Mantua 2-6-6-2 T Articulated Logger

Scale:
HO Scale


This installation uses the following decoder:

T1



This installation of TCS T1 Decoder is for HO Scale Mantua 2-6-6-2 T Articulated Logger and was performed by Thomas R Gosser, Big Lake Alaska

First off, locate the tender at the rear of the locomotive cab. This tender will slide off from the cab away from the locomotive rearward as show in the second image. TCS T1 Decoder will be installed in this engine.
First off, locate the tender at the rear of the locomotive cab. This tender will slide off from the cab away from the locomotive rearward as show in the second image. TCS T1 Decoder will be installed in this engine.




The third image shows the tender removed and the wiring harness with the factory installed connector/pcb board.
The third image shows the tender removed and the wiring harness with the factory installed connector/pcb board.


Unplug the pcb board from the connector and plug the T1 decoder into it as shown in the fourth image. 

Before reinstalling the tender test the decoder install on your test track. If all is well reinstall the tender, it will just cover the decoder without any interference. Reinstallation is the exact opposite of the removal. It is that easy, just press back together gently making sure everything is aligned as you do.
Unplug the pcb board from the connector and plug the T1 decoder into it as shown in the fourth image. Before reinstalling the tender test the decoder install on your test track. If all is well reinstall the tender, it will just cover the decoder without any interference. Reinstallation is the exact opposite of the removal. It is that easy, just press back together gently making sure everything is aligned as you do.



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