Athearn Genesis F3A

Scale:
HO Scale


This installation uses the following decoder:

A6X



This installation documentation is for the HO Scale Athearn Genesis F3A/B. This installation uses the TCS A4X Decoder and was performed by Benton Barlett.

NOTE: The image shown below features an outdated picture of the product.

This is a photo of the installation of an A1X (now the A6X) decoder in an Athearn Genesis F3A.  The installation is very simple. The decoder installation in a B-unit is the same except no lighting to deal with.  Athearn wire clips do not fit your board ( or probably anyone else's). Therefore I wound up soldering the leads to the decoder board. The A6X decoder includes an onboard 1.5V power supply, so inclusion of resistors is not necessary.
This is a photo of the installation of an A1X (now the A6X) decoder in an Athearn Genesis F3A. The installation is very simple. The decoder installation in a B-unit is the same except no lighting to deal with. Athearn wire clips do not fit your board ( or probably anyone else's). Therefore I wound up soldering the leads to the decoder board. The A6X decoder includes an onboard 1.5V power supply, so inclusion of resistors is not necessary.



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
http://www.techni-tool.com

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