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Be inspired - you could enhance your own models just like the ones listed here!

Example N Gauge Diesel/Electric Locomotives

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'N' Gauge Diesel/Electric

Graham Farish Class 04
Standard DCC conversion.
Graham Farish Class 08
DCC is easy enough, and DCC sound is just about possible too!
Graham Farish Class 14 'Teddy Bear'
A very small DCC decoder required.
Dapol Class 35
A squeeze for DCC sound, but we've done it!
Graham Farish Class 37
Who said sound couldn't be squeezed in?! Sound, cab lights, crew!
Graham Farish Class 42 'Warship'
DCC sound and lights all neatly tucked in.
Graham Farish Class 44/45/46 'Peak'
DCC sound, head/tail lights, cab lights and crew - in an old Poole model - yes it is possible!
Graham Farish Class 47
CT DCC sound, cab lights and crew
Graham Farish Class 52 'Western'
No sound, but everything else - head/tail lights, cab, crew, cab lights.
Farish Deltic Class 55/DP1 Prototype
Yes, the bright blue noisy brute, with DCC sound, lights, cab lights and crew.
Graham Farish Class 60
Standard DCC is a doddle, and DCC sound feasible with some effort.
Graham Farish Class 66
DCC sound fits in fairly easily with a CT micro-cube speaker.
Dapol Class 67
DCC sound in this brute.
Dapol Class 73
Standard DCC easy enough in this ageing model.
Dapol Class 86
Sound in a Dapol? Not a problem sir!
Dapol Class 156 DMU
Dapol DMU with a lift!
Graham Farish Blue Pullman DMU
Deafening sounds with dual sound decoders in the beautifully made Farish Blue Pullman.
Dapol Class 43* HST DMU
A solid model from Dapol with plenty of scope for DCC sound.
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Graham Farish Class 44/45/46 'Peak' Diesel

Graham Farish's 'Poole' Class 44 and Class 45 'Peak' diesels in N gauge present some challenges, as it is an older design and thus not DCC-ready with very limited space. So what can be done to drag it into the world of DCC...?

Without too many modifications, the first example (a blue Class 45) uses a Zimo MX621 4-function decoder, along with some YouChoos-built head/tail lights, cab lights and crew - some very welcome and neat additions to bring this old boy into the DCC era. This kit can all be added without any compromise to the model, its weight, or its running ability.

The second example (green Class 44) takes the plunge with some major chassis modifications in order to shoe-horn DCC Sound (CT Elektronik SL75 decoder) as well as all of the lighting options found in the first example (cab lights, 8x head/tail lights, crew). The compromise is theoretically in structural strength/weight, but actually the extra equipment counters all the weight loss and running is just as good as the original! The speaker is CT's 'sugar-cube' with a custom-built fully sealed enclosure in the roof of the loco, which kicks out the usual massive volume expected from this tiny device.

Both the Zimo and CT decoders provide surreal slow/smooth running, and the motor is up to the job of supporting it very well.

The best DCC sound results, however, are using a Zimo MX648 and heavily modified SugarCube speaker. Running is excellent and sound reproduction of the Zimo is superb. Some very serious rework of the chassis is required (not for the faint hearted), but the eventual results speak for themselves.

Thanks to Jerry Clifford for the use of his multi-award winning 2mm Fine Scale layout "Highbury Colliery" for some of the photos featured here!

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