Model Power FP7a's

Inkaneer Mar 24, 2020

  1. Inkaneer

    Inkaneer TrainBoard Member

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    Got a pair of MP FP7a's that I am considering installing DCC. I'm pretty sure that no manufacturer has made a dedicated decoder for this locomotive as there is nothing I can find on the web about one. So has anyone hardwired a decoder in this thing? If so, what decoder was used and how difficult of an install is it?
     
  2. Point353

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    See the following review of this loco: http://www.spookshow.net/loco/mpf7.html

    Apparently MRC recently released a version of this loco with DCC and sound.
    You might try contacting MRC to see if the decoder they used is available separately, perhaps as a service spare part.

    This list shows decoder #0001648 described as "Generic Diesel Sound for Model Power FP7 Dual Mode Decoder."
    http://www.wig-wag-trains.com/MRC/New Folder/Decoder%20Chart%202009-08.pdf
     
  3. marty coil

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    Just got one also. The BOX reads....'DCC Wired. I'm analog...sooo I don't know what it means. BUT. I took the loco apart and there's plenty of room for a decoder. IMG_2940 (2).JPG
     
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  4. Inkaneer

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    My two are the 2006 'Modeler's' version and my experience with them has been very positive which is why I am willing to invest more money to add DCC to them. My experience does not track with Spookshow's report but that may only mean that I was fortunate and he was not. That happens in this hobby and I have been on the other end of that equation as, I am sure, others have. Anyway I located a decoder for the pair. Model Power conveniently left a space in the rear of the chassis to fit a small decoder. So that's where it will go.
     
  5. vince p

    vince p TrainBoard Member

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    NP only had 2 FP7's and they never wore the pine tree scheme.

    Both came in the loewey scheme of 2 tone green white stripe.

    Spent most their life working from the twin cities then BN wrote one off in 1972 the other in 1980.
     
  6. Point353

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    The intent of linking to Spookshow's site was not in regard to loco's performance but to indicate that MRC had released that loco with a decoder and that there was a photo depicting the decoder installation.
     
  7. Inkaneer

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    I understand that but the 2018 MRC release uses an MRC decoder made for that locomotive. I am not sure that decoder is available separately but if it was I would not use it as I prefer to not use MRC decoders in general and Spookshow's review did not heap praises on it. My preference is to go with another decoder.
     

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