The world of digital operation holds huge potential for realistic model railway operation. In this section we will show you how to install sound decoders into locomotives big and small across 'OO', 'O' and 'N' gauge as well as revealing more about the abilities of this control system in future features author by Mike Wild and Paul Chetter.
Digital Sound modelling guides
The arrival of a new batch of GWR ‘Modified Hall’ 4-6-0s from Bachmann for ‘OO’ gauge prompted MIKE WILD to take a fresh look at the model’s potential for sound. In this step by step guide, we install a ZIMO decoder and powerful speaker for a realistic and immersive driving experience.
The Class 57 is an important part of the modern railway scene and one stands out from the crowd – 57307 Lady Penelope in its Cable Thieves-branded DRS livery. MIKE WILD and RICHARD WATSON discuss this Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition after it's sound installation.
The Class 57 is an important part of the modern railway scene and one stands out from the crowd – 57307 Lady Penelope in its Cable Thieves-branded DRS livery. MIKE WILD picks up a Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition of the unique locomotive for this sound installation guide.
Who says installing digital sound is hard? PAUL CHETTER takes on Hornby’s air-smoothed ‘West Country’ and discovers that installation of sound and much more is within the abilities of all modellers. This feature from the Hornby Magazine archive includes a brand new sound demonstration video featuring 34067 Tangmere.
Our latest exclusive sound installation guide for KeyModelWorld feature Digitrains sound file for the Bulleid air-smoothed 'Pacific' - and you can watch it for free this week only during Bulleid week. Join Mike Wild in the workshop to find out how to install sound in this model.
Locoman Sounds has introduced a series of new sound profiles for the Doehler & Haass sound decoder family to replicate the Thompson 'A2/2' and 'A2/3' 4-6-2s. In the latest issue we show how to install this new sound decoder in the Hornby 4-6-2 while in this video MIKE WILD demonstrates the sound functions of two of the four versions.
In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we illustrate how to install digital sound in the new Hornby 'A2/2' 4-6-2. For our second related installation MIKE WILD demonstrates the installation process for the closely related 'A2/3' on video using the new Locoman Sounds sound project.
Locoman Sounds has introduced a set of new sound profiles for the Hornby ‘A2/2’ and ‘A2/3’ 4-6-2s with four different versions to suit the two classes in different eras. MIKE WILD shows how to install the sound profile on a Doehler & Haass sound chip into the BR era ‘Pacifics’.
DCC Concepts has gone back to the drawing board to create its new range of stay alives using smaller components and a flexible system which allows for easier positioning of parts within a locomotive. Read the full story here and watch our video demonstration.
Bachmann's latest generation Class 20 model features a Plux22 decoder socket and a factory fitted 15mm x 11mm speaker. In this sound installation guide Mike Wild shows how simple it is to install a ZIMO MX645P22 sound decoder with Digitrains ZS20ASL sound file and demonstrates the performance of the factory fitted speaker.
In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install a ZIMO sound decoder with YouChoos sound into the Bachmann Fowler '7F' 2-8-0. Join Mike Wild in the workshop as he demonstrates the sound projects features on Topley Dale.
In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM166, April 2021 - we review Digitrains new sound file for the Class 68 Bo-Bo diesels. Here the full suite of sounds in our sound demonstration featuring the Dapol 'OO' gauge model fitted with a ZIMO MX644C decoder.
In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM163) we review Bachmann's eagerly awaited new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR '94XX' 0-6-0PT for the first time. In this video feature Richard Watson demonstrates how simple it is to install digital sound in the model using a ZIMO decoder and Digitrains sound file.
The free 32-page digital sound guide with HM163 (January 2021 issue) includes a step by step guide for the Kernow Model Rail Centre D600 'Warship' for 'OO' gauge to demonstrate installing sound with a 21-pin decoder. Join us here to watch the finished model in action on the Hornby Magazine test track.
In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install a Doehler & Haass 8-pin sound decoder with Locoman Sounds latest sound project for the Stanier 'Black Five'. The feature uses the Hornby model with a locomotive mounted decoder socket and the full installation guide is part of our Beginners' Guide to Digital Sound supplement issued with HM163. Watch our sound demonstration here.
The Hattons ‘OO’ gauge Class 66 has an impressive specification, and DC Kits’ Legomanbiffo has created an equally high value sound decoder specifically for the model. MIKE WILD installs an ESU LokSound V5 decoder into the Hattons model together with stay alive and a ‘rail rumble’ speaker.
If you are looking for the ultimate starter sound decoder which won’t cost the earth, Hornby’s Twin Track Sound diesel decoders offer superb value for money and an enthralling driving experience. MIKE WILD shows how to add a Twin Track Sound decoder to a Class 31 as well as upgrading its speaker.