafell Pike' BR Green||Ready|
|32-700||Class 46 Diesel D163 'Leicestershire & Derbyshire Yeomanry'||Ready|
|32-725DS||Class 66 Diesel 66022 'Lafarge Charnwood' EWS (Digital Sound)||Sound|
|32-731||Class 66 Diesel 66407 Direct Rail Services||Ready|
|32-732||Class 66 Diesel 66532 'P&O Nedlloyd Atlas' Freightliner||Ready|
|32-750||Class 57/0 Diesel 57008 'Freightliner Explorer'||Ready|
|32-750DC||Class 57/0 Diesel 57010 'Freightliner Crusader' (DCC On Board)||OnBoard|
|32-752||Class 57/6 Diesel 57602 First Great Western 'Restormel Castle'||Ready|
|32-753||Class 57/0 Diesel 57011 'Freightliner Challenger'||Ready|
|32-760||Class 57/3 Diesel 57307 'Lady Penelope' Virgin Trains Delner Coupler||Ready|
|32-775DC||Class 37/0 Diesel 37114 EW&S 'City Of Worcester' Split H/Code Boxes (DCC On Board)||OnBoard|
|32-779||Class 37/0 Diesel 37035 Civil Engineers (Dutch) Grey/Yellow Corner Indicator Boxes||Ready|
|32-780||Class 37/0 Diesel 37239 Coal Sector 'Coal Merchants Assoc' Centre Head Code||Ready|
|32-825||Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-0 46521 BR Lined Green L/Crest||Ready|
|32-826||Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-0 46440 BR Black E/Emblem||Ready|
|32-827||Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-0 6404 LMS Black||Ready|
|32-875||Fairburn Tank 2691 LMS Black||Ready|
|32-876||Fairburn Tank 42096 BR Lined Black E/Emblem||Ready|
|32-877||Fairburn Tank 42073 BR Lined Black L/Crest||Ready|
|32-900A||Class 108 DMU 2 Car BR Green With Speed Whiskers||No|
|32-901||Class 108 DMU 2 Car 'Network Southeast'||Ready|
|32-902A||Class 108 DMU 2 Car BR Blue/Grey||No|
|32-910||Class 108 DMU 3 Car BR Blue/Grey||No|
|32-911||Class 108 DMU 3 Car BR Green Yellow Warning Panels||No|
|32-950||Standard Class 4MT 2-6-0 76053 BR Black Brib Tender E/Emblem||Ready|
|32-951||Standard Class 4MT 2-6-0 76069 BR Black Brib Tender L/Crest||Ready|
|32-952||Standard Class 4MT 2-6-0 76079 BR2 Tender L/Crest||No|
|32-953DC||Standard Class 4MT 2-6-0 76020 BR2B Tender E/Emblem (DCC On Board)||OnBoard|
|Chassis type: Solid chassis diesel|
|31-562||V2 60834 BR Black E/Emblem Stepped Tender Weathered||No|
|31-952||A4 4468 Garter Blue LNER With Valances 'Mallard' (National Collection)||No|
|32-025||Class 20 Diesel BR Blue Indicator Discs 20 063||Ready|
|32-025A||Class 20 Diesel BR Blue 20 058 Disc Headcode||Ready|
|32-026||Class 20 Diesel BR Blue Indicator Boxes 20 192||Ready|
|32-026A||Class 20 Diesel BR Blue 20 217 Box Headcode||Ready|
|32-027||Class 20 Diesel BR Green Indicator Discs D8000||Ready|
|32-027A||Class 20 Diesel BR Green D8046 Disk Headcode||Ready|
|32-028||Class 20 Diesel BR Green Indicator Boxes D8134||Ready|
|32-028A||Class 20 Diesel BR Green D8169 Box Headcode||Ready|
|32-032||Class 20 Diesel D8307 BR Blue With Indicator Boxes Weathered||Ready|
|32-040DS||Class 20 Diesel D8113 BR Green With Discs/Tablet Catcher (Digital Sound)||Sound|
|32-041||Class 20 Diesel 20028 BR Blue With Discs/Tablet Catcher Recesses||Ready|
|32-379||Class 37/5 Diesel 37678 Red Stripe/ Railfreight||Ready|
|32-380||Class 37/5 Diesel 37671 Railfreight Tre Pol And Pen||Ready|
|32-404||Class 25/3 Diesel D7667 BR Blue Snow Plough||Ready|
|32-412||Class 25/2 Diesel 25 083 BR Blue Weathered||Ready|
|32-413||Class 25/2 Diesel D5237 BR Two Tone Green||Ready|
|32-428||Class 24 Diesel 5087 BR Blue||Ready|
|32-675||Class 45 Diesel D67 'The Royal Artilleryman' BR Green||Ready|
|32-676||Class 45 Diesel 45114 BR Blue With White Roof||Ready|
|Chassis type: Open chassis diesel|
|31-507||158 2 Car DMU Scotrail||No|
|31-509||158 2 Car DMU 'Northern Rail'||No|
|31-513||158 3 Car DMU Transpenine/ Arriva||No|
|32-050DC||Class 42 Warship Diesel D809 'Champion' BR Maroon (DCC On Board)||OnBoard|
|32-057||Class 42 Warship Diesel D870 Zulu BR Blue||No|
|32-061||Class 42 Warship Diesel 812 'The Royal Naval Reserve' BR Blue||No|
|32-460||170/5 Turbostar 3 Car DMU Central Trains||No|
|32-462||170/3 Turbostar 3 Car DMU Strathclyde PTE||No|
|32-470||168/1 Clubman 3 Car DMU Chiltern Railways||No|
|32-471||168/1 Clubman 3 Car DMU 'Chiltern Railways'||No|
|Chassis type: Split chassis with bogie pickup|
|31-514||159 3 Car DMU Southwest Trains||No|
|31-609A||V3 Tank 67669 BR Lined Black E/Emblem Hopper Bunker Westinghouse Pump||No|
|31-610||V1 Tank 67645 BR Lined Black E/Emblem With Straight Sided Bunker||No|
|31-612||V1/V3 Tank 67682 BR Black L/Crest With Outside Steam Pipes Hopper Bunker||No|
|31-960||A4 60015 Quicksilver D/Chimney BR Green L/Crest Weathered||No|
|Chassis type: Split chassis|
|31-058||J72 Tank 68727 BR Black L/Crest Weathered||No|
|31-159||Jubilee 5711 Courageous LMS Lined Black Fowler Tender||No|
|31-307||Manor 7813 Freshford Manor BR Plain Black E/Emblem||No|
|31-308||Manor 7825 'Lechlade Manor' BR Green Lined L/Crest||No|
|31-336B||04 Diesel Shunter D2294 BR Blue||No|
|31-337B||04 Diesel Shunter BR Green With Wasp Stripes (Weathered) D2228||No|
|31-827A||43xx 4377 BR Green Lined L/Crest||No|
|31-830||43XX 5321 GWR Green||No|
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