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Install DCC decoder in Roco El16

Last update: June 7, 2016
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Over the years Roco has made very nice models of the Norwegian El16 class, see my El16 collection. The first generation of this model, catalog number 43559, didn't have a DCC socket. In early 2003 I put a DCC decoder in my El16.2212 which at that time required modifying the printed circuit board; see Install DCC decoder in Roco El16 .

The Roco model is based on the Swedish Roco RC model. Arnold Hübsch in Austria makes a replacement board for the RC that has the latest DCC plug/socket (PLUX). This pages shows how this replacment board makes for a very easy installation of a decoder in this older El16 model. I also used this moment to install ESU LokPilot DCC decoder which has become my standard decoder as it program abilities are beyond any other decoder on the market.


El16 - PLUX install (1) The three items needed for this project:

El16 - PLUX install (2)

Remove the shell, by widening the body a little bit. The printed circuit board is clearly visible. To the left the Lenz decoder that I installed in 2003. See Install DCC decoder in Roco El16 for the pictures of the old installation. Initially that was done with a Lenx LE1025 but I replaced it with a LE2014 as the JST plug on the 1025 was causing space issues when placing the shell back.

In contrast the new board is shown in front.


El16 - PLUX install (3) The old board has been removed, the wires coming from the trucks are clearly visible and have to be soldered on the new board.

El16 - PLUX install (4) New board in place, wires are soldered back. The Plux decoder is shown in the front.

El16 - PLUX install (5) All complete, just before the shell is put back. The decoder is installed. See product sheet for all the new light options.

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