East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

Module Mogul - 1

On30 owes much of its popularity to an O scale trainset released by Bachmann that runs on HO gauge track. The locomotive included in the set is a small 2-6-0, which has been the starting point for countless customizations, chop jobs, and kitbashes over the years.

I purchased a Bachmann 2-6-0 because it seemed perfectly suited for use on the
James River Division On30 modular layout. Perfect in appearance only, because in order to run the Mogul, it had to have DCC installed. And since the modules are often set up for public exhibition, it would be more interesting for the locomotive to have sound capabilities as well. The Bachmann 2-6-0 is currently not available with these options.

Harold Minkwitz posted a tutorial on installing sound in a Bachmann Mogul. I downloaded and printed his instructions, and followed them fairly closely.

After making sure the Mogul I purchased ran well, I disassembled the tender and removed the boiler.

I cut out the molded coal load, and drilled holes in the floor of the tender.

I trimmed a piece of basswood to size, cut two round holes in it, and silicon caulked the speakers to it and the assembly to the floor of the tender.

I wired the speakers, then temporarily connected them to the sound decoder. The power leads from the decoder were connected to a power pack to make sure everything was working up to this point.