Athearn GP38-2

Scale:
HO Scale


This installation uses the following decoder:

MC2



This installation is for Athearn GP38-2 uses TCS MC2 decoder and was performed by A.G.

Shown with the shell on, prior to decoder installation.
Shown with the shell on, prior to decoder installation.


Front of the locomotive.
Front of the locomotive.


Back of the locomotive.
Back of the locomotive.


Grasping the shell by the solid area between the grills, lift the shell straight up and off of the chassis.
Grasping the shell by the solid area between the grills, lift the shell straight up and off of the chassis.


Remove the copper bar that supplies voltage to the bulb.
Remove the copper bar that supplies voltage to the bulb.


Remove four circled in red screws so that the motor can be removed from the chassis.
Remove four circled in red screws so that the motor can be removed from the chassis.


Here is the picture of the motor that was removed from the frame.
Here is the picture of the motor that was removed from the frame.


Use some electrical tape to Isolate the chassis from the motor as marked in red in the picture above.
Use some electrical tape to Isolate the chassis from the motor as marked in red in the picture above.


Solder the orange wire of the decoder harness to the bottom copper tab of the motor. Isolate the solder point and reattach the motor to the chassis.
Solder the orange wire of the decoder harness to the bottom copper tab of the motor. Isolate the solder point and reattach the motor to the chassis.


Solder the gray wire of the decoder's harness to the top copper tab of the motor as shown in the picture above. Isolate the connection with an electrical tape.
Solder the gray wire of the decoder's harness to the top copper tab of the motor as shown in the picture above. Isolate the connection with an electrical tape.


Solder the red decoder's harness wire to the front power pick-up tab (as shown in the picture above).
Solder the red decoder's harness wire to the front power pick-up tab (as shown in the picture above).


Solder the black decoder's harness wire to the front power pick-up tab as shown in the picture above.
Solder the black decoder's harness wire to the front power pick-up tab as shown in the picture above.


There was no voltage specifications for the Bulb that was originally used in the locomotive so we decided to use LED. The 680 Ohm resistor was placed and all the installation was isolated. Use the white and blue decoder's harness wires to connect the light.
There was no voltage specifications for the Bulb that was originally used in the locomotive so we decided to use LED. The 680 Ohm resistor was placed and all the installation was isolated. Use the white and blue decoder's harness wires to connect the light.


Here is the picture of finnished TCS MC2 decoder installation.
Here is the picture of finnished TCS MC2 decoder installation.



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