TCS MC4 Decoder Installation for HO-Scale Fleischmann HO BR 218
This is a rear driven locomotive with power pickups on 8 wheels.
The best method to disassemble the locomotive is to turn it upside down.
There is only 1 screw (A) holding the body to the chassis , there is however tabs that run around the body that need to be pressed apart with gentle pressure.
The bogies can be removed by squeezing the sides of the bogie in gently and the will come out of the guides that hold the to the chassis.
Once the bogies are removed there are modifications to be made to the motor backplate. The backplate is electrically connected to the body and the Negative motor brush and the original positive connection is bridged over the near side pickups and the connection for the Positive motor brush. Using a cutting disk on a small rotary drill (like a Dremel) cut away the link (then Check with a Multimeter).
The original Blue wire has been soldered across the two metal areas, the two links need to be cut to isolate the motor from the track pickups and the body of the motor.
The Second picture shows a new Black and Red coloured wire soldered to connections for the motorised bogie’s pickups. This wire is connected to the non motorised bogie’s pickups. The Grey and Orange wires from the decoder harness have been soldered in place on the Motor brush terminals.
The Red and Black wires from the decoder harness are soldered on to the pickups of the non motorised bogie.
The original lighting has been replaced with Warm White and Red LEDs, just visible on the circuit board with Green, White and Blue wires attached and the LED backs painted Black.
Bogies are back in place ,power for the LEDs must hae a resistor in the circuit , I use a 1K Ohm. Visible at each end are clear plastic light pipes , one with a dot of Dark Red paint and one with a dot of White (this helps reflect some of the light back down for the lower front Headlights) The plastic pipes have been glued to the ends of the LEDs to extend them to the area the original bulbs illuminated .
The Decoder held in place with some double sided tape.
Front Lights Rear Lights