This installation is for N Scale Atlas SD7/9 and uses TCS MC2 Decoder and was performed by Jeffery Maurer.
Remove body shell and handrails by gently pulling up on the shell. Remove fuel tank. Remove front and rear light assemblies.
Remove the two Phillips screws that hold the two halves of the frame together. Mark the top of the motor and then remove the motor from the frame.
Remove the plastic holder from the motor and cut off the two metal tabs used to provide power to the motor. Note the white dot added to identify the top of the motor.
Gently pry off the motor brush covers. NOTE: BE VERY CAREFUL or you will loose the small brush springs. The brushes (small copper cylinders in the photo) do not need to be removed but be careful that they don't fall out.
Cut the orange and grey wires to length and solder to the brush covers. DO NOT try to do this without removing the brush covers first. Doing this can melt the plastic around the brush holders. Reinstall the brushes, brush springs and brush covers to the motor, orange on the bottom, grey on the top. Carefully route the orange wire as in the picture. Make sure the orange wire doesn't touch the flywheel.
Using either a Dremel, a file, or a pair of diagonal cutters, remove the two frame tabs (shown in red in the photos). Reassemble motor, frame, and trucks routing the orange and grey wires up between the two frame halves.
Track power can either come from the rear light board or (as I have done) off of the brass wipers. Red to right, black to left. If you removed the wipers in disassembly, make sure that they go under the metal tab in the picture.
Unsolder the resistor and the left leg of the LED. Solder the resistor to the left leg of the LED. On the other (rear) light board, cut the trace between the frame and the resistor. Solder the white wire to the other side of the cut trace. From the other side of the cut trace, solder a wire to the resistor side of the modified front LED and cover with heat shrink.
If power is going to be taken from the light board instead of the pick ups, solder the red and black wires to the indicated spots. Solder the yellow wire to the other side of the front LED and cover with heat shrink. Plug in decoder and attach to frame using double sided tape. Reinstall shell and test. Since this is a Southern Pacific SD-7 without a steam generator, the extra fuel (water) tank was also removed while the chassis was disassembled.
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