Steve51
Hi I've just joined. I have very limited skills fo rhtis hobby - but I just love it. I'd like some help with fitting TTS decoders.
I've just bought a Princess Elizabeth - it was the loco in the first train set that I had as a lad in about 1960 - and I've still got it!!  I decided to try to fit a TTS decoder but I'm struggling. I'm very wary about damaging the loco, but can'y seem ot find a way to fit it. Should I take out the weight and try to rig up something to replace it or is there another way.
If anyone has any advice I'd be extremely grateful.

Many thanks - Steve
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Bunkerbarge
Hi Steve and welcome to the forum.  Interestingly when I was a teenager in the early 70s my first locomotive was also a Princess Elizabeth.  My father picked it up second hand at show.

I have only recently returned to model railways as a result of a forced early retirement so I also find myself at the bottom of a very steep and long learning curve. After my first couple of very expensive failures at trying to fit decoders to locomotives, and despite being fairly competent with a soldering iron, I decided that I needed to hand that job over to someone much more experienced than myself so consequently I now give my locomotives to Digitrains to fit them.  I know there are many who would consider that as a cop out and certainly not the cheapest way of doing it however the charges for fitting are actually pretty small in comparison to the cost of the sound decoder with stay alive and speaker so I consider it well worth it for the peace of mind and the guarantee.

I might have a go again later on but I am happy to concentrate my time and efforts on the areas that I enjoy most and that is the modelling.  There are plenty of places out there who will fit the decoders for you and offer guarantee on the decoder and the work so, just to get you initially up and running it might be worth considering.
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AHJAY
Its not necessarily difficult but first we need to know which of the dozens of Princess variants you have. There are vast differences brterrn thr current versions and their predecessors.

regards, Ahjay
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Steve51
Thanks for responding Ahjay - I have the latest 2020 version - Hornby no R3709
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AHJAY
OK, give us a couple of days. I have that same loco here and will take a look next week.

regards, Ahjay
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Steve51
Hi Ahjay - sorry for the delay but I've been unable to get back onto the forum. I'd be very grateful if you could find the time to check out the Elizabeth.
Many htanks - Steve
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AHJAY
HI

Hi, we did check. That loco has an 8 pin socket in the tender
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m.bryan
There is plenty of room to fit a TTS decoder in the Princess tender.
There is even a moulded space for a speaker.

Removal of the tender top is as per instructions with the loco.

There are a few videos on youtube regarding fitting TTS sound - whilst I could not quickly locate one for the Princess, there are others that have tenders with the same moulded space.
Mick
DCCConcepts Tech/Customer support
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