Bachmann Sound Value RS-3 - HO

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Bachmann Sound Value RS-3 - HO
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Model Information
ManufacturerBachmann
Stock Number68611-68615
ScaleHO Scale
Power TypeDC or DCC w/Sound
Release Date2021
Retail Price$349.00
Decoder Information
Decoder TypeDSV-1
Version5
Lighting Functions2
Prototype Information
BuilderAmerican Locomotive Company (ALCO)
Build DateMay 1950 – August 1956
Total Produced1,418
Motive PowerDiesel-Electric; ALCO 244-D
AspirationTurbo-charged
Power Output1,600hp (1,193 kW)
More InfoALCO RS-3

Overview

Bachmann’s new DCC Sound-Value-equipped ALCo RS-3 includes a TCS WOWSound® decoder with on-board Keep-Alive® for uninterrupted operation, even over dirty track. The WOWSound® diesel-electric locomotive sound package includes sounds for horn, bell, prime mover, air compressor, cooling fan, coupler close/release, brakes, and many more! (See below) Ready to shuffle your rolling stock all day every day, the HO-scale Sound Value RS3 from Bachmann is rumbling in to a hump yard near you!

Specific Features

Features include:

  • DCC sound-equipped for sound, speed, direction, and lighting control
  • Dual-mode NMRA-compliant decoder operates sound, motor, and lights on DCC or DC power.
  • TCS true CD-quality audio with 16-bit depth resolution at 44,100Hz
  • Authentic and prototypical sounds
  • 8 hand-picked prototypical horn options and 5 bell options
  • On-board Keep-Alive® device that keeps your engine running during power interruptions due to dirty track or loss of electrical contact
  • Directional headlights with "Rule 17" dimming operation enabled by default
  • Two user-configure-able lighting outputs
  • TCS' industry-leading "quiet drive" Back EMF motor control for superior slow-speed performance and load compensation
  • User-loadable speed table options (3-point, 28-point, and 126-point curves)
  • Three select-able Throttle Modes
  • Two configurable Momentum Modes
  • TCS' new and exclusive Function Pagination System
  • Die-cast frame

DC mode operation

When operating in DC mode, the locomotive will sit still and silent until a sufficient track voltage is present. Once the minimum voltage (approximately 8 volts) is met, the locomotive will begin the prime mover ignition sequence. An additional increase in voltage will cause the locomotive to begin to move. A directional horn blast will be heard and bell will activate automatically. Users may trigger a grade crossing horn quill sound by quickly adjusting the track voltage up and back down quickly. The directional horn blasts, quill, and automatic DC mode bell are enabled by default. If you would like to change these settings, as well as other behaviour of your locomotive on DC power, please read more in our section on DC Mode Operation and Configuration for WOWSound Version 5.

Note: This WOWSound® product does not support TCS' Audio Assist® auditory feedback program.


Button Mappings

The values outlined below in the button mapping, sound list, and CV values are the defaults assigned to this particular decoder from the factory.

For information on how to program your locomotive using the values provided in the charts below, please see our List of Standard CV's for WOWSound Version 5, and/or List of Indexed CV's for WOWSound Version 5.

TCS Function Pagination System

The Bachmann Sound Value RS-3 - HO locomotive supports TCS' new "function pagination" system. This makes it easy to access all 28 functions and all lighting effects on throttles with limited function access by adding an offset to the pressed function button (offset of +10 for function page 2; offset of +20 for function page 3). For example, to access function 15:

  • Press function 8 twice to rotate through the function pages until the decoder announces "function page [two]"
  • Press button 5 on your throttle/controller
  • The decoder will activate function 5 + 10 (page 2 offset) = 15

Note: the decoder supports accessing all decoder functions above 9 regardless of the currently selected function page by pressing the corresponding buttons on your throttle.

If you have a command station which supports all 28 function buttons and would like to disable function pagination, this may be done by re-configuring CV 177

Button Mappings
Function Button Sound Action Light Action Dual Enabled Page and Button
0 None Rule 17 - Both Directions - Lamp 0F
Special Function: Dim the Rule 17 Light
False Page 1 Button 0
1 Bell Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 1 False Page 1 Button 1
2 Horn Long Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 2 False Page 1 Button 2
3 Horn Short Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 3 False Page 1 Button 3
4 Horn Quill Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 4 False Page 1 Button 4
5 Brake Squeal Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 5 False Page 1 Button 5
6 Prime Mover Ignition Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 6 False Page 1 Button 6
7 None Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 7 False Page 1 Button 7
8 1x Press Mute/Unmute
2x Press to rotate page
None True Page 1 Button 8
9 None Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 9 False Page 1 Button 9
10 Manual Notch Up Constant Bright - Both Directions - Lamp 10 False Page 2 Button 0
11 Manual Notch Down None False Page 2 Button 1
12 Coupler Clank None False Page 2 Button 2
13 Coupler Clank None False Page 2 Button 3
14 Brake Release None False Page 2 Button 4
15 Dynamic Brake None True Page 2 Button 5
16 Momentum None True Page 2 Button 6
17 Crew Alert None False Page 2 Button 7
18 Mute/Unmute None True Page 2 Button 8
19 None None False Page 2 Button 9
20 Air Spitter None False Page 3 Button 0
21 Forward Sound None False Page 3 Button 1
22 Reverse Sound None False Page 3 Button 2
23 Stop Sound None False Page 3 Button 3
24 Rotate Whistle None False Page 3 Button 4
25 Windshield Wipers None False Page 3 Button 5
26 Exhaust Fan None False Page 3 Button 6
27 None None False Page 3 Button 7
28 Mute/Unmute None True Page 3 Button 8
Random Sound Mapping
Random
Sound
Generator
Sound
Played
1 Air Compressor
2 Air Spitter
3 None
4 None


Sound list

The Lists of Sounds below include all of the sounds available in the decoder installed into the Bachmann Sound Value RS-3 - HO. You may use the values provided in these tables to map a sound to a specific button, or to change the specific sound of a sound type (such as the horn).

Sound Type Sound Number High Byte Low Byte Sounds Available
Air Compressor 0 0 0 ALCO Compressor 1
1 0 1 ALCO Compressor 2
Air Spitter 2 0 2 Air Spit 1
2 0 2 Air Spit 2
Brake Release 9 0 9 Brake Release
Brake Squeal 10 0 10 Brake Squeal *
Coupler Clank 40 0 40 Coupler Clank Closed
41 0 41 Coupler Clank Open
Dynamic Brake 43 0 43 Dynamic Brakes
44 0 44 Dynamic Brakes Medium
45 0 45 Dynamic Brakes High
Exhaust Fan 46 0 46 Exhaust Fan
Forward Sound 47 0 47 Forward Sound *
Horn Quill 63 0 63 Horn Quill *
Horn Short 71 0 71 Horn Short *
Prime Mover Ignition 160 0 160 Prime Mover Ignition *
Reverse Sound 162 0 162 Reverse Sound *
Stop Sound 178 0 178 Stop Sound *
Windshield Wipers 186 0 186 Windshield Wiper

*Some sound types, such as Brake Squeal or Forward Sound are made up of many individual sounds, which may be shuffled through by the decoder itself as it normally operates. It is recommended to not modify these CV's individually unless you know what you are doing. For Prime Mover, Bell, and Horn custom reprogramming use the sound numbers below in the corresponding CV from the table header.

Prime Mover

CV 123 Value Active Prime Mover
0 (default) ALCO 244 12 Cylinder

Bell

CV 122 Value Active Bell
0 GP20 WP #2100 Bell
1 Richmond Pacific SW900 Bell
2 (default) RSD1 #1956 Bell
3 RSD12 #2958 Bell
4 VO 1000 Bell

Horn

CV 120 Value Active Horn
0 VO 1000 Single Chime
1 Southern Pacific 3100 Horn
2 Hancock Air Whistle
3 Leslie 125
4 Leslie 200
5 (default) Leslie RS3
6 Nathan K3LL
7 Wabco E2 3 Chime Horn

CV Addendum (Standard CV's)

The RS3 follows the motor and lighting CV's as described in TCS' Complete Standard CV's List For WOWSound Version 5. Listed below are the CV's that have been modified for the RS-3 decoder.

CV Value Description
CV 3 6 Acceleration Rate
CV 4 6 Deceleration Rate
CV 49 40 F0F light feature
CV 50 40 F0R light feature
CV 61 33 Configuration CV #2
CV 115 0 Motor Delay Reset Time
CV 120 5 Horn Set Selector
CV 122 2 Bell Selection
CV 123 0 Prime Mover Selection
CV 126 7 Rule 17 Dimming Button Remapping
CV 128 75 Master Volume
CV 177 50 User Options #2
CV 188 15 Brake Grinding Activation Speed Step
CV 213 60 Volume - Prime Mover
CV 214 60 Volume - Prime Mover Ignition
CV 220 50 Volume - Audio Assist
CV 238 129 Dual Enabled functions register 1 (F0-F7)
CV 250 10 Date Code - Month
CV 251 7 Date Code - Day
CV 252 20 Date Code - Year

CV Addendum (Indexed CV's)

The RS3 follows the motor and lighting CV's as described in TCS' List of Indexed CV's for WOWSound Version 5. Listed below are the CV's that have been modified for the RS3 decoder.

CV31 CV32 CV Value Description
16 4 260 4 Sound Mapping - F1
16 4 262 55 Sound Mapping - F2
16 4 264 71 Sound Mapping - F3
16 4 266 63 Sound Mapping - F4
16 4 268 10 Sound Mapping - F5
16 4 270 160 Sound Mapping - F6
16 4 272 65535 Sound Mapping - F7
16 4 274 83 Sound Mapping - F8
16 4 276 65535 Sound Mapping - F9
16 4 278 80 Sound Mapping - F10
16 4 280 79 Sound Mapping - F11
16 4 282 40 Sound Mapping - F12
16 4 284 41 Sound Mapping - F13
16 4 286 9 Sound Mapping - F14
16 4 288 43 Sound Mapping - F15
16 4 290 81 Sound Mapping - F16
16 4 292 42 Sound Mapping - F17
16 4 294 84 Sound Mapping - F18
16 4 298 3 Sound Mapping - F20
16 4 300 47 Sound Mapping - F21
16 4 302 162 Sound Mapping - F22
16 4 304 178 Sound Mapping - F23
16 4 306 170 Sound Mapping - F24
16 4 308 186 Sound Mapping - F25
16 4 310 46 Sound Mapping - F26
16 4 314 85 Sound Mapping - F28
16 4 316 0 Sound Mapping - R1
16 4 318 2 Sound Mapping - R2
16 4 324 65535 Sound Mapping - TRIGGERED


Demonstration

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Decoder Service and Repair

For service/repair, contact the Bachmann Service Department by visiting www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/service.php, calling 1-800-356-3910 (toll-free within the U.S. and Canada), or emailing service@bachmanntrains.com. Bachmann’s Service Department is available Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ET.

You can also send your locomotive to: Bachmann Trains Service Department 1400 East Erie Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19124

Please include a detailed description of your concern and complete contact information. For some service issues regarding DCC sound decoders, the Bachmann Service Department may forward your locomotive to TCS for resolution.

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