The Hobbytrain BR 363 Cottbus, converted to DCC with cab driver light and capacitors.
This little shunting locomotive is part of the DB V60 family, this one belongs to the 363 series of the DBAG. There are many of those small (yet aging) Diesel locomotives still in service. This black livery model is in service at the Cottbus workshop (see DB article in English).
This model, part no 249085 is another Hobbytrain production for the Conrad Electronics chain of electronics hardware store in Germany. It was available for less than 50€ a while ago. I liked the black livery, sometimes with only DB trains your layout can easily turn out all redish. Realistic for Germany? Maybe, but not very fun!
I had converted this model a while ago for DCC, using the onbard NEM651 plug. But I wasn’t satisfied with the result (the model is small, and as often in N scale, power feeding wasn’t good).
So I decided to remove the NEM651 plugin to leave some room, and instead solder some custom improvements to the engine and decoder:
Cab light in place with LED
Cab light test
Light and capacitors in place
If you’ve been reading the blog often you know these are kind of standard DIY add-ons to my locomotives. The cab light test photo above shows the “raw” state. Meaning I have later dimmed the light (via decoder CV editing), and added some yellow paint on the LED to have the light look more natural (warmer).
Although the ESU LokPilot Micro v4 decoder does not have a SUSI interface per say, it has an output for light which I used for the cab lighting (the engine doesn’t have headlight and adding them would have been too hard). It also has an input to connected capacitors. Notwithstanding the absence of SUSI plug, both circuits (light and capacitors) are detailed in my article about using the SUSI interface here.
Now that’s better! With the added capacitors, the locomotive drives much more smoothly. The engine is finally usable as a shunting engine on switches and at slower speeds…which is kind of the point! And the cab light doesn’t hurt of course.
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