This installation of AK-MB1 and WOW 121 Diesel Decoder is for HO Scale Atlas SD26 and was performed by TCS.

This was performed by our friends from DCC Xpress installations.
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These items are available in the WDK-ATL-3 which was used for this installation.
AK-MB1 Motherboard with Keep Alive™ WOW121-Diesel Decoder UNIV-SH1-C Speaker Kit
Click here for more information on the WDK-ATL-3 and the rest of the WOWDiesel Kits line.

Important Soldering Tip:
Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. It will damage it. Use only Rosin core solder approved for electronics use.
We recommend to use only Kester "44" rosin core, SN63PB37, .015" diameter, part number 24-6337-0007.
This can be ordered from Techni-Tool under Techni-Tool part number 488SO157

Atlas SD26 prior to installation.


Begin this installation by removing the screws on each coupler and removing the coupler boxes. Grasp the sides and each end of the shell and gentle pull
out to release and lift it from the frame.

The Atlas SD26 with its shell removed. Unclip the wires and remove the board from the frame, taking note of the wiring layout for reinstallation.

With the original lighting board removed, inspect, trim, tin or lengthen the wires as necessary.

Attach the new AK-MB1 motherboard. In this installation, we needed to add some length to some wires.

Solder the motor and track leads to the motherboard as indicated in the included wiring diagram. We secured these leads using Kapton tape to
eliminate movement and prevent potential shorts. We reused the original LED's in this installation, but had to remove the resistors from them as the AK-MB1
already has built-in resistors for LED's. If you do not remove the resistors in series your lights will not activate.

With the 35 x 16mm speaker wired and inserted into the UNIV-SH1-C enclosure, using foam, double sided tape,
securely mount this assembly into the top of the shell as shown. Since the porthole in the bottom of the enclosure will be covered by foam tape, we
highly recommend drilling one ⅛” hole in the end of the enclosure to allow for proper porting. If the enclosure is not ported the sound quality suffers greatly.

Lastly, in order to keep the wires neat and prevent possible shorts, lace the wires into a bundle using lacing cord, which is a wax impregnated string 
used for wire bundling and making harnesses. There are many choices of lacing cord available from Digikey
We use part number 802534B BK032-ND

Now you can close up the locomotive and reinstall the coupler assemblies. Be sure to be mindful of wire routing and reassembly of the shell as to not damage 
or foul the installation. Your Atlas SD-26 is now WOWSound equipped and ready to roll!

Other solder tips: When stripping wire, only strip a tiny little bit of the insulation. Strip no more then a 1/64 of an inch. When the wire gets tinned with solder the insulation will shrink back more. Try to not expose any more wire then half the length of the solder pad at most. In no case should solder or exposed wire wire ever be outside the boundary of the the solder pad you are attaching a wire to.
Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire

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