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Comprehensive Programming Guide
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Classic N (CN & CN-GP)
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Recommended Solder Practices
NMRA Connector Wiring Diagrams
Technical Support Resources

This page contains helpful documents and links for TCS users. Click here to find programming tools specific to your decoder.

Decoder Programming Resources

Here you can find programming guides including CV numbers and values to set up your decoder to your desired settings.

Note: Product Literature

The literature that originally arrived with your decoder purchase, including basic 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. Most TCS products can be navigated to directly by entering the SKU number into your browser's address bar. For example, "https://tcsdcc.com/1517" would take you directly to the WOW101-KA-Steam decoder. You may also use the search box in the top right of the page to search for a product by name or SKU number.


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.)


Complete Programming Guides for WOWSound Decoders:


WOWSound Steam Programming Guide V4: Download (PDF document, 1.0MB)

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 (PDF document, 1.2MB)

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 (PDF document, 1.2MB)

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).
 

WOWSound Decoder Complete Sound Lists:


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

Audio Assist Programming Trees


Need help figuring out what the menu structure is for Audio Assist in your TCS WOWSound decoder? Download the Audio Assist Programming Tree for the current Version of your decoder:
WOWSteam | WOWDiesel (PDF document, 5.1MB).


CN/CN-GP Classic N Installation Guide: Download (PDF document, 2.5MB)

TCS continues to offer a standalone guide for "Classic N-Scale" locomotive (CN and CN-GP decoder) installations. This installation guidebook can familiarize yourself first with the different styles of "Classic N" chassis, and walk you thorough a generic installation. Following the advice and recommended practices in this guide will guarantee a successful installation every time! Download the CN/CN-GP Classic N Installation guide (PDF document, 2.5MB). 

Note that our list of photo-documented installations can be found on out N-Scale Installations Page.


Connector Wiring Diagrams: Visit

Wiring Diagrams for many common locomotive connectors, including 8-Pin NMRA and 21-Pin MTC.


Recomended Solder Practices: Visit

Follow this guide to strip, tin, and solder your wire just like our professionals in production!


Bachmann OEM Decoder Resources:

Find decoder literature and other resources specific to your factory WOWSound-equipped Bachmann models here:

Bachmann | ACS-64 Resources Visit

Bachmann | Streamlined K4 Resources Visit

Bachmann | Russian Decapod Quick Start Guide

Bachmann | Trench Locomotive Quick Start Guide | Chassis Exploded View | Boiler Exploded View

Bachmann | SC-44 Charger Visit


Rapido OEM Decoder Resources:

Find decoder literature and other resources specific to your factory WOWSound-equipped Rapido models here:

Rapido | ALCO PA/PB (Coming Soon)


Technical Support Resources and FAQ Visit

Is my decoder too hot? How do you wire speakers and LEDs to WOWSound decoders? What about advanced consisting? 
We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions and most helpful answers all in one place. When you have a technical support issue, take a quick look here to see if your issue has already been resolved!

Multimeter Troubleshooting Guide: Read

Grab a multi-meter 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.