Re: Decoder for P2K E8/E9
GS, While I have not have the good fortune of having one of these yet I am experienced with decoder instals (in diesels.) There is a simple concept to decoder installs. Now there are some threads on here specifically about the P2K E8's. I would say the easiest thing to do is remove the circuit board (since it is not DCC ready) and hard wire in a decoder and new lights, or keep the old ones and make sure you have the correct resistor attached. There are a variety of decoders out there and they are all completable with most systems. DCS (made by MTH) is a system that has mainly been used n O scale, but recently MTH has came out with HO stuff. And only MTH DCS products work with DCS products if I am informed right.
Do you have a DCC system yet? How big is your layout? I have the NCE power cab and it is a great system, especially for someone who has trouble understanding computer stuff. Digitrax also makes good systems. I've heard MRC has good systems, but I've never used one. Also there are several brands of decoders out there. I like to use TCS or NCE decoders. TCS has the best warranty. I've had a bad experience with a digitrax decoder so I don't buy them, but several people use them. A good decoder for your E8 would be the TCS T1. It's only got 2 (lighting) functions but you only need 2, one for the head light, one for the mars.
If you need help figuring out how to hard wire a decoder and install lights I have some videos if you would like to see them.
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