Yes, I outdid myself. 6 decoders for this old ICE 3 model, including sound of course!
Fun with gadgets…
Yes, my layout is still in construction. It hasn’t moved in months in facts, I am having fun with converting my trains instead.
This particular Minitrix ICE 3 was from a starter set. It was very basic (no headlights, no interior furniture…). I had bought 3 extra coaches (also minimalistic). However, the model behaved extremely well, way better than some expensive “finescale” models from Minitrix or Fleischmann.
The DCC conversion plan
So, here is what I decided to add:
- Motor car: Sound decoder (inside the central “Bord-Restaurant” car)
- Driving coaches: Headlights + interior lighting + driver cab. 550uF capacitor for flicker-free operation.
- Coaches: Interior lighting. 440uF capacitor
The whole thing was done here and there over a year. In order to get all of this working, at minimal cost, I came up with an exotic mix of different decoders and brands:
Make sure to have a look at the video above. Questions about the conversion beyond the pictures below? Don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section.