Sunset 4-8-0's

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at
Wed May 25 16:29:40 EDT 2011

I'll second that suggestion. I was in the hobby shop this morning, and
saw two decoders which caught my attention. One was a DZ123 with no
wires or plastic cover, and it was SHOCKINGLY small. Honestly, I think
you could fit it in an HO scale locomotive's dome! The other was a TCS
N scale decoder which is made in two halves, with wires between. Each
piece was minuscule, and the wires make cramped installation
convenient. Both had a 1 amp motor rating, making them suitable for
most HO models, and both were quite cheap ($20-30)

So, consider looking at a smaller decoder, and put it in the boiler or
cab somewhere.

Ken Rickman

On 5/25/2011 3:02 PM, NW Modeling List wrote:

> Mark,

> I use the Z scale decoder in most of the HO locomotives W-s, G, and

> M's. Depending on the weight, you can fit it on top of it in the

> boiler if you do not want to run wires from the tender. I do not run

> lights as I run daylight only prior to the requirement for running

> lights in day time.

> Kurt S. Kramke

> On 05/25/11, NW Modeling List<nw-modeling-list at> wrote:I plan

> to install DCC into my pair of HO scale Sunset M's. They run smooth

> as silk on DC, but I need the lights and such to work as well. Has anyone

> had good luck putting the DCC into these cramped lil models? I want to use

> a 163 decoder.



> Mark Lindsey

> Stuck in the 1930's

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