Author: Lewis Watts

Track Master Hardwired DCC-Ready Frames

Shown above is the Life-Like N scale C425 with an Aztec-modified frame and a Digitrax DZ143 decoder installed. Aztec machines frames for a variety of locomotives from Atlas, Con-Cor, Kato and Lifelike.

Track Master DCC-Ready Plug and Play Frames

The photo above shows an Aztec-modified Plug and Play frame installed in an Atlas GP40. These frames are machined to accommodate the new MRC 0001636 decoder board and speaker assembly in Atlas Plug and Play (PnP) locomotives.

Track Master DCC-Ready Frames

These Track Master frames are factory frames which have been precision machined to accommodate the new MRC DCC with Sound decoder with speaker (MRC part number 0001636).

Click here to read Model Railroader’s product review “MRC + Aztec = DCC sound for N scale” by David Popp.

For installation follow the manufacturer’s instructions that are included with your decoder board. Click here for the PDF version of these instructions.

Click here to see Jim Reising’s sound installation in an Atlas GP40 Plug and Play locomotive..

If you don’t want to “do-it-yourself”, please see our list of DCC installers.

It’s easy to place your order. Just send us your stripped down stock frame(s), along with payment, and we will send back Track Master DCC-ready frame(s), usually within 48 hours.

Track Master N Scale DCC-Ready Frames

For hardwired installation of Digitrax®, Lenz, MRC™, North Coast Engineering™, TCS and ZIMO decoders

Track Master frames are factory frames which have been precision machined to accommodate DCC decoders. Aztec machines frames for a variety of locomotives from Atlas®, Con-Cor, Kato and Life-Like®.

Each Track Master comes with easy-to-follow installation instructions. These illustrated step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process of installing your decoder. Included is a list of tools required for the installation. (If you don’t want to “do-it-yourself” please see our list of Recommended DCC installers.)

HO Trident Track Cleaning Car

Three rollers come with the Trident to be used one at a time: Cratex®, Handi Wipes® and canvas.

The Cratex roller is designed to be used “dry”. Do not use any chemicals such as mineral spirits, lacquer thinner or Goo Gone on the roller. This could damage it, requiring replacement.

The Handi Wipes roller can be run with the fluid of your choice. Use an eye dropper to apply a small amount of fluid into the hole in the aluminum chassis.

The canvas covered roller is then run dry to buff off any remaining residue.

This car is a specially painted (MoW) Roundhouse® AAR 40′ boxcar to house a hard black anodized aluminum chassis, a magnet and Kadee® couplers.

A foam insert holds the car and rollers secure in the box for convient storage.

Some assembly is required.

Trident HO scale track cleaning car
Part Number TS1164
$124.95 each

HO Maintenance of the Way Track Cleaning Cars

Aztec has printed a repaint MoW 40′ Roundhouse® boxcar with roof walk to house their track cleaning assembly. The body is painted light gray with black and gray printing. The road and end numbers have been omitted to allow the hobbiest to apply decals (not supplied) of his choice. Aztec’s track cleaning mechanism consists of an aluminum chassis with a roller(s) and magnet. Number 5 Kadee® couplers are supplied with each kit.

Some assembly is required.

One roller MOW HO scale track cleaning car
Part Number TS1162
$74.95 each
(Specify “Cratex”, “canvas” or “Handi Wipes®” when ordering)

Two roller MOW HO scale track cleaning car
Part Number TS1163
$99.95 each
(Specify “Cratex”, “canvas”, “Handi Wipes®”, or roller combination of your choice when ordering)

HO Annihilator™ Track Cleaning Car

The Annihilator is one of the meanest weapons in Aztec’s arsenal of HO cleaning products to fight the war on dirty track. This car was not built to look utilitarian but as a fashionably functional piece of rolling stock. The custom painted Roundhouse® 40ft gondola is gray with black “M.W.” and dimi data. No road or end numbers are provided. The modeler may apply decals (not included) in the railroad of his choice. To finish off the car the hobbyist might want to cover the mechanism with a piece of cloth (not supplied) to simulate a tarp.

The Annihilator was engineered for ease of use and minimal maintenance. It can be run in a train and go unnoticed without hitting scenery or derailing.

A hard black anodized aluminum chassis holding two free rolling canvas (Sidewinder™) rollers at a slight angle to the railhead, a magnet and a fluid reservoir (1/2 oz. capacity) is housed in a Roundhouse® 40 ft gondola equipped with Kadee® couplers.

There is a valve to regulate the amount of cleaning fluid dispensed to the front roller. The rear roller is run dry and mops up loosened grime. A clear plastic lid covers the reservoir allowing you to see when it is running out of fluid. Turn valve about one quarter turn for ten seconds or so. Turn off and run for 10 to 15 minutes (or change times to suit).

This stealthy lightweight tips the scales at a mere 7-3/4 ounces soaking wet. The Annihilator will clean in either direction but works best with the magnet to the rear.

Some assembly required.

The Annihilator HO scale track cleaning car
Part Number TS1165
$134.95 each

DCC Kit for the Annihilator™

This kit replaces the Annihilator’s manually-operated metering valve with a solenoid whch is controlled using a DCC decoder (not included).

With the kit installed you no longer have to stop the car to moisten the roller. Just call up the car’s address, push the F2 function button for a few seconds, and the roller is wet again.

Some assembly required.

Works only with “The Annihilator” track cleaner purchased after August 2004.

DCC Kit for The Annihilator
Part Number TS1175
$64.95 each