Athearn Genesis F7A Freight

Scale:
HO Scale


This installation uses the following decoder:

DP5



 

This installation of TCS DP5 Decoder is for HO Scale Athearn Genesis F7A Freight and was performed by A.G.

Shown with the shell on.
Shown with the shell on.


Front of the locomotive.
Front of the locomotive.


Back of the locomotive.
Back of the locomotive.


The pictures above show the beautiful Athearn Genesis F7A Freight 101 prior to the TCS DP5 Decoder Installation.
The pictures above show the beautiful Athearn Genesis F7A Freight 101 prior to the TCS DP5 Decoder Installation.


Remove the front coupler by detaching the phillips screw circled in red.
Remove the front coupler by detaching the phillips screw circled in red.


Remove both phillips screws circled in red.
Remove both phillips screws circled in red.


Here is a picture of the locomotive with its shell removed.
Here is a picture of the locomotive with its shell removed.


Remove the 9PIN JST Dummy Plug as shown in the picture above.
Remove the 9PIN JST Dummy Plug as shown in the picture above.


Insert the TCS DP5 decoder exactly the way shown above.
Insert the TCS DP5 decoder exactly the way shown above.


Here is the picture of the finished TCS DP5 decoder installation. When the installation is successfully finished, the beautiful light effects can be seen and the engine runs quiet and smooth.
Here is the picture of the finished TCS DP5 decoder installation. When the installation is successfully finished, the beautiful light effects can be seen and the engine runs quiet and smooth.



Important Soldering Tip

Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. Over time, the acidic properties of liquid or paste flux will begin eating away at the fiberglass PCB and will damage it. Use only Rosin-core solder or no-clean flux approved for electronics use.

TCS recommends the use of Kester "44" Sn63 Pb37, .015" diameter Rosin-core solder. Kester part number 24-6337-0007.

You can order this solder from the following retailers:
Digikey - PN:KE1110-ND
Techni-Tool - PN:488SO6775

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