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hepc46

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Older Atlas GP7 & DCC
« on: October 23, 2010, 09:06:50 AM »
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Greetings all.  Just wondering if anyone knows what it would take to put a DCC decoder inside an older model Atlas GP7?? I think it was a late 90's release date.  I'm looking at the Wabash GP7 (not that road name makes a difference), but since I run DCC, I need to know if there is any major modifications to make to the frame, or if it is still fairly straight forward. Any help would be much appreciated.

Ken

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Re: Older Atlas GP7 & DCC
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 09:24:33 AM »
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Ken,
Welcome to Railwire!! Your best bet is to go with a TCS decoder. Their CN-GP is what you need. It is a two piece decoder that takes the place of both light boards. The installation is not to tough and requires very little frame modificaton. They (TCS) have a "Book of Classic Installations" .pdf file you will find very informative. Here's the link for you.
http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Technical_Info/Tech_Manuals/TCS_Book_of_Classic_N_Installations.pdf

Hope this helps you and gets you started in the right direction.
Jon

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Re: Older Atlas GP7 & DCC
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 09:33:27 AM »
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I've used the TCS decoders before with good results, but I wasn't sure, not seeing the frame, if this would work or not.  I'll look it up and see...

Ken

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Re: Older Atlas GP7 & DCC
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 09:44:46 AM »
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of all the decoders I know, that two piece TCS one is the first one I'd try.

I believe it was designed to replace what was a fairly standard atlas light board.

victor

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Re: Older Atlas GP7 & DCC
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2010, 01:49:45 PM »
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Unless you want to do some frame cutting the TCS decoder is the only game in town.

Martin Myers