This installation is for a HO-Scale EMD F59PHI using a TCS WOW121-Diesel Decoder, RTR-MB1 Motherboard with built in Keep Alive®
and UNIV-SH1-C WOWSpeaker kit by TCS.
|These items are available in the WDK-ATH-5 which was used for this installation.|
|RTR-MB1 Motherboard with Keep Alive™||WOW121-Diesel Decoder||UNIV-SH1-C Speaker Kit|
|Click here for more information on the WDK-ATH-5 and the rest of the WOWDiesel Kits line.|
HO-Scale EMD F59PHI shown prior to installation.
To start off this install, we must first remove the front and rear coupler screws highlighted above in red and their housings.
With the couplers removed, while gently pulling outwards at each side lift the shell off of the frame.
Take care with the handrails as you lift off the shell so they don't break.
The EMD F59PHI shown with the shell off. Remove the wires from the original lighting board and remove it from the chassis.
With the original lighting board removed, trim, tin or lengthen the wires as necessary.
The RTR-MB1 has a motor pick up clip pre-attatched to the bottom, so mounting it onto the locomotive could not be easier.
Attach the RTR-MB1 to the clip and solder the motor and track pickup wires according to the included wiring diagram. In this installation, one side of the track pick has a single lead and it was necessary to splice in a second lead as shown above. When attaching the wires to the pads, it is not necessary to insert the wires through the holes. We recommend attaching the wires flat on top of the solder pads.
With the 35mm X 16mm WOWSound speaker inserted into the UNIV- SH1-C enclosure, using a small amount of hot melt glue along each side,
mount this assembly to the top inside of the shell as shown above.
Solder the speaker leads to the RTR-MB1.
Next solder the lighting leads to the RTR-MB1 according to the included wiring diagram. In this installation, we separated out the front ditch lights from
the front headlight as a individual function. This lead was soldered to pad #1.
The RTR-MB1 and GEN-MB1 have on board 1.5volt power supplies to conveniently power all the original 1.5volt bulbs that come with your Athearn locomotive. The front headlight and rear light pads are configured for 1.5volt use. Additional 1.5volt pads are available for other connections for ditch lights etc. If you prefer to use LED lighting as an option, there are LED solder connection pads. Current limit resistors are built into the board so no external resistor are needed for LED use.
You can now plug in your WOW121 decoder.
Now you can close up the locomotive and reinstall the coupler assemblies. Be sure to be mindful of wire routing and reassembly of the shell as to not damage
or foul the installation. Your EMD F59PHI is now WOWSound equipped and ready to roll!
Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire