TCS DP5 Decoder installed in a HO Scale LifeLike Proto 2000 E8/9 performed by TCS customer.

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 original light board in the first run of these locomotives was not DCC compatible. We recommend removing the light board and hardwiring in a T4X decoder for that older version. The newer version pictured below is DCC ready and we recommend the DP5 decoder for its easy plug n play installation. You could also use a T1 decoder and follow the instruction regarding the LifeLike E7 loco found on this website.


Photo below shows DP5  decoder plugged in the NMRA socket at the rear of the locomotive.

This is a true plug n play installation. The decoder fits with room to spare. Right out of the box, the Mars light works off of function button one. The Headlight works off of the normal headlight function. To map the Mars light to come on with the headlight, set CV35=1, CV51=0.



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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