Micro Trains Line SW1500

Scale:
N Scale


This installation uses the following decoder:


This installation is for a N Scale Micro Trains Line SW1500 using a TCS MT1500 Decoder and was performed by TCS.

Micro Trains Line SW1500 prior to TCS MT1500 decoder install.
Micro Trains Line SW1500 prior to TCS MT1500 decoder install.


Micro Trains Line SW1500 prior to TCS MT1500 decoder install.
Micro Trains Line SW1500 prior to TCS MT1500 decoder install.


First, carefully remove the fuel tank from the locomotive. The tank easily pulls off of the chassis weight, but be mindful of the air tank pipes hitting the trucks as they are delicate.
First, carefully remove the fuel tank from the locomotive. The tank easily pulls off of the chassis weight, but be mindful of the air tank pipes hitting the trucks as they are delicate.


With the tank removed, carefully remove the shell of the locomotive by holding the chassis weight and pulling the shell up and away from the locomotive. Becareful of the handrails on the locomotive.
With the tank removed, carefully remove the shell of the locomotive by holding the chassis weight and pulling the shell up and away from the locomotive. Becareful of the handrails on the locomotive.


With the shell removed, we can now see the factory light board and motor leads. Next, unplug the two motor leads from the factory light board.
With the shell removed, we can now see the factory light board and motor leads. Next, unplug the two motor leads from the factory light board.


With the motor leads unplugged, remove the factory light board by sliding it out towards the front(left in above picture) of the locomotive.
With the motor leads unplugged, remove the factory light board by sliding it out towards the front(left in above picture) of the locomotive.


With the factory light board removed, we are now ready to install the TCS MT1500 decoder.
With the factory light board removed, we are now ready to install the TCS MT1500 decoder.


Next, install the MT1500 decoder by sliding the decoder into the slots of the locomotives chassis weight.
Next, install the MT1500 decoder by sliding the decoder into the slots of the locomotives chassis weight.


Next, plug the two motor leads into the decoder motor lead sockets. Finally, re-attach the locomotives shell and fuel tank.

 

Please note: The Micro Trains Line SW1500 does not come with headlight lens' or light tubes which significantly effects the performance of the LED on the decoder.

There are many products on the market for adding lens' and/or light tubes that will dramtically improve the appearance and overall performance of the LED on the decoder.

Please contact your local hobby shop for advice and products on how to improve the appearance and overall effect of the headlight.

You have now installed a TCS MT1500 decoder into your N-Scale Micro Trains Line SW1500.
Next, plug the two motor leads into the decoder motor lead sockets. Finally, re-attach the locomotives shell and fuel tank. Please note: The Micro Trains Line SW1500 does not come with headlight lens' or light tubes which significantly effects the performance of the LED on the decoder. There are many products on the market for adding lens' and/or light tubes that will dramtically improve the appearance and overall performance of the LED on the decoder. Please contact your local hobby shop for advice and products on how to improve the appearance and overall effect of the headlight. You have now installed a TCS MT1500 decoder into your N-Scale Micro Trains Line SW1500.



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