This installation of TCS MB1 Motherboard, WOW121 Decoder and 28mm WOWSpeaker is for the HO Scale Bachmann Consolidation 2-8-0.
It was installed by TCS
The MB1 includes onboard Keep-Aliveā„¢ to keep you running smoothly over troublesome track.

This was performed by our friends from DCC Xpress installations.
They offer high quality WOWSound installations for a flat rate complete with free return shipping!
You can find them at: www.dxinstalls.com


These items are available in the WSK-BAC-1 which was used for this installation.
B-MB1 Motherboard with Keep Alive™ WOW121-Steam Decoder UNIV-SH1-C Speaker Kit
Click here for more information on the WDK-BAC-1 and the rest of the WOWDiesel Kits line.

Important Soldering Tip:
Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. It will damage it. Use only Rosin core solder approved for electronics use.
We recommend to use only Kester "44" rosin core, SN63PB37, .015" diameter, part number 24-6337-0007.
This can be ordered from Techni-Tool under Techni-Tool part number 488SO157

http://www.techni-tool.com

Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 Consolidation prior to TCS B-MB1 and WOW121 Steam decoder install.

Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 Consolidation prior to TCS B-MB1 and WOW121 Steam decoder install.

First remove the screw identified above with the red circle from the underside of the tender.

With the tender screw removed, we now have access to the factory light board.

Next, remove the two screws securing the factory light board to the tender chassis. Make sure to save these two screws as they will be used to secure the motherboard to the tender chassis.

With the factory light board removed, we can now use those same two screws to secure the motherboard the tender chassis.


***Please note: There is little to no standardization of wire colors in Bachmann steam engines. Do not use the colors of the wires on the original board as your wiring guide.***

The image above shows the standard wire colors for DCC installations.

First, desolder the harness wires from the factory light board and and solder them to the motherboard following the wire colors diagram shown above.

At this time, we also made our speaker wire connection using a 2 Pin Mini Connector with purple wires (item # 1521)

With our wires all soldered, we can now plug in the WOW121 Steam decoder.

With the motherboard and decoder installed, we can now start fitting and installing the speaker.

First, remove the coal load from the tender. Do this by pushing the tab (noted with the red circle above) and push the coal load up and out of the tender shell.


Here is the coal load removed from the shell and unmodified.

Next, we need to drill small holes in the coal to allow the sound to exit the tender. We found that 70+ #68 holes worked best for our 28mm WOWSpeaker (Item # 1555). Make sure that the holes you drill are only within the diameter of the speaker you intend to mount because any holes outside the diameter of the speaker will actually reduce the sound produced.


Without light shining from behind the coal load, the holes simply disappear into the lumps of coal.

With the coal load drilled out for the speaker, we can now mount the speaker to the underside of the coal load. In our install, some hot glue works well with securing and sealing the speaker to the coal load.

Prior to gluing the speaker inplace, we also attached the other half of our 2 Pin Mini Connector the speaker. Its best to do this prior to glueing the speaker in place as to avoid accidentily coming into contact with any of the plastic with the soldering iron.

Next, feed the speaker wires through the rectangular opening in the top of the tender and snap the coal load back into place.

Finally, connect the 2 Pin Mini Connector and screw the tender shell back onto the tender chassis.

You have now installed a TCS Bachmann Motherboard 1 and WOW121 Steam decoder into your HO-Scale Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 Consolidation.

Important Soldering Tip:
Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. It will damage it. Use only Rosin core solder approved for electronics use.
We recommend to use only Kester "44" rosin core,  SN63PB37, .015" diameter, part number 24-6337-0007
This can be ordered from Techni-Tool under part number  Techni-Tool part number 488SO157
http://www.techni-tool.com

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 installation 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.


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

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