Convert Lima B class for dcc & sound, Powerline T class for sound

 
  locoloco Beginner

Hi all,
New here and hoping someone can give some advice or perhaps point me in the right direction.
I purchased 3 new Lima B class models back in early to mid 2005, 1 in VR livery (which isa limited edition of 800 that were made and came in a grey box with a certificate from Lima) and 2 in WCR livery (which came in dark blue boxes) All 3 run quite well for Lima models, although admittedly all 3 have had very little use since purchased.  I would really like to upgrade all 3 to dcc and sound and perhaps also upgrade to kadee couplers and was hoping someone here may be able to suggest a suitable decoder for loco control and also sound?

I also have 2 Powerline PT2 series T class locos (1 in Vline livery and 1 in WCR livery)(purchased either 2008 or 2009 from memory) which already run on dcc, but would like to upgrade these to sound as well?
Any help would be greatly appreciated?

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
AMRM had two article I can immediatly recall, one on a lima Dcc install, another of a powerline T mod and DCC install.  I cannot remember the issues however, it could take a while before I find them.

People have done it, so it's quite possible.

Regards,
David Head
  Lambing Flat Chief Train Controller

Location: My preference....... Central West NSW, circa 1955....
AMRM had two article I can immediatly recall, one on a lima Dcc install, another of a powerline T mod and DCC install.  I cannot remember the issues however, it could take a while before I find them.

People have done it, so it's quite possible.

Regards,
David Head
dthead
David, are these the articles you were thinking of?


West Coast Railway S300 by Christopher Jewell, AMRM Issue 307 (August 2014)


'See-through' T Class by Mark Laidlay, AMRM Issue 273 (December 2008)
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It was indeed James, well found ! Mark converted one of my T's for that article.  regarding the Lima that article should help  locoloco  tremendously.

Regards,
David Head
  locoloco Beginner

Thank you for responding David and James, i really appreciate the input, will see if i can get the back issues you have suggested.
Thanks again!!!
PS have always been an admirer of the Lambing Flat layout, have only ever seen it in AMRM but impressed!!!
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
You guys are amazing as I have often read the posts here but have not posted. If I ever have a question about model railways at age 80 I shall be asking it here.

Bravo.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
For the "T" consider  a TCS "A" series decoder. I bought one for my Powerline 48 ( still in bits)  as this decoder may be easier to convert than the article I mentioned.  I do not know if it will fir the "T" . Here's a link to it for reference.

http://mrrc.com.au/command-control/tcs/decoder-ho/a-series.html

you may try to  measure the spac ein the "T" then checkl the specs.......

Regards,
David Head
  locoloco Beginner

Thank you David, appreciate it!
  Lambing Flat Chief Train Controller

Location: My preference....... Central West NSW, circa 1955....
Thank you for responding David and James, i really appreciate the input, will see if i can get the back issues you have suggested.
Thanks again!!!
PS have always been an admirer of the Lambing Flat layout, have only ever seen it in AMRM but impressed!!!
locoloco

If you want back issues of AMRM, you can order them online at: https://australianmodelrailways.com/secure/amrmback.html


Thank you for the kind words re: Lambing Flat. Follow the links in my sig file for a lot more photos and videos of the layout. I'm also on Facebook where there are a lot of photos in my albums!
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
You guys are amazing as I have often read the posts here but have not posted. If I ever have a question about model railways at age 80 I shall be asking it here.

Bravo.
freightgate
Generally we like to share and help others. And we may help others with different ideas to us, eg I might use brand "A" and suggest brand "G" if it suits the user.

Since people are joining the hobby all the time you  can see cyclic threads, all good !

It is a hobby, I enjoy it & helping others. As many here do too.

Regards,
David Head
  Booly Junior Train Controller

Do yourself a favour and fit a replacement motor to the Lima mech , ive got 3 Lima loco's done and it is a BIG improvement on the old ringfeild lima motors . Just look on ebay for lima replacement motor . Dead easy to fit and while your in there you can clean & lube all the gears , make sure you get all of the crap that builds up behind the gears . Also a bit more weight over the bogies helps alot . Most people rubbish the old lima loco's but fitting the replacement motor and a few extra electrical pick-ups they run quite well .
Booly
  locoloco Beginner

Thanks Booly
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Do yourself a favour and fit a replacement motor to the Lima mech , ive got 3 Lima loco's done and it is a BIG improvement on the old ringfeild lima motors . Just look on ebay for lima replacement motor . Dead easy to fit and while your in there you can clean & lube all the gears , make sure you get all of the crap that builds up behind the gears . Also a bit more weight over the bogies helps alot . Most people rubbish the old lima loco's but fitting the replacement motor and a few extra electrical pick-ups they run quite well .
Booly
Booly
Found this youtube video that might assist in  the lima conversion. There's 2 parts, and is detailed.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvzm9Xe4pu4

Regards,
David Head
  Radioman Chief Train Controller

Hello All,

Road and Rail Hobbies of Geelong ( opposite Geelong North railway station ) ( ph 03 5298 2578 ) has a suitable replacement motor for Lima available, I suggest you ring Owen first though.

I have no connection, except as a happy customer ! )

Regards, Radioman.

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