DCC Non-Sound Conversions 4mm
Difficulty of conversion varies. It is not necessarily the case that "DCC Ready" models are much easier than others, and there are other factors. We have decided to keep our charges simple and charge the same for DCC ready and non-DCC ready models
Price to supply and install a TCS decoder into a conventional chassis loco is £36 (plus return postage).
Hornby Dublo/Wrenn Locos
We can also convert Hornby Dublo and Wrenn locos to DCC. This does involve drilling one of the brush holders out of the chassis and reinserting it with insulation. Price to supply and install a DCC decoder (usually a TCS T1) in a Wrenn or Hornby Dublo loco is £46 (plus return postage). This MAY include replacing the magnet with a new long lasting version.
Please note that, pre-conversion, your chassis must be in good running order. If it is not then we may be able to service/repair it for a small extra charge or perhaps you could consider getting us to convert a new one for you - please enquire.
If you are wanting sound in your loco then please click here to visit the sound page.
Why do we use TCS or Gaugemaster decoders?
We normally install TCS or Gaugemaster decoders as they give excellent driving performance. We use them in our own locos and have found them to be very good value for money, being in the mid-price range, but well above average in performance and features. For instance the M1 or MC2 are small enough to fit virtually every 00 loco, they come encapsulated, so no shorting to internal metal parts, and have a 1 amp capacity (2A peak) which gives a good safety margin. In addition, it is possible to alter the way the functions work for non-typical situations e.g. the front lights on a steam loco can be made to be non-directional or the front lights on a diesel to be directional with the rear red lights to be under independent control.