We offer ESU LokSound decoders and installation. 


ESU manufacturers sound decoders for many different classes of locomotives.  These are the most flexible decoders on the market and the sound is excellent.  They are the first choice of many model manufacturers.

DCC or Märklin digital......

we can or already have converted it!

Whether you are into 2-rail DCC or Märklin digital, HO or N scale, we have the experience necessary to custom install the decoder in your locomotive.  We  have extensive DCC experience in Ho and N scale, so feel confident that your DC locomotives are in the right hands.  No sloppy installation work done here!  

Yes, All Märklin HO and I gauge locomotives have enough room for a decoder.   We hear this question frequently.  We have installed decoders in just about every locomotive Märklin has made.  The decoder is your choice.  We install it correctly with reliable solder joints and clean neat wire routing.   Some customers have said they can not tell our installations from factory work!

What's included and how much does it cost?

If you have a decoder installed when you purchase a new locomotive from us, there is no charge for labor!  Our normal labor charge is $55.00/hr.  One hour will cover converting most non-sound locomotives.  However, some decoders (like sound decoders) require additional programming, which takes additional time.  When labor runs over one hour, you will be billed in 1/10th of an hour increments. Locomotives with Telex couplers, locos that are more complex to overhaul and conversions which require additional programming are billed this way.  All digital conversions include complete disassembly and cleaning of the locomotive prior to installation of the decoder.  This is essential to proper performance and  many shops do not do it!  Please also note, that locomotives that have not been serviced with dirt caked in the gears and lint around axles and side rods require extra time to clean.  The lint has to be picked out by hand and caked on dirt in gears has to be removed using  a three step cleaning process which requires more time.  These typically run 1.5 hours plus.

 

Some Decoder choices for Märklin Motorola format and Märklin Systems: 
ESU Decoder Choices:

What are your options and what will it cost? 

ESU LokPilot 4.0 decoder: $39.95 + labor.
Universal basic decoder for all Märklin 3700 and 37000 series locomotives with high efficiency propulsion motor and 2-rail DC locomotives.    Märklin locomotives without high efficiency propulsion motors (AC motor) require additional high efficiency motor parts kit  @ $52.00

ESU LokPilot 4.0M4 mfx decoder: $49.00 + labor.
mfx decoder for use with the new Märklin Systems digital.  Fits all 3700 and 37000 series locomotives with high efficiency propulsion motor.  Märklin locomotives without high efficiency propulsion motors (AC motor) require additional high efficiency motor parts kit  @ $52.00

ESU LokSound 4.0: $159.00 + labor. 
Universal sound decoder for all Märklin 3700 and 37000 series locomotive with high efficiency propulsion motor and 2-rail DC locomotives.  Märklin locomotives without high efficiency propulsion motors (AC motor) require additional high efficiency motor parts kit  @ $52.00 (also DCC compatible)  American and European sounds available.

ESU LokSound 4.0 M4 mfx: $169.00 + labor.
mfx sound decoder for use with the new Märklin Systems digital.  Fits all 3700 and 37000 series locomotive with high efficiency propulsion motor Märklin locomotives without high efficiency propulsion motors (AC motor) require additional high efficiency motor parts kit  @ $52.00

 

($52.00 high efficiency parts kit includes: 5 pole armature, field, motor cover, brushes, chokes, bulb sockets, 610080 bulbs and decoder mount) (Additional wear parts required like sliders, tires etc. are extra)

Some Decoder choices for DCC Installations:
ESU Decoder Choices:

ESU LokPilot 4.0 DCC decoder: $37.00 + labor.
DCC only decoder for all 2-rail DC locomotives.   

ESU LokPilot 4.0 decoder: $39.95 + labor.
Universal basic decoder for 2-rail DC locomotives. Compatible with DCC, Selectrix, fmz etc.   

ESU LokSound 4.0: $139.00 + labor. 
Universal sound decoder for 2-rail DC locomotives.   Compatible with DCC, Selectrix, fmz etc.    American and European sounds available.

TCS Decoder Choices:

We also stock and install TCS DCC decoders.  These are some of the finest DCC decoders available.  In our opinion, they are the best kept secret in DCC!  TCS decoders are feature packed,  flexible, cost effective, easy to program and their goof proof warranty make them the best value out there!  They also offer one of the only decoders on the market with a 1.5 volt power supply built in.  This allows the use of 1.5 volt headlight bulbs without the need for dropping resistors.  Visit their web site by clicking on the TCS logo above and see for yourself why we like them so much.  Call or e-mail us to order.