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TCS Comprehensive Programming Guide Download
The Comprehensive Programming Guide contains all the information we could fit into one document regarding CVs and decoder configuration. Learn how to modify everything from decoder addresses and lighting features, remap functions, establish user presets, set speed curves, control momentum, and program CVs unique to WOWSound decoders. Download the Comprehensive Programming Guide (PDF document, 713KB.)
WOWSound Steam Programming Guide V4 Download
This manual covers the setup and configuration of the sound components of the Version 4 WOWSound Steam decoder. This guide contains details for steam-specific sounds and functions. All general NMRA, lighting, and motor control programming options are covered in the TCS Comprehensive Programming Guide above. Download the WOWSteam Guide (PDF document, 1.0MB).
WOWSound Diesel Programming Guide V4 Download
This manual covers the setup and configuration of the sound components of the Version 4 WOWSound Diesel decoder. This guide contains details for diesel-specific sounds and functions. All NMRA, lighting, and motor control programming options are covered in the TCS Comprehensive Programming Guide above. Download the WOWDiesel Guide (PDF document, 1.2MB).
WOWSound Electric Programming Guide Download
This manual covers the setup and configuration of the sound components of the WOWSound Electric decoder. The ACS-64 model from Bachmann has TCS' first WOWSound decoder with electric sounds. TCS does not currently offer other Electric decoders. Download the WOWSound Electric Guide (PDF document, 1.2MB).
CN/CN-GP Classic N Installation Guide Download
TCS continues to offer a standalone guide for classic N-scale installations. To use this installation book, familiarize yourself first with the generic installation. Next, find the specific locomotive you'd like to install your decoder in and follow the specific additional steps to guarantee a successful installation every time! Download the CN/CN-GP Classic N Installation guide (PDF document, 2.5MB).
Connector Wiring Diagrams Visit
Wiring Diagrams for many common locomotive connectors, including 8-Pin NMRA and 21-Pin MTC.
WOWSound Decoder Sounds List
Looking for a specific sound? WOWSound decoders come with our ENTIRE LIBRARY of sounds loaded onto them. It's easy to choose your chuff set or prime mover, as well as set horns, bells, whistles, and many other sounds. Click these links to view what's included in our current lineup: WOWSteam Version 4 | WOWDiesel Version 4 Prime
Find decoder literature and other resources specific to your factory WOWSound-equipped models here:
Bachmann | ACS-64 Resources Visit
Bachmann | Streamlined K4 Resources Visit
Bachmann | Russian Decapod (Coming Soon)
Bachmann | Trench Locomotive (Coming Soon)
Bachmann | SC-44 Charger (Coming Soon)
Rapido | ALCO PA/PB (Coming Soon)
Multimeter Troubleshooting Guide Read
Grab a multimeter and try these basic checks on your decoder before calling in the cavalry. These short, simple tests can be performed to diagnose a wide variety of simple issues you may be having with a decoder installation.
Audio Assist Programming Trees
The literature that originally arrived with your decoder purchase, including instructions and wiring diagrams, can be found on each decoder's specific product page on the TCS website. Navigate to your specific product and check the literature under the "Documents" tab.