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My Standard approach to most installations is to remove the manuafacturers DCC plug, and hard wire in the decoder of my choice. I always test the decoder prior installation. My method has the following advantages:

1 I can be sure that my wiring is 100%.
2 I've found, as well as others that plugs can be faulty and cause decoder failures.
3 I make more space for the decoder by removing the plug.
4 My method means that generally no weights need to be removed.
5 I try to avoid decoders without a wrapper, as they are the most difficult in tight spaces while trying to
avoid shorts.

It's still inconciveable that British manufacturers dont make use of the tender space where available to house decoder plugs. This change requires only a little effort on behalf of the manufacter, and would reduce a lot of frustation with installations. In Bachmanns case the use of tender pickups would improve running reliability.
 

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Actually the basic bachmann decoder is quite useful, but it is basic and quite large for tiny spaces, it has a horse bag on it for insulation. Fit a TCS M1 it's great decoder, and now even better with B-EMF or dither depending on your choice. It also fits in the Tiniest of places just the job for British loco's.

horse bag on it for insulation why do Lenz insist of fitting this instead of a proper wrapper, do their decoders still run as hot as they used to ?
 
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