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QUOTE (Geoff Booth @ 18 Apr 2008, 19:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>This one is a bit of a long shot but I have an Arnold Ee 3/3 Swiss shunter which I had hoped to fit a DCC decoder into. It currently looks like a non-starter (including advice from Digitrains) as there doesn't seem to be room anywhere even for the new tiny DCX75 from CTelektronik.

Hello Geoff,

I've seen a DCX74 decoder in an Arnold Köf 3! There will be a way of doing it, although you may have to mill away some of the chassis block to fit in...the link Poliss gives is useful and actually shows that bracket above and around the motor being removed to make space. You just have to be prepared to make some permanent modifications!! Just don't give up!

QUOTE (Geoff Booth @ 18 Apr 2008, 19:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does anyone know of anyone who may have managed this - it seems strange to me that Arnold as one of the earliest supporters of DCC made a loco that was so DCC unfriendly? That may be just the way it is but does anyone know if the new version due out this year from the re-born Arnold is DCC friendly (possibly with a NEM651 slot)?
Not all of Arnolds designs were theirs originally - they bought Lima Minitrain and other makes so not everything came from a DCC pioneer, and of course anything from Arnold dating before they embraced the digital way would likewise be un prepared. Later versions of models did have interfaces, and some models with an 8 preceeding the item number came with a decoder already installed!

Regarding the new model, yes it will have an NEM interface, and you would expect so for an UVP: 139,00 €
The details are on the Hornby Deutschland website:

http://www.hornby-deutschland.de

Navigate to Arnold and part the way down the new items list is the new Ee 3/3 which suggests it has the "NEM-Schnittstelle" if you click for details. Hope this helps!

And how are you enjoying your new layout by the way? I forgot to say it looked very good from the pictures you provided, with plenty of mainline and of course a certain famous bridge! Will you be attemping the scenery yourself?
 
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