Easy: First DCC Decoder install in a Hornby Anglia Class 86

This blog post documents my first go at installing a DCC Decoder chip into a Hornby Class 86 Locomotive.

Having recently got my Hornby train set out I happened to accidentally find myself on eBay bidding for some trains Hornby originally released back in the early 2000s. My mission was to collect the Hornby ‘East Anglia’ franchise of locomotives and coaches. When living in Norfolk I regularly travelled on ‘Anglia Railways’ through various differently branded franchises on the line to London so this is where building my collection begins.

I found this fantastic example of the Hornby R2160 Class 86 ‘Crown Point’ locomotive and snapped it up. It’s in mint condition and runs brilliantly. So here we go! Time to install a DCC Decoder.