Yes, I outdid myself. 6 decoders for this old ICE 3 model, including sound of course!
Yes, my layout is still in construction. It hasn’t moved in months in facts, I am having fun with converting my trains instead.
Minitrix 12793 – ICE 3 and additional coaches
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.
So, here is what I decided to add:
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:
The conversion plan for each coach
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.
Coach and custom board
Custom led board
Testing the interior lighting
Custom LED board done, with Tams FD-R Basic decoder
SMD leds for headlights
Custom lighting board with FH05A decoder
Doehler & Haass FH05A function decoder
Testing the led boards
Original NEM 651 interface
with ESU Loksound Micro v4
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ESU ECoS II connectivity
Hobbytrain Siemens Vectron with sound
DCC plugs overview (they’ve gone crazy)
My N-scale modular layout: presentation
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