Atlas S-2 sound decoder

jpf94 Jun 13, 2018

  1. jpf94

    jpf94 TrainBoard Member

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    Does anyone know what sound decoder Atlas put in the S-2 model? I have one with sound and one without, would like to upgrade the second.

    Thank you

    Joe
     
  2. tehachapifan

    tehachapifan TrainBoard Supporter

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    I don't think that particular (ESU) decoder has been made available separately yet.
     
  3. DD99

    DD99 TrainBoard Supporter

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    I asked Atlas and they said it was a customed decoder and not available. My next question to them was going to be if I send the DC to them, would they install it, but I haven't gotten around to asking.

    btw, they said to use the Select Micro for the decoder setting in Decoder Pro.

    Spook show has a great writeup on the S-2s: http://www.spookshow.net/loco/atlass2.html
     
  4. gatrhumpy

    gatrhumpy TrainBoard Member

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    The decoder is a customized ESU LokSound Select Micro DCC sound decoder. You cannot buy it separate. Also, Atlas will not install a decoder for you. You will have to buy a wired DCC decoder and then install it yourself.
     
  5. tehachapifan

    tehachapifan TrainBoard Supporter

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    ….which is probably going to be quite a challenge. While I haven't tried it in this particular loco, I'm not sure you can shoehorn a standard Select Micro or V4 Micro into it. I also suspect the new slide-in sound decoders are probably too long, but I haven't looked into this very closely.
     
  6. MRLdave

    MRLdave TrainBoard Member

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    Honestly, the easiest (and probably cheapest) route is to pick up another unit that already has the sound decoder, swap the shells (if needed) and then sell the DC unit.
     

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