This installation of TCS DP2X Decoder is for HO Scale LifeLike Proto 2000 Heritage USRA 2-8-8-2 and was performed by A.G.

The locomotive is shown as a courtesy of Bill Meyer.

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


The two upper pictures show the beautiful Lifelike Proto 2000 Heritage USRA 2-8-8-2 with its shell on prior to the DP2X installation.


Locomotive's tender close-up picture. The DP2X decoder will be installed here.


Using flat head screw driver, gently pry four shell's tab and lift the tender's cover off of its chassis. There are no screws that holds tender's shell and its chassis together.


Here is the picture of the original light board after the shell removal where you can clearly see the 8-Pin NMRA socket.


Here is the picture of the TCS DP2X installed in the locomotive's tender. Make sure Pin #1 of the decoder is lined up with PIn #1 of the board. For more information see the manual that came with the decoder.

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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